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Domestic Violence Rapid Rehousing Advocate
Job Code:20-04004
Reports to:DV Services Manager
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:SKC Regional Center
Location:1010 S 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98057

The goal is to serve homeless women and their families that have been affected by domestic violence in obtaining permanent housing. The DVRRH Advocate will be based out of South King County and will work with families to locate and sustain suitable housing utilizing the Rapid Rehousing model.

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 DV housing case management for families in the DV RRH Program
  • Meet with clients as needed and maintain up to date, accurate case files
  • Assist in collecting and compiling client statistics and data for program reports
  • Calculate and track progressive financial assistance for each family
  • Provide screenings, intakes and assist with housing applications. Help families identify barriers and strengths and assist them to secure and maintain stable housing
  • Create housing stability plan and safety plans based on individuals’ needs and goals
  • Provide advocacy based DV counseling and trauma informed services
  • Assess clients' employment and financial stability. Connect participants with internal and community resources
  • Responsible for all data involved in tenant eligibility including tracking all forms and paperwork from application to income verification, rent calculation and tracking financial assistance
  • Maintains accurate client files and conducts timely data collection and contract reporting
  • Work as member of DV team and provide backup as needed
  • Coordinate closely with Housing team to ensure continuity of services to residents
  • This position is required to travel to multiple site locations to conduct housing inspections
  • 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:
  • Two years experience providing domestic violence advocacy based counseling to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Experience working with clients in the areas of: crisis intervention, substance abuse, mental health, employment, and homeless families, as well as, knowledge of Housing Authority, and landlord tenant laws
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field and at least one year of direct social service experience (preferably with survivors of domestic violence). Two years of equivalent experience and/or translatable skills will be considered in lieu of degree
  • Knowledge of community resources that serve low income South King County families
  • Ability to document and maintain case files
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to interact with people of different cultures
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Ability to travel independently to multiple worksites
  • Working experience in a DV shelter or transitional housing program preferred
  • Knowledge of and connections with SKC housing resources preferred
  • Familiarity with SKC geography preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be able to travel independently to multiple site locations within a day
  • Core Competencies Expected: Attention to Detail, Caring, Collaboration, Communication: Oral & Written, Crisis Management, Customer Service, Specialized Knowledge, Fostering Diversity, Race & Social Justice Advocacy, Reliability, Problem Solving, Planning & Organizing (Time Management), Interpersonal Skills, Initiative, Flexibility, Forward Thinking, Adaptability, Drive for Results

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:

  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community.
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties it the workspace and community
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers and other office equipment
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs of paperwork, files and supplies.
  • Occasionally climbs stairs of multi-level buildings
  • 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 over 80% time, Frequently 20-80% time, and Occasionally under 20% time

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: DOE
• Full-time, 40 hours per week
• 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.