Housing Stability Services Advocate

Reports to: Housing Stability Services Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Starts at $25/hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt
Reviewed: May 2020

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

Pay rate starts at $25 per hour ($52,000 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’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.

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 who have been 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 Service:

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 Housing Stability Advocate works closely with all housing stability team members providing intensive advocacy and flexible financial assistance to stabilize survivors’ housing quickly. The Advocate focuses on identifying and eliminating barriers to stable housing and helping survivors attain and maintain affordable housing through various LifeWire funding supports.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide 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 resources, flexible financial assistance as appropriate, referrals and education 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.
  • Regularly meet rental assistance recipients in their rental units.
  • 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 on-going relationships with partner and referral service providers, particularly related to rental assistance.
  • Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make 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 supportive activities including the 24-hour Helpline, 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.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Work irregular hours, as needed, including weekends.
  • 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.
  • 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, identity, and equity.
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing economic abuse preferred and/or a strong interest in economic justice issues and systems.
  • 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.
  • 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 communicate with a wide variety of individuals including through interpreter services. 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 multiple office facilities and throughout the community. The employee must effectively split work time between LifeWire’s office and community locations. 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 often in scattered-site housing complexes 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, which includes 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.

How to Apply:

LifeWire offers outstanding health benefits, competitive pay, generous paid time off, a 401(k) match, and a welcoming environment for professional and personal growth. \ LifeWire is still mostly working remotely. When we do 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.

To apply for an open position, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to hr@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.