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Domestic Violence Children/Youths Advocate
Job Code:21-04002
Reports to:Domestic Violence Services Program Manager II
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Anita Vista
Location:South King County, WA

YWCA Children/Youths Domestic Violence Services provides advocacy trauma informed advocacy for children and parents in overcoming physical, mental and emotional abuse caused by violence in the home. Primary focus will be working with our BIPOC youths. During a series of eight weekly sessions, that may take place  in schools, community centers and other confidential locations in South King County. The CYDVA will work with the youth, on safety planning, coping skills, impact of domestic violence, healthy relationships.

This position has a social justice component that will require critical thinking around how external systems influences the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Anti-racism policy, are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity. We highly encourage people of color to apply.

  • Conduct initial intakes to evaluate needs of survivors.
  • Implement direct service by utilizing best practice from YWCA GBVSS program 8 week children/youths new curriculum that assist in the healing process and other activities that are culturally appropriate.
  • Teach children strategies for staying safe and develop an individual safety plan with each child.
  • Work with GBVSS Advocates to identify families to address the needs of the children.
  • Develop a network of resources (health, legal and social service systems) for children and coordinate referrals to link children and families.
  • 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.
  • Work in partnership with Department of Social and Health Services in Seattle and South King County.
  • Provide family violence service plans to survivors applying for TANF benefits. (Two days a week) 
  • Attend monthly CPS staffing meetings
  • Provides education on safety, healthy relationships, community groups, agencies and marginalized populations in South King County.
  • Maintains accurate client files/spreadsheet, complete, timely data collection and monthly reporting.
  • Provide crisis intervention/support/education for families/youth/children in one-on-one and group settings through structured educational activities.
  • Develop and foster community partnerships (social services, education, health care, law enforcement, and legal systems) to advocate for families, youth, and children.
  • Support and advocate for families in meeting their educational, physical, social, and behavioral needs in a healthy and safe manner.
  • 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 all scheduled staff and required meetings both internal and external.
  • Complete mandated trainings as assigned
  • 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:
  • Must have completed a minimum of twenty hours of initial basic training that covers: advocacy based counseling; history of domestic violence; legal, medical, and social services; system advocacy; confidentiality and ethics; client safety assessments; safety planning, problem, and crisis intervention
  •  Bachelor’s degree in  early childhood development or related field and at least one year of direct social service experience or two years of equivalent experience and/or translatable skills will be considered in lieu of degree
  • Extensive knowledge of domestic violence advocacy, and, ability to navigate multiple systems (i.e., human services, healthcare, criminal justice, child protective services)
  •  Culturally relevant knowledge of child development, parenting skills, non-violence discipline, and trauma informed care approach to advocacy 
  • Extensive experience working or volunteering with children (5-18 years)
  • Ability to facilitate children/youth peer support group
  • Ability to be actively engaged in learning experiences with children.
  • Familiarity with how interplay of cultural issues (e.g., racism, gender) may influence how BIPOC youth are affected by and respond to DV situations
  • Strong knowledge of community resources, and other South King County partnering agencies
  • Strong planning, organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure
  • Oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Computer familiarity with Windows, Word, Excel, and Outlook and ability to use online tools such as Microsoft Sharepoint 
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team and to make sound judgments without on-site supervision
  • Ability to independently travel daily to different locations to meet  program participants within South King County. Able to work flexible hours (Some evening work is required)
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Ability to maintain strict client and staff confidentiality
  • Core Competencies Expected: Time Management, Attention to Detail, Crisis Management, Communication: Oral and Written, Customer Service, Interpersonal Skills, Caring, Fostering Diversity, Race & Social Justice Advocacy, and Reliability

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
  • Continually 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: $19- DOE
• Hours per week: Regular full time, 40 hours a week (some evening work may be required)
• 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.