Organization: Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women | Location: St. Paul, MN
Activity Area: Legal and Policy | Job Type: Full-Time | Salary:
This position directs the implementation of various statewide coalition activities some contained within specific grant projects and others as contained in MCBW’s yearly work plan. The position will partner with the policy program director on legislative work and lead the coalition’s work on legal system issues. Guided by MCBW’s mission and vision plan, this position leads and works with member programs and system personnel to evaluate and improve policy and practice both within and outside of the legal system. Work includes evaluating how policy and practice impacts domestic violence victims specifically looking at unintended negative consequences for victims and impact on immigrant/refugee communities, LBGTQ communities and communities of color.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1. Partner with MCBW’s policy program director to lead policy work as it relates to the legal system including work with the legislature and government organizations.
2. Lead MCBW’s grant project work with the Dept. of Corrections which includes training on corrections for community advocates and on domestic violence for correction personnel; enhancing department policies and practices that impact domestic violence victims. The DOC grant works closely with the Victim’s Unit of DOC as well as with the MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition and the Sacred Hoop Coalition. Work with member programs, survivors and collaborative partners in the community and in various systems, specific system partners include law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of Public Safety.
3. Lead MCBW’s grant project work with law enforcement focused on implementation of model policies. Project work with member programs, law enforcement, and statewide law enforcement associations.
4. Lead the implementation of MCBW’s vision plan as it relates to the legal system. Vision plan, “Empower Our Future,” available on MCBW’s website.
5. Work with other staff on MCBW’s annual Femicide Report and Domestic Violence Homicide Memorial Event including collection and analysis of homicide data.
6. Assist with planning and promotion of accurate and appropriate data collection on domestic violence issues.
7. Gather national and local research, training curriculum, best practices information for distribution and to inform work.
8. Assist with the planning and presentation of statewide and regional trainings including in-person as well as on-line training.
9. Direct the evaluation of project work.
10. Work in partnership with local project partners, survivors, family members and member programs while conducting project work. Convene and staff advisory committees and workgroups to assist with planning and implementation of various projects. Convene and lead MCBW’s Statewide Domestic Violence Criminal Justice System Collaborative.
11. Provide technical assistance and support to victim/survivors, family members, community partners, local project partners and member programs including consultation, provision of resources. Provide in-depth technical assistance on a variety of topic areas related to domestic violence; problem solve policy issues; assist in the implementation of new policies and program development; promote responsive public policy that protects domestic violence victims and their families.
12. Participate in national training, meetings and discussions as appropriate to further state project work.
13. Other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
Desired Qualifications and Experience
• Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence;
• Demonstrated knowledge of legal advocacy work and the legal systems;
• Demonstrated critical analysis of and ability to challenge institutions;
• Experience working with law enforcement;
• 5 years life and/or work experience providing advocacy with domestic violence victims;
• 3 years work and/or demonstrated life experience organizing and/or advocating within underrepresented communities;
• Demonstration of excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Minimum of 10 public speaking presentations or training experiences;
• Strong computer skills;
• Ability to work independently and also as a team member;
• Strong organizing skills, flexible with ability to handle multiple tasks in a calm and efficient manner;
• Ability to work varying hours required by the position;
• Demonstrated analytical abilities;
• Experience with membership based and/or coalition work.
• Survivors of domestic violence, persons of color, Native and LGBTQ persons strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA
Open until filled. Priority review will begin February 18, 2019.
Apply by sending cover letter and resume to Leticia Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.