Survivor Services Advocate – Youth/Young Adult

Reports to: Survivor Advocacy Services Manager
Hours: 20-40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Starts at $19.50 /hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt; N4 Responsibility Level
Reviewed: May 2020

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 Survivor Advocacy Services provide 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, 24-Hour Helpline and referrals to other service agencies in our community.

Overview of Position:

LifeWire’s Youth Advocate provides focused support for youth and young adult survivors (13-24) of domestic violence and their families. Youth/Young Adult Advocacy aids in skill development in all areas of life such as education, health, housing, employment, parenting, relationships and self-esteem. The Youth/Young Adult Advocate provides in person and phone advocacy, in addition to leading support groups for youth and young adults. This position will also support our work with Bellevue College, which will include working with campus Title IX, Student Conduct, Public Safety and other departments as identified by the Social Change Manager.  This may include facilitating a healthy relationship group or other topic specific groups as identified by the needs and readiness of the Bellevue College community.  Some of these participants may be outside the age range of 13-24. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide survivor-driven and trauma-informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic and dating violence with a particular focus on youth aged 13 – 24.
  • Develop and nurture on-going relationships with partner and referral service providers, focusing on youth and young adult service partners on the Eastside with a focus on educational institutions (currently Bellevue School District and Bellevue College).
  • Develop a flexible curriculum, structure, and guidelines for youth and young adult support groups and/or skill specific groups. May be called on to facilitate a weekly group.
  • Maintain strong, supportive relationships and open communication with parents in the program when identified as safe for the youth and in accordance with LifeWire confidentiality guidelines.
  • Develop parenting advocacy practices that support and strengthen the bond between the non-abusing parent and the youth, focusing on the adult survivor as the expert of her or his own family. Provide co-advocacy (work collaboratively with fellow advocates) with a family when appropriate.
  • Occasionally co-facilitate and assist in coordinating LifeWire’s Youth outreach presentations within high schools and colleges, focusing specifically on outreach in health classes.
  • Work with Social Change team to engage high school and college systems for progressive development through prevention education and social norms change.
  • 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 by contributing to supportive activities.
  • 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.
  • May be required to provide transportation to participants in agency vehicles.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Occasionally work irregular hours, including nights and 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 working with youth, knowledge of youth developmental stages, and knowledge of and experience with researching and assisting in the development of curriculum 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 including Microsoft suite of software tools.
  • 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 regularly required to move from location to location throughout multiple office and housing facilities and throughout the community 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.

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 most often in varying sites 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 participate in children’s activities – inside buildings and outdoors – that require a wide range of mobility. The employee is required to drive LifeWire vehicles, 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.
  • Equity: 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.

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. We highly value diversity on our staff. Survivors of domestic violence and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

If interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume highlighting your experiences and qualifications to hr@lifewire.org. If submitting by mail or fax, send to: LifeWire Human Resources P.O. Box 6398 Bellevue, WA 98008- 0398 FAX: (425) 649-0752.