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Domestic Violence Legal Advocate
Job Code:21-11007
Reports to:DV Services Program Manager II
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:SKC Regional Center
Location:1010 South 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98057

The YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish Gender-Based Violence Specialized Services provides culturally relevant services that are designed to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). The Domestic Violence Legal Advocate will provide legal advocacy to adult survivors which could include support with protection orders, family law, CPS, housing navigation, safety planning and life skills, employment, housing, and etc. This position will use a model of best practice trauma-informed advocacy with a strength based approach.

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.


In accordance with COVID-19 safety practices, YWCA has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new hires need to be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of employment.  YWCA considers a new hire “fully vaccinated” when at least two weeks have passed after the date the employee received: 

    • A second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or   
    • A single-dose vaccine, such as the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 

  • Provides culturally relevant advocacy with trauma-informed approach for gender-based violence survivors whom are fleeing imminent danger
  • Accompanies clients to court and/or clerk's office as needed
  • Responds to referrals and calls within required time frame
  • Conducts first point of contact assessment and complete intakes with new legal services clients, including screening for eligibility and to determine legal needs
  • Performs legal crisis intervention advocacy
  • Maintains records (data entry) and statistical information on clients served
  • Compiles data and complete reports when requested
  • Develops ongoing relationships with community partners and other service providers 
  • Engage in community networking activities to both increase access to services for individuals as well as to assist community service providers in understanding the dynamics of abuse
  • Support clients in navigating the civil and legal systems including assistance with legal filings such as protection orders and crime victims’ compensation applications and court
  • Proven ability to work effectively with diverse staff, clients and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably as a team member and contribute positively to workplace
  • Demonstrated problem-solving approach to concerns and challenges
  • Implement all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), which requires an understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems
  • Attend all scheduled staff and required meetings both internal and external
  • Conduct outreach and presentation to community partners
  • Ability to travel to various locations independently
  • 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:
  • One year of direct social service experience or translatable lived experience skills considered in lieu of degree
  • Strong orientation and familiarity toward legal advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (i.e., municipal and superior courts legal systems, law enforcement, etc.)
  • 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/
  • Experience or knowledge of working with survivors that have experienced Gender-Based Violence, such as Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking (CSE)
  • Knowledge of community resources, confidence to handle complicated situations
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Maintain 20 hours of continued education hours on advocacy-based DV.
  • Vehicle with valid WSDL; candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty, particularly in fostering social justice advocacy for communities furthest from opportunities (specifically African American and other women of color)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, cell phone text messaging, calendaring, entry-level data entry and familiarity with Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 
  • Core Competencies Expected: Fostering Diversity, Race & Social Justice Advocacy, Discernment/Judgment, Professional Boundaries, Organizational Understanding, Oral and Written Communication


  • Customer Service - We treat our customers with culturally competent courtesy and respect, and react with urgency and sensitivity to their important concerns
  • Social Justice - Collectively and individually, we work to eliminate the effects of racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism and other oppressions and help our clients achieve equitable outcomes, outcomes that prioritize those with multiple barriers, in the areas we serve
  • Teamwork - We value individual excellence in the achievement of organizational goals and work effectively as a team for the benefit of the YWCA and our stakeholders. We acknowledge that cultural competence is required when evaluating effective work and teamwork and that the voice of our staff of color, immigrant and refugee staff, LGBTQ staff and other marginalized staff comes through as positive, effective and relational in a variety of ways, and that internalized superiority or inferiority can play a role in how a staff member interacts on teams. We work to understand barriers that staff may be facing and support staff that are facing multiple barriers
  • Communication - We communicate openly, honestly and accurately with our internal and external stakeholders. We listen respectfully, solicit feedback and are open to the suggestions and solutions of others. We understand that internalized oppressions play a role in how we communicate, what we communicate and what we gate keep. We work to be accountable gatekeepers, acknowledge our superiority and inferiority while communicating and create a flat structure where power is not front and center in the communication that we engage in
  • Integrity We are ethical and trustworthy in our business practices and interactions with each other
  • Accountability - We are accountable to each other and our communities, and we seek to continuously improve the quality of our services.  We are transparent in sharing information with stakeholders and the public

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
  • Continuously stands and walks in performing duties
  • Continuously 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 kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers
  • This position is a mobile advocacy position that travels to multiple worksites within a day
*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $23/hr or DOE
• Regular Full Time, Hours per week: 40
• 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.