Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter

Systems Advocate

Type of Position: Full time (40 hours/week)

Work Site: Main Office and Vision Center

Supervisor: Program Director

Scope of Work: The Systems Advocate provides direct services and high-quality advocacy to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. This position provides primary assistance, education and systems advocacy to survivors navigating the legal system. All advocacy provided by this position is survivor-centered, trauma informed and empowerment based.


Organizational and Administrative

· Demonstrate the core values of the organization.

· Ensure compliance with program policies, funding requirements, and best practices.

· Work with board, staff and volunteers toward a shared goal of ending domestic and sexual violence in Rutland County.

· Serve on organizational teams or committees and participate actively in staff meetings.

· Participate in organizational development activities.

· Represent the organization as needed at events and fundraising activities.

Legal & Systems Advocacy

· Provide high quality, best practice-informed support and systems advocacy to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.

· Provides family, civil and criminal court advocacy for survivors related to domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.

· Liaise and collaborate with partner agencies including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s office, and Have Justice Will Travel with and on behalf of survivors.

· Attend trainings at the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council on Domestic and Sexual Violence Response for Law Enforcement.

· Attends train-the-trainer for Domestic Violence Mandate classroom trainings and partners with law enforcement to provide that training in Rutland County

· Takes necessary training to become the Lethality Assessment Protocol coordinator for Rutland County

· Seeks best national level best practices to inform the local work of criminal justice and family court systems.

· Provide training and technical assistance to legal and human services systems, including law enforcement.

· Serve on multi-disciplinary teams to provide expertise on domestic and sexual violence, when needed.

· Serve as liaison to Court Advocacy Task Force (CATF) meetings

· Contribute time to office coverage by answering the phone, answering the door, and greeting clients when needed.

· Available for on-call crisis hotline hours.(Including some nights and weekends)


· Minimum 3 years human services experience;

· Experience working with complex systems highly preferred;

· Ability to exercise excellent professional judgment;

· Orientation to details and proven ability to manage multiple deadlines;

· A demonstrated commitment to anti-oppression work and ending violence against women;

· Ability and commitment to work within a team model to achieve organizational goals;

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

· Proficiency in MS Office Suite

Job Details

  • Position Type: Program
  • Location: Rutland County
  • Employment Type/ Status: Full Time

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