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Project Reunite Family Advocate #17-0608

REPORTS TO: Director of Housing, Pathways for Women YWCA

LOCATION: YWCA Trinity Place Apartments

DESCRIPTION:Project Reunite a self-contained site at Trinity Place Apartments. The Family Advocate will work closely with the Lead Family Advocate to provide motivational, trauma informed advocacy and support to women with children for whom homelessness and addiction are barriers to family reunification; will serve as hub point for the network of service providers (DCFS, legal and treatment agencies, and other YWCA departments); will work in alignment with YWCA Race and Social Justice Initiative to promote racially equitable outcomes.
This position has a social justice component that will allow for critical thinking around how the external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Valuing diversity and championing anti-racism policy are core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conducts comprehensive screening/needs assessment and intake
  • Facilitates communication between Residents and Property Management about lease violations, maintenance issues and other facilities related issues
  • Responsible for completing Intake HMIS paperwork for Trinity Place, meeting the timeliness benchmark established by Snohomish County - all HMIS data needs to be inputted within 5 days of program entry or exit
  • Assists clients to determine, develop and carry out individual’s goals with an emphasis on recovery and family reunification. Monitors goal progression on weekly basis
  • Assists clients to form short and long range financial plans and a realistic budget
  • Assists clients in maintaining compliance with program. Discusses progress and Follows up with written guidance as necessary
  • Provides consistent, intensive, home-based casework for clients at a designated level of contact per week, per client Action Plan
  • Participates in chemical dependency staffing meetings as scheduled
  • Arranges necessary letters or communications with other agencies or individuals to assist clients in securing income, emotional and housing stability, as well as maintaining successful reunification and recovery 
  • Maintains appropriate records for case reporting, client tracking and statistics 
  • Participates in Snohomish County All Staff meetings, agency, department meetings and community meetings as needed or directed by supervisor
  • Provides opportunity for structured exit interviews for clients to gather program feedback as well as help clients focus on long term goals and follow up case management for exited clients, including tracking of disposition
  • Attends trainings as directed to increase knowledge and skills
  • Works in cooperation with Property Management
  • Implements all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems. Recognize that solving racism is the root of how we understand and heal from these –isms
  • Continues search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity
  • Adheres to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring. Works alongside volunteers, where applicable. Understands where internalized oppressions (superiority and inferiority) play a role in volunteer and client interaction and knows ways to address these oppressions from a solutions-based perspective
  • Assures that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background. Understands how racism has played a role in defining what respect and dignity is and use racial equity and multiracial perspectives when teaming with volunteers
  • Shows demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Either:

  • At least three years of direct social service experience, including two years of experience in working with chemically dependent, low-income and/or homeless mothers

Or:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of direct social service experience in working with chemically dependent, low-income and/or homeless mothers

Or

  • Any combination of skills and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform this job effectively

And:

  • Commitment to working in alignment with YWCA Race and Social Justice Initiative to promote racially equitable outcomes
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Strong communication, organizational and record keeping skills
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team and to make sound judgements without on-site supervision
  • Commitment to working with and strengthening homeless families
  • Commitment to working with chemically dependent individuals
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core Competencies: crisis management, communication, time management, fostering diversity and race & social justice advocacy

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Paid and/or volunteer work experience with chemically dependent individuals, emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and/or other residential programs
  • Knowledge of and experience as a service provider with any of the following: crisis intervention; survivors of domestic violence; child abuse, substance abuse; mental health; welfare rights; case management; sexual assault; employment services; child development; positive parenting skills
  • Knowledge about affordable public and private housing resources and low income resources in Snohomish County
  • Experience with families involved with DFCS

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS POSITION: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In performing this position, the employee:

  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, and sits while performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings and home visits
  • Frequently reaches and grasps while using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs. of paperwork, files, training materials, and donated items occasionally up to 40 lbs
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers

* Continuously over 80% time, Frequently 20-80% time, and Occasionally under 20% time

RATE, HOURS, BENEFITS

  • $16.35/hour 
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Excellent benefit package including medical insurance, retirement plans, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick-leave plans
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-Exempt
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan.  Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter, including where you found this posting, to nkhiring@ywcaworks.org. 

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled; however priority will be given to applications received before June 22, 2017.