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Seeking Director for Legal Advocacy program

  • 14 Nov 2023 1:09 PM
    Message # 13279391

    Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence is seeking a dynamic team member to work closely with and
    among other SPAN teammates in its quest to end interpersonal violence within its community. By asking to join
    SPAN, means that you are committed to working toward fulfilling this quest.
    The Position
    The Legal Advocacy Director is responsible for program development, implementation, supervision and
    management of legal advocacy services provided by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN). This
    position works with civil, criminal and immigration legal system personnel, law enforcement, attorneys and other
    community organizations to ensure effective response to survivors of domestic violence and their children. The
    Legal Advocacy Director focuses on systems change and advocacy needs and supervises advocacy staff and
    This is an exempt, salaried position. The salary is $65,000-$72,000 annually, depending on your qualifications,
    and includes our standard benefit package, including a medical plan, dental plan, generous vacation, sick leave,
    and holiday time off, reduced rate Eco-Pass, Employee Assistance Program, and Simple IRA retirement plan with
    2% agency contribution.
    About You
    You’ve progressive experience working with and advocating for survivors of intimate partner abuse (IPV)
    and marginalized populations.
    You have experience with program management and development.
    You’ve served as an advocate within civil, criminal, and/or immigration legal systems.
    You’re a collaborator and have experience advancing program goals in partnership with internal and
    external stakeholders.
    You are passionate about improving system response for survivors, especially immigrant, limited English
    proficiency, QTBIPOC, and LGBTQI+ survivors.
    You’re a collaborator with internal departments and others within the community to develop systemchange and advocacy efforts to improve institutional response to survivors of IPV and their children.
    You’ve been at the management level working in legal advocacy systems, and you excel at team building,
    conflict resolution, and leadership.
    You have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, you can communicate with a variety of
    audiences, you appreciate the details, and you’re organized.
    A Day in the Life
    Legal Advocacy Program
     Provide departmental strategies, development, support, and supervision of SPAN’s legal advocacy
     Ensure confidential, client-directed, trauma-informed support and safety planning is provided to
    survivors with civil, criminal, and immigration legal concerns. Provide direct client services as
     Ensure high level of service provided to survivors through SPAN’s Lawyers for Victims Program
    (LFVP), legal clinics, and court-based advocacy in Boulder and Broomfield counties.
     Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and conduct regular performance evaluations of departmental staff
    members and interns. Oversee volunteer court advocate program.
     Ensure Legal Advocacy team maintains accurate, up-to-date legal resources and referral
    information. Expand and implement warm referral processes with legal service providers.
     Complete all necessary record keeping and provide departmental program data, including statistics,
    evaluations, monthly and quarterly progress reports, and other necessary reports.
     Collaborate with SPAN programs, community organizations and initiatives to improve access to and
    availability of legal advocacy services for survivors of IPV.
     Maintain key community partnerships with legal service providers, law enforcement agencies, and
    District Attorney’s Office, court, and jail personnel.
     Ensures SPAN representation at meetings with justice system personnel to review high lethality
    cases and coordinate community response through both the Domestic Violence High Risk Team
    (DVHRT) and Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP).
     Advocate for improved community-wide, systems-level response to IPV, especially for immigrant,
    limited English proficiency, BIPOC, and LGBTQI+ survivors.
     Collaborate with SPAN program staff to implement internal training and ongoing troubleshooting
    aimed at increased organizational capacity for providing legal advocacy.
     Facilitate trainings for law enforcement and justice system personnel, attorneys, and other victim
    service providers on IPV and SPAN services.
     Oversee the facilitation of a skill building group for women at Boulder County Jail in partnership with
    SPAN program staff.
     Participate in weekly staff and management meetings.
    What You Bring to Us
    Advanced degree in legal studies preferred, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
    Five years of progressive experience in legal advocacy and/or IPV advocacy/services, and 3 years’
    experience in management/supervision and working in legal advocacy and IPV field is required. It will also
    help you to have an advanced working knowledge of the legal system’s response to IPV.
    Proven experience effectively challenging and working toward systems change providing advocacy on
    behalf of survivors of interpersonal violence.
    Exceptional team building, conflict resolution, leadership skills, and ability to effectively address vicarious
    trauma is required.
    If you’ve made it to this bullet, you can guess that you need great computer skills including Microsoft
    Office. You also need to produce and meet deadlines in our fast-paced and changing environment and
    have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. If you are bilingual in Spanish with cultural
    broker experience, you’re a strong candidate.
    The desire and ability to work with passion, diligence, and humor; usually days, but nights and weekends if
    About Us
    Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending
    violence against adults, youth, and children through support, advocacy, education, and community organizing.
    Operating since 1979, SPAN is the only organization serving Boulder, western Broomfield, smaller towns, and
    unincorporated Boulder County, designed to provide shelter and advocacy for victims of interpersonal violence.
    SPAN is dedicated to the promotion of social justice, diversity, equity, inclusivity, peace and non-violence for all
    individuals and their families.
    SPAN Culture:
    SPAN team members are dedicated and work in a fast-paced environment with full days – including some
    evenings and weekends – yet remain committed to a healthy work/life balance. While SPAN expects work to be
    taken seriously, it also knows the importance of having fun and the value of enjoying the work.
    SPAN’s Organizational Goals:
    Foster organizational excellence – Provide meaningful and effective support and resources to adults, children,
    and youth impacted by interpersonal violence. Violence prevention initiatives – Implement initiatives that
    promote safety, dignity, and liberation for all people. People Centric – Engage team members, individuals,
    groups, policy makers, and the community at large in efforts that promote economic, racial, and social justice
    and an atmosphere where team members and clients are valued. Inclusive – Team members are welcoming,
    inviting, authentic, outward-facing, and visible to all audiences, voices, and stories.
    Application Process
    We like to receive electronic applications but will accept applications by mail. Please submit a resume
    and cover letter to You can also see open positions on our website at
    Employment Opportunities – Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (
    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority consideration will be given to those
    received by 11/22/2023.
    The Legal Stuff
    You need to be able to sit or stand for long periods each day. While not frequent, you need to reach for,
    move and/or 15 pounds and use your hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, mobility
    to access a wide variety of meeting and settings, and to perform a variety of tasks that involve standing,
    walking/traversing, sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending, and twisting, occasionally climbing stairs or
    using an elevator, possibly reaching chest high and overhead for materials, with reasonable
    accommodation (we put it all in 1 sentence to may our legal team happy!).
    Ability to communicate adequately in person and by phone, in personal and group settings, and function
    with periodic distractions such as people, telephone calls, and noise.
    Ability to work with, and process information from, a variety of individuals and media (e.g., computers,
    projected images, printed materials).
    SPAN is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all team members and to
    providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at
    SPAN are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual applicant qualifications, without
    regard to race, color, religion, or belief, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and
    gender identity), family or parental status, or any other status protected by law. SPAN will not tolerate
    discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.


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