Bilingual Housing Stability Advocate

Reports to: Housing Stability Services Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Begins at $26.00/hr DOE (includes premium pay for multilingual services)
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt
Reviewed: November 2022

LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value diversity on our staff. Survivors of domestic violence and BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation and Benefits

LifeWire offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • 100% of employee premiums for excellent health, vision and dental plans, a Health Savings Accounts alternative, EAP, and transit commuter card benefit
  • 401K with 2% employer retirement contributions after 1st-year employment
  • Employer-paid short-term disability and group life insurance coverage
  • 24 days of Paid Time Off, rising to 30 days of PTO after 5 years and 36 days of PTO after 10 years
  • 10 paid holidays, plus 2 floating holidays
  • Flexible schedules and remote-work arrangements

LifeWire is still mostly working remotely. When we return to “normal,” we plan to allow flexible arrangements that will meet the needs of survivors while still allowing employees who would prefer to work from home to do so a few days per week.

LifeWire’s Vision / Mission:

LifeWire supports survivors of domestic violence on their path towards safety, stability, and healing. We work to end domestic violence by changing community beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a community in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

About LifeWire:

Everyone deserves to live free from fear and violence. From a safe home, each of us can work, learn, play, and fully contribute to our community. At LifeWire, we help adults, children, and youth impacted by domestic violence build safer and healthier lives by offering support, resources, and professional services. And we work with youth and young adults to develop healthy foundations early in life, preventing future violence.

Overview of Housing Stability Services:

LifeWire’s Housing Stability Services support domestic violence survivors, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as they obtain and maintain safe, stable permanent housing. We do this through a progressive engagement model and with a focus on long-term housing and economic stability.

Overview of Position:

LifeWire’s Housing Stability Services Advocates support primarily adult survivors of domestic violence in King County. The Bilingual Housing Stability Advocate works closely with all housing stability team members providing culturally and linguistically appropriate advocacy and flexible financial assistance to stabilize survivors’ housing quickly. Advocates focus on identifying and eliminating barriers to stability and helping survivors attain and maintain affordable housing through various LifeWire funding supports. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide bilingual survivor-driven and trauma-informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence. Requires a particular focus on understanding rental assistance supports (including King County Housing Authority for vouchers.)
  • Provide survivors with culturally and linguistically appropriate resources, flexible financial assistance, referrals and supports for economic stability and housing-related assistance (i.e. education, employment, furniture procurement, utility assistance and personal finance budgeting.)
  • Provide mobile housing advocacy, building longer-term relationships with survivors receiving rental assistance.
  • Meetings as needed in survivor homes and community spaces.
  • Build and maintain relationships with apartment managers and owners for tenancy of program participants (i.e. negotiate move-in costs and leases, recruit properties and housing providers to work with our housing programs, etc.)
  • Develop and nurture ongoing relationships with partner and referral service providers, particularly related to rental assistance.
  • Attending supervision and team meetings as well as required trainings on direct service and agency guidelines and procedures. Makes informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
  • Assist survivors in all LifeWire Services (including Survivor Advocacy, Housing Stability, Mental Health, and Homelessness Services) by contributing to activities including support groups, prevention outreach, and the like.
  • Work closely and cooperatively in a team setting with all staff, interns, donors, and volunteers.
  • Maintain organized shared spaces and personal work environment.
  • Participate in system data collection in an accurate, complete, and timely manner.
  • Conduct outcome measurement, data entry, and use applicable evaluation tools as required by rental assistance and flexible spending grants.
  • Appropriately spend program funds and consistently track the expenditures as required.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings, and internal meetings.
  • Requires flexible Monday-Friday schedule with office hours to support survivor needs.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual fluency is required. LifeWire aims to expand our direct service capacity for the Eastside’s most widely spoken languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Work experience will substitute for education.
  • Two or more years of experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred.
  • Demonstrates ability to articulate an intersectional understanding of race, identity, marginalization, and domestic violence.
  • Willingness to practice cultural humility and open-mindedness around conversations pertaining to race, ethnicity, identity, and equity.
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing economic abuse preferred and/or a strong interest in economic justice issues and systems.
  • Experience and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
  • Meets LifeWire background check requirements.
  • Access to reliable transportation and a valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Updated – or ability and willingness to update – CPR and First Aid Certification and AIDS/HIV Certification
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe, and customized databases.
  • Works independently and as part of a team to deliver services.
  • Attends work regularly, including scheduled work time outside of typical office hours.

How to Apply:

To apply for an open position, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to hiring@lifewire.org, by fax to 425-649-0752 or by mail to:

LifeWire
Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 6398
Bellevue, WA 98008

Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be asked to fill out a Job Application.