Tribal Victim Advocate/Cultural Wellness Facilitator – Inchelium, WA

DIVISION: Victim Services

LOCATION: Inchelium

REPORTS TO: Tribal Program Manager

SUPERVISES: None

DATE OPEN: 06/09/2022

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

STATUS: Non-Exempt

40 hours per week, $21.65 - $23.42 per hour, DOE

Summary

The Tribal Victim Advocate/Cultural Wellness Facilitator supports victims of crime, community members, and youth by facilitating culturally responsive healing activities. Provides crisis intervention and advocacy services for general crime victims or victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse. Provides initial eligibility and psychosocial assessments, an integrated safety plan with desired outcomes, follow- up information, and support. Advocates for the client and provides legal rights and responsibilities information relative to legal proceedings. Advocates for adult victim rights in the legal system. Advocates for abused children’s rights in the social service system and coordinates with the legal system. Assist clients in developing and implementing cultural wellness plans to promote survivor healing and cultural connection. Maintains records of client contact, serves as client liaison with other service providers, tribal and non-tribal, and prepares periodic reports    and correspondence. Develops and facilitates cultural teachings for clients and program participants including, but not limited to traditional sweats, berry/root gathering, traditional medicines, moccasin/cradleboard construction, and traditional ceremonies. Serves as a community resource for information regarding the impact of crimes on victims and the rights of victims. Serves as a community resource for information regarding the history and impacts of intergenerational trauma within Indigenous communities. Coordinates services between victims, law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. The position will also assist the Program Manager in planning and presenting traditional activities and cultural programs to a wide variety of audiences to promote social change and community connectedness.

The Tribal Victim Advocate/Cultural Wellness Facilitator must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; compassion for those harmed by abuse, violence, or other crimes; passion to advocate for the legal rights of victims; passion for cultural revitalization and restoring Indigenous traditions; the ability to be a great trainer; and conduct themselves in a professional demeanor.

Provides in person response, including but not limited to medical advocacy, to victims as needed. Serves victims in crisis as needed.

Examples of Duties & Responsibilities

  • Works with graphic designer and Program Manager to develop culturally sensitive outreach, education, and prevention materials, including but not limited to social media posts, business cards, flyers, brochures, and curriculum.
  • Present training to increase the cultural competency skills of community professionals (social workers, law enforcement, attorneys, and medical community) to appropriately respond to crime victims. Provide training for Victim Services volunteers as requested.
  • Support research-based primary prevention initiatives based on needs assessment outcomes.
  • Coordinate, facilitate and implement cultural services, groups, and meetings for community members and clients to support individual and community healing.
  • Establish trust and uphold strict confidentiality with clients.
  • Establish connections with elders and cultural teachers to assist with traditional programming.
  • Strategize and implement, with community input, various projects, activities, and learning experiences which educate and foster deeper understanding, sensitivity and awareness of Native culture, history, traditions, and contemporary issues pertaining to social, environmental, and educational justice.
  • Maintain paper records and computerized data system that provides for the proper evaluation, control, and documentation of assigned operations.
  • Remain current on agency, state and federal policy, requirements, laws and regulations governing program and services.
  • Provides in person response, including but not limited to medical advocacy, to victims as needed.
  • Serves victims in crisis as needed.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities

  • Significant demonstrated ability/experience utilizing training materials, lesson plans and curriculums, to teach and/or provide training, to do effective public speaking and do group presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, agency staff, community officials and the general public.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends.
  • Knowledge of the impact of crimes and trauma on victims, including historical and generational trauma.
  • Ability to engage with people of diverse and marginalized identities, specifically Indigenous populations.
  • Ability to engage a spectrum of learning styles, educational levels, and people facing socioeconomic barriers.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural safety: an ongoing process of actively working to make services and systems safer and more equitable for Indigenous people.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and backgrounds, and the understanding of how culture positively influences social-emotional learning, patterns, attitudes, long-term healing, community connectedness, and healthy coping skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of AI/AN culture, traditions, and tribal values, including cultural practices, languages, and/or traditions of the Colville and Spokane Tribes.
  • Experience working in social services.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention and counseling principles and practices. Ability and willingness to listen and maintain client confidentiality.
  • Ability to set limits and maintain healthy boundaries Ability to manage time effectively and be organized.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare reports, correspondence, and documentation Ability to use a computer and Microsoft Office 2010 software.

Required Education or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in social work, education or related field; acceptable completion of 40 hour pre-service victim services training; experience working with indigenous communities; demonstrated experience working in a social services field; experience planning and implementing community-based education and cultural programming; demonstrated experience teaching or training.

Or 

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

Required Certifications & Licenses

Preferred Certifications & Licenses

Valid driver’s license in state of residence.

Auto insurance in the amount required by the State of Washington.

Access to reliable transportation.

Acceptable completion of a background check

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone, and keyboard reach.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Light to moderate lifting is required.
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required.

The work environment characteristics described are what is encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Rural Resources Community Action provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.