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Resident Advocate

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District Alliance for Safe Housing Inc. (DASH) | Washington, DC
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District Alliance for Safe Housing Inc. (DASH)


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Published 18 days ago

$40,000 - $45,000

About DASH: DASH is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms. We seek to strengthen and expand the local safety net for survivors by providing high quality, voluntary services that are responsive to their individual needs and by engaging lawmakers, community members, service providers, and survivors in the movement to make safe housing more accessible in the short-term and less necessary in the long-term.

About Cornerstone: Cornerstone is the largest residential building dedicated to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the District. We have the ability to house up to 42 individuals and families and are regularly at capacity. Survivors who come to Cornerstone are provided a secure apartment in an undisclosed location with access to voluntary weekly programming, intensive support by resident advocates, and the time and space to heal. Residents can stay at Cornerstone for up to 24 months as they work with their advocates to address everything from credit barriers to health to job and education courses. DASH serves all survivors including men and women, trans and cis, documented and undocumented, and all children of survivors (including boys over 13). We believe in keeping families together and allowing them to heal and thrive on their own terms.

 

Report to: Cornerstone Program Director

Responsibilities: Advocates maintain a case load of 7-10 individuals and families at any given time. In order to ensure success for Cornerstone residents advocates are expected to

  • Guide residents in meeting their self-identified goals, which will evolve over time, to ensure that at the end of their time with DASH they are able to identify safe, secure housing, achieve economic empowerment, and stay safe from violence on their own terms
  • Advocates conduct multiple formal and informal sessions with residents every week to create and maintain a trusted relationship and provide insight and mentorship to survivors as they work towards their short and long-term goals
  • Advocates will sometimes work on behalf of survivors to navigate complex relationships city agencies, private landlords and other service providers
  • Advocates will regularly help residents re-center and work through emotionally charged situations as they navigate the healing process
  • Assist survivors with creating safety plans, goal plans, budgets and financial plans that reflect their self-identified needs, providing concrete resources, information and referrals, along with other short- and long-term plans as needed.
  • Regularly research and add new programs, resources, and opportunities for housing, health, job and education opportunities, legal aid, and more to DASH’s collection of resources, programs, and tools that all advocates can offer
  • Maintain weekly case notes in DASH’s secure database and in hard copy
  • Attend weekly coaching with DASH’s model practices coordinator, who helps provide guidance and support as advocates navigate the complexities of working with trauma survivors
  • Recommend new programs or training opportunities for residents
  • Attend monthly daylong training for all advocates and annual professional development
  • Elevate issues to senior management for collaboration and assistance
  • Perform on-call duties;
  • Other duties as assigned.

About DASH: DASH is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms. We seek to strengthen and expand the local…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Level of Language Proficiency

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years related experience required (4-5 years of related work experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree)
  • Experience working with or familiarity with trauma informed care
  • Ability to have difficult conversations with empathy
  • Strong cultural competency and ability to relate to people with diverse backgrounds
  • Strong sense of humor and ability to work with a dynamic team

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Language skills are a plus, particularly Spanish, French, Amharic, and ASL
  • Knowledge of resources in the DMV area for housing, health, school, job training, and funding overall
  • Strong excel or knowledge management database skills

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years related experience required (4-5 years of related work experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree…

How to Apply

DASH works to create a diverse and inclusive staff that is representative of the communities that we serve. We encourage all that are committed to creating a day when domestic and sexual violence are not tolerated to apply.

Unfortunately, currently DASH is not able to provide sponsorship for visas for staff.


How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to info@dashdc.org with Resident Advocate Application in the in the subject line. 

DASH works to create a diverse and inclusive staff that is representative of the communities that we serve. We encourage all that are committed to creating a day when domestic and…

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Washington, DC

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