Family Mental Health Advocate

Reports to: Survivor Advocacy Services Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Starts at $25.50/hour DOE, 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 Black Indigenous People of Color are encouraged to apply.

Compensation and Benefits

Pay rate starts at $25.50 per hour ($53,040 annually) DOE, with premium pay for those who are multilingual and/or have 4+ years of directly relevant experience.

LifeWire offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • 100% of employee premiums for excellent health, vision and dental plans, including a Health Savings Accounts alternative
  • 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 Services:

LifeWire’s Survivor Advocacy Services Team provides advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence, coordination with the criminal and civil legal systems and other services such as weekly support groups for adult survivors, children, and youth, housing advocacy, and referrals to other service agencies in our community.

Overview of Position:

The role of the Family Mental Health Advocate is a collaboration between LifeWire and Sound Mental Health to provide wrap-around services for families that have experienced domestic violence. All members of the family are able to participate in LifeWire advocacy services, while each family member receives individual therapy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide survivor-driven and trauma-informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence. Requires a particular focus on coordination with Sound Mental Health to ensure survivors receive domestic violence-informed mental health services.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with partner and referral service providers, particularly facilitating ongoing communication, coordination, and services facilitation with Sound Mental Health.  
  • Coordinate and facilitate regular consult meetings between mental health therapists and LifeWire Advocates.
  • Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
  • Facilitate support groups, education groups and other meetings with survivors.
  • Assist survivors in all LifeWire Services (including Survivor Advocacy, Housing Stability, Mental Health, and Homelessness Services) by contributing to supportive activities support groups, prevention activities 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 and use applicable evaluation tools.
  • Complete necessary paperwork and statistical information.
  • Appropriately spend program funds and consistently track the expenditures as required.
  • Provide transportation to participants in agency vehicles, as needed.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Work irregular hours, including weekends, as needed.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Work experience may substitute for education.
  • Two or more years’ experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred.
  • Multilingual/cultural preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing chemical dependency and mental health challenges preferred.
  • Experience, skill, and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
  • Meets LifeWire background check requirements.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Updated – or ability and willingness to update – CPR and First Aid Certification and AIDS/HIV Certification.
  • Good computer skills.
  • 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.