DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist
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DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist
Dept./Program: Family Services
Division: Family & Social Services
Reports To: Family Services Manager
Employment Status: Full time
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Schedule: Up to 40 hours/week
Preference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638
The DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist is responsible for providing advocacy and supervised visitation services to community members who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. The person in this position will be responsible for coordinating intervention services that have been identified through the intake process. The DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist will identify any barriers that may prevent the un'ina from receiving services, and advocating for immediate service implementation. The DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist will serve to support and answer questions about the investigative process, court process, and treatment options, as well as provide coordinated child/parent/other visitation services within a structured and appropriate venue. The DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist will provide services under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence and Stalking, (DOJ OVW CTAS), and State of Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SOA CDVSA) grants. The DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist will have basic knowledge of services provided within the Tribe and in the community in order to provide appropriate referrals. This person will monitor and maintain case logistics and tracking of all cases referred for advocacy services. In addition, they will hold a certification from Inspire for Action specific to the supervised visitation protocols and strategies.
- Complete intakes, scheduling, case management, prevention, advocacy and provide referrals internally and externally, maintain client/family confidentiality.
- Facilitate supervised visitation function in a neutral, safe and effectively managed milieu.
- Maintain un'ina records in accordance with the Tribe's standards, local, state and federal guidelines or regulations and comply with internal process for filing (i.e. title pages, sections, archiving), electronic data management system, designated program software and documenting case notes.
- Assist in determining eligibility, completing applications and processing applications in a timely manner, writing pending, approval or denial letters, notifying un'ina of status, verbally or in writing.
- Develop and provide group presentations internally and externally representing Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Family and Social Services.
- Serve as the Lead Family Services Team expert in matters associated with family visitation processes, strategies and outcomes.
- Participate in other administrative duties: such as facilitating/attending regular Family Services meetings, finalizing dashboards, developing self-sufficiency plans, case plans and/or safety plans assist in staffing to best meet the needs of the un'ina(s).
- Attend court proceedings and prepare updates as required.
- Transport un'inas to and from necessary appointments.
- Be available to work evenings, weekends and do schedule adjustments, or respond immediately to a crisis/emergency or need.
It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list. The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.
Light work Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.
Stand or Sit (Stationary position)
Walk (Move, Traverse)
Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)
Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse)
Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)
Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)
See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)
Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine)
Pushing or Pulling
Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions
Exposure to Dust
Category II Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur
Equipment and Tools
List Equipment used for job: Computer, Fax, Copier, Scanner and other office equipment
Comments: The specialist is required to comply with designated function grant requirements and maintain compliance.
- Bachelors' in Human Services related fields or a combination of education and experience in a related field may be substituted for a degree.
- Three years' experience working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and other crimes of violence.
- Experience in social and community based programs.
- Experience working with children who have suffered trauma, abuse and/or neglect.
- Experience in the development of community program strategies.
- Experience managing private, state and federal grants; and grant compliance.
- Valid Alaska Driver License and must remain insurable under the Tribe's policy.
In addition to meeting education and experience requirements, DVSA Advocate/Visitation Specialist must possess, or develop before providing program services, the knowledge base and skills necessary to carry out the following:
- The terminology commonly used in human services fields or settings.
- Knowledge of drug and alcohol abuse treatment options.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
- Critical Incident Reporting, Adult Protective Services, Office of Children's Services reporting.
- Ability to work with vulnerable populations, child abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty and domestic violence and sexual assault clients/perpetrators.
- Experience in public speaking.
- Knowledge and experience working with cultural diversities.
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