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Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Domestic Violence Community Advocate #17-0510

LOCATION: YWCA, Seattle /King County

REPORTS TO: Director, Domestic Violence Services 

NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 2 FTEs

DESCRIPTION:               

The YWCA of Seattle-King County Domestic Violence Unit provides services to adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation referred by City of Seattle – Sex Industry Workers diversion class, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle Attorney’s Office or related City programs. YWCA DV programs are designed to meet the needs of survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence in the Seattle and King County area through community advocacy services to help survivors of human trafficking address safety and basic survival issues using a model of cultural competency, empowerment and personal choice.

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

  • Support the client’s immediate or emergency needs (e.g. food, personal hygiene products, bus tickets, clothes) or items which enhances the client’s stability and self-sufficiency (e.g. trade/employment training classes)
  • Work in partnership with City of Seattle programs, namely the Sex Industry Workers diversion program and the Seattle-King County Sexual Exploitation Response Network (Seattle-KCSERN)
  • Will serve as an alternate presenter/speaker once a month at the Sex Industry Workers diversion class on domestic violence and the intersection of CSE. Provide available resources for survivors and establish rapport with attendees and for cross referrals with the diversion program
  • Attend to regular meetings to provide update and establish partnership with Seattle and King County system stakeholders and service providers serving survivors of commercial sexual exploitation
  •  Interfaces with victim advocates to guide victims through criminal justice system, i.e. jails, prisons, work release program, reentry programs. 
  • Develops ongoing referral relationships with health, legal and social service system
  • Provides education on CSE 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
  • Shows demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures
  • 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
  • Provide culturally relevant advocacy and client assistance for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Advocacy may include but is not limited to information and referral, intake/assessment/goal planning and case management, co-advocacy with other agencies/social service providers, job/life skills training, education and/or obtaining a GED, health and medical care assistance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Advocates working with survivors of commercial sexual exploitation are also required to attend an additional 24 hours of training on human trafficking and/or commercial sexual exploitation
  • One year of experience in working with survivors of human trafficking and/or domestic violence
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services 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, law enforcement etc.)
  • Must have strong knowledge and experience in maintaining confidentiality
  • Experience working with culturally diverse population
  • Knowledge of community resources, confidence to handle complicated situations
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to make sound judgment without direct supervision 
  • Must maintain 25 hours of continued education hours on advocacy based DV/CSE.
  • Vehicle with valid WSDL; candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work site within a day
  • Must be able to pass local as well as national background clearance (i.e. King County and Washington State Department of Corrections.)
  • Core competencies expected: discernment/judgment, initiative, collaboration, organizational understanding, communication: oral and written, fostering diversity, and race & social justice advocacy

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Completion of a minimum of twenty 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, and crisis intervention; providing services and advocacy to individuals from diverse communities; policies and procedures for DV service; and referrals and shelter resident transfer.

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

*Constantly requires this activity or exposure 66+% of the time, frequently: 33%-66%, occasionally: up to 33%.

RATE, HOURS, BENEFITS

  • $16.35 per hour, DOE
  • Full time, 40 hours per week days may vary which includes some evenings and  weekends
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • Excellent benefit package includes medical insurance, retirement plans, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick-leave plans
  • 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:  Open until filled

The YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County is an Equal Opportunity Employer