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Evening Shelter Advocate #17-0609

REPORTS TO: Director of Housing Services 

LOCATION: Pathways for Women

DESCRIPTION: The Evening Shelter Advocate works closely with Shelter Family Advocate and Children's Advocate to provide afterhours support for shelter residents. Evening duties include unit checks and chore checks, as well as turning units between residents.

This position has a social justice component that will require critical thinking around how the external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism work and grounding those principles in everyday work, as well as working well in non-white environments and championing anti-racism policy are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.


  • Evening Unit Checks for cleanliness, safety and program compliance
  • Works with Shelter Staff and volunteers to "turn" units between residents, assuring that units are clean and well supplied for incoming residents; includes occasional laundry duties
  • Assists with resident move-in and move-out inspections
  • Co-facilitates monthly resident meetings
  • Assists Children's Advocate with occasional childcare as needed
  • Submits case notes for all resident interactions to Shelter Family Advocate
  • Provides staffing for after-hours shelter activities
  • Implement 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
  • Show demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring. Work alongside volunteers, where applicable. Understand where internalized oppressions (superiority and inferiority) play a role in volunteer and client interaction and know ways to address these oppressions from a solutions-based perspective
  • Assure that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background. Understand how racism has played a role in defining what respect and dignity is and use racial equity and multiracial perspectives when teaming with volunteers
  • Other Duties as assigned



  • AA Degree with 1 year of direct social service experience working with low-income and/or homeless women


  • Two years’ experience working in the social services field with low-income and/or homeless women.  Knowledge of domestic violence, trauma informed care, mental health issues, and chemical dependency as well as landlord/tenant issues


  • Commitment to principles of racial and social justice
  • Knowledge about affordable public and private housing resources in Snohomish County
  • Understanding of issues related to homelessness and poverty
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable transportation, and insurance
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core Competencies (General): Communication: Oral & Written, Communication: Open, Crisis Management, Discernment/Judgement, Social Justice Advocacy, Caring, Fostering Diversity, Adaptability
  • Core Competencies (Leadership): Coaching, Conflict Management, Creating the Environment/Culture

*Any combination of skills and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform this job will be considered


  • Experience working with immigrant families and/or people for whom English is a second language. Fluency in a language other than English is highly desirable
  • Paid and/or volunteer work experience with emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, and/or other residential programs
  • Experience as a service provider with any of the following: crisis intervention, victims of domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, mental health, welfare rights, case management, sexual assault, employment services, child development, and positive parenting skills
  • Knowledge of services available in Snohomish County for low-income families

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:

  • Frequently lifts up to 25lbs, occasionally lifts up to 40 lbs.
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls to make beds, and assist with cleaning duties
  • Frequently climbs stairs and ladder
  • Frequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information, and using computer 

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


  • Hourly rate $16.35
  • Part-time 16 hours per week. Great for students, will work rotating schedule 2-4 hours, 4-5 nights per week
  • 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 

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled