Empowerment Specialist

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General Member Activities (All AmeriCorps Members): 

  • Providing direct service and support to survivors working with the program site. **(Members may not replace or displace program staff positions) 
  • Coordinate with program staff as needed to determine and resolve barriers experienced by survivors  
  • Help develop safety plans with clients as needed (in conjunction with member service duties.) 
  • Provide clients with referrals and resources to partner agencies as requested 
  • Assist with the development and facilitation of client programming and/or group facilitation as needed during the course of Member service activities.  
  • Assist ODVN in gathering data to accurately address community needs and program effectiveness to strengthen prevention efforts. 
  • Ensure accurate data entry and evaluation of all surveys conducted. Surveys are conducted to evaluate the client’s satisfaction with services received, programs offered, and financial knowledge checks. 
  • Share survey results with program staff and partners 
  • Engage in program site supervision weekly with the designated site supervisor.  
  • Comply with all AmeriCorps program guidelines by maintaining service hours, training hours, and service projects as outlined in the AmeriCorps Service Agreement. 
  • Interact in a positive, professional, and cooperative manner with families, and other program staff; refer appropriate questions or concerns to ODVN AmeriCorps Program Coordinator or Site Supervisor as applicable.  
  • Attend all required training courses, staff meetings and participate in AmeriCorps service projects. 
  • Understand and promote the Mission and Vision of The Ohio Domestic Violence Network and SEOLS that values diversity and celebrates the positive aspects of a multicultural society. 

Host Site Specific Member Activities 

  • Ensure that survivors know how to contact their local sheriff and/or prosecutor to follow up on status of criminal charges. 

Housing Assistance potential activities: 

  • Build relationships with community housing partners, such as private and public landlords and metro housing programs/HUD programs 
  • Assist survivors by creating housing plans allowing them to exit shelter safely and with stable & affordable housing 
  • Assist survivors in applying for housing assistance programs 
  • Refer to available housing assistance programs such ODVN’s Relocation & Safety Assistance program, local Rapid Re-housing and Permanent Supportive housing programs as applicable and appropriate 
  • Identify, secure & exhaust local funding resources for housing assistance 
  • Assist survivors virtually when searching for potential housing locations location . (Members should not transport clients). 

Financial Empowerment potential activities: 

  • Work with survivors to create achievable goals around their finances and create plans for debt reduction. 
  • Provide education about opening, managing and maintaining savings accounts, checking accounts, budgeting, and financial stability/management 
  • If the survivor is unable to open a savings account etc, the member would assist the survivor in working with local banks/finance agencies to repair financial damage and find alternative options. 
  • Provide assistance & find resources to help with paying fines, court costs, BMV, license reinstatement, back utility and other balances. Assist survivor with financial plan to address these needs. 
  • Advise the Legal Aid Attorney assigned to the case what concerns have been identified in the survivor's case for housing, benefits, consumer issues, family needs, etc 
  • Help survivor to identify benefits they are eligible for through DJFS or Social Security and apply for those benefits 
  • Build relationships with local DJFS agencies 
  • Support survivors in securing benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps, cash assistance, social security payments 
  • Assist survivors in applying for benefits 

Youth Empowerment Activity:  

  • Help survivor identify and contact local agencies for counseling for children & self, including substance abuse counseling or mental health counseling. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • At least 18 years of age 
  • Ability to pass FBI/BCI criminal background check and National Sex Offender check on the NSOPW database 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office software and data entry programs 
  • Positive and professional written and oral communication skills 
  • Vested interest in social service & serving community 
  • Comfortable speaking in front of a group 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or working towards a degree in social work, sociology, or related field 
  • Experience working with marginalized populations, including but not limited to folks who are: low income, experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, programs that work with POC (People of Color) or individuals living with disabilities. 
  • Highly organized and detail oriented 
  • Experience with public speaking or speaking to groups 
  • Experience teaching others or facilitating small groups 
  • Experience with program evaluations  
  • Fluency in languages in addition to English, such as Spanish or ASL, is helpful but not required

Member/Program Benefits 

  • Living Allowance up to $16,000 a year ($533 biweekly taxable income) 
  • Education Award up to $6,345  
  • Mileage reimbursement for AmeriCorps-sponsored events 
  • Healthcare (eligibility requirements apply)  
  • Access to childcare subsidy (eligibility requirements apply) 
  • Valuable entry level experience in the domestic violence services field 
  • Serve the community and build capacity at program site to serve others in the future 
  • Increase positive outcomes for survivors and their families.  
  • Interested in cultivating a long-lasting career in the domestic violence service field? Members will also receive guidance and one-on-one support on how to pursue becoming a Registered Advocate in the State of Ohio once their service has ended.  
  • All members will have free access to ODVN’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Fundamentals course. 

**please note that AmeriCorps members are prohibited from engaging in political advocacy & lobbying. Registered Advocate is a certified position in Ohio which involves case management and the support of clients in their short-term goals. 

  • Visit this link to learn more about becoming an RA with OAN (Ohio Advocate Network). 

General Member Activities (All AmeriCorps Members): 

  • Providing direct service and support to survivors working with the program site. **(Members may not replace or displace program staff positions) 
  • Coordinate with program staff as needed to…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    October 12, 2021
  • End Date
    September 30, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    October 11, 2021
  • Payment
  • Hours Per Week
    40 hrs/week

How to Apply

To Apply: 

Submit resume, writing sample, references and letter of interest with Empowerment Specialist in the subject line.  

In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered: OSLSA’s clientele is diverse and all of our clients are low income.  To ensure that our agency is best serving our communities, OSLSA strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.  

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. 

To promote social justice and best serve our clients, OSLSA is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups including BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals to apply. Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To Apply: 

Submit resume, writing sample, references and letter of interest with Empowerment Specialist in the subject line.  

In your cover letter, please address the following in…


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