FPSE/CWE Neighborhood Court Advocate

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FPSE/CWE Court Advocate Position

The Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative (CWE NSI) is looking to fill a Court Advocate position. The position of FPSE/CWE Neighborhood Court Advocate is to advocate on behalf of both the Forest Park Southeast and Central West End neighborhoods in the circuit and city courts of the City of St. Louis. The advocate will identify criminal incidents that occur in the listed neighborhoods and track these cases in the respective court once an arrest has been made and criminal charges have been issued. This monitoring and tracking of criminal cases will require the advocate to work closely with and interact with the various neighborhood groups, members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, attorneys and staff of the Circuit Attorney’s Office and court personnel.

Qualified applicants should have a college degree however we would be willing to consider applicants with equivalent work related experience. Experience and understanding of criminal law, elements of criminal cases, how the courts work and working knowledge of basic criminal investigations and prosecutions is necessary. Please refer to the job description for further information. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience and background.

Apply by submitting a resume, cover letter and references to the CWE NSI Office, 447 N. Euclid, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108 or email to Jim Whyte at jwhyte@cwensi.com no later than Friday, January 17, 2014.

Position Details

Job Title: FPSE/CWE Neighborhood Court Advocate

Hours: 40 hour work week. The advocate will devote their time equally between the Forest Park Southeast and Central West End neighborhoods. It will be necessary to be flexible and adjust hours to attend evening meetings on occasion.

Salary: TBD

Job Summary: The position of FPSE/CWE Neighborhood Court Advocate is to advocate on behalf of the neighborhoods in the circuit and city courts of the City of St. Louis. The advocate will identify criminal incidents that occur in the FPSE and CWE neighborhoods and track these cases in the respective court once an arrest has been made and criminal charges have been issued. This monitoring and tracking of criminal cases will require the advocate to work closely with the various neighborhood groups, members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, attorneys and staff of the Circuit Attorney’s Office and court personnel.

The Court Advocate serves as a staff member of the NSI advocating on the behalf of the FPSE/CWE neighborhood residents in the St. Louis judicial system. The Court Advocacy Program is an integral part of the FPSE/CWE security strategy. Cases can range from violent crimes, (i.e. murder or rape) to “quality of life” cases (i.e. drug dealing, public drinking, and panhandling). In addition, the Court Advocacy Program has an important role in increasing neighborhood empowerment by actively participating in neighborhood/resident advocacy and outreach.

Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field preferred but willing to consider applicants with equivalent work related experience. Experience and understanding of criminal law, elements of criminal cases, how the courts work and an understanding of basic criminal investigations and prosecutions is desired.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Direct Service:

  • Serve as a liaison between victim services and the legal system
  • Monitor cases as it proceeds and stay current
  • Attend court hearing on assigned cases
  • Adhere to deadlines and timetable involving cases
  • Work closely with various neighborhood groups, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Attorneys and staff of the Circuit Attorney’s office and court personnel
  • Any other duties assigned and deemed necessary for effective and efficient operations

Advocacy, Outreach, and Organization Representation:

  • Collect Community Impact Statements
  • Provide educational support to victims and community stakeholders
  • Provide in‐person and telephone counseling, advocacy, information and referrals
  • Provide community presentations and professional training as requested

Record‐Keeping:
Maintain a up‐to‐date and complete file of all closed, open and ongoing cases
Personal Traits: Interest in the law and advocating on behalf of the victim and community. The Advocate should have the ability to work with police investigators, criminal prosecutors, judges and court personnel along with community groups and victims. The advocate must also,

  • Dedication and commitment to victims
  • Time management
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and empathy
  • Ability to demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to utilize multi‐tasking skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to handle stressful, crisis situations
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to be objective and maintain confidentially.