Legal Program Coordinator
JOB TITLE: Legal Program Coordinator
REPORT TO: Law and Advocacy Director
TIME REQUIREMENT: 40 Hours/Week (Exempt)
SYNOPSIS: The Legal Program Coordinator will coordinate and oversee the implementation of TESSA’s Lawyers for Victims Program (Program) that connects domestic and sexual violence victims with a contract attorney who will represent them in Permanent Protection Order (PPO) hearings. The Coordinator will also provide direct legal services as determined by TESSA leadership.
· Recruit, screen, organize and provide training for fee-for-service and pro bono attorneys throughout the community.
· Establish a referral process of qualified victims to attorneys participating in the Program.
· Develop qualifying criteria to ascertain whether a victim qualifies for Program services.
· Problem solve legal issues that may arise during the course of legal representation of victims.
· Manage referrals to attorneys participating in the Program.
· Serve as the contact person for victims, attorneys, advocates and other individuals as appropriate.
· Ensure that the attorneys participating in the Program possess the requisite skills, training and expertise to represent victims in the PPO legal process and maintain a strong commitment to ensuring the victim’s safety throughout the process.
·Field legal questions from TESSA advocates and victims that would be inappropriate for a non-attorney to answer.
·Network with attorneys , judges and magistrates through participating in Bar functions, law school events and so forth with a goal toward creating and maintaining relationships with local legal service providers.
· Train advocates regarding the Program and their role in completing necessary Program forms.
· Ascertain the needs of victims and provide education to victims relating to the relevant available resources.
·Develop and maintain a database for tracking attorneys that are eligible to participate in the Program. Triage and assess all information and victim referral inquiries to ensure that the victim receives effective and adequate advocacy and support.
· Understand objectives of the TESSA’s Law and Advocacy Departimet and how they relate to the overall goals of TESSA.
· Develop knowledge and expertise regarding domestic violence and sexual assault on an ongoing basis.
· Work cooperatively with other agencies and individuals involved with the victim to ensure the delivery of comprehensive services to the victim and children.
· Develop partnerships with legal service providers to assist vicitms in navigating the court system.
· Identify and collaborate with potential local stakeholders and community partners.
· Represent TESSA at community meetings specifically relating to legal issues for victims and assist with educating the community on the need for continuing support and services relating to victim access to safety and legal services.
· Provide legal advice as well as crisis intervention, information, referrals, safety planning, and support in person and on the phone to victims.
· Provide assistance with the protective order process and other court support as needed.
· Provide education and information to the victim to support informed choices.
· Deliver programs and services in a manner that is respectful and sensitive to the victim’s cultural experience.
· Treat victims with respect, dignity and empathy.
· Ensure the confidentiality of all information relating to a vicitm in accord with the victim’s wishes.
· Identify gaps in systems in which the victim navigates and address those gaps appropriately.
· Prevent, identify and remove discriminatory barriers with respect to services provided to a victim.
DOCUMENTATION AND RETENTION
· Oversee documentation and document retention relating to such matters as employee accrued time, case management and victim demographics.
· Complete monthly billing and data submission of flat-fee agreements with attorneys participating in the Program.
· Ensure that service delivery and operations meet the Program’s contractual obligations and the need for the provision of safe, trauma-informed and supportive services for the benefit of all victims.
· Ensure that policies and procedures are followed by Program staff and that staff receives support, training and supervision appropriate to their needs.
· Ensure compliance with all legal requirements relating to confidentiality and reporting.
· Ensure compliance with program grant requirements and assist with grant reporting.
· Recognize that each of us hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence our perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are diverse from ourselves.
· Recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, responsiveness to, knowledge of and demonstrate understanding of diversity.
· Apply the principles of multiculturalism and diversity in training and staff development.
· Apply culturally appropriate skills in all interactions with vicitms, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies and other community members.
· Use organizational change processes to support culturally-informed organizational policies and procedures.
Annual – $60,000-$65,000
· Commit to TESSA’s organizational mission, vision and operating philosophy.
· Attend staff meetings and other relevant meetings, trainings, and inservices.
· Other duties and projects as requested by the Law and Advocacy Director or Executive Director.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
· Active license in good standing to practice as an attorney in the State of Colorado.
· Two years of responsible leadership experience in management or supervisory positions preferred.
· Knowledge of domestic violence and sexual assault issues and experience working with victims and law enforcement preferred.
· Exceptional ability to work with executive leadership, accept direction and communicate progress and issues up in a proactive positive manner.
· Excellent organizational, communication (verbal and written), problem solving, listening and inter-personal skills.
· Attention to detail.
· Ability to work well under stressful and emotionally-taxing circumstances and engage in effective self care.
· Ability to empathize, encourage and guide.
· Available to work evenings or weekends when necessary and on call.
· Possess vision and hearing sufficient to work on a computer, on the telephone and in person
· Ability to lift 50lbs, intermittently
· Valid Colorado driver’s license and car insurance.
· Must be willing to complete background checks.
· Ability to read, write and speak English.
· Fluency in Spanish and/or American Sign Language preferred.
To apply for this job please visit the following URL: http://www.tessacs.org/about-tessa/employment →