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Healthy Birth Outcomes Advocate

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REPORTS TO: Program Manager, Health Care Access and Healthy Birth Outcomes

LOCATION: Opportunity Place, 2024 Third Ave. Seattle, WA 98121

DESCRIPTION:               

YWCA Healthy Birth Outcomes addresses the needs of pregnant and parenting women and families by providing intensive client-centered services from pregnancy through the child's first birthday. This position focuses on reducing birth outcomes disparities among women of color and those with low incomes by providing by assessing client needs, providing education, case management and care coordination related to maternal and infant health, and advocating for clients in social, health and legal systems.

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assesses range of clients’ needs and identifies barriers to accessing pre-natal and post-partum care
  • Provides individualized family advocacy, referral resources and care coordination to assist client with accessing care
  • Provides education to individuals about healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant care and the prevention of infant mortality
  • Advocates for client’s within clinical settings, the Department of Child & Family Services and other social service programs
  • Establishes working relationships with other health care and wrap-around service providers
  • Documents client demographic information, casework and birth outcomes data in YWCA and HOPE Network client databases
  • Receives referrals from Lead Advocate and follows up with referred clients within 2 business days
  • Particpates in case conferencing and quality improvement processes
  • Engages in ongoing communication with manager and Lead Advocate about client needs and resources
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES:

Either:

  • At least three years of case management experience, including one year of experience working with low-income and/or homeless families

Or:

  • A Bachelor's degree in social services or a related field with at least one year of case management experience working with low-income and/or homeless families

And:

  • Experience working with high-risk pregnant and parenting women
  • Familiarity with South King County geography and social/health services
  • Comfort working with clients in their home and in clinical settings
  • Experience with health education, health care navigation and early care and education
  • Experience advocating for clients with clinicians, Department of Child and Family Services workers, and the court system
  • Ability to work well independently and make sound judgements without on-site supervision
  • Commitment to diversity, including sensitivity to the needs of clients and staff from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, and to working with people who are homeless or otherwise at risk
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Must be able to access and meet clients in women-only environments such as women's domestic violence shelters and day centers
  • Must have driver's license and personal vehicle to be able to travel independently between multiple work sites and client homes within a day
  • Home visiting experience preferred
  • Core competencies include: collaboration, interpersonal skills, open communication, race & social justice advocacy, flexibility, ethics & integrity, discernment/judgement, fostering diversity

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 uses hands and wrists, fingering, handling, grasping and reaching in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Continuously sits while doing indoor work including operating a computer
  • Frequently uses speech, hearing, and sight abilities in exchanging information with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Frequently lifts/carries up to 10 pounds and pushes and pulls up to 12 pounds in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Occasionally reaches outward, stands, squats, kneels, bends, walks and lifts items up to 20 pounds in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequent local travel to multiple locations for off-site meetings
  • Indoor office environment

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

HOURS, RATE, BENEFITS:

  • 32-40 hours per week
  • $16.35 – $19.08 per hour, DOE
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • Excellent benefit package including health insurance, retirement plan, vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after 2 years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund. 

TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter and resume via email to mlane@ywcaworks.org, with the job number in the subject line of the email. Please include where you found this position in your application.

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.

The YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer