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Domestic Violence LGBTQ Advocacy Specialist - SafeChoice

Company: YWCA of Clark County
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

COVID-19 VACCINE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS ROLEIf an offer is made, a COVID-19 Vaccine series must be completed by the first day of employment. Medical and/or Religious exemptions will be assessed if needed by the applicant.Our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy can be found by clicking here on the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement tab
Status: Fulltime
Hours: 40
Pay Range: $21.00 + $1000 Sign on Bonus


Proactively maintain yearly domestic training requirements as required.
Be present for and appropriately participate in staff meetings as required.
Establish and maintain a record of impeccable dependability with regards to punctuality, following call-out procedures, and adhering to the policies, practices, and guidelines set by the organization and SafeChoice.
Ability to be flexible with the schedule and day-to-day tasks, and prioritize appropriately.
Maintain a calm and professional demeanor while working in a high-stress and unpredictable environment, including flexibility in last minute shift coverage changes.
Maintain appropriate personal/professional boundaries with participants and co-workers to maintain clear, open, and unbiased lines of communication.
Gain approval for, track, and engage in activities that meet the 1% for social change requirement.
There is a strong social justice component to all positions within YWCA Clark County, requiring critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principles of anti-racism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values

Direct Services Advocacy

Provide a survivor-centered, empowerment-based approach to advocacy, effectively supporting survivors and families in identifying their own needs and goals and increasing survivor safety.
Provide onsite advocacy services on a walk-in and appointment basis.
Provide mobile advocacy services as needed.
Provide support to participants who are filing protection orders.
Respond to survivors on domestic violence hotline calls.
Utilize strong de-escalation and empowerment skills to best support survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and to minimize the effects of secondary trauma.
Provide culturally responsive advocacy that honors the lived experiences of every survivor accessing support services. Effectively communicate available resources that support cultural values, beliefs and customs.
Connect participants with relevant community resources to address needs related to domestic violence, including domestic violence education, domestic violence protection orders, safety planning, housing, and financial assistance.
Serve as the primary contact for community partners that provide LGBTQ+ specific services, and provide culturally responsive domestic violence advocacy to survivors who prefer to work with the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Specialist.
Effectively and respectfully work with people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs.
Facilitate domestic violence and LGBTQ+ specific support groups.

Program Support

In collaboration with the program manager, ensure that advocacy services are gender inclusive and staff are knowledgeable in providing culturally responsive services to LGBTQ+ survivors.
Attend community events to support outreach and education efforts as requested.
Co-facilitate trainings and conduct presentations on domestic violence, oppression, dynamics of intimate partner violence in LGBTQ+ relationships, and cross-cultural advocacy for staff, volunteers and community partners.

Required Skills
The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements for this position. In order to secure an interview, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you would be able to effectively fulfill the scope of responsibilities and meet the requirements listed below:

Communicate respectfully and in a solution oriented manner with diverse groups of people.
Address and respond to people in crisis in a calm and compassionate manner.
Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
Adapt work and communication style as needed to meet the needs of survivors.

Related Education
A.A./A.S. degree in a related field or position equivalent experience in addition to the experience requirements listed below.

Strong problem solving skills: resourceful and able to resolve challenges while knowing when it's time to stop and ask questions or seek additional guidance.
Strong technological skills: effectively use common software programs (like MS Office, Excel, and PowerPoint) to fulfill position related expectations.
Strong soft-skills: with little to no prompting, adapt work and communication style to mitigate and/or de-escalate crisis, and to best support our participants.

Related Experience
At least six months experience:

Working or volunteering with LGBTQ+ populations.
Providing empowerment based advocacy, preferably domestic violence advocacy to at risk populations.
Facilitating support groups.

Required Knowledge

Knowledge and understanding of the issues, needs and interests of LGBTQ+ individuals and knowledge of the spectrum of gender identity and transgender issues.
Understanding of intersecting oppressions, empowerment, and the dynamics of domestic violence.
Proficient in MS Office products.


Keywords: YWCA of Clark County, Vancouver , Domestic Violence LGBTQ Advocacy Specialist - SafeChoice, Other , Vancouver, Washington

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