Job Opportunity: Advocate

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CLACKAMAS WOMEN’S SERVICES
POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position: Advocate
Status: Permanent, Non-exempt, Full Time
Pay: Beginning wage: $15.50 per hour; benefits available first of the month following date of hire
Hours: Primarily weekdays and some evenings
Responsible To: Community Based Program Director

About Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)

Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) was incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County’s first shelter for women and children escaping family violence and domestic abuse. CWS’ service delivery framework is built on trauma-informed best practices that promote safety and self-determination. Our vision is to live in a society that no longer tolerates domestic and sexual violence, but rather thrives on mutual respect.

CWS offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, the sex industry, and elder abuse. Through our confidential emergency shelter, our rural outreach office and A Safe Place Family Justice Center, CWS coordinates services with other public and private agencies in order to best serve survivors seeking help. Participants in our programs receive no-cost services by highly trained staff.

Position Purpose:

Responsible for providing crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and support services to survivors accessing services at A Safe Place Family Justice Center.

Key Responsibilities:
  1. Provide support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
  2. Provide advocacy and systems navigation to survivors accessing services and make warm hand-offs to community partners.
  3. Provide the following support to survivors:
    • Short-term, crisis intervention services
    • Emotional support
    • Safety planning
    • Assessment of participant needs, strengths and challenges
    • Assist with individualized goal-setting
    • Information and referral for community resources
    • Domestic violence and sexual assault education
    • Provide accompaniment and transportation in agency vehicle
  4. Serve as a first point of contact for survivors requesting services and support at the Family Justice Center and making warm hand offs to other on-site providers.
  5. Provide legal advocacy for survivors including assistance with Temporary Restraining Orders and Stalking orders and court accompaniment via video court at the family justice center and courthouse.
  6. Respond to Lethality Assessment Protocol calls with appropriate services as needed.
  7. Contribute to a successful team within the shared advocacy model and work from a team based approach in conjunction with other advocates. Provide support and assist coworkers in response to fluctuations in workloads.
  8. Facilitate support groups as requested.
  9. Other duties as assigned.
General Responsibilities:
  1. Represent the mission and values of CWS to program participants and community partners.
  2. Complete documentation of all services, including intakes, releases of information, demographics tracking and statistics within the CWS database for all participants on a minimum of a weekly basis.
  3. Maintain appropriate participant confidentiality in accordance with advocate privilege and federal statutes.
  4. Provide consultation and support for community partners through collaboration and information sharing regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and its impact on survivors.
  5. Work in conjunction with other staff to provide consistent services to participants.
  6. Participate in speaking engagements and educational trainings as requested.
  7. Attend CWS all staff meetings, regular team meetings, and A Safe Place monthly meetings.
  8. Meet regularly with the Community Based Program Director to plan and prioritize projects.
  9. Submit necessary monthly timesheets and mileage reimbursement forms. Manage daily schedule appropriately.
Qualifications:
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and bi-culturally competent preferred.
  • CWS is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.
  • Experience supporting survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Case management or advocacy based experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of domestic and sexual violence and its effects on survivors, their children and society.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems of oppression, ability to work effectively and non-judgmentally with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and understanding of culturally competent service delivery.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with systems outside of domestic and sexual violence field.
  • Reliable transportation required, position includes use of personal vehicle to complete some tasks.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to employment@cwsor.org.

 

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