Coordinates and facilitates outreach activities and educational events about domestic and sexual violence. Advocate on behalf of domestic and sexual violence survivors with law enforcement, criminal justice and emergency department personnel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.
Facilitate community education presentations about domestic and sexual violence in schools and with employees and/or consumers of other lay and professional organizations.
Represent Pillars and promote Pillars’ programs at community health fairs and other similar venues.
In collaboration with the advancement department, cultivate media contacts in order to establish additional forums in which to enhance awareness of domestic and sexual violence in the community.
Cultivate relationships with donors while working closely with residential and nonresidential clinical staffs to determine facility and client needs. Assists with donor requests and inquiries as they arise.
Cultivate and develop relationships with local religious leaders and their congregations in order to engage diverse religious communities in conversations about bullying, gender harassment, dating violence, domestic and sexual violence.
Facilitate psycho-educational groups for survivors in order to promote empowerment.
Participate on committees of community based networks and groups likely to increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence issues.
Facilitate referrals and linkages of victims to community resources as appropriate.
Comply with program funding, administrative and statistical reporting which includes documenting activities and client services and submitting reimbursement reports and time cards on time.
Assist with recruitment and training of volunteers to answer the 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines located at CMH.
In conjunction with Volunteer Coordinator, engage in outreach and training activities with local law enforcement, hospitals and community partners.
Co-coordinate and co-facilitate the 60-hour professional domestic and sexual violence training in conjunction with Pillars’ sexual assault program.
Co-facilitate the 40-hour Domestic Violence training compliant with ICDVP policies and regulations.
Provide crisis intervention to domestic violence victims and their significant others as needed.
Provide back-up to 24-hour volunteer hotline on a rotating basis with the other domestic violence staff. When selecting back-up shifts for the hotline each month, the Community Outreach Advocate will ensure the back-up shifts do not coincide with community education presentations.
Participate in department, line of service and agency meetings, as required.
Act as liaison between victim and person(s) involved in the investigatory process, i.e., police, DCFS, state’s attorney, ER nurse or physician. Coordinate services to reduce the number of investigative interviews victims are expected to participate in.
Prepare victims and significant others for court proceedings to ensure their full participation.
Facilitate victim in court to obtain a civil no contact order (CNCO) for protection from the perpetrator.
Accompany victims and significant others to court hearings in order to provide support and to act as liaison between victim and state’s attorneys office, as warranted.
Represent the victim at her/his request with service institutions, including court, police, DCFS, hospital.
Cultivate and maintain relationships with players in the criminal justice system, emergency room personnel, rape crisis center staffs in order to coordinate services in the best interest of the victim and her non-offending family members.
Provide support, crisis intervention and individual advocacy until the states’ attorney office refuses to prosecute the case; or, through to the disposition of the case in court. When the states’ attorney office drops a case, the advocate refers the victim to counseling services.
Document and maintain service statistics and client files and case notes in compliance with policies and procedures of Pillars’ Domestic Violence program. Turn in service statistics and case notes to data entry worker on a weekly basis.
Facilitate required number of training and education events with service providers on treatment of domestic and dating violence victims, domestic and dating violence legislation, criminal justice and medical advocacy.
Co-coordinate and implement activities during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October.
Assist residential staff as needed, in answering the 24 hour domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines and in responding to the needs of shelter residents.
Support volunteers in the work they do on behalf of CMH.
Other duties as assigned
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 an individual with a disability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in public relations, marketing, human services, criminal justice, or related field required. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of degree. Illinois 40 hour Domestic Violence training certificate required. Completion of Sexual Assault 40 hour training to be completed within the first 6 months of hire. Public speaking experience required. A special interest in women’s issues is desirable. Must be able to collaborate with people from diverse community and religious institutions. Ability to perform competently in a crisis situation is recommended.
About Pillars Community Health
Pillars Community Health is an innovative health and social services agency, one of only a few nonprofits in the state of Illinois to integrate primary medical and dental care with behavioral health, social, and educational services. The organization is the result of a merger between Community Nurse Health Center and Pillars on January 1, 2018.
Pillars Community Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.