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Position available for Shelter Advocate

Reports To: Executive Director & Shelter Manager 

Position: Part-Time 

Abilities listed below

Abilities Required:

  • The strong belief that each victim has the right to make their own decisions and the ability to accept that decision.  

  • Patience and empathy with people in crisis situations is essential.  

  • Show understanding and listen to each client.  

  • Ability to work as a team member in providing services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

  • Ability to work with personnel in other agencies and organizations to facilitate advocacy through referral. 

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) is desired.

  • A strong commitment to assist in empowering victims.

Specific Duties:​

  1. Communicate with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault their rights.

  2. Follow policies regarding Shelter operations.

  3. Promote community awareness of social services available.

  4. Assist residents in obtaining paid employment, day care, etc.

  5. Be available to each client.  Spend time ensuring you are seen as a trusted resource

  6. Be a “positive example” for client by teaching effective life skills.

  7. Maintain clean and orderly living quarters, guiding clients to care for themselves by empowering them to learn needed skills.

  8. Before the end of shift, completing daily client service logs showing services provided for each client.

  9. Complete shift change report for next shift.

  10. Explain and enforce Shelter Guidelines to each client as they come in.

  11. Conduct initial assessment of clients and track client’s progress for Case Manager.

  12. Plan activities for adult clients that will enable them to come together as a group each evening after children are in bed.  This could be anything from having “Group Sessions” where clients can share their feelings, plans for the future, etc., to playing cards, board games, checkers or dominoes.   Regularly coming together in this manner enhances cooperative living behavior among residents. 

  13. Shelter Advocate will answer the Hotline at all times during his/her shift.  

  14. Ensure all clients are greeted on a face-to-face basis no later than 16 hours after admission to the shelter.

  15. Supervise shelter residents and report to Shelter Manager. 

  16. Take regular inventory and keep grocery/supply list as needed.

  17. Keep shelter and all equipment in best operable condition while maintaining security at all times.

  18. Assist victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence with options in identifying goals and provide information for resources available to assist in attaining these goals. 

  19. Communicate with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault their rights and possible options.  

  20. Other duties as assigned by the Shelter Manager.

Objective

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Post Objective:  To provide efficient and effective services and support to all shelter residents. Work in shelter with residents of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse and their children to address issues including, housing, employment, education, childcare, mental health, legal and medical care. To perform any other duties requested by Shelter Manager, Program Director or Executive Director. 

 

4:00 PM to Midnight Post Objective:  To provide efficient and effective services and support to all shelter residents.  The emphasis for this shift will be on teaching adult residents “life skills” such as cooking, cleaning, and parenting.  To perform any other duties requested by Shelter Manager, Program Director or Executive Director.

 

Midnight to 8:00 AM Post Objective:  To provide efficient and effective services and support to all shelter residents. Responsible to answer hotline calls and ensure the safety protocols are being met. To perform any other duties requested by Shelter Manager, Program Director or Executive Director.

Physical Qualifications:

1.    Must be able to lift up to a minimum of 25 pounds.


2.    Physically able to reach, climb, stand, kneel, crouch/stoop, squat, and the ability to climb stairs.

Experience and Training Required

High School Diploma or GED.  Ability to relate to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with empathy and support to make their own decisions.  Professional appearance and manner. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training conducted by Safe Place, Inc.

must be completed within 90 days after date of hire.

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