Part-Time Police and Court Support Advocate

General Information

Reporting to the Director of Justice, Research and Outreach (“Director, JRO”) and working alongside other JRO staff, students, and volunteers. This is a part-time staff position. Primary responsibility is providing trauma-informed support to clients navigating the Criminal Justice System.

Police and Court Support

  • Provide information and trauma-informed support to anyone wishing to engage in the civil or criminal justice system.

  • Organize and attend police interviews as a professional support person and set up satellite interviews in the Organization’s space, acting as a Monitor for police who arrive without additional support.

  • Update client files in the Victim Services Client Management System daily and inform clients of status updates regarding criminal investigations and court proceedings.

  • Manage a client caseload of 50-60 files.

  • Advocate to major criminal justice partners on behalf of vulnerable clients, including but not limited to Crown Prosecution, Police Agencies, Victim Service Units, and other Community Agencies.

  • Participate in regular case consults and debriefings with the Director, JRO.

  • As may be required, participate in and provide support for Saffron Centre events/activities including workshops, fundraising events, general operations or administration, interagency meetings, community awareness activities, etc.

 

Outreach

  • Work in collaboration with the JRO team to identify communities of interest for outreach efforts, defined as efforts intended to remove barriers and increase access to sexual violence services for those who are un/underserved and/or those identified by the organization as a community of interest.

  • Build relationships and increase network of partners working in the Criminal Justice System.

 

Administrative Duties

  • Track all interactions with clients and external agencies via the Victim Services Client Management Database.

  • Submit monthly, quarterly, and annual statistics to the Director, JRO.

 

Skills and Abilities

  • Self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic and the capacity to work as part of a team.

  • Ability to provide compassionate and empathetic care to vulnerable individuals from a trauma-informed perspective.

  •  Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build positive relationships on both an individual and group level.

  • Passion for sexual violence advocacy and a desire to lower barriers to access for those who have experienced sexual violence.

  • Strong professional oral and written communications skillset.

 

Qualifications and Competencies

  • A diploma or bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Social Work, Sociology, or a related discipline.

  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license, a personal vehicle, and valid liability insurance.

  • Minimum 2 years prior paid or unpaid experience working with vulnerable individuals in the criminal justice sector.

  • Clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check.

  • Clear Child Intervention Record Check.

  • A signed Oath of Confidentiality is required to work, volunteer, or complete a practicum at the Organization.

  • Suicide Intervention Training is an asset.

  • Mental Health First Aid is an asset.

  • Cultural Awareness Training is an asset.

 

Job Type

  • Part-time

  • Hours: 20-30 per week

  • Salary: $20.00-$23.00 per hour

  • Benefits: Dental Care / Extended Health Care / Vision Care

  • Schedule: Monday to Friday

  • Application question(s): How many years of direct work experience do you have with victims of crime?

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (preferred)

  • Experience: Criminal Justice System: 2 years (required)

  • License/Certification: Driver's License and Vehicle (required)

 

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to Kiara Warkentin, Director of Justice, Research and Outreach, kiaraw@saffroncentre.com.