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Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Community Advocate
Job Code:21-11013
Reports to:CSE Program Manager I
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:SKC Regional Center
Location:1010 South 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98057
The YWCA| Seattle| King | Snohomish Gender Based Violence Specialized Services (GBVSS) provides services to adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). The GBVSS program's mission is to address the needs of survivors in the sex trade throughout Seattle and South King County. The CSE Advocate will provide outreach, direct services and support groups to assist survivors. This position will also provide safety planning, connection to resources and life skills that are tailored by a model of best practice trauma-informed care with a strength-based, culturally-relevant approach. Candidates with lived-experience encouraged to apply.

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 antiracism 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.

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. 

  • Support survivors immediate needs (e.g. food, personal hygiene products, bus tickets, and clothing) or items which enhances the client’s safety, stability and self-sufficiency
  • Conduct pre-screening to determined eligibility
  • Provide culturally-relevant advocacy and survivor assistance, safety and exit planning, identify resources and process referrals
  • Schedule and manage appointments for intakes and follow-ups
  • Respond to referrals in a timely manner
  • Maintain a positive, collaborative relationship with team for on-going communication and co-advocacy
  • Develop ongoing referral relationships with both internal and external partners, including health providers, law enforcement and other social service providers
  •  Co-facilitate virtual support groups
  • Provide agency, community and street outreach
  • Attend regular scheduled bi-weekly GBVSS staff meetings
  • Work in partnership with Adult Survivor and King County Collaborative
  • Stay current with knowledge of all community resources relevant to meet survivor needs
  • Maintain GBVSS offices cleanliness to adhere to CDC's COVID-19 safety standards
  • Provides education on CSE to survivors, community groups, agencies and marginalized populations in Seattle and South King County
  • Maintain accurate survivor files, conduct timely data collection and contract reporting monthly and quarterly
  • Provide co-advocacy and demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative, multi-stakeholder function to increase options for survivors to improve their quality of life.
  • Demonstrate commitment to respecting individual difference in serving diverse populations
  • Implement all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative, which means understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems
  • 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 principal 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 experience in working with survivors of the sex trade, domestic violence, sexual assault and other vulnerable populations
  • A degree in human services or related field and at least one year of direct social service experience; or translatable lived-experience skills considered in lieu of degree
  • Completion of a minimum 20 hours of initial basic training that covers: advocacy-based counseling, history of domestic violence, confidentiality and ethics, client safety planning, crisis intervention, providing services and advocacy to individuals from diverse communities, and policies and procedures for GBVSS
  • Advocates working with survivors of commercial sexual exploitation are also required to attend an additional 24 hours of training on human trafficking and/or commercial sexual exploitation
  • Experience working with population that are furthest from opportunities, specifically women of color
  • Must have strong knowledge and experience in maintaining confidentiality 
  • Ability to respond to emergency crisis calls with professional, ethical boundaries
  • Able to thrive in a fast pace, high call volume and often intense work
  • Strong problem-solving, solution implementation, emotion regulation, and conflict resolution abilities
  • Engage in radical self-care
  • Strong orientation toward advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (i.e. human services, health, law enforcement, etc.)
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and SMS text messaging
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Confidence in handling complicated situations
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Must maintain 25 hours of continued education training on advocacy-based GBVSS
  • Vehicle with valid WA State driver’s license and auto insurance; candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring, entry-level data entry and familiarity with Microsoft Office products
  • Core Competencies Expected: Discernment/Judgment, Initiative, Collaboration, Organizational Understanding, Strong Oral and Written Communication, Fostering Diversity, and Social Justice Advocacy

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 sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities 
  • Continuously stands and walks in performing duties 
  • Frequently 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 5 lbs. 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 
  • 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% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $23/hour 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.