Night Advocate

Title:                Shelter Advocate
 
Program:         Domestic Violence Shelter
 
Reports to:      Program Director
 
The shelter is a 60-day emergency shelter open 24-hours a day. With a 65 bed capacity, the shelter provides services to men, women and children of all ages who are victims of domestic violence. The shelter provides shelter to victims from around the world due to being one of the first shelters in the country to provide services to men. The shelter provides the following supportive services:

• 24-hour hotline
• Peer counseling
• Maintaining a business center
• Shelter
• Emergency food and clothing
• Legal assistance with temporary restraining orders/permanent restraining orders
• Response to law enforcement calls
• Response to hospital emergency room calls
• Transportation
• Counseling for children
• Social service advocacy
• Court advocacy/accompaniment
• Household establishment

Additional services include: individual and group therapy, domestic violence education/prevention groups, safety planning, emergency safety moves, assistance in applying for financial assistance, assistance in applying for housing opportunities, resources and referrals. The shelter assist an average of 330 people per year. All of the services are provided by domestic violence advocates on shelter grounds. 

Qualifications:
  • High School Graduate or equivalent;
  • Ability to work well in a crisis situation;
  • Serve as a stable non-judgmental role model;
  • Work independently and be able to make decisions when necessary;
  • Able to maintain a supportive, calm and professional attitude at all times;
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to the unique circumstances of underserved populations and to survivors of domestic violence;
  • Accountability – be on time for scheduled shifts;
  • Be able to read and write English;
  • Bilingual Preferred.
 Duties:
  • Answer 24-hour hotline and business telephone lines;
  • Perform intake and emergency intake services;
  • Provide information/referrals to victims, when necessary;
  • Conscientiously communicate information between shifts;
  • Log all in-coming calls, hotlines, messages, and possible problems in the agency logbook;
  • Maintain and update referral book as necessary;
  • Compile the blank intake packets;
  • Crisis/peer counseling with clients/residents;
  • Closing out clients/resident files;
  • Filing;
  • Maintain copies of paperwork in master book file;
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of the shelter;
  • Assist in household chores;
  • Shelter ground checks;
  • Ensure that nightly lock up/security procedures are followed;
  • Review sign in log to assess resident safety and curfew adherence;
  • Follow and enforce all shelter rules and procedures;
  • Respond to all persons on agency grounds in a calm, supportive and professional manner;
  • Maintain a positive cooperative work approach and foster teamwork among co-workers;
  • Follow all policies and procedures of the agency.
 Requirements:
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License;
  • Auto Insurance;
  • Clean driving record;
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays;
  • Employee will be required to complete a TB test, fingerprinting, drug screen (employment pending on drug screen), 40-hour Domestic Violence training and CPR/First Aid certification.
Hours: 12am - 8am (40 hours a week, days vary) must be able to work weekends and holidays

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