Domestic Violence Community Advocate & Resource Specialist
DOVE is committed to partnering with diverse communities, families, and individuals impacted by domestic or partner violence. We promote hope, healing, safety, and social change by providing a broad range of preventive and responsive services.
DOVE’s Statement of Welcome and Affirmation
DOVE welcomes refugee and immigrant survivors both documented and undocumented, people with disabilities, people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color), and LGB, Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary individuals, people of all religions, and individuals whose first language is not English. DOVE welcomes people of all identities, including those not named.
DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended), Inc. was founded in 1978 and has since grown from one crisis hotline to a comprehensive multi-services organization. DOVE is the only domestic violence organization in Norfolk County. DOVE provides a range of services for individuals who have experienced abuse, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, safety assessment and planning, supportive education and counseling, support groups, legal assistance, assistance accessing governmental and community-based services, and community outreach and education. At DOVE, we believe that all people have the right to live free from the fear of abuse. At our core, DOVE’s work is about fostering healthier and safer relationships for all.
The Community Advocate & Resource Specialist is part of DOVE’s team of advocates responsible for the provision of services for individuals seen primarily through DOVE’s Community-Based program. The Advocate will work with clients in both individual and group settings, providing crisis intervention, emotional support, advocacy, safety planning, and education on many issues related to domestic and dating violence. The Advocate works in a team with other community-based advocates, attorneys, and interns, as well as shelter staff. This position reports to the Director of Community Services (DCS).
Community Advocacy/Direct Service Provision (60-70%)
- Provide emotional support, supportive counseling, advocacy, and assistance to survivors seen through DOVE’s community-based services. Includes conducting danger assessment and safety planning as well as connecting survivors with internal and external services (e.g., legal, housing, benefits, mental health and substance abuse, etc.). Act as Counselor of the Day in rotation with other Advocates and Interns in Community Office.
- Complete Individual/Family Needs Assessment with each assigned client.
- Coordinate internal and external services options for clients’ families.
- Work collaboratively with victim service providers, child protection services, and other service providers to ensure coordination of services for clients.
- Provide clients with resource materials and service referrals.
- Design, promote, and co-facilitate psycho-educational and/or support groups regarding such topics as “DV 101,” Healthy Relationships, Healthy Coping Strategies, DV and Substance Abuse Issues, etc. Creative ideas are welcome and supported in line with addressing clients’ needs and wishes.
- Interface with DOVE’s Civilian DV Advocates, Legal Advocacy Program/Staff Attorneys, Shelter-based Advocates, as well as Community Education & Prevention program.
- Be available for consultation by other team members and intern(s) as needed.
- Provide assistance, instruction, feedback, and/or serve as daily point-of-contact for interns as needed.
- Periodically provide coverage of the shelter and hotline.
- This role may include participation in regular on-call rotation for emergency shelter (typically for 1 week every 5-8 weeks. This may look different during COVID-19).
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Specialized Programmatic: Housing & Benefits Advocacy (20%)
- Attend community housing and benefits related trainings, webinars, and roundtables to stay up-to-date on how clients can access these resources.
- Design and conduct trainings for other DOVE staff and clients re: availability and application process for low-cost housing resources and financial assistance.
- Work weekly with clients on goals re: housing search and economic stability (job search, educational goals, financial literacy, credit assessment) providing information, coaching, and individual support.
- Be available for housing- and benefits-related consultation to support other DOVE staff in brainstorming potential resources that clients may qualify for and access.
- Design and implement on-site basic skills training to meet clients’ needs such as resume preparation, job interview skills, and financial literacy, inviting guest presenters and collaborative partners as appropriate.
Additional Responsibilities (10-20%)
- Attend and participate in regular Case Review meetings and weekly Supervision sessions
- Assist Director of Community Services (DCS) with ongoing development/evaluation of program effectiveness.
- Complete forms and reports as required by the organization and funders.
- Participate regularly and represent DOVE at local, regional, and/or state meetings as requested by DCS and/or Executive Director.
- DOVE has committed 5% (2 hrs/wk) of all staff time to participate in active learning regarding justice and equity issues, including regarding race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc., to include reading, listening to podcasts, watching webinars, videos, etc. Active discussion with peers is encouraged. For BIPOC and LGBQ/T staff, time can include commitment to self-care and resilience-building practices as needed.
Skills & Qualifications:
- Minimum 2 years’ of related human services experience required.
- Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese and English) strongly preferred, but not required.
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability/experience working with individuals and families impacted by violence, abuse, and trauma.
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability/experience working with people from a range of diverse backgrounds (racially, ethnically, and culturally) as well as identities and lived experiences.
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability/experience working with individuals with histories of substance abuse and/or mental health challenges.
- Basic knowledge of legal, child protection, health and mental health/social service systems helpful.
- Demonstrated crisis intervention, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
- Be a “people person;” enjoy talking and working with others.
- Demonstrated experience making and maintaining connections in community and professional settings; some experience in public speaking, networking, designing and conducting presentation and trainings, and group facilitation helpful.
- Anti-oppression activist experience welcome; demonstrated experience anti-oppression dialogue and practice is preferred. Participation in this ongoing process of learning anti-oppression principles (including characteristics of white privilege/white supremacy) and putting into reflective practice is expected of all staff members.
- Ability to collaborate effectively, internally and externally.
- Ability to effectively multi-task.
- Flexibility and sense of humor.
- Sound computer skills.
- Bachelor’s degree in Women’s/Gender studies, Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Chicana studies, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or related field + 2 years’ work experience in human services delivery strongly preferred.
- Must be committed to DOVE’s mission and practice philosophies, to ending violence and oppression, to using empowerment practice, and to promoting social justice and social change.
- Experience actively engaging in anti-oppression dialogue and practice is welcome; participation in this ongoing learning and process, as a member of DOVE’s staff, is required.
- Must provide documentation of 35 hours of domestic violence training upon hire, or complete DOVE’s 35-hour Domestic Violence training within 1st year of hire.
- This position is classified as an Essential Employee of DOVE and may be required to travel during State of Emergency declared by the Governor.
- CORI check upon offer of hire. CORI History will be reviewed and may disqualify candidates.
** DOVE is willing to cultivate the leadership potential of promising candidates. Domestic violence survivors, members of historically oppressed communities including BIPOC and LGBQ/T candidates, and persons with experience working in DOVE’s catchment area are particularly encouraged to apply.
Work Schedule: Full-time, exempt position, generally Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. The Community Advocate & Resource Specialist will be required to work at other times to conduct groups, provide on-call coverage, and/or attend training/meetings; this will include evening and occasional weekend hours.
COVID-19 Plan: Most staff have been working remotely since March 2020 due to COVID-19. As part of a transition plan to return to the office full time by Fall, this position will require 3 days a week in office. Staff have the option of working remotely or coming into the office the other two days. In-person client meetings are expected to resume in the Fall, subject to change with ongoing COVID developments.
Compensation & Benefits: DOVE is committed to working for social and economic justice, working with engaged and dedicated colleagues, and providing and ensuring training and education in best practices as well as professional development opportunities. As an organization we hold openness to innovation, and we seek the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work.
- Position will be paid hourly in the range of $20.43-$21.63 (FTE annual range = $42,500-$45,000).
- Additional compensation is available for proficient language skills preferred in DOVE’s catchment area, including Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese; $1,500 gross annual per 40 hr FTE for 1st language in addition to English, and $1,000 gross annual per 40 hr FTE for 2nd language in addition to English.
Benefits consistent with personnel policy:
- Paid time off: vacation (3 weeks in Year 1, increases at Year 3), personal (3 days/year), sick (12 days/year), and 12 holidays annually.
- Insurance coverage (Health/Dental, Short-Term Disability, and Life/ADD). Flexible Spending Acct.
- Opportunity for individual to establish and contribute to retirement account.
This position is supported by and dependent on grant funds.
To apply, send Cover Letter specifically for this position and Resume to:
- Kathleen Lydon, LICSW, Director of Community Services, DOVE Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applications will be considered until the position is successfully filled. 1st round applicant reviews are anticipated to begin the week of 5/10. Interviews will be offered to the strongest qualified candidates to date. It is DOVE’s hope that the incumbent will begin work by early-mid-June, 2021.
- Applications or resumes without a cover letter expressing interest in employment at DOVE will not be considered.
For more information on DOVE, see our website: www.dovema.org