Bilingual Court Advocate Pittsfield


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Elizabeth Freeman Center
43 Francis Avenue


Company Description:
Elizabeth Freeman Center provides domestic
violence and sexual assault services and
advocacy in Berkshire County and surrounding
areas. Our services are free and confidential,
and include counseling, safe shelter, court
advocacy, a 24/7 toll-free hotline, and much
more. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Bilingual Court Advocate Pittsfield
Per Year
Full Time
Support Services
Social Services
Associate Degree
Up to One Year
Billingual ( English/Spanish) - Preference: Preferred
Drivers license - Preference: Required
Community Evolvement - Preference: Required

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks an advocate to provide support, advocacy, and crisis response for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in county courts through our SAFEPLAN Program. This position is primarily based in Central Berkshire District Courts. Bilingual (Spanish and English) applicants strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include:
• Provide crisis intervention, support, and information to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who come to court seeking protection orders
• Assist survivors in completing protection order application forms and accompany survivors in court
• Create individualized safety plans with each client
• Assess circumstances and emergency needs and provide assistance to meet those needs, including for shelter, safety, basic needs, and transportation
• Connect survivors with internal and external community resources with follow-up as appropriate
• Advocate on issues of housing, finances and benefits, children, medical and mental health care, etc.
• Develop and advance collaborative working relationships with clerks, judges, prosecutors, judges, victim witness advocates, and other members of the justice system
• Contribute to outreach and collaboration efforts with community partners, and in providing community education, disseminating program outreach materials, and tabling at community events
• Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with individuals receiving EFC services and adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure client confidentiality
• Perform other duties as assigned to promote agency mission

40 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work required for outreach activities.

Elizabeth Freeman Center believes in offering all staff: competitive salary and benefits, engaged and dedicated colleagues, training and education in best practices, career development opportunities, openness to innovation, and the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work.  This position begins at $20.50 per hour plus $1.00/hour increment for bilingual English/Spanish skills ($44,720/year), additional increments for frequently used languages, special skills and education, special skills and education, and a year-end stipend depending on funding (which generally ranges $2,500). EFC pays 85% of health insurance premiums and contributes to an FSA. EFC has generous paid leave as well as other benefits.

• Bilingual English/Spanish Preferred
• Experience working with survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence
• Experience in advocacy, community organizing, and/or community engagement
• Knowledge of and/or interest in the court system
• Skills in spoken and written communication, computer/technology, and collaboration
• Demonstrated commitment to providing survivors of domestic and sexual violence with holistic, accessible, trauma-informed, strength-based victim services and advocacy
• Bachelor or Associate Degree (may be waived for relevant, comparable level of work or life experience)
• Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI, be suitable to work with minors, and have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Deadline is rolling until position has been filled.

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