Holistic Defense Advocate

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Job location
123 West Gutierrez St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara
Street address: 
123 West Gutierrez St
Santa Barbara
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Position:
The Holistic Defense Advocate will provide low level to intensive case management according to Public Defender clients’ individual needs. Co-located within the Public Defender’s Office, the Holistic Defense Advocate is an integral part of a team working collaboratively to provide high quality, holistic representation that includes stabilization assistance to indigent adult clients accused of crimes in South Santa Barbara County. Through legal representation and by providing clients with the level of case management and types of associated services necessary to address life circumstances that lead to contact with the criminal justice system, the Holistic Defense program aims to stabilize lives, reduce recidivism, and create safer communities. This program is a partnership between Family Service Agency, a nonprofit organization, and the Public Defender’s Office. The position reports to the Family Service Agency Operations Director.


Employment Standards:
1. MSW or MA in a related field required.
2. Bilingual Spanish/English required.
3. One year minimum advocating for adults involved in the criminal justice system, who often have histories of trauma, substance abuse related concerns, and mental health diagnoses..
4. Case management and / or experience working within complex societal systems (i.e. criminal justice, social services, medical, education)
5. Knowledge of issues related to criminal justice involvement for poor and under-served populations.
6. Demonstrated multicultural competency.
7. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
8. Excellent organizational and time management skills.
9. Strong written and oral advocacy skills.
10. Computer and Internet literacy; excellent verbal and written communication skills.
11. Valid automobile insurance and a valid California Driver License.
12. Reliable transportation is necessary to travel throughout Santa Barbara County.

Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:
• Position is full-time, non-exempt, with benefits
• Pay rate dependent on experience

To apply: 

Please send cover letter of interest and resumes to:

Attention: HR
Family Service Agency
123 West Gutierrez St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Fax: 805-965-2178
[email protected]


Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 3, 2017