Bilingual Legal Advocate

Application deadline: June 18, 2021

Employer: DAIS - Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

Location: 2102 Fordem Avenue, Madison, WI

Position Opening:  Bilingual Legal Advocate

Full-time, Non-Exempt. Minimum rate of $16.00 per hour based upon experience and qualifications.

Utilize your valuable Spanish/English bilingual abilities to support, empower and advocate for victims of domestic violence.  We are seeking a passionate and committed Bilingual Legal Advocate to join our dedicated team that provides support, information and advocacy to victims of domestic violence as they navigate the legal systems in Dane County. The Bilingual Legal Advocate provides direct services to victims, including court accompaniment, and assistance with legal referrals, restraining orders, civil, criminal, and other court matters. The Bilingual Legal Advocate acts as a Service Representative per WI§ 895.45., is not a lawyer or attorney and does not provide legal advice.


Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) empowers those affected by domestic violence and advocates for social change through support, education, and outreach. DAIS envisions a nonviolent community that actively promotes safety, peace, justice, and hope. Those representing the organization do so through mutual respect, openness, collaboration, and shared responsibility. DAIS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Persons of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Primary responsibilities

  • Engages in the provision of direct services to victims of domestic violence
    • Supports clients in a variety of ways, including by phone, email, court and hearing accompaniment, and through face to face interactions.
    • Provides information relating to restraining orders, family and criminal court proceedings, and immigration laws.
    • Assists clients with safety planning, problem solving, completion of forms, documents and other paperwork for legal proceedings and hearings.
    • Provides clients with information on community resources, service providers and referrals.
  • Participates in advocacy, outreach, and organization representation
    • Participates in community education efforts as requested
    • Provides training on domestic violence issues to professional groups, including law enforcement and other partner agencies.
    • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with community partners
  • Advances the work of the Agency in a manner consistent with Organizational Values
    • Ensures required service documentation is maintained in a thorough and timely manner.
    • Participates in organization grant and contract reporting as needed.
    • Adheres to agency policies and work rules.
    • Advances knowledge and attends trainings as assigned.
    • Provides cross-departmental/functional support and services as needed.
    • Maintains professional boundaries.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred is though relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish and English is required.
  • Ability to comprehend and analyze legal information, including statutes and the ability to distill information in a way that is understandable to clients is required.
  • Experience working with trauma survivors is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in crisis intervention preferred.
  • Knowledge of the legal rights of victims and of the civil and criminal legal systems is preferred.
  • Authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Position requires valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, proof of insurance and access to a vehicle during work hours.

Application instructions

The following application materials are required for consideration:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • A completed DAIS Application for Employment (form can be downloaded from the DAIS website).


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications submitted without a cover letter and resume will NOT be considered.


Completed applications may be submitted via email as an attachment to:,
or by U.S. Mail to DAIS, Attn: Human Resources, 2102 Fordem Ave., Madison, WI 53704.

Application deadline: June 18, 2021

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