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Domestic Violence Community & Children's Advocate #17-0710

REPORTS TO: Domestic Violence Services Program Manager

LOCATION: Seattle /South King County   

DESCRIPTION: The YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish County’s DV Community Advocate provides services to adult women experiencing domestic violence.  Providing advocacy based counseling, safety planning, as well as domestic violence education, community resources, information and referrals.  Children’s Domestic Violence Services provides advocacy based counseling for children and parents during a series of ten weekly, in-home sessions.  YWCA DV programs are designed to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence in the Seattle, and the South King County area.  This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.


  • Advocates for victims of domestic violence and their children on a case by case basis, providing crisis intervention, assessment and ongoing case management
  • Works in the DSHS offices ( South King County, (Federal Way ) providing advocacy based DV counseling/Family Violence Service Plans for TANF clients
  • Interfaces with legal advocates to guide victims through criminal justice system, and develops ongoing referral relationships with health, legal and social service system
  • Provides education on domestic violence to victims, community groups, agencies and marginalized populations in Seattle and South king county.   
  • Maintains accurate client files and conducts timely data collection and contract reporting
  • Conducts community presentations/outreach
  • Provides culturally appropriate domestic violence services to African American/Hispanic women
  • Facilitate domestic violence support group 
  • Works in coordination with the YWCA’s Central area regional staff
  • Conducts Risk assessment  with families, within SIS division emergency/transitional housing program.         
  • Exhibits commitment to diversity
  • Develops ongoing referral relationships with health, schools, legal and social service systems.
  • Strong orientation toward advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (i.e., human services, healthcare,, criminal justice, child protective services, educational
  • Strong knowledge’s of community resources, and other South King county  partnering agencies.
  • Work with parents to enhance positive parenting skills
  • Children’s Domestic Violence Services provides advocacy based counseling for children and parents during a series of ten weekly, in-home sessions. 
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions.
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.
  • Assure that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Must have completed a minimum of 20 to 30 hours of initial basic training that covers: advocacy based counseling; history of domestic violence; legal, medical, and social services; system advocacy; confidentiality and ethics; client safety assessments; planning, problem solving, and crisis intervention; providing services and advocacy to individuals from diverse communities
  • One year of experience in working with victims of domestic violence
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or early childhood development or related field and  at least one year of direct social service experience or two years of equivalent experience and/or translatable skills will be considered in lieu of degree
  • Strong orientation toward advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (i.e., human services, health, criminal justice)
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Experience working with culturally diverse population, primarily African American and Hispanic women
  • Knowledge of community resources in South King County (Renton, Auburn, Kent, Federal Way area.  
  • Have confidence to handle complicated situations
  • Familiarity with how the interplay of cultural issues (e.g., racism, gender) may influence how some women of color (esp. African Americans/Hispanic) are affected by and respond to situations of domestic violence
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Must attend continued education training on advocacy based DV counseling for victims and their children
  • Vehicle with valid WSDL; candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
  • Core competencies expected: discernment/judgment, initiative, collaboration, organizational understanding, communication: oral and written, fostering diversity, and race & 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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In   performing this job, the employee:

  • Continuously sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities
  • Continually stands and walks in performing duties
  • Repetitively uses hands and wrists, fingering, handling, grasping, and reaching in using telephones, computers, kitchen equipment, donations and supplies
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Occasionally lifts and carries up to 5lbs. of paperwork, files and training materials, occasionally up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasionally lifts and carries up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

RATE, HOURS, BENEFITS                     

  • $16.35 per hour, (DOE)  Position is contingent upon 2018 funding 
  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
  • 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: Submit cover letter and resume with the job number and title in the subject line to


CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled 

The YWCA SeattleKingSnohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer