Organization: Cornerstone | Location: Bloomington, MN
Activity Area: Human Services | Job Type: Educator/Advocate | Salary: $16.35 per hour
Closing Date: 02/28/2020
ORGANIZATION SUMMARY Cornerstone is a $5M agency with approximately 90 employees. Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.
Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. In addition, through Cornerstone’s statewide Day One Crisis and Crime Victim Support lines, we provided services to over 20,000 persons via phone, text and chat. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence. (www.cornerstonemn.org)
POSITION DESCRIPTION : The General Crime Community Outreach Advocate will engage and educate individuals, law enforcement, schools, corporations, and community organizations on general crime victim services and strategies to improve the safety and well-being of our community. This will include actively seeking opportunities to collaborate with identified high needs communities to promote increased access to general crime services. This position provides direct general crime services in the communities where there is a high need for service.
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Health, Social Work, or related field. Length of experience in a social service field may be considered in lieu of educational requirements. Two years of experience providing services to victims of crimes. Experience in engaging, building and implementing working relationships and collaborations with diverse communities and culturally-specific agencies. Knowledge of the criminal justice system, social services, trauma informed practices and accessing community resources. Must hold an in-depth understanding of the effects on an individual who has experienced personal crime. This includes but us not limited to: the impact of trauma on crime victims, barriers to reporting crime and access to resources.
• Key skillsets include: knowledge and experience in trauma informed work, creating and delivering presentations, building collaborations, engaging marginalized communities, organizing and/or social justice initiatives.
• Skilled at identifying and engaging community partners to increase accessibility for victims of crime.
• Knowledge and aptitude of Microsoft Office, web-based applications.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience in public speaking, training and meeting facilitation.
• Understanding of survivor-centered and trauma-informed care practices.
• Understanding of the impact of crime on adults, youth and children with some experience in providing direct services in a related field.
• Broad knowledge of resources which interface with victims of crime.
• Experience in working with diverse and marginalized communities with training in and/or commitment to anti-oppression work.
• Valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and reliable vehicle.
• Preferred 40-hour sexual assault certification.
• Multilingual candidates preferred.
• Ability to travel and work flexible hours including some evenings, weekends.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Direct Services and Administration of Crime Victim Funds (55%)
1. Provide support, information, referral and follow-up services to victims/survivors of crime including explaining their statutory rights.
2. Provide information on the criminal justice process and provide assistance to victims/survivors throughout the process. This includes reporting the crime, during investigation, case review, hearing/trail preparations court accompaniment and post convictions.
3. Provide information about civil protective orders and assist in writing order of protections and harassment orders.
4. Provide and connect victims to agencies that provide emergency assistance such as shelter, transportation, food and basic needs utilizing the Day One process of referrals.
5. Provide assistance and access to Crime Victim Emergency funds distributed by CAS.
6. Assist victims/survivors of crime with other financial remedies available, e.g. reparations
7. Work collaboratively with other staff across Cornerstone’s internal programs.
8. Act as a resource to other staff, volunteers and interns as it relates to general crime.
9. Attend program meetings. Including under the direction of supervisor, training of Call Center and other CAS staff regarding General Crime Victim services, financial remedies, etc.
10. Other responsibilities as deemed necessary by General Crime Victim Advocacy Services Supervisor.
11. Understanding of the impact of interpersonal violence on adults, children and youth with some experience in providing direct services in a related field.
12. Experience in working with diverse populations and marginalized communities with training in and/or commitment to anti-oppression work.
Outreach, Training and Community Engagement (45%)
1. Develop and maintain relationships and collaborations with other agencies and systems that provide interconnecting services and referrals for survivors and their families.
2. Conduct outreach and efforts to engage the community on crime victimization issues and services available to victims.
3. Coordinate/participate in events and meetings that contribute to the marketing and development of General Crime Victim Services in identified high needs areas such as North Minneapolis.
4. Collaborate with the Development team, Prevention, Education and Clinical Program Manager and supervisor, create and establish ways communities (priority North Mpls) can become engaged with CAS through volunteering, internships and events, etc.
5. Work with the Day One team and supervisor to coordinate agency site visits and trainings for established Network Partners.
OTHER ESSENTIAL DUTIES
1. Ensure compliance with established Policy & Procedures.
2. Mentor and train volunteers and interns as assigned by supervisor.
• Assure data entry is completed accurately as assigned.
• Complete accurate statistical reports as assigned.
• Properly documents all critical incidents inclusive of child/adult protection reports.
• Promote Cornerstone Advocacy Service’s (CAS) mission & philosophy.
• Display high ethical and professional standards.
• Participate in internal CAS committees and represent CAS on external committees as assigned.
• Provide support to and attend CAS events, e.g. conference, volunteer recognition, fundraisers, etc., as assigned.
• Support CAS marketing initiatives.
• Attend all staff meetings and required trainings.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employees abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.
Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Cornerstone offers a generous salary and benefits package.
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