Healthy Families Advocate

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/24/2018

Application Deadline

08/13/2018

Address

Providence
RI
United States

Description

Compensation:       $17 to $18 an hour, depending on experience, and access to agency benefits including health insurance, dental insurance, paid time off, a 401(k) plan, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

 

BASIC FUNCTION: 

 

Sojourner House is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence agency that serves Providence and northern Rhode Island. The organization operates a number of residential, community-based, and educational programs for adults and children who have experienced abuse, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, and supportive housing; an HIV testing program; an immigration advocacy program; a hotline; LGBTQ+ specific services; a school-based advocacy program; youth programs; a law enforcement program; and more.

 

The Healthy Families Advocate will provide support and advocacy specifically to teens who are pregnant and/or who are already parents. The Advocate will answer hotline calls, meet individually with clients, organize programming for groups of clients, provide referrals and resources to clients, and work in collaboration with partner agencies to provide support, information, and referral services. The Advocate will also assist with Sojourner House’s Drop-In Center in Providence by providing coverage and assisting with the hotline, meeting with drop-in clients, facilitating support groups, assisting with the administration of HIV tests, and providing support to other community-based programs.

 

PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES:

 

Provide individual advocacy to teen, adult, and child clients, with a specialized caseload of working with pregnant and parenting teen victims of abuse.

 

Organize and implement group programming to serve the needs of teen victims of abuse who are also pregnant or parents.

 

Be knowledgeable about community referrals, facilitate relationships with other community partners, and refer clients to other resources where appropriate.

 

Attend regular meetings with community partners to coordinate services and support for pregnant and parenting teens.

 

Answer the agency hotline and provide emotional support, resources, and referrals as necessary.

 

Become certified as an HIV test counselor and provide HIV tests at Sojourner House’s Drop-In Center and other identified community locations.

 

Provide support as necessary to Sojourner House’s other community-based programs -- specifically the agency’s immigration advocacy program, LGBTQ+ outreach program, and residential programs.

 

Provide coverage at Sojourner House’s Drop-In Advocacy Center, which includes answering the hotline, providing referrals to clients, and meeting individually with clients for advocacy sessions.

 

Provide supervision to volunteers/interns as appropriate.

 

Work with the Youth Advocate to coordinate children’s services and make referrals as necessary for families with minor children. This may include but is not limited to: enrollment in the local school system, art expressive therapy groups, tutoring sessions, play groups, field trips, after school, recreational and enrichment activities, child care and mental health programs.

 

Work with the agency’s School-Based Advocate to ensure that pregnant and/or parenting teen victims of abuse have the supports they need to succeed in school-based settings.

 

Complete data entry and submit necessary reports for grant compliance.

 

Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.

 

Perform other duties as requested by Sojourner House management

 

EDUCATION:           Bachelor’s Degree is required.

 

EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL SKILLS:       

 

A minimum of two to three years experience in human or social services;

 

Ability to speak English and Spanish is highly desired;

 

Familiarity with domestic violence and/or sexual assault issues;

 

Must be organized and demonstrate superior leadership skills;

 

Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills);

 

Familiarity working with individuals of different cultures and backgrounds;

 

Experience developing and delivering community presentations;

 

A demonstrated familiarity with LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and/or substance abuse populations;

 

Comfort working individually and in teams;

 

Possess innovative thinking to approaching issues of poverty, domestic violence, and service delivery;

 

Familiarity with social service services in Rhode Island;

 

Applicant must pass a BCI check

 

Position is full-time (37.5 hours per week). Applicants will be eligible for benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, accrual of leave time, and a 401(k) plan.

 

 

TO APPLY:

 

Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2-3 references to Eileen Rasmussen at erasmussen@sojournerri.org with subject line, “Healthy Families Advocate.” No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on Monday, August 13, 2018. Sojourner House is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Level of Language Proficiency

Ability to speak English and Spanish is highly desired.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

erasmussen@sojournerri.org
http://www.sojournerri.org/

Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2-3 references to Eileen Rasmussen at erasmussen@sojournerri.org with subject line, “Healthy Families Advocate.” No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on Monday, August 13, 2018. Sojourner House is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


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