Bluff Country Family Resources
Position Title: Advocate
Office: Hokah, MN

Summary:
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Advocate is responsible for supporting and advocating for the adult victim and secondary victims as needed. The Advocate is responsible for providing education on domestic violence and sexual assault as well as the affects of abuse to the general public including but not limited to speaking engagements within our service area. The Advocate is responsible for exercising discretion and judgment regarding each individual client's needs to assist the client in obtaining a life free of abuse and its affects.

Qualifications:
A BA/BS in a human services related field OR a combination of relevant education, employment and/or life experience is preferred. Experience with crisis intervention and knowledge of community resources is preferred. A clear understanding of or an interest in the individual and social dynamics relating to adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment is needed. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office Publisher, a competency for using the internet to research and find reliable resources or information, keyboarding skills and the ability to learn new computer programs (including but not limited to data entry) with training is a must. The ability to be adaptable and utilize time management skills is needed. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed.

Hours:
This position is 32 hours per week. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday. Duties may require working some nights and weekends to accommodate client and/or organizational needs and must have prior approval and/or be assigned by a Executive Director. Travel is required.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

1) provides a varying number of clients with crisis intervention; supportive and active listening; supportive counseling; educational counseling related to domestic violence and sexual assault; safety planning; resources and referrals to social service agencies; Crime Victim Compensation information; assessment of individual needs; appropriate conflict resolutions skills that are culturally sensitive and non-judgmental by exercising discretion and judgment to assure the individual needs of the client are met
2) assures appropriate and timely record keeping including but not limited to entering daily data (includes computer and paper forms and regular monthly reports on client successes as well as professional activities)
3) facilitates adult support groups (may be assigned by Executive Director)
4) participates in public education work within our service area (may be assigned by Executive Director)
5) participates in community collaboration by actively contributing to committees advocating against domestic violence and sexual assault which relate directly to the Advocate position (may be assigned by Executive Director)
6) communicates concerns of the organization and client needs with co-workers and management daily to assure efficient operation of the organization. Includes but is not limited to personal care items for the client, program needs, office supplies and maintenance needs
7) attends and participates in meetings within the organization as assigned by Executive Director. Includes but is not limited to Staff meetings and structured "mini-staff" meetings for problem solving client or organizational concerns with co-workers
8) mediates concerns or disagreements between clients regarding client rights and responsibilities
9) attends and participates on committees within the organization i.e. Awareness Committees, Fundraising Committee, etc. (may be assigned by Executive Director)
10) attends and participates in planning and is present at functions that promote the organization and access of our services, a minimum of two times per year (may be assigned by your Executive Director)

Other Responsibilities and Requirements:

1) has reliable transportation, a valid driver's license and vehicle insurance
2) is required to attend one Crime Victim Conference or Minnesota Victim Advocate Academy within one year of employment
3) is committed to professional development and requests to attend a minimum of two trainings per year outside of the organization. These trainings must be related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment or related areas
4) maintains a clean, organized and comfortable environment within the organization
5) assists with training and supervision of volunteers as appropriate, ensuring volunteers receive a well-rounded experience
6) engages in and models supportive, healthy relationships through setting boundaries and demonstrations of respect with clients, donors and co-workers
7) performs other duties as assigned by Executive Director

Working Conditions:

1) Work is normally performed in an office and/or residential setting but is not limited to the organization
2) Constant interpersonal interactions
3) Frequent changes in duties, tasks and circumstances



Position Title: Children's Advocate
Office Location: Hokah, MN

Summary:
Under the direct supervision of the Director, the Children's Advocate is responsible for supporting and advocating for the child victim and the non-offending parent. The Children's Advocate is responsible for providing education on domestic violence and sexual assault as well as the affects on children to the general public including but not limited to school classrooms within our service area. The Children's Advocate is responsible for exercising discretion and judgment regarding each individual client's needs to assist the client in obtaining a life free of abuse and its affects.

Qualifications:
A BA/BS in a human services related field OR a combination of relevant education, employment and/or life experience is preferred. Experience with crisis intervention and knowledge of community resources for children and adults is preferred. A demonstrated maturity in short and long term relationships with children, knowledge of child development, psychology, education, child management and parenting techniques is preferred. A clear understanding of or an interest in the individual and social dynamics relating to both children and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment is needed. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office Publisher, a competency for using the internet to research and find reliable resources or information, keyboarding skills and the ability to learn new computer programs (including but not limited to data entry) with training is a must. The ability to be adaptable and utilize time management skills is needed. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed.

Hours:
This position is 32 hours per week. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday. Duties may require working nights and weekends to accommodate client and/or organizational needs. Travel is required.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

1) provides community children with crisis intervention; supportive and active listening; supportive counseling; educational counseling related to domestic violence and sexual assault; safety planning; childcare needs; assessment of individual needs; and age appropriate conflict resolution skills that are culturally sensitive and non-judgmental by exercising discretion and judgment to assure the individual needs of the child are met
2) ensures children are re-entered into school within 72 hours of program enrollment per mandatory requirements by law
3) assures appropriate and timely record keeping including but not limited to entering daily data (includes computer and paper forms and regular monthly reports on client successes as well as professional activities)
4) provides non-offending parents with referrals, resources and options specific to their child's needs; positive parenting techniques and Crime Victim Compensation information
5) facilitates youth support groups weekly and family support groups monthly(may be assigned by Executive Director)
6) participates in public education work as requested by the school systems within our service area and/or as assigned by Executive Director
7) participates in community collaboration by actively contributing to committees advocating against domestic violence and sexual assault which relate directly to the Children's Advocate position (may be assigned by Executive Director)
8) communicates concerns of the organization, child and parent needs with co-workers and management daily to assure efficient operation of the organization. Includes but is not limited to personal care items for the children, program needs, office supplies and maintenance needs
9) attends and participates in meetings within the organization as assigned by Executive Director. Includes but is not limited to Staff meetings and structured "mini-staff" meetings for problem solving client or organizational concerns with co-workers
10) mediates concerns or disagreements between residents and/or with residents regarding shelter rights and responsibilities
11) participates on committees within the organization i.e. Outreach Committees, Fundraising Committee, etc. (may be assigned by your Executive Director)
12) attends and participates in planning and is present at functions that promote the organization and access of our services a minimum of two times per year (may be assigned by your Executive Director)

Other Responsibilities and Requirements:

1) has reliable transportation, a valid driver's license and vehicle insurance
2) is required to attend one Crime Victim Conference or Minnesota Victim Advocate Academy within one year of employment
3) is committed to professional development and requests to attend a minimum of two trainings per year outside of the organization. These trainings must be related to domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, harassment or related areas
4) maintains a clean, organized and comfortable environment within the organization
5) trains and supervises volunteers as appropriate ensuring volunteers receive a well-rounded experience
6) engages in and models supportive, healthy relationships through setting boundaries and demonstrations of respect with clients and co-workers
7) performs other duties as assigned by Executive Director

Working Conditions:
1) Work is normally performed in an office and/or residential setting but is not limited to the organization
2) Constant interpersonal interactions
3) Frequent changes in duties, tasks and circumstances