Attorney _________________________________________________Job Description
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Director of Victim Services
Immediate opening available for a Family Law attorney to assist/represent victims of family violence and sexual assault in divorces, SAPCR/paternity actions, and protective orders. This person must be able to handle family law cases from the interviewing process to the close of the case. This is a great opportunity to obtain hands on experience under the direction of the Managing Attorney while assisting people who need your help.
- Provides high quality legal advice and representation in compliance with all applicable professional standards and requirements of attorneys of the State Bar of Texas to, including but not necessarily limited to:
- Clients of the Resource and Crisis Center in such matters as suits for: dissolution of marriage, suits affecting parent-child relationships, applications for protective orders and other appropriate legal matters.
- RCC as requested by the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and to such ancillary clients as RCC may accept.
- Maintains the confidentiality of clients in accordance with RCC policies and the rules of the Texas State Bar.
- Adheres to agency’s client services policies and procedures.
- Ensures compliance of Legal Services staff with all grant requirements, including specialized training and caseloads, and Texas State Bar requirements, including Continuing Education, Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, and applicable ethical rules.
- Ensures that all statistical reporting and grant-mandated requirements are completed and/or provided to the appropriate staff in a timely manner.
- Complies with agency administrative procedures, reporting and record keeping requirements (timesheets, expense reports, etc.).
- Maintains and enhances RCC working relationships with the legal community in Galveston and surrounding counties, as needed and as appropriate, including the local Bar, judiciary, law enforcement and other agencies that provide assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault.
- Provides legal education to laypersons and others regarding matters affecting RCC and/or its clients and concerning issues of family violence, sexual assault and services provided by RCC, including organizing/conducting orientation/in-service training for Legal Services staff.
- Participates in organization-wide planning and training functions as required.
- Establishes and maintains a good working relationship with co-workers and others as necessary to carry out the mission of RCC and the goals and objectives.
- Treat clients, staff, and the general public with respect.
- Some travel required.
Normally works regularly scheduled business hours Monday through Friday, but may be required to gather evidence, appear before courts and/or other authorities, conduct research or make presentations to the general public at hours other than normal business hours.
- Minimum – A Texas law license; legal experience to include contested family law issues; demonstrated knowledge of family law, civil procedure, evidence and the criminal justice system; strong computer skills in such areas as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistics, etc.
- Candidate must also be eligible for malpractice insurance and have a clean driving record.
- Candidate must be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas
- Preferred – A Texas law license; three (3) to five (5) years of legal experience in family law issues; demonstrated extensive knowledge of family law, civil procedure, evidence and the criminal justice system; three (3) years of experience working with victims of family violence and/or sexual assault; strong computer skills in such areas as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistics, etc.; ability to make public presentations to community groups. Candidate must also be eligible for malpractice insurance and have a clean driving record. Bilingual: Spanish/English
Submit: Cover Letter and Resume to the Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County Inc., Attn: Ian Michael Kuecker, 1802 Broadway, Suite 122, Galveston, Texas 77551 or you may email email@example.com
Part – Time Weekend Victims Assistant___________________________________________Job Description
JOB OVERVIEW: Perform crisis response and intervention in person and by phone the weekend shift at our residential facility. Part-time Victims Assistant will provide assessments, service planning, safety planning, crime victims’ compensation, case management, court assistance and accompaniment and referral and other services in support of survivors and their families.
Bilingual a plus.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Performs intervention and assessment services for victim’s sexual assault.
- Is the primary responder to UTMB for medical accompaniment to victims of sexual assault
- Medical accompaniment responder to victims of sexual assault
- Assist the client/ family in developing a service plan including identification of resources to meet their most immediate and longer term needs, provision of referrals, assistance in accessing services, and review of plan to assure all needed services are provided and effective in meeting the victim’s goals. Documentation of all activity is required.
- Victim Assistant will help the client / family cope with the traumatic event and subsequent situations and challenges and return to the highest possible level of functioning as quickly as possible. Educate the client / family about typical responses to similar traumatic events to help them prepare for possible future challenges.
- Adhere to Resource and Crisis Center Policy and Procedure in the performance of job duties.
- Evaluates a wide range of victim’s problems to supply appropriate information and referral service to resolve the problem and/or apply appropriate intervention techniques to resolve an immediate and critical situation with thoughtful and thorough analysis.
- Handle multiple projects simultaneously and use good judgment in performing work assignments.
- Work in a variety of stressful and emotional situations throughout an on-call weekend shift and on a medical accompaniment. Provides needed basic items after sexual assault exam.
- Perform complex, confidential and sensitive assignments.
- Will assist in the residential shelter where needed.
- Listen, communicate and deal effectively with clients in crisis situations, co-workers, other professionals, civic groups, social service agencies, volunteers and the general public.
- Thrives in a teamwork driven environment with a commitment to the highest level of quality service and advocacy.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Commitment to supporting and empowering victims of crime and advocating against violence and sexual violence in our community and our society.
- Understand and protect client confidentiality at all times.
- Knowledge, experience and demonstration of skill in any or all of the following: crisis intervention; hotline and emergency response; victim’s rights and available services; domestic violence; sexual violence; law enforcement and court procedures.
- Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.
- Pass background screening.
- High moral character.
- Polite, compassionate, courteous and tactful with the public, victims, their families, Law Enforcement and other agency staff.
- Must have a valid driver’s license
- Time is flexible with on call weekends