Shelter Advocate

Title:                    Shelter Advocate
 
Program:             Domestic Violence Shelter
 
Reports to:          Shelter 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 • Response to hospital emergency room calls
• Peer counseling • Transportation
• Maintaining a business center • Counseling for children
• Shelter • Social service advocacy
• Emergency food and clothing • Court advocacy/accompaniment
• Response to law enforcement calls • Household establishment
• Legal assistance with temporary restraining orders/permanent restraining orders
 
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.
 
Essential Job Functions:
  • Provide crisis intervention and referrals on the 24 hour hotline to those seeking shelter and other services, not limited to domestic violence;
  • Transfer emergency hospital calls to on-call advocates as needed;
  • Provide direct services to victims and their children including crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, parenting support, information and referrals;
  • Perform intake and emergency intake services;
  • Complete exit paperwork for residents moving out: clean/sanitize rooms after residents exit:
  • Transportation to hospital, metro link, etc. if needed;
  • Conscientiously communicate information between shifts;
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures including confidentiality, child abuse reporting, and code of ethics;
  • Communicate shelter guidelines and expectations to residents as outlined;
  • Completion and audit CSBG logs;
  • Log all in-coming calls, hotlines, messages, and possible problems in the agency logbook;
  • Maintain and update referral book as necessary;
  • Compile blank intake packets;
  • Maintain copies of paperwork in master book file;
  • Create linen/hygiene bags as needed;
  • Organize and stock donations in designated areas;
  • Organize and stock supply areas;
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of the shelter;
  • Assist in household chores – such as but not limited to: laundry, cleaning of bathrooms, kitchen, main room;
  • Conduct shelter rounds on a regular basis during shift to ensure satisfactory overnight operations;
  • 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;
  • Follow all policies and procedures of the agency;
  • Additional tasks, projects and or responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor that are not outlined but which are an important part of the agency’s goals and/or program outcomes.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and provide culturally competent advocacy;
  • Actively promote positive, nurturing interactions between residents;
  • Knowledge of resources including legal, medical, housing, educational and social service agencies and other resources in the community;
  • Maintain a positive cooperative work approach and foster teamwork among co-workers;
  • Ability to work well in a crisis situation;
  • Serve as a stable non-judgmental role model;
  • Maintain professional boundaries;
  • Work effectively under conditions of limited supervision, high stress and rapidly changing situations and circumstances;
  • 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;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule; including nights, days, weekends and holidays;
  • Be able to read and write English;
  • Bilingual Preferred but not required.
Qualifications & Experience:
  • High School Graduate or equivalent;
  • One year experience in social services settings, preferably working as an employee or volunteer in providing victim services;
  • Experience in a residential facility setting strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with trauma survivors strongly preferred;
  • Proficient computer skills;
Agency Requirements:
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License;
  • Reliable transportation;
  • Auto Insurance;
  • Clean driving record;
  • 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.
Physical Demands & Work Conditions
 
An employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job must meet physical demands described:
  • May be in contact with individuals in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not be attentive to personal hygiene and safety for themselves
  • May experience unpleasant sensory demands associated with an individual’s use of alcohol and drugs, and lack of personal care
  • May experience crisis situations and potentially hostile situations, must be ready to respond quickly and effectively.
An employee is required to:
  • Walk and climb stairs; Handle, grasp and feel objects and equipment; Reach with hands and arms; extend both arms above the head and/or reach below the waist; Communicate ideas and information verbally and written word; Be able to move oneself quickly and easily from place to place; Repeat various motions with hands, wrists, fingers; Climb on stools, steps and/or ladders; Be subject to outside environmental conditions, including but not limited to: Rain, heat, wind. 
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. If accommodation(s) are required, employee must inform Human Resources by the first week of employment. If an accommodation is not required at the time of employment, but is later required, you must inform Human Resources at the time it is needed.

Benefits:
  • Health
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid Sick
  • Dental
  • AFLAC
  • Paid Vacation
  • Vision
  • Cafeteria 125 Plan
  • Personal Days
  • Acupuncture/Chiropractic
  • Retirement Plan
 
  • Life Insurance
  • 14 Observed Holidays
 
 
Schedule: 
Flexible schedule - 40 hours a week, days vary; must be able to work nights, days, weekends and holidays 

An Equal Opportunity Employer: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

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