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Community Advocacy Assistant

Job Description

The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is a statewide nonprofit that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive.

CWEALF’s Legal Education Program increases access to civil legal justice in Connecticut. We primarily serve low-income and marginalized women and families with legal and social service issues in family law, employment discrimination and civil rights. CWEALF empowers individuals with legal information and connects them to low-cost attorneys and social services to meet their needs holistically. 

CWEALF seeks an individual who is fluent in English and Spanish and is passionate about helping people achieve equality and justice to serve as a part-time Community Advocacy Assistant. As a part of our Legal Education Program, CWEALF conducts one-on-one legal advocacy. In this role, you will work in the Greater Hartford region to educate and prepare clients to successfully navigate legal and social service systems and improve clients’ economic security and access to justice.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively listen to client’s stories and conduct intake about their legal and social service issues
  • Educate clients on their legal rights, options and resources
  • Guide self-represented parties to successfully navigate the court system
  • Connect clients to attorneys in CWEALF’s Cooperating Attorney Network and social service agencies, as appropriate and necessary
  • Provide moral, emotional and cultural support to clients
  • Follow-up with clients and provide ongoing legal advocacy and support as needed
  • Maintain ongoing communication with CWEALF’s Community Advocacy Manager about the status of clients’ needs and cases
  • Maintain ongoing communication with staff regarding client candidates for the Peer Advocacy program
  • Provide community education and know-your-rights workshops
  • Promote CWEALF’s Legal Education services and assist with community outreach efforts. Engage in Legal Education outreach, to include building relationships with community partners to expand and enhance CWEALF services, and collaborate with community partners to deliver Legal Education activities
  • Participate in professional development and coalitions related to legal education, social service issues, and cultural competency
  • Participate as a member of the CWEALF team and contribute expertise to organization-wide projects and outreach
  • Other duties as assigned

 Qualifications:

  • A minimum two-years of work experience in a related field  
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, verbal and written
  • Excellent listening, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations
  • Cultural sensitivity, compassion, and understanding
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent follow-through
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with staff and community partners, and receive feedback

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong connections and networks in the Greater Hartford community
  • Demonstrated program coordination experience
  • Some supervisory skills
  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Requirements:

  • Available within 9-5 business hours with occasional weekend and evening events
  • Access to a reliable vehicle

This is a part-time position (15 hours a week) with an hourly wage of $19 per hour. Employee will be eligible to participate in group insurance and receive prorated benefits. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to cwealf@cwealf.org with the subject line “Community Advocacy Assistant.” Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

CWEALF is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. CWEALF does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at cwealf@cwealf.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application. 

CWEALF offers a workplace culture that values communication, kindness, respect, and a commitment to feminism and social justice.

 

Request for Proposals

CWEALF Legal Education Peer Advocacy Curriculum

The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is a statewide nonprofit that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive.

CWEALF’s Legal Education Program increases access to legal justice in Connecticut. We primarily serve low-income and marginalized women and families with legal and social service issues in family law, employment discrimination and civil rights. We empower individuals with legal information, legal advocacy, and connect them to low-cost attorneys and social services to meet their needs holistically.

She Leads Justice is a new project under Legal Education, and the Peer Advocacy component of this project is expected to launch at the end of 2019. Peer Advocacy will develop former Legal Education clients into volunteer legal advocates. Many CWEALF clients experience empowerment and transformation through the support of our services and express a desire to empower other women in similar circumstances. The Peer Advocacy Program will provide these clients customized training and development to successfully advocate for their peers in legal and social service systems as well as advocate for systemic change in their communities

CWEALF seeks an experienced individual to design a peer advocacy program curriculum and evaluation tools in partnership with CWEALF staff. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of and professional experience with low-income and diverse populations.

Responsibilities:

  • Design a 9-12-month peer advocacy curriculum in conjunction with CWEALF staff to provide women of low-income, Spanish speaking, and diverse backgrounds with training and tools to be successful peer advocates. The curriculum should be customizable to support each participant to meet their current needs and abilities.
  • Design evaluation tools that measure participant goals, progress, and success.
  • Maintain clear and ongoing communication with CWEALF staff about the status of work progress.
  • Develop an application process for peer advocate candidates.
  • Draft a job description for a part-time peer advocacy coordinator.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and elevating marginalized communities.
  • Excellent listening and comprehension skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Greater Hartford community preferred.

The target project completion date is the beginning of October 2019.  Maximum budget is $8,000, including travel.

Send a brief proposal, timeline, and proposed fee and payment structure with resume to cwealf@cwealf.org with subject line “Program Development Consultant.” Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

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