VICTIM ADVOCATE 3
General Description: Under the supervision of the Advocacy Director, the Victim Advocate will work directly with women, children and men victims of dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This position will be responsible for supporting residents and non-residents seeking services through Noah Project.
Salary: $12.25 an hour + DOE
FT Provides advocacy/casework for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
M-F usually 12 – 8 pm with on call rotation | Generous PTO/Holiday leave, Health Insurance, Retirement and other benefits
Essential Job Functions for SAPCS Grant (25%):
A. Receive crisis calls and provide immediate crisis intervention for all victims of sexual assault.
B. Determine eligibility of services for victims of sexual assault and/or give referral sources.
C. Complete intakes for victims of sexual assault who are residents and non-residents, as well as perform resident exit interviews as required.
D. Conduct consistent advocacy and regularly scheduled client casework sessions for Noah Project clients who are victims of sexual assault.
E. Document casework activities on a timely basis including maintaining files and entering data and statistics.
F. Attend scheduled trainings for advocacy regarding working with victims of sexual assault.
G. Be familiar with legal services, resources, and procedures available to victims of sexual assault and identify legal rights and options as part of individual service plans.
H. Assist each victim of sexual assault in safety planning and re-evaluation of the safety plan as part of an individual service plan.
I. Assist eligible clients with Crime Victim Compensation, Protective Orders and VINE services.
J. Provide services specific to the needs of a victim sexual assault
Essential Job Functions (75%):
A. Receive crisis calls and provide immediate crisis intervention for all victims of domestic violence and dating violence.
B. Perform Lethality Assessment Protocols in coordination with law enforcement for safety planning.
C. Determine eligibility of services and/or give referral sources.
D. Complete intake and exit interviews and complete all required documentation on residents and non-residents clients.
E. Conduct consistent advocacy and regularly scheduled client casework sessions for Noah Project clients.
F. Conduct regularly scheduled in-house life skills meetings and DV 101 classes for residents and non-residents.
G. Document casework activities on a timely basis including maintaining files and entering data and statistics.
H. Coordinate with other agencies, organizations, and referral sources to provide services and facilitate transfers.
I. Perform direct service activities.
J. Attend staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.
K. Provide needed accompaniment services.
L. Be designated on-call staff as required or requested.
M. Train and assist volunteers, students and new staff as necessary.
N. Carry out other programs and tasks as assigned by the Advocacy Director or the Executive Director.
O. Have a working knowledge of Texas laws pertaining to family violence, as well as the justice system’s response to domestic violence.
P. Be familiar with legal services, resources, and procedures available to victims and identify legal rights and options as part of individual services plans.
Q. Assist adult and children shelter residents and non-residents in safety planning and re-evaluation of the safety plan as part of an individual service plan.
R. Assist eligible clients with Crime Victim Compensation, Protective Orders and VINE services.
S. Perform functions of Housing Specialist – See additional Job Description.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major course of study in social work or a related course of study preferred. Full-time employment in a family violence shelter or similar social service agency in combination with formal education may be substituted for preferred degree with approval of the Executive Director.
Screenable Job Requirements:
A. Willingness to work extremely long periods without relief.
B. Willingness to work weekends.
C. Willingness to accept situations in which no definitive success ratio exists.
D. Knowledge of effective communications techniques.
E. Ability to organize, direct, plan and coordinate work activities.
F. Ability to express ideas and opinions clearly and concisely in writing and verbally.
G. Ability to develop, establish, and maintain effective working relationships with public, private, and governmental agencies.
H. Ability to meet with the public and effectively interpret Noah Project’s programs, policies, and goals.
I. Knowledge of dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Supervision: The Advocacy Director shall supervise the Victim Advocate.
Selection Procedure: Applicants for this position will be screened and interviewed in accordance with the Job Posting and Hiring Procedure.
HOUSING SPECIALIST(Part of Victim Advocate position)
General Description: Provide a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to transitional housing services that improves the well-being and stability of adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and/or human trafficking
Essential Job Functions:
A. Oversee transitional housing placements
B. Assist Advocacy Director with grant statistics and reporting.
C. Represent Noah Project at housing community meetings and advocate for client’s needs.
D. Build and maintain relationships with apartment complex managers and landlords.
E. Understand and stay current on housing laws, policies, programs and HUD eligibility.
F. Facilitate financial empowerment classes.
G. Knowledgeable in coordinated entry process and facilitate Noah Project as an Entry Point for clients.
H. Maintain caseload for the duration of housing assistance.
I. Additional duties may be assigned as necessary, including but not limited to: clerical duties, assisting with program activities, conferences, fundraisers and training.
A. Must have a working knowledge of lease and rental agreements.
B. Willingness to be available after normal hours to meet with clients who have job commitments as well as working a regular schedule.
C. Ability to oversee and assist with budgets.
D. Willingness to conduct in home visits monthly.
Supervision: The Housing Specialist will be supervised by the Advocacy Director