Job: Advocate

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Title Advocate
Categories Advocacy
Location Apache Junction, AZ
Job Information

Advocate Position open at Community Alliance Against Family Abuse.

Job Description:

The Advocate is responsible for assisting women who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence, and their children, in CAAFA’s shelter program. The Advocate is responsible for providing services, creating a supportive environment, and interacting with participants, and their children, in a manner that builds on their strengths. To learn more about the service philosophy implemented at CAAFA’s shelter, please contact us at (480)982-0205. This position reports to the Shelter Manager. The position is scheduled Tuesday through Saturday, 2:00am-10:00pm. The starting compensation is $12.60-$13.80 commensurate with experience and salary history, and a 5% increase in base pay for bi-lingual English/Spanish abilities. Other benefits include health insurance coverage and generous paid time off.

Typical Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide safety planning and crisis intervention to women and children in a residential setting as needed;
  • Provide Case Management;
  • Work cooperatively with other agencies that provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence;
  • Provide assistance with resolving conflicts within the shelter setting;
  • Critically analyze situations and respond on a case-by-case basis;
  • Ensure that all shelter residents have essential supplies for personal hygiene, meals, clothing, and/or housekeeping;
  • Maintain program participant files in accordance with legal and grant requirements, complete all intakes, progress notes, and/or closures during prescribed timeframes;
  • Facilitate shelter meetings and/or support groups;
  • Provide educational components on domestic violence, sexual violence, financial literacy, and other topics;
  • Provide transportation as needed;
  • Attend all regularly scheduled meetings and trainings as required;
  • Routine cleaning of shelter;
  • Perform tasks requested by the Shelter Manager such as organizing office and/or storage areas, reviewing and revising materials, literature, and general paperwork, monitoring and maintaining shelter calendar of events, making announcements and updates when necessary; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education Qualifications:

Hold an Associates Degree in related area (Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Justice Studies, Counseling, Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, etc)  or two (2) years work experience in the field of social services, preferably in the area of domestic or sexual abuse.  Additional related work experience may substitute for education requirement.  

Preferred Qualifications:

Bilingual English/Spanish;

Bachelors Degree in related area (Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Justice Studies, Counseling, Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, etc); and/or

Experience working in a shelter.

Knowledge, Skill and Ability:

  • Commitment to addressing sexual and domestic violence;
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of trauma, sexual and domestic violence;
  • General knowledge of social services;
  • Ability to work effectively with and provide responsive services to people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences;
  • Effective interviewing and crisis counseling skills;
  • Ability to remain calm in crisis situations;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Caring, honest, and cooperative nature;
  • Supportive, sensitive, and empathetic personality;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Ability to be flexible;
  • Maintain a positive attitude;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently;
  • Ability to respect confidentiality of information learned through providing services; Consistently represent the mission and philosophy of the agency; and
  • Maintain effective and cooperative relationships with community partners, other employees, and volunteers.

Email cover letter and resume to the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse Executive Director Carol Minisee, by Friday, October 17, 2015.

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