Position: Homelessness Services Advocate
Reports to: Homelessness Services Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Starts at $18/hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt
Reviewed: Feb. 2018
LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value diversity on our staff. Survivors of domestic violence and persons of color are encouraged to apply.
LifeWire’s Vision / Mission:
Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. LifeWire’s mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional and societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate it.
LifeWire delivers unique and compassionate services that provide profound healing. We focus on truly empowering survivors and giving them every opportunity to thrive and succeed. We offer opportunity and hope through services like our award-winning children’s programs, life-changing Housing Stability Program and ground-breaking social change work. As a result, survivors are able to attend to their basic needs, rebuild their lives, find peace and become self-sufficient. Each survivor reaching out to LifeWire has a unique story. Each individual success is a victory.
Overview of Service:
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.
- Provide 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 on-going 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 family services for adults and children with support of Homelessness Services Manager.
- Facilitate support groups, education groups and other meetings with survivors.
- Regularly provide transportation to participants in agency vehicles, including a 15-passenger van. (Training provided).
- 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 the 24-hour Helpline, 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. Work experience may 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 preferred.
- 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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment described here represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use a computer, which includes extensive keyboarding, and the telephone. The employee must be able to easily communicate with a wide-variety of individuals. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision to read participant paperwork, data enter information, and work with government and community websites, forms, and email.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move from location to location throughout the transitional housing facility and the community. LifeWire advocate roles are mobile, which requires the employee to travel locally to meet participants, other agency representatives, and government employees in their offices. Employees must frequently carry up to 15 pounds and must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 30 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is most often in a transitional, communal housing environment with varying levels of noise, frequent interruptions and occasional intensive emotional encounters. Occasionally, the employee is in an office environment with moderate noise. The employee is required to drive LifeWire vehicles on a daily basis, transporting residents, their children and supplies; this requires exposure to the outdoors and daily encounters with traffic. Employees are often exposed to recitations of traumatic situations and must be prepared to handle secondary trauma.
LifeWire’s Values: LifeWire’s employees are made of people who believe passionately about the value of this work and take personal responsibility for bringing success to the agency. LifeWire’s team spirit is, at its core, made up these values:
- Leadership: LifeWire is a leader in the domestic violence movement, using experienced and cutting-edge approaches that transform lives and foster future leaders.
- Respect and Dignity: LifeWire believes that every person, whether it’s the survivors we serve, our volunteers or our staff, has value, deserves respect and has inherent dignity.
- Justice: LifeWire is part of and connected to a larger movement to end all types of oppression and violence.
- Empowerment: LifeWire provides access to options and opportunities for survivors, AND we believe that survivors have the inherent ability to thrive and are capable of making their own decisions.
- Equality: Everyone deserves to be safe from domestic violence, regardless of their background and access to resources.
- Passion & Commitment: We are deeply committed to ending domestic violence and approach our efforts with passion.
- Professionalism: Our staff and volunteers are highly knowledgeable and skilled in the domestic violence arena, value each other, create a supportive work environment, and conduct themselves professionally at all times.
- Education: We believe that education is one of the best tools we have to prevent domestic violence from occurring today and in the future.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 425-649-0752 or by mail to:
Attn: Job Applications
P.O. Box 6398
Bellevue, WA 98008
Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be asked to fill out the LifeWire Job Application.