Overview: This position is responsible for filling in gaps in staffing and coverage for DAWN’s programming. Relief advocates work across DAWN’s programming. Relief Advocates provide domestic violence advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence in order to promote the self-determination and safety of survivors and their children.
Primary Duties: This position provides domestic violence advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence participating in DAWN’s programming:
- Shelter Advocates are responsible for providing the daily advocacy-based counseling, emotional support and case management to the women and children residing in DAWN’s multicultural emergency shelter.
- Economic Justice Advocates are responsible for providing advocacy-based counseling to survivors receiving public benefits through DSHS, including safety planning, legal advocacy, completing Family Violence Service Plans, and resource referrals (located at White Center and Renton Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Community Service Offices (CSOs)).
- Advocacy and Crisis Line Advocates provide callers with information, support, advocacy, domestic violence education, legal information, assistance in planning for safety, access and information about DAWN’s programs/services, and community referrals (shifts are taken at DAWN’s Community Advocacy Office or DAWN’s emergency shelter).
- Support Group Advocates facilitate weekly support groups.
- Child Care Advocates provide child care for children of survivors during orientation and support groups.
- Provide advocacy-based counseling for survivors of domestic violence, including safety planning, legal advocacy and assisting survivors in exploring their options.
- Link survivors of domestic violence to appropriate resources available in South King County and the larger community.
- Crisis intervention and conflict resolution (with residents).
- Maintain appropriate records and follow agency procedures on documentation and data entry.
- Collaborate with other providers/agencies in the provision of services.
- Remain knowledgeable of, and follow agency policies, procedures, and guidelines so independent decisions may be made in an emergency and when necessary during daily situations.
- Promote teamwork and teambuilding with all staff and agency collaborators at all times. Work to ensure the success of others.
The candidate we are seeking must be a fluent Spanish-speaker with advocacy experience.
1. Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field. One year of recent experience providing advocacy services in the violence against women arena can be substituted for the educational requirement.
2. A minimum of 20 hours of basic training covering theory and implementation of advocacy-based counseling and domestic violence issues.
3. Excellent customer service and advocacy skills.
4. Strong written and oral communication skills, listening skills, and a demonstrated ability to foster a supportive resident environment.
5. Ability to work with diverse staff, clients and volunteers.
6. Bi-lingual highly desirable.
7. Proficiency with Microsoft Word.
8. Strong time management, problem solving and organizational skills.
9. Ability to work in a confidential manner and in a confidential setting.
10. A strong commitment to DAWN’s mission and values.
11. Experience with and ability to work as a team member and positive contributor to a workplace environment.
12. Own transportation, a valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
13. Current CPR/First Aid, and HIV/AIDS training or able to secure within one month of employment.
To apply, please send a resume with a cover letter outlining your interest and specific qualifications for this position: Email (preferred) Andrea@dawnonline.org or by FAX: 425-656-4309, or DAWN, ATTN: Andrea, PO Box 88007, Tukwila, WA 98138. Applications received by April 29th will be given priority.
Please Note: DAWN offers of employment are contingent upon signature of an oath of confidentiality and a police background check.
DAWN is an equal opportunity employer.