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Domestic Violence Rapid Rehousing Advocate
Job Code:21-04004
Reports to:Domestic Violence Services Program Manager II
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:SKC Regional Center
Location:1010 S. 2nd St., Renton WA 98057

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish's Gender Based Violence 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, safe housing, using a model of best practice trauma informed care with a strength based approach and culturally relevant  services.  YWCA; Gender Based Violence Specialized Services is 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 and fleeing imminent danger.
  • Provide immediate emergency basic needs and direct resources to increase economic self-sufficiency, life skills training regarding housing location, budgeting, tenant responsibilities, and other housing related skills.
  • Work in partnership with property owners and management companies, and debtors, to ensure success in obtaining permanent housing.
  • Respond to all referrals and pre-screen to evaluate eligibility for DV Rapid Rehousing and conduct initial intake with survivors to assess needs with housing.
  •  Meet with prospective clients to determine eligibility and collect enrollment documentation.
  • Assess clients for housing needs and develop housing stability plans to address barriers/goals.
  • Provide life skills training regarding housing location, budgeting, tenant responsibilities, and other housing related skills.
  • Provide housing location services as needed and advocate on behalf of client with landlords, debtors, and other parties.
  • Perform outreach to landlords and property managers on behalf of the Rapid Rehousing Program.
  • Maintain physical case files and database entry in accordance with agency standards.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff to identify resources and services that can be used to better serve clients.
  • Provide individualized case management for clients as directed by their stability goals.
  • Employ crisis management skills where necessary to assist clients in difficult situations.
  • Manage a case load of 17-20 clients in varying stages of the program curriculum.
  • Adhere to all confidentiality guidelines.
  • Maintains accurate client files/spreadsheet, complete HMIS, timely data collection and monthly reporting and adhere to all client confidentiality guidelines as required.
  • Manage a caseload of 15-20 survivors in varying stages of housing.
  • Assess survivor strengths and challenges and assist family in developing housing stability goals and individual goal plans and action steps to maintain housing.
  • 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 
  • Attend all required scheduled staff meetings and trainings both internal and external.
  • 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 and foster diversity, and social justice advocacy that are furthest from opportunities. (Specifically African American and other women of color)
  • One year of experience with housing/shelter working with survivors that have experienced Gender Based Violence (Sexual Assault, Domestic, Intimate Partner, CSE)
    • One year of direct case management experience or translatable lived life experience skills considered in lieu of degree.
  • Ability to developed relationships with outside provider, housing authority, creditor, landlords.
  • Familiarity with landlord tenants rights
  • Strong mathematical skills 
  • Strong negotiation skills 
  • 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.
  • Vehicle with valid Washington State 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, Strong communication: Oral and Written, Race & Social Justice Advocacy, and Fostering Diversity 


  • Completion of a minimum of twenty hours of initial basic training that covers: advocacy based counseling; history of domestic violence, key requirements of the job of a community-based DV advocate. 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 position, 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 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: $19.00-DOE
• Hours per week: 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.