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Gender Based Violence (GBV) Community Advocate
Job Code:21-02001
Reports to:Domestic Violence Program Manager II
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Anita Vista
Location:South King County, WA

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish Gender Based Violence (GBV) Specialized Services provides advocacy to adult survivors through providing outreach, direct services and support groups The overall goal is to assist survivors in  safety planning and life skills, employment, housing, using a model of best practice trauma informed care with a strength based approach and culturally relevant  services.  YWCA GBV Specialized Services are designed to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and commercial sexual exploitation.

This position has a social justice component that will allow for critical thinking around how the external systems influences the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Valuing diversity and championing anti-racism policy are core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

  • Provide culturally relevant advocacy with trauma informed approach for survivors of gender-based violence who are fleeing imminent danger.
  • Provide immediate, emergency basic needs and direct resources to increase economic self-sufficiency, promote health and mental wellness to include but is not limited to: financial literacy, skill building, education and employment opportunities.
  • Conduct initial interview with guests to evaluate their needs, connect guest to co-advocacy. Determine best placement within hotel if moving, and work with clients to understand expectations and sign guest contract.
  • Work in partnership with Department of Social and Health Services, (Seattle to South King County). Providing FVP to survivors applying for TANF benefits
  • Develops ongoing referral relationships with health, legal and social service system
  • Provides education on safety and healthy relationships to community groups, agencies and marginalized populations in Seattle and South King County.
  • Maintains accurate client files/spreadsheet, complete HMIS, timely data collection and monthly reporting.
  •  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:


  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty for those who are furthest from opportunities (including Black/African American women and other Women of Color)
  • One year of experience in working with survivors that have experienced Gender Base Violence (sexual assault, domestic, intimate partner, CSE)
  •  One Year of direct social service experience; translatable lived life experience skills considered in lieu of degree.
  • Must have strong knowledge and experience in maintaining confidentiality
  • Strong orientation toward advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (i.e., human services, health, law enforcement, etc.)
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and outlook, and cellphone text
  • Knowledge of community resources, confidence to handle complicated situations
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must maintain 20 hours of continued education hours on advocacy based DV training.
  • Vehicle with valid drivers license; candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
  • Core Competencies Expected: Discernment/Judgment, Professional Boundaries, Organizational Understanding, Communication-Oral and Written, Fostering Diversity, Race and Social Justice Advocacy


  • Completion of a minimum of 20 hours of initial basic training that covers: advocacy based counseling, history of domestic violence, and key requirements of the job of a community-based DV advocate, such as confidentiality, safety planning, and crisis intervention. (Training can be accessed from https://wscadv.remote-learner.net/)

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 job, the employee:

  • All positions at YWCA 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 sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities
  • Continually stands and walks in performing duties
  • Repetitively uses hands and wrists, fingering, handling, grasping, and reaching in using telephones, computers, kitchen equipment, donations and supplies
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Occasionally lifts and carries up to 5lbs. of paperwork, files and training materials, occasionally up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasionally lifts and carries up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20% 

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $17.99-DOE
• Regular full time, 40 hours a 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.