Part-time Position Available
Victims of Crime Specialist
El Vínculo Hispano / Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Organizational Summary: Founded in 1995, El Vínculo Hispano (EVH) is a grassroots non-profit organization that fosters cultural understanding between Latinos/as and other residents of Chatham County, and empowers Hispanics to overcome the challenges they face as immigrant and find their voice in the community. Chatham has approximately 20,000 Latino residents. EVH offers direct services, advocacy and community organizing. EVH has a strong record of collaboration, successful programs, fiscal accountability and constituent involvement. We seek a dynamic, self-motivated and bilingual Victims of Crime Specialist to administer our ongoing Victims of Crime or Fraud Program.
Current Challenge: Latinos are at an increased risk of victimization due to language barriers, limited knowledge of the criminal justice system, victims’ rights, and available resources.
Program Goal: Latino victims of crime will increase their ability to function safely as immigrants by having full access to the criminal justice system, and other health and human services.
· Identify Latino victims of crime by collecting crime reports from local law enforcement agencies and by attending district court each week.
· Help Latino crime victims understand and utilize criminal justice system and understand their rights.
· Conduct outreach to victims via Vínculo’s newsletter, workshops, events, and other means.
· Provide on-going case management of victim’s needs, emotional support and crisis counseling.
· Assist victims in filing for Victims Compensation Funds.
· Provide interpreting for victims during regular office hours or in times of crisis to facilitate communication with law enforcement agents and criminal justice system personnel.
· Learn about local resources and develop a collaborative relationship with law enforcement agencies, DA’s office, judges, magistrates, district attorney’s office, and other health and human service agencies to improve services to Latino victims.
· Offer resource referral services to victims and help victims access needed services.
· Work towards identifying gaps in services to Latino crime victims and improve access to the criminal justice system.
· Participate in the Chatham Criminal Justice Task Force that works to improve services for victims.
· Establish Program objectives and develop measurable outcomes for the Victims’ Program.
· Track Program progress and assist in reporting to Funders.
· Attend Program workshops and trainings.
· Assist in serving clients, fundraising, organizing community events and outreach efforts.
· Report to Program Director.
· Bachelors Degree and/or minimum 2 years relevant work experience in Social work and/or Victims Advocacy.
· Fluent in English and Spanish; bicultural preferred
· Organized and strategic; Excellent interpersonal skills and team player
· Proficient with Microsoft Office programs
· Willing to work some weekends and evenings
· Available 24/7 to Law Enforcement, the local hospital, and other agencies for assistance to victims.
· Valid NC Drivers’ License and No Criminal Record
· Previous translating/interpreting experience.
· Experience in working with Hispanics from various backgrounds.
· Non-profit and/or volunteer experience.
· Legal knowledge of the NC Justice System.
Hours and Salary: 32 hours/ week. Some evening and weekends may be required. The annual salary range is high 20’s with full time benefits. To apply: Send a cover letter in English and Spanish, a resume outlining experience, education and skills, and at least 3 professional references via email. No phone calls please. (Revised on February 11, 2013)