The Bronx Defenders

  • Client Advocate

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    2018-1306
    Category
    Advocacy
  • Overview

    Still She Rises, Tulsa seeks a highly motivated and energetic Client Advocate to join a small, interdisciplinary team of attorneys and advocates as they provide client-centered, holistic services to women and their families. The legal advocate will be responsible for interviewing and assessing client needs relating to the myriad collateral consequences of criminal justice and/or family court involvement.

    Responsibilities

    The legal advocate will counsel, represent and advocate for clients in a variety of settings, primarily in three general categories:

     

    Public Benefits/Collateral Consequences

    • Represent clients in administrative hearings
    • Assist and advocate for clients in obtaining and preserving public and/or disability benefits, accessing medical services, job programs, and other social services
    • Assist clients in protecting and preserving rights regarding police misconduct
    • Assist clients in education-based advocacy on behalf of their children
    • Assist clients in accessing and preserving shelter and housing
    • Assist clients in obtaining vital documents
    • Collaborate with criminal attorneys, social workers, and other advocates on case-specific issues as well as long-term projects

    Child Welfare

    • Advocate for clients’ parental rights in the child welfare system
    • Facilitate communication between clients and court staff, service providers, and the Department of Human Services (DHS)
    • Advocate for clients in seeking frequent and flexible visitation with children and preserving clients’ rights within the child welfare system

    Post-Disposition

    • Assist clients in identifying and correcting criminal record errors
    • Advocate with bail bondsmen and debt collection agencies
    • Provide support to clients tasked with meeting requirements of probation or other community sentences and manage tracking system to help clients prevent warrants and re-arrests
    • Assist clients in meeting court-mandated goals such as completing parenting classes and/or drug assessment/treatment and advocate for clients with each organization
    • Participate in fundraising systems advocacy for alternative solutions to client debt

    Additionally, the client advocate will reach out to and work with other community-based organizations and providers to connect clients to services and maintain relationships with systems players. S/he will also collaborate internally and externally to identify large-scale problems that affect our clients and to think creatively about strategies and solutions to these issues.

    Qualifications

    Candidate Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Demonstrated interest in and/or experience with the criminal justice system or reentry services, or other demonstrated commitment to public interest and/or civil rights work
    • Positive outlook, intrepid spirit, and fierce dedication to the cause of social and racial justice for each of our clients and their community of North Tulsa
    • Ability to self-start and to work both independently and as a member of a collaborative team
    • Strong interpersonal skills with individuals from diverse backgrounds
    • Ability to perform well in crisis circumstances.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    A valid driver's license or ability to obtain one prior to start date

     

    How to Apply

     

    To apply, please upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through September 21, 2018. However, applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. If you have any further questions, please email Patricia Jones, Office Managers, at patriciaj@stillsherises.org.

     

     

    Still She Rises, Tulsa is an equal opportunity employer: People of color; women; people with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; and people with personal or familial experience with the criminal justice system or family court system are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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