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Criminal Justice Intervention Advocate

Cornerstone Advocacy Service



 

Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $4.8M agency with approximately 90 employees. We provide specialized services within eleven cities, including Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis. Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center. Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence.

 


(www.cornerstonemn.org)

 
Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Legal, Civil Rights Advocacy, Crime
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Full Time Salary: DOQ
Hours: 40 hours per week 
 

Primary Duties:

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Provide legal advocacy services in criminal matters to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and trafficking in a knowledgeable, empathetic manner.  Work with local law enforcement, prosecutors, probation officers, and judges to meet the needs of all victim/survivors who are depending on the court for their safety.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

Program:  

  • Work collaboratively across all CAS programs
  • Attend departmental staff meetings as scheduled
  • Serve as an advocate for victim/survivors in criminal court proceedings
  • Function as a liaison between the victim/survivor and the criminal justice system
  • Consult with all members of the legal system and court personnel to convey victim input as appropriate
  • Advocate for the protection of the victim/survivors and the accountability of offenders within the criminal justice system
  • Maintain confidentiality and a professional demeanor in behavior and dress
  • Keep accurate records of all court appearances, phone calls and in-person contacts with and on behalf of the victim/survivors
  • Make follow up phone calls to victim/survivors to notify them of court orders/appearances/case status
  • Provide all relevant information to victim/survivors to facilitate their involvement in every court appearance
  • Keep abreast of new laws affecting victim/survivors safety
  • Provide resources and referrals as needed to help meet victim needs.

 

Human Resources:  N/A

Administrative Responsibilities:  Complete data entry in a timely manner.

Organizational Expectations:  Participate on internal CAS committees as assigned; Attend all staff meetings and trainings; provide support and attends CAS events such as Volunteer Recognition and DVAM activities throughout the year; support CAS marketing initiatives and promote CAS Mission and Philosophy; provide support to a minimum of one Cornerstone fundraising event per year; display high ethical/professional standards; represent CAS on external committees as assigned. 


Experience:

Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Women’s Studies or related field.  Two years of experience providing legal advocacy to victims of domestic assault or other crimes.  Knowledge of social service, welfare, mental health and justice systems pertinent to the needs of abused persons. Experience working with diverse populations.  Must have a reliable car, valid driver’s license and proof of ongoing automobile insurance.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employees abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.   

 


 

Additional Info:

Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

                                                                         

Cornerstone offers a generous salary and benefits package. 


How To Apply:

Please E-Mail your cover letter & resume to:

 

jobs@cornerstonemn.org


No agencies; No walk-ins; No phone calls please


 

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