Legal Advocate


(posted October 2019)
 
The Legal Advocate position requires a commitment to directly serving Native American victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking in Wisconsin.  It requires an interest in learning about and respecting the culture, traditions and judicial systems which are unique to each of the eleven federally recognized tribes in the state of Wisconsin.  It requires an ability to work with other tribal and community based advocates in addressing the legal needs of survivors and victims; and providing supportive services to enable survivors to create safe and healthy lives for themselves and their children.
 
The Legal Advocate will also directly assist the Lead VAWA Attorney in her representation of Native American survivors of violence.  The Legal Advocate can work remotely from anywhere in Northern Wisconsin or at our office in Wausau, Wisconsin. 
 
Supervisory Relationships – reports to Lead Attorney responsible for implementing Judicare’s Violence Against Women Act Legal Assistance To Victims grant (the VAWA Project). 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Generate documents and assume authority for file management.  These tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Preparation of correspondence
    • Drafting court documents 
  • Schedule and screening of clients in shelters, at their homes or at community locations.
  • Research, collect and compile supporting documentation for attorneys and clients.
  • Assist in monitoring court cases, and provide updates to staff attorneys on a regular basis.
  • Provide administrative support.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Associate’s Degree and/ or a minimum of three years of progressively responsible non-profit experience; experience in assisting victims of domestic violence and/ or sexual assault preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential
  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving, and attention to detail required
  • Professional and friendly demeanor
  • An interest in technology is preferred
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment within parameters of office policies.
  • Demonstration of responsibility and dependability when completing assignments; planning and organizing work according to established priorities; timely completion of assignments. 
  • Commitment to working collaboratively and flexibly with a variety of professionals, stakeholders, and community members, and meeting their needs and requirements
  • Ability to work independently and consistently with office quality standards
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize projects impacting the work of others

COMPENSATION

Compensation depends upon experience and qualifications.  This full-time position includes full fringe benefits, which currently consist of health, dental, life and disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and vacation and sick time.  This position will be open until filled.  For maximum consideration, please apply as soon as possible.  

HOW TO APPLY

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Mary Jo Nyenhuis, Executive Secretary
Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.
P.O. Box 6100
Wausau, WI  54402-6100
 
Wisconsin Judicare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal law.