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Winter Term 2020 Advocate Intern at WomenSafe

Job Description
Winter-Term Advocate Internship
*Middlebury College Students Only*
*Prospective interns should have completed WomenSafe’s Volunteer Training (giving them Crisis Worker Privilege) prior to the internship or may schedule time in the weeks/months before the internship begins to complete this training.
A. Duties & Responsibilities during initial week(s) of internship:
·   Meet individually with other staff members to discuss their positions, duties and how they intersect with your position
·   Research and write an article for our spring Newsletter
·   Receive Osnium training about our statistical data collection system for recording all contacts with service users
·   Assist with fundraising projects, Public Relations and bulk mailings as needed
·   Participate in regular staff meetings at WomenSafe
  1. Ongoing Duties & Responsibilities (All duties & responsibilities stated above plus):
·   Provide direct service to survivors of diverse backgrounds and status, who experienced stalking, sexual, dating and domestic violence by responding to crisis calls and in-person meetings
·   Provide on-going crisis intervention, peer advocacy and on-going emotional support
·   Provide information, options and safety planning
·   Referral to and advocacy at community agencies
·   Find safe emergency, transitional and permanent housing resources
·   Criminal justice support and advocacy, which involves working with law enforcement, victim's advocates, Probation & Parole, domestic violence accountability program, etc. Advocate for survivors and keep them aware of the perpetrators’ status in these programs
·   Court advocacy for Emergency and Final Relief from Abuse Orders and other court proceedings including divorce, parentage, child custody or district court proceedings
·   Provide hospital, medical, social service and victim’s compensation information and advocacy
·   Maintain statistics by following agency protocol for recording all contacts with service users
C. Participate in collective tasks as needed:
·   Provide consistent and reliable shift coverage for 24-hour hotline
·   Assist in planning and providing for public relations activities concerning volunteers, support groups, client services and community events
·   Perform other related duties within the agency as requested by staff members or as decided in staff meetings
·   Assist in the coordination of volunteer activities and trainings
Minimum Qualifications:
·   A firm feminist understanding of gender justice issues, specifically those related to domestic and sexual violence
·  A strength’s based approach to the work
·  Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality policy
·   Crisis intervention and peer support experience
·   Ability to represent WomenSafe at community events and meetings with WomenSafe’s perspective and mission
·   Willingness to take a proactive approach to learning experience at WomenSafe by seeking out staff for information, support or projects as needed
·   Creative problem solver
·   Non-judgmental attitude and ability to remain calm under pressure
·   Excellent oral and written communication skills
·   Strong organizational skills
·   Flexibility and willingness to take on responsibility and new tasks
Desirable Qualifications:
·   Social media outreach and education skills
·  Bilingual in Spanish
·  Knowledge and understanding of the legal system, computer literacy and administrative experience
·   Demonstrated ability to advocate for women and children in multiple systems
·   Experience working with people from diverse communities
·   Knowledge of community resources
·   Ability to work in a collaborative atmosphere
·   Access to a reliable car