Consultant for Bilingual Remote Counseling/Capacity Building
Brief Project Overview:
Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project (LSVAP) seeks a social work consultant to provide emergency phone counseling to immigrant victims of domestic violence, to aid in ensuring that LSVAP staff is a trauma-informed work place, and to originate, structure and build an internship program to ensure that bilingual phone counseling is available to immigrants in rural areas.
Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project’s mission is to educate, advocate for, and provide free legal services to empower abused immigrants living in rural Texas. Our program is structured so that even though our office is in Austin, we are able to remotely serve 80 rural counties in Northeast and Central Texas. Our legal staff helps our clients so obtain protection from deportation, and the right to be and work legally in the United States. We also use each legal case we come across as a means of discovering what resources communities in our service area may lack, and then advocating so that the next immigrant survivor can access life saving help.
There are few bilingual counselors available to help the immigrants with which our program works. Those that do exist sometimes charge - which our indigent clients cannot afford, even on a sliding scale - or are affiliated with shelters located far away from where our clients reside. By building an effective MSW internship program, it is LSVAP’s goal to ensure that our clients have access to this key piece of the healing process. Whomever is hired for this consultant position will be an integral part of building that successful resource.
Scope of Work and Deliverables:
Creating Internship Program:
This will include writing policies, procedures, best practices. Assessing how this program interacts with legal staff and how to maximize efficiencies in both programs. The consultant will be working with LSVAP staff to build relationships so that universities refer potential interns to our organization. The consultants will provide required supervision to all interns.
Emergency Counseling For Clients:
When our legal staff receive indication that a client is in crisis beyond the scope of our expertise, we would like to be able to refer to this consultant for phone counseling if the client has no other counselor.
Training and Facilitation:
This consultant will work to integrate the LMSW program into the daily legal and advocacy work performed by LSVAP, and will provide training on trauma informed practices and client focused work as needed.
This is a part time (10 hours per week) one year contract position, with potential to extend.
Licensed Master in Social Work
Expertise in domestic violence, sexual assault and gender based violence
Expertise in working with immigrant populations
Ability to supervise interns
Commitment to social justice
Experience working with non-profits
How to Apply
Applications that do not include the following will not be considered for review:
A 1-2 page formal writing sample
Three references (with contact information)
Please submit your complete application to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Consultant for Remote Bilingual Counseling” in the subject line.