Bilingual Court Advocate and Counselor

MORE JOBS
MORE JOBS IN HUMAN SERVICES

Print Email Save

Elizabeth Freeman Center
43 Francis Avenue
PITTSFIELD, MA 01201

Website: elizabethfreemancenter.org/

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
Employer.

Bilingual Court Advocate and Counselor
Great Barrington
Full Time
Human Services
Associate Degree

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish and English) advocate to provide support, advocacy, and crisis response for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Splitting time between the South County District Court (Great Barrington) and EFC’s south county office (Great Barrington), the advocate will provide a blend of court advocacy, crisis response, and counseling. 

Responsibilities include:


• SAFEPLAN Court Advocate (South County District Court, Great Barrington) - 2 days/week
o Provide support, advocacy, information, and referrals to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking seeking court protection orders, with seamless warm referral to all of EFC’s services
o Assist survivors in completing protective order application forms and accompany survivors in court during civil proceedings
o Create individualized safety plans with each client
o Develop and advance collaborative working relationships with clerks, judges, prosecutors, judges, victim witness advocates, and other members of the justice system
o For more information on the statewide SAFEPLAN program, visit www.mass.gov/mova/safeplan


• Counselor/advocate - 3 days/week
o Offer counseling, advocacy, crisis response, information, and referrals for survivors of domestic and sexual violence
o Assess circumstances and emergency needs and provide assistance to meet those needs, including shelter, safety, and transportation
o Address barriers to help or healing, and provide support
o Advocate on issues of housing, finances and benefits, children, medical and mental health care, etc.
o Assist with support/educational groups, including Escuela de Finanzas
o Connect survivors with internal and external community resources with follow-up as appropriate
o Contribute to outreach and collaboration efforts, including: working with community partners, providing community education, distributing program outreach materials, and tabling at community events, particularly to our immigrant communities
o Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with individuals receiving EFC services and adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure client confidentiality
o Other duties as assigned to promote agency mission

Preferred qualifications include:
• Experience working with survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence
• Experience in counseling, community organizing, and/or community engagement
• Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence
• Involvement with immigrant communities
• 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 determined appropriate to work
with persons under 18, and have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable
transportation

Work Hours:
40 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work required for outreach and
counseling activities.

Compensation and benefits:
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 per hour plus $1.00/hour increment for bilingual
English/Spanish skills, additional increments for frequently used languages, special skills and
education. EFC pays 85% of health insurance premiums and contributes to an FSA. EFC has
generous paid leave as well as other benefits.

Applying:
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@elizabethfreemancenter.org. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications directly through berkshirejobs.com.

Apply on Company Website