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Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Advocate

#17-0405

LOCATION: South King County

REPORTS TO: Director, Domestic Violence Services

DESCRIPTION:               

Provides on-going case management and advocacy based counseling to women with children in YWCA domestic violence housing programs.

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:

Case Management

  • Conduct screening, intake, safety planning, and placement of women with children in the domestic violence housing programs
  • 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
  • Meet weekly with families on identified caseload, to coordinate service delivery, aid in overcoming barriers to housing, assist in negotiating the social service system, evaluate progress in meeting goals and updating safety plans
  • Provide advocacy based counseling to women in crisis 
  • Work with families to set goals and objectives around obtaining and maintaining employment which encourage self-sufficiency and self-determination which lead to stabilization in permanent housing.  Work in partnership with YWCA Employment Services staff to create a family development plan utilizing a strength-based model with emphasis on employment and permanent housing
  • Effectively collaborate with other YWCA programs to provide comprehensive services to meet client needs
  • Act as a liaison between mainstream service providers and families when needed.
  •  Work with DV Director  to implement an action plan for families who are non-compliant with program guidelines and/or policies
  • Facilitate domestic violence support groups.
  • Attend South King County providers meeting

Facilities

  • Conduct monthly walk through of all housing units
  • Schedule cleaning of transitional housing units, to include reporting and monitoring repairs needed to the Facilities Technician or the  Director  and schedule pest control services as needed

Recordkeeping and Reporting

  • Create and maintain a client file for each family.  The files will include all forms and paperwork by the contract of the program that the family is participating in
  • Update case notes after each significant interaction with client/family
  • Actively participate in regular supervisory and team or unit meetings
  • Develop and maintain community resource files
  • Provides information to administrative staff for the completion of reports and database
  • Completes transitional housing reports, to include Annual Progress Report and Annual Service Evaluation

Other Responsibilities

  • Will be cross train as a backup DV CSO advocate for the DSHS offices, in Auburn, Kent, Federal Way.  
  • Show demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures
  • Continuing search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity
  • Commitment to align with YWCA mission of Social Justice
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.  Work alongside volunteers, where applicable
  • Assure that all volunteers, staff, clients and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • At least two years of direct social service experience, including one year working with survivors of domestic violence and low-income/homeless families.

Or

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with at least one year of direct social service experience working with survivors of domestic violence, low income and/or homeless families

And

  • Completion of 20 hours of initial Advocacy Based Counseling training and ability/willingness to complete 20 hours of continued domestic violence specific training each year
  • Knowledge of child development and the effects of trauma on children
  • Knowledge of and experience as a service provider with any of the following:  crisis intervention, child abuse, substance abuse, mental health, sexual assault, child development and/or positive parenting methods
  • Can demonstrate an ability to engage with diverse communities
  • Can demonstrate good oral and written communication skills
  • Can demonstrate excellent listening skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Good organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Knowledge of available resources in Seattle-King County for domestic violence survivors and low income/homeless families
  • Must be able to travel from site to site
  • Core Competencies expected: initiative, collaboration, achieving measureable results, ethics and integrity, problem solving, fostering diversity and social justice advocacy

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.

  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, volunteers and individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and in general operations
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs. of paperwork, files and materials
  • Frequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information and using computer

*Continuously requires this activity or exposure over 80% of the time, frequently: 20%-80%, occasionally: under 20%.

RATE, HOURS, BENEFITS:

  • Salary: $16.35 per hour
  • Full-time; 40 hours per week, days/hours negotiable
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan.  After 2 years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume with the job number and title in the subject line to doneal@ywcaworks.org

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

The YWCA SeattleKingSnohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer