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Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) Advocate Job Opening 

Our Mission: The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute serves as a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities dealing with murder, trauma, grief and loss.

Our Principles: Love | Unity | Faith | Hope | Courage | Justice | Forgiveness.

Our Approach: Acknowledge, Listen, Collaborate, and Mobilize.

Our Philosophy: Reach people where they are on their journey in order to assist them and their family to become more involved in the change process.

Reports: SOS Advocate reports to the Director of Programs

Based at: The Peace Institute 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

Job Purpose: To provide exceptional services to survivors of homicide victims after death notification. Through partner referrals, provides outreach within 24-72 hours after the murder of their loved one in a caring and compassionate manner. Works closely with all Survivors Outreach Services staff and community partners to ensure seamless service to all clients.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe meeting place for families within 24-72 hours of a homicide at the Peace Institute.
  • Complete client intake process via phone sessions and/or in person sessions
  • Address practical needs of survivors of homicide victims between death notification and funeral
  • Advocate on behalf of clients for housing relocation needs, financial needs, emergency travel visas, connection to resources, so that rights are upheld in accordance with the Victims Bill of Rights and MA Bereavement Leave Act, others as identified. 
  • Coordinate with the family’s internal support network of family and friends
  • Coordinate and liaison with external support networks of service providers
  • Guide family in crafting a family/media statement
  • Provide funeral preparation using The Step-By-Step Burial and Resource Guide
  • Design and donate memorial buttons and funeral programs using the 7 Principles of Peace: LOVE-UNITY-FAITH-HOPE-COURAGE-JUSTICE-FORGIVENESS
  • Collaborate with other agencies to ensure that appropriate referrals are made for needs such as mental health services, psychological first aid for trauma, individual counseling, bereavement counseling for all ages, substance abuse services, housing relocation, additional financial resources, places of worship for the funeral, spiritual guidance, etc., based on the needs and wants of the clients.
  • Communicate with other Peace Institute and Survivor Outreach Services program staff to ensure seamless coordinated services. 
  • Maintain up-to-date records for documentation of case activity
  • Maintain current records and provides reports as needed
  • Work with front line providers to create, update, and maintain a functional referral process between agencies and the Peace Institute, as well as policies and protocols for how to effectively respond to survivors of homicide victims in the immediate aftermath of a homicide.
  • Maintain regular communication and outreach to survivors within two months of the homicide or initial intake via, phone, email, or mailing to check in on current/developing needs, communicating about healing events and opportunities.
  • Provide intensive case management services to families and friends of homicide victims and other crime victims
  • Assist with coordination of  the Educational Support Group called the Survivors Leadership Academy.
  • Coordinate and attend monthly Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims Providers Network meetings
  • Speak on behalf of the Peace Institute and Survivor Outreach Services program at meetings, trainings, conferences, etc. as needed. 
  • Attend organizational and community meetings as schedule allows
  • Provide additional tasks as needed

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is a resourceful forward-thinker with a minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of human services, trauma response, or advocacy.

The successful applicant is also a highly organized, proactive, self-starter with excellent written and oral communications skills. Importantly, the successful applicant is comfortable and effective at speaking in public to different sized groups and diverse audiences.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is comfortable working one on one or in small groups with diverse populations.
  • Ability to listen very well and without judgment
  • Can function in a confidential capacity
  • Is able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Is excellent at multi-tasking
  • Demonstrates confidence making strategic decisions about the best course of action in complex client matters and takes advantage of supervision as a resource. 
  • Capable of interacting diplomatically with a wide range of professionals including law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, other service providers, lawyers, community leaders, public officials, parents, and youth.
  • Possess tact, discretion, and sound judgment

Bi-lingual and bi-cultural candidates are particularly desired.

How to Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Rachel@ldbpeaceinstitute.org.  Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  Please use “SOS Advocate” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.  No relocation funds are available.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Peace Institute www.ldbpeaceinstitute.org.