Experienced Domestic Violence Advocate (Night Shift 10 pm – 6 am)
(Salary Based on Experience)
The Night-shift Domestic Violence Advocate plays a critical role in the after hours operations of the Alternatives to Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Residential Shelter by providing direct client services to its residents. The Night Advocate will offer assistance, support, and encouragement to residents while enforcing the guidelines of the shelter program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):
- Answers crisis calls; completes preliminary telephone intakes with victims in search of domestic violence shelter services providing empathic listening and ensuring efficient follow up on referrals and documents appropriately into the data management system
- Works with Law Enforcement after hours in an effort to either house domestic violence shelter victims or aide in the referral of other suitable programs for victims who do not qualify for services;
- Transports domestic violence victims seeking shelter from local hospitals and responds to SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) calls in the evening hours.
- Prepares restraining orders and ensures that victims are paired with an Advocate for court accompaniment
- Facilitates domestic violence and parenting groups
- Educates clients on the use of the legal system and refers clients to the Agency Legal Department when appropriate.
- Handles conflict resolution issues among residents in the shelter in a professional manner and ensures that residents are compliant with curfews and t residential chore schedules.
- Secures the facility during the evening/night hours and performs routine room checks to ensure that clients are adhering to shelter guidelines.
- Maintains client files using the HMIS data management system (Osnium) and ensures that all documentation is accurately tracked in the system and in the physical files.
- Works independently and advises Shelter Director of events that are notable.
- Provides culturally sensitive outreach, guidance, support and resources.
- Assists victims in completing the necessary paperwork to obtain needed services.
- Must have a clear understanding on the dynamic of abusive relationships, and the psychological impact of abuse on victims and children. Provides high-quality, empathic, respectful, and non-judgmental crisis intervention and support to residents and their children.
- Ability to develop trusting empowering relationships and to work effectively with individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Must be able to intervene in crisis situations, using sound professional judgement, ethical practice, and common sense.
- Must be willing to complete virtual 40-hour Domestic Violence Education training.
Education, Experience and Other Requirements:
Graduate Degree (BA) from a four-year college or university (preferred); At least two years of college coursework required. Previous experience in a group home, shelter or drug and alcohol treatment facility (CADC preferred) required. Must have at least two years of related experience with a knowledge of database software; Experienced with Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint. Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus. The ability to pass a pre-employment background check is required.
Please Note: Resumes who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.
Alternatives to Domestic Violence is a small 501c3 nonprofit and does not currently offer medical benefits; we do, however, offer a generous vacation, holiday, and sick package. We also encourage work/life balance which includes a one-year paid Gym Membership upon completion of the probationary period as well as a Tuition Reimbursement Program. (restrictions apply).