Legal Advocate

Reports to: Services Director
Hours: 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Starts at $25.50/hour, premium pay for multilingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt
Reviewed: December 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 $25.50 per hour ($53,040 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 five years and 36 days of PTO after ten years
  • Ten paid holidays, plus two floating holidays
  • Flexible schedules and remote-work arrangements

LifeWire is still mostly working remotely. When we 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.

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 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 Legal Advocate primarily supports adult survivors of domestic violence in East/North King County. The Legal Advocate provides individual advocacy on the phone and in person, assists survivors in navigating the civil and criminal legal systems, connects survivors to other service providers, and offers community education about domestic violence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide survivor-driven and trauma-informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Assist in maintaining and supporting free and low-cost legal partnerships.
  • Assist with screening for Legal Clinics and attendance at Legal Clinics to support survivors and attorneys.
  • Engage regularly with representatives from Prosecutors’ Offices, Public Defenders’ Offices, Probation Departments, and other parties interested in a responsible response to domestic violence.
  • Provide court accompaniment for survivors when possible, whether in person or by telephone.
  • Research and clarify legal issues for service participants.
  • Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
  • Facilitate support groups, education groups, and other meetings with survivors.
  • Assist survivors in all LifeWire Services (including Survivor Advocacy, Housing Stability, Mental Health, and Homelessness Services) by contributing to support 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.
  • Work irregular hours, including weekends, as required to meet the support needed of the survivor.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Work experience may substitute for education.
  • Two or more years’ experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred. Prior legal advocacy work preferred.
  • Multilingual/cultural preferred.
  • Experience, demonstrated skill, and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
  • Must meet LifeWire background check requirements.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Strong 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.

How to Apply:

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.