Housing Stability Services – Lead Advocate

Position: Housing Stability Services – Lead Advocate
Reports to: Housing Stability Services Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: From $21.50 /hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt

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.

About LifeWire:

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 groundbreaking 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 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 East/North King County. The Lead Advocate works closely with all housing stability team members providing intensive advocacy and flexible financial assistance to stabilize survivors’ housing quickly.  This position focuses on identifying and removing barriers to stable housing and economic independence to eliminate economic factors as a reason to stay in an abusive relationship. The Lead Advocate deeply engages with other advocates to meet survivors’ needs, keeps meticulous records, and enjoys being involved with funders and the community. This role provides leadership and guidance to the team, supporting the Housing Stability Services Manager in overseeing that the provision of supportive services is in accordance with grant requirements and with LifeWire’s vision, mission, and philosophy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide survivor driven and trauma informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence. Requires a particular focus on housing mobile advocacy and use of flexible funding and other resources.
  • Oversee multiple funding sources at any given time, which requires deep knowledge of the use and requirements of the funds, participation in community learning and analysis of programs’ effectiveness.
  • Complete, record and track multiple data points and reporting to meet agency and contract(s) requirements, including time sensitive check-ins with housing stability fund recipients.
  • Support Services Leadership in ensuring advocates are trained in advocacy practices, organizational procedure, data collection and entry, and all other topics relevant to effective job performance.
  • Represent LifeWire in community meetings as a strong, professional leader, and provide community education on the issues of domestic violence as requested.
  • 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).  Analyze requests from other advocates to determine how flexible financial assistance can support a survivor’s needs.
  • Provide mobile housing advocacy and shelter diversion services to survivors.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Regularly provide transportation to participants in agency vehicles.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Work irregular hours, 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.
  • 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.

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 hr@lifewire.org, by fax to 425-649-0752 or by mail to:

LifeWire
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.