Public Defender Client Advocate
***This position is time-limited, grant funded, full-time.***
**Funding for this position will end on June 30, 2025.**
The Public Defender's Office, District 29A, which consists of Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties, seeks a Client Advocate to assist clients and attorneys in navigating gaps in access to treatment, mediation, public benefits, and social determinate needs that are the core cause of criminal court involvement.
A Client Advocate (CA) will engage directly with court appointed defendants throughout their case, identify needs and connect them with specific services.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Assist public defenders by providing information to aid in favorable case outcomes and attempt to reduce additional contact with the court system.
- Provide reports and updates to attorneys.
- Assist clients with identifying optimal treatment options and assist with enrollment, logistics, and related needs to enable admittance and completion.
- Assist clients with accessing health care and securing stable housing.
- Connect clients with supportive community resources.
- Interview clients (in jail custody and out of jail custody).
- Track specific output and outcome measurements through data collection per the terms of the grant.
- Develop relationships with local organizations and resources to facilitate advocacy.
- Build relationships with clients to understand and identify challenges.
- Travel throughout Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties.
To view and apply:
Applications must be submitted via the above link for consideration.
Public Defender Client Advocate
||North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services
||$36,010.00 - $45,000.00 Annually
|Posting Start Date:
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Knowledge of: criminal justice system; public and private organizations and community resources; alternative treatment and/or placement facilities both in and outside of North Carolina; and funding sources for alternative treatment and/or placement facilities.
Skills in: excellent written, strong organizational and writing skills; communication and advocacy skills; and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to: work with a diverse population; welcome individuals with lived experience with recovery; meet high demands and deadlines often associated with advocating for the rights of consumers within the criminal justice system; develop and conduct educational seminars; and work both independently and as a part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Must have an active North Carolina Driver's license.
- Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in social work or another human services field and one year of work experience in a human services field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Management prefers candidates with a Bachelor's degree in social work or another human services field and two (2) years of experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Certified Peer Support Specialists and Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional are encouraged to apply.
||This listing expires on: 10/18/2023