Alaska Fellows Program Position Description
ALASKA NETWORK ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT (ANDVSA)
Legal and Policy Fellow
This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable.
Fellows receive housing, a $1000 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while other programs will run nine months (September-May).
For other questions about the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Term: Start of September through end of May
This position requires 20 hour per week commitments to each department. Legal Department. Hours for the Legal Department will be Monday, Wednesday ½ day and Thursday (with a short lunch break). Hours for the Policy position will be Tuesday, Wednesday ½ day and Friday.
The Fellow will have the following days off pro-rated:
Alaska Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Chanukah, ½ day on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and President’s Day or Elizabeth Peratrovich Day and Seward’s day.
In addition to holidays, the Fellow will have 10 days of annual leave pro-rated. These days must be pre-approved through the Legal Director and leave is in addition to the days off required for Sitka Fellow programmed events (Opening retreat (2-3 days), Opening Convening (5 days), Closing Retreat (2-3 days), Closing Reunion (5 days)
Employer: ALASKA NETWORK ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT (ANDVSA)
Contact: Christine Pate (email@example.com) & Rebekah Moras (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Title: Legal and Policy Fellow
Organization Description: The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) is a non-profit, membership corporation composed of 23 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, offender services, and adult crisis intervention services. The Legal Program was established to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault meaningfully access the civil and criminal justice system. To that end, the Legal Program provides direct services to survivors in the civil justice system through volunteer, contract attorneys, and staff attorneys. It also provides training and technical assistance to advocates serving survivors statewide. The Policy Program monitors and mobilizes collective action on state and federal policy, as well as organizational and systems policy. Emphasis is placed on relationship and coalition building with victim-survivor participants, member programs, and community partners, to transform domestic violence and sexual assault policies statewide and nationally.
Purpose: To assist the Legal Program Director in the development of volunteer attorney support, outreach and appreciation, training and technical assistance to legal advocates and legal research and support to ANDVSA clients. To support the Policy Specialist in collaborative research, writing, and multi-channel dissemination of policy supporting domestic violence and sexual assault victim-survivors in Alaska and nationally.
Assist the Legal Program Director in developing and utilizing media strategies to share successes and the impact of legal programs and promote volunteer participation.
Assist the Legal Program Director to develop and update our volunteer attorney database to best access volunteers when needed.
Develop a statewide strategy to provide consistent appreciation to our volunteers that is both private and public including using media sources.
Through our Communications Specialist, maintain and update ANDVSA’s website regarding the Legal Program, Facebook, e-newsletter and other social media outlets and communication strategies to help share our story and engage a larger volunteer attorney audience.
Review and expand ANDVSA’s evaluation tools so that they best measure the impact of our legal work.
Provide administrative support to the Legal Program Director, and Paralegal/Office Manager as necessary.
Maintain and develop professional, collaborative relationships within and outside of ANDVSA.
Assist the Legal Program Director with training and technical assistance on legal and policy issues to advocates at our member programs and affiliates.
Assist with legal research and casework for ANDVSA clients as necessary and appropriate.
Help the Legal Program Director develop legal support tools for ANDVSA volunteers.
Collaboratively draft, revise, and finalize policy related briefs, letters of support, testimony talking points, and public statements.
Conduct literature reviews and create research briefs on promising and better practices related to key policy areas, such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP), housing, language access, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, and economic justice.
Participate in ongoing internal, community, and partner policy workgroups and events such as MMIP/MMIWG2S Action Group, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Legislative meetings, and ANDVSA’s Legislative committee.
Strong analysis, written and communication skills;
Experience with or interest in supporting survivors of violence and trauma and those from diverse cultural backgrounds;
Responsible, self-initiating, and focused, with proven ability to work independently and also collaboratively in a team-based environment;
Proficiency with computers, databases and the Microsoft suite;
Strong organizational and time management skills;
Commitment to social justice, systems advocacy, and anti-oppression work.
Application Materials: A complete application should include a cover letter, resume, and three references.
Submit materials to: Christine Pate (email@example.com).
When submitting your applications, please also copy firstname.lastname@example.org.