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Sexual Assault Community Advocate
Job Code:19-11010
Reports to:DV Program Director
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Seneca
Location:1118 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98101

The YWCA of Seattle-King County, Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault/ CSE Unit provides services to adult survivors of gender-based violence. The Sexual Assault Community Advocate will provide trauma-informed advocacy, assist survivors in safety planning and supportive services, i.e., life skills, community outreach, employment, and housing. The Advocate will apply a trauma-informed care and strengths-based approach as well as culturally relevant services when working with survivors. This position will support communities furthest away from opportunities, specifically African American women. 

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of anti-racism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply. 

  • Provide trauma-informed, survivor-centered support for victims of sexual violence on a case by case basis, through intakes, assessment and ongoing case management
  • Coordinate outreach and community trainings with sexual assault survivors, community groups, agencies and marginalized populations in Seattle and South King County
  • Develop ongoing professional and referral relationships with health, legal and social service systems
  • Interfaces with community advocates to guide survivors through the criminal justice system
  • Conduct timely data collection and monthly reporting
  • Maintain continued education training on SA advocacy-based training as certified by WCSAP
  • Facilitates SA survivor support groups in Seattle and South King County
  • Provides education on sexual assault to survivors, community groups, agencies and marginalized populations in Seattle and South King County 
  • Provides culturally relevant advocacy and client assistance for survivors of sexual assault
  • Actively engages in agency-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring
  • Attend required safety trainings and meetings; follow all safety and health guidelines, standards, practices, policies and procedures; and actively participate in the agency’s Emergency Preparedness program and activities
  • This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position, the level of knowledge and skills typically required and the general scope of responsibility. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals will perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Core Competencies:
  • At least one year of direct social service experience or BA degree in human services or related field; or a combination of translatable skills and experience in a related field
  • One year of experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and vulnerable populations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have strong knowledge and experience in maintaining confidentiality
  • Knowledge of community resources and confidence to handle complicated situations
  • Ability to make sound judgement without direct supervision
  • Willingness to work part of a team and independently 
  • Must maintain 30 hours of SA core training, which can be found on WSCAP.org
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel independently for off-site meetings and to engage in mobile advocacy
  • Experience working with victims of violence, particularly sexual assault, domestic violence, or CSE, whether in a legal or non-legal capacity
  • Strong orientation toward advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (DSHS, criminal justice, family law, landlords, CPS, etc.)
  • Familiarity with how the interplay of cultural issues (e.g., racism, gender) may influence how some women of color (esp. African Americans) are affected by and respond to situations of sexual violence 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracist principles
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring, entry-level data entry and familiarity with Microsoft Office products
  • Core Competencies: Planning and Organizing (Time Management), Attention to Detail, Oral and Written Communication, Specialized Knowledge, Collaboration, Fostering Diversity, Race & Social Justice Advocacy

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this position, the employee:

  • All positions at YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish are exposed to clients who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, financial hardship, etc.  As a result, staff are at risk of secondary trauma. Employees are encouraged to seek external support and maintain self-care when working indirectly or directly with clients 
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with agency staff, volunteers, clients and individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps using telephones and computers
  • Occasionally lifts and carries up to 10 lbs. of paperwork, files, and materials

* Continuously over 80% time, Frequently 20-80% time, and Occasionally under 20% time

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $17.99
• Hours per week: 40, Full-time
• Pay grade 16
• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
• Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.