General Crime Victim Advocate

Cornerstone is a $5M agency with approximately 90 employees.  Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.

Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. In addition, through Cornerstone’s statewide Day One Crisis and Crime Victim Support lines, we provided services to over 20,000 persons via phone, text and chat. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence. 

Position Summary

Provide advocacy services to victims of general crime, in a trauma informed, knowledgeable manner. The advocate will inform the victim of their rights and available resources, including restitution, reparations and emergency funds. They will advocate/liaison with local law enforcement, victim witness coordinators/advocates, prosecutors and other professionals/providers within the criminal justice system on behalf of the victim when appropriate. Assists with the distribution of emergency funds.

Salary: $17 per hour

Position Type: Full Time

Required Experience: 2 – 5 Years

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Date Posted: June 25, 2020

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Information and Referral

  • Explain the criminal justice process, through post-conviction.
  • Explain the authority and discretion of criminal justice professionals.
  • Explain the statutory rights afforded to crime victims.
  • Explain to victims the availability of financial assistance through restitution, crime victim reparations and emergency funds, and provide appropriate referrals.
  • Provide information on available legal resources and courthouse-based Self-help Centers.
  • Provide information about civil protective orders.
  • Provide referrals for immigrant crime victims to appropriate social service and legal resources to meet their unique needs, such as assistance with U-visa applications.

Emergency Funds Assistance

  • Process requests for general crime victim emergency funds distributed through the program.
  • Assist in vendors and participants in receiving general crime victim emergency funds via mail/purchase orders, etc. for greater Minnesota and at times, in-person for metro area requests.

Assistance

  • Collaborate with the Day One Crime Victim Support 24-hour crisis line that connects crime victims directly with advocates for crisis counseling and emergency assistance such as transportation, shelter, food and other basic necessities.
  • Provide or connect victims to organizations that provide emergency assistance such as transportation, shelter, food and other basic necessities.
  • Provide follow-up assistance to victims.
  • Provide assistance to victims throughout the entire criminal justice process, including reporting the crime, during an investigation, case review, hearing/trial preparation, court accompaniment and post-conviction.
  • Ensure victims involved in a criminal prosecution understand who to contact in the prosecutor’s office and facilitate communication between victims and victim/witness staff or other appropriate person in prosecutorial agency.
  • Assist with completing reparations claim forms.
  • Assist with paperwork for emergency funds as directed.
  • Provide guidance and assistance in filing elder, vulnerable adult and child abuse reports.
  • Assist victims who wish to limit distribution of their personal information by explaining the statutory protections and assist in making the necessary request to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.

Advocacy

  • Advocate on behalf of victims to help meet their self-defined needs in areas including, but not limited to, housing, safety and security issues; creditors; property repair; and in obtaining assistance from other non-traditional resources/services.
  • Advocate on the behalf of victims with law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges to ensure the victims’ rights are upheld, their voices are heard.
  • Act as a liaison with criminal justice system personnel, such as law enforcement officers, prosecutors and victim/witness coordinators, and probation officers to ensure crime victims have the information they need at various stages in the process and can provide information to those criminal justice system personnel.

Outreach/Community Education

Conduct outreach and training efforts to educate the community on crime victimization issues and services available to victims to community service groups, civic organizations, law enforcement, special populations, professional organizations, schools, etc.

Administrative Responsibilities

 Complete data entry in a timely manner.

Organizational Expectations

Participate on internal CAS committees as assigned; Attend all staff meetings and trainings; provide support and attends CAS events such as Volunteer Recognition and DVAM activities throughout the year; support CAS marketing initiatives and promote CAS Mission and Philosophy; provide support to a minimum of one Cornerstone fundraising event per year; display high ethical/professional standards; represent CAS on external committees as assigned.

Qualifications

Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, or related field. Knowledge of social service, welfare, mental health, principles of trauma informed advocacy and justice systems pertinent to the needs of a crime victim. Experience working with diverse populations. Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in the victim service field. Must have a reliable car, valid driver’s license and proof of ongoing automobile insurance.

Education/Experience

Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, or related field. Length of experience in a social service field may be considered in lieu of educational requirements. Minimum of 1 year of experience providing direct services, leadership or supervision in an environment that is responsive to individuals and families who have experienced trauma.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools, or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employee’s abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.    

Additional Information

Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Cornerstone offers generous wages and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Apply online by completing this employment application and uploading your resume and cover letter directly in this form.

You can also download Cornerstone’s employment application (PDF) and submit the completed application, resume and cover letter to Jobs@cornerstonemn.org with the job title in the email subject line. 

Only applications with a completed form, resume and cover letter will be reviewed.

No agencies; no walk-ins; and no phone calls please. The Jobs@cornerstonemn.org email is only for receiving resumes. No additional information is known about open positions. Qualified applicants will be contacted after resumes are reviewed.

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Mission & Services

Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime.

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Minnesota Day One®

A statewide program of Cornerstone, Day One® works to ensure that no call for help goes unanswered so that all in need can find safety and support. Day One connects people to experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking or general crime to help at agencies throughout the state.

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Call: 1.866.223.1111
Text: 612.399.9995

Please call 911 in an emergency.

Minnesota Crime Victims

Cornerstone’s General Crime Victim Advocacy program assists victims of assault, child abuse, impaired drivers, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, homicide and other crimes. We also can connect you to crime victim agencies through Minnesota via our statewide Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line.

Learn more

Call: 1.866.385.2699
Text: 612.399.9977

Please call 911 in an emergency.

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