Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 72,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
We are now hiring for a part-time Court Advocate II to join our Domestic Violence Courthouse team!
The Court Advocate II serves as a staff member of the Court Advocacy Team in the Centralized Domestic Violence Courthouse of the First Municipal District of Cook County. This position provides services to victims of domestic abuse who wish to pursue criminal charges and/or an order of protection under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA).
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Provides a brief overview of available court options to victims.
Assists with the completion of court forms including but not limited to Orders of Protection, Stalking Orders, and Civil No Contact Orders.
Assess which intervention is most useful for individual’s objective.
Refer to resources inside and outside the court house including Legal Advocates through Metropolitan Family Services or other qualified organizations.
Ensures professional relationships with clients and create an atmosphere of empathy and support.
Maintains accurate and current information regarding issues and policies impacting legal services to victims of domestic violence.
Updates and enhances knowledge of community resources and materials relevant to the clients that we serve.
Coordinates with team members to ensure client needs are met.
Collaborates with team members as well as other advocates and entities to provide ideal resources for clients.
Keep accurate records and fill out appropriate paperwork and data entry.
This position works 19 hours per week.
Bachelor’s Level Degree in Social Services, Criminal Justice or related field, required
OR Three (3) to five (5) years of experience and/or training.
One (1) year of experience in providing direct service advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their families.
Spanish/English bilingual preferred.
40- Hour Domestic Violence Training required.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated computer experience.
Knowledge of adult and youth issues specifically related to domestic violence.
Must have the ability to work with diverse groups.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
Metropolitan Family Services is an accredited nonprofit agency that has more than 800 full and part-time professional staff dedicated to providing quality services by empowering families to learn, to earn, to heal, and to thrive. We value our professionals for serving as a mentor, a motivator, and advocate to families in need. Since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change t...hat empowers Chicago and Suburban- area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.