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Medical/Legal Advocate

Position:
We are seeking a positive, enthusiastic, multitasker to join our team. The ideal candidate is ambitious and has a passion for helping others. The Medical/Legal Advocate provides support and resources to victims of sexual assault while advocating to end sexual assault and abuse within our community. We have an immediate opening for a self-motivated individual to be the next rock star on our Sexual Assault Victim Care Unit. Under the supervision of the Director of the Sexual Assault, the Medical/Legal Advocate will work independently, resolve problems on the basis of past precedent; exercise judgement in interpreting guidelines; and ensure deadlines are met. The Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit is an Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) member Rape Crisis Center serving Madison, St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties.

Duties:
• Provide crisis intervention to sexual assault victims and their significant others
• Explain and clarify the workings and processes of the criminal justice system
• Provide legal advocacy for victims and significant others
• Support the victim before and after completing the police report of the incident
• Be present at the trial to lend support to the victims and their families
• Assist the victim and family in preparing the Victim Assistance Form and following through with the application
• Assist the victim in preparing a Victim Impact Statement
• Provide medical advocacy
• Be present at the hospital while medical procedures, such as the evidence collection kit, is being performed to explain each part of the process to the victim as well as to provide emotional support
• Establish and maintain networking agreements with all local law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, and appropriate criminal justice offices
• Provide public education presentations and training in the community
• Attend ICASA meetings and trainings as required
• Visit each law enforcement agency and medical facility at least two times a year to maintain a positive working relationship
• Maintain and abide by the policies and procedures of the Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit and the agency
• Report all findings of abuse/neglect to the immediate supervisor as a mandated reporter and make required reports per ANCRA
• Provide rotational on-call crisis advocacy services as necessary

Qualifications:
• A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, criminal justice or related field required
• A background in education, public communication, or public health is a plus
• Must have a valid Driver’s License and insurance
• Be willing to travel throughout the state of Illinois and to St. Louis County, MO to provide prevention services
• Be willing to travel out of town for training as necessary
• Must be able to manage a flexible schedule
• Clean criminal history and background
• Provide empowering support and guidance
• Have the ability to intervene appropriately in a crisis situation
• Must maintain total confidentiality at all times
• Requires the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population
• The ability to network, build and grow solid professional relationships
• Possess the ability to speak in a variety of public settings to large and small crowds
• Obtain a health physical and TB test
• Have the ability to sit, stand, bend, and lift up to 30 lbs
• Maintain a professional and courteous demeanor at all times
• Confidently speak in public