Job Opportunity: Tribal Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Specialist

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Job Description
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a full-time, temporary Tribal Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault (DV / SA) Program Specialist for its Native American Program (NAPOLS). This is a grant-funded position of limited duration, currently funded through 12/31/2019.

LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems.

NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues.

The Tribal DV / SA Program Specialist will work with the Burns Paiute Tribe to strengthen the Tribe’s response to DV, SA, dating violence, and stalking. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with Tribal staff to develop Tribal laws, policies, and court forms to enhance prevention, investigation, and prosecution of violent crimes against women and the treatment of victims;
  • Training Tribal personnel and other law enforcement officials to more effectively respond to DV / SA crimes, hold offenders accountable, ensure victim safety, and address jurisdictional issues;
  • Developing a lay advocate training program and legal referral network to enhance victims’ access to advocacy services;
  • Compiling data and developing narratives for grant reports; and
  • Other tasks, as needed.

The Tribal DV / SA Program Specialist will be based in Portland, with frequent overnight travel to Harney County. Applicants based in Harney County will also be considered. Completion of a 40-hour training program on DV, SA, stalking, and/or dating violence will also be required.

Experience drafting tribal laws and policies or a strong background in DV / SA issues is required. Experience working in Indian Country or with law enforcement and prosecutors is a plus. J.D. and Oregon State Bar membership preferred but not required.

Salary is based on experience, within a statewide salary scale. Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) plan.

Legal Aid Service of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Tribal members and minority applicants are encouraged to apply

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