Reports to: Homelessness 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: October 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.
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 Homelessness Services:
LifeWire’s Homelessness Services provides emergency shelter and transitional housing services to domestic violence survivors. Emergency shelter is located in scattered site individual units to eliminate many of the challenges of communal shelter. Transitional housing is located in semi-private homes where we serve women and their children who are impacted by both domestic violence and chemical dependency.
Overview of Position:
LifeWire’s Homelessness Services Advocates provide daily advocacy, support and transportation to the survivors and their children who are residing in our emergency shelter—“My Sister’s Home”, and our transitional housing program—“My Friend’s Place.” Homelessness Services Advocates work closely with Therapeutic Health Services’ chemical dependency counselor located on site at our transitional housing program and as a part of the homelessness services team.
- Particular need to fulfill either a Tuesday-Saturday or Sunday-Thursday work schedule.
- Provide multilingual survivor driven and trauma-informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence residing in our emergency shelter and transitional housing program. Requires a particular focus on the intersection between domestic violence, homelessness and chemical dependency.
- Develop and nurture ongoing relationships with partner and referral service providers.
- Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
- Regularly meet with participants in both homelessness services.
- Assist in the coordination and expansion of multilingual family services for adults and children with the support of Homelessness Services Manager.
- Facilitate multilingual support groups, education groups and other meetings with survivors.
- Support participants with transportation needs, either in agency vehicles or other means.
- Organize and prep units for move-ins or move-outs in the homelessness services programs.
- Work closely and cooperatively in a team setting with all staff, interns, donors and volunteers.
- Participate in system data collection in an accurate, complete, and timely manner.
- Conduct outcome measurement and use applicable evaluation tools.
- Complete necessary paperwork and statistical information.
- Appropriately spend program funds and consistently track the expenditures as required.
- Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
- Conduct Health and Safety inspections.
- Assist in maintaining the housing facility in compliance with fire and health code regulations.
- Assist survivors in all LifeWire Services (including Survivor Advocacy, Housing Stability, Mental Health, and Homelessness Services) by contributing to supportive activities including support groups, prevention activities and the like.
- Work irregular hours, including weekends.
- Maintain organized shared spaces and personal work environment.
- Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred. Work experience can substitute for education.
- Two or more years’ experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred.
- One or more years’ experience providing direct services to women and children in a residential facility preferred.
- Multilingual/cultural required.
- Experience working with individuals experiencing chemical dependency or mental health concerns preferred.
- Experience, ability and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
- Ability to meet LifeWire background check requirements.
- Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license. (Work location is not located on a bus line.)
- Ability to safely and regularly drive LifeWire vehicles (including a 15-passenger van).
- Updated – or ability and willingness to update – CPR and First Aid Certification and AIDS/HIV Certification.
- Good computer skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team to deliver services.
- Ability to attend 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 email@example.com, by fax to 425-649-0752 or by mail to:
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.