Lead Legal Advocate

Reports to: Services Director
Hours: Full Time
Pay Rate: Starts at $27.50/hour, premium pay for multi-lingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt
Reviewed: November 2021

LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Survivors of domestic violence and BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation and Benefits

Pay rate starts at $27.50 per hour ($57,200 annually) DOE, with premium pay for those who are multilingual and/or have 4+ years of directly relevant experience.

LifeWire offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • 100% of employee premiums for excellent health, vision and dental plans, including a Health Savings Accounts alternative
  • 401K with 2% employer retirement contributions after 1st-year employment
  • Employer-paid short-term disability and group life insurance coverage
  • 24 days of Paid Time Off, rising to 30 days of PTO after 5 years and 36 days of PTO after 10 years
  • 10 paid holidays, plus 2 floating holidays
  • Flexible schedules and remote-work arrangements

LifeWire’s Vision / Mission:

Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. LifeWire’s mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional and societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate it.

About LifeWire:

Everyone deserves to live free from fear and violence. From a safe home, each of us can work, learn, play, and fully contribute to our community. At LifeWire, we help adults, children, and youth who have been impacted by domestic violence build safer and healthier lives by offering support, resources, and professional services. And we work with youth and young adults to develop healthy foundations early in life, preventing future violence.

Overview of Service:

LifeWire’s Advocates provide advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence, coordination with the criminal and civil legal systems and other services such as weekly support groups for adult survivors, children, and youth, housing advocacy, and referrals to other service agencies in our community.

Overview of Position:

LifeWire’s Lead Legal Advocate assists survivors in understanding and navigating the legal systems they encounter, including family, criminal, housing, and immigration. The Lead Legal Advocate builds and maintains relationships with community legal resources and assists survivors with connecting to those resources. The Lead Legal Advocate also provides staff training and case consultation and legal resource assistance to LifeWire advocates.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide survivor-driven and trauma-informed legal advocacy and information on navigating legal systems to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Coordinate various partnerships and activities, which support legal representation for survivors (e.g. partnership with local family law legal aid agencies, regularly occurring Domestic Violence Protection Order Clinics, weekly legal clinics, etc).
  • Engage regularly with representatives from Prosecutors’ Offices, Probation Departments and other parties interested in a responsible response to domestic violence.
  • Foster excellent court accompaniment services by training staff and volunteers and ensuring court accompaniment requests are met whenever possible.
  • Educate staff and volunteer advocates by providing ongoing legal information, technical assistance and training.
  • Regularly assess, update, and maintain legal advocacy materials for advocates and program participants.
  • Research and clarify legal issues for program participants. Serve as LifeWire’s voice in the community to advocate for domestic violence survivors’ legal issues and needs.
  • Assist survivors in all LifeWire Services (including Survivor Advocacy, Community Advocacy, Housing Stability, Mental Health, and Homelessness Services) by contributing to supportive activities including support groups, prevention activities and the like.
  • Work closely and cooperatively in a team setting with all staff, interns, donors, and volunteers.
  • Maintain organized shared spaces and personal work environment.
  • Participate in system data collection in an accurate, complete, and timely manner.
  • Conduct outcome measurement and use applicable evaluation tools.
  • Complete necessary paperwork and statistical information.
  • Appropriately spend program funds and consistently track the expenditures as required.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings, and internal meetings.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Work experience may substitute for education.
  • One or more years’ experience providing advocacy through LifeWire or similar setting
  • Two or more years’ experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred; experience with legal advocacy and/or relevant legal procedure strongly preferred.
  • Multi-lingual/cultural preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing economic abuse preferred and/or a strong interest in economic justice issues and systems.
  • Experience, ability and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
  • Ability to meet LifeWire background check requirements.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Updated – or ability and willingness to update – CPR and First Aid Certification and AIDS/HIV Certification.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to deliver services.
  • Ability to attend work regularly, including scheduled work time outside of typical office hours.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use a computer, which includes extensive keyboarding, and the telephone. The employee must be able to communicate with a wide variety of individuals including through interpreter services. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision to read participant paperwork, data enter information, and work with government and community websites, forms, and email.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move from location to location throughout multiple office facilities and throughout the community. The employee must effectively split work time between LifeWire’s office and community locations. LifeWire advocate roles are mobile, which requires the employee to travel locally to meet participants, other agency representatives, and government employees in their offices. Employees must frequently carry up to 15 pounds and must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 30 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often in scattered-site housing complexes with varying levels of noise, frequent interruptions and occasional intensive emotional encounters. Occasionally, the employee is in an office environment with moderate noise. The employee is required to drive, which includes exposure to the outdoors and daily encounters with traffic. Employees are often exposed to recitations of traumatic situations and must be prepared to handle secondary trauma.

How to Apply:

LifeWire offers outstanding health benefits, competitive pay, generous paid time off, a 401(k) match, and a welcoming environment for professional and personal growth. LifeWire is still mostly working remotely. When we do return to “normal” we plan to allow flexible arrangements that will meet the needs of survivors while still allowing employees who would prefer to work from home to do so a few days per week.

To apply for an open position, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to hr@lifewire.org, by fax to 425-649-0752 or by mail to:

LifeWire
Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 6398
Bellevue, WA 98008

Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be asked to fill out a Job Application.