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Youth Advocacy Coordinator
The Youth Advocacy Coordinator (YC) is responsible for developing comprehensive, high-quality, and well-coordinated advocacy support for child and youth survivors of gender-based violence. The YC will maintain focus and resources on the unique and intersecting barriers facing youth as a high risk population for experiencing violence. Emphasis will be made on building the capacity of WISE and community partners to identify and implement creative strategies to reduce the obstacles and isolation of youth survivors and provide access to advocacy for youth and their support networks.
Hours: Full time, salary, exempt. Occasional evening and weekend hours required. This is a three year OVW Rural Grant funded position.
Reports to: This position reports to the Program Director at WISE, and is part of the Crisis and Advocacy Team.
Location: This position is co-located between the WISE Program Center and the Listen Teen Life Skills Center with possible additional locations at area schools or youth-serving organizations.
Crisis and Advocacy Team:
· Advocate with victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, victims/survivors of stalking, their family members and friends, emphasizing child and youth survivors and their support networks
· Accompany survivors to meetings related to domestic and sexual violence including court/legal, hospital/medical providers, and law enforcement
· Coordinate and facilitate opportunities for connection and community
· Provide for back-up duties and responsibilities beyond WISE Program Center hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) as necessary
· Maintain an active referral network with other professionals and agencies that support youth survivors (e.g., schools, child advocacy centers, hospital, court, campus and police), to promote comprehensive and quality assistance to victims/survivors
· Maintain clear, accurate and timely documentation in accordance with WISE’s data collection and reporting requirements including campus specific reports
· Attend community, staff, and/or Board meetings, trainings and/or conferences as requested by the Executive/Program Director
· Participate in the strategic and annual planning processes of WISE
· Perform other duties for the overall functioning of the organization and those duties as requested by the Executive/Program Director
Building Child and Youth Capacity
WISE understands that there are unique challenges facing survivors of violence who are minors, and is committed to building capacity for child and youth survivors to access advocacy.
- Maintain strong relationships with youth serving organizations including schools, after school programs, athletics, child advocacy centers, health care providers, etc.
- Facilitate a needs and capacity assessment with youth serving organizations to develop a comprehensive understanding of the resources and gaps facing child and youth survivors of violence, implement focus group and interview information gathering
- Develop recommendations for WISE and community partners to better recognize and respond to the unique circumstances and experiences of youth survivors; implement strategies to reduce these gaps
· Bachelor’s degree in related field
· Experience in the field of domestic or sexual violence survivor advocacy or prevention, and/or excellent knowledge of issues of domestic and sexual violence
· Demonstrated commitment to young people, recognition of the historic oppression of children as autonomous beings
· Strong grounding in and commitment to social change advocacy, the Empowerment Model, and a feminist framework for understanding gender-based violence
· Clear and calm judgment, discretion and competency for strategic and diplomatic collaboration
· Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and logistical skills
· Strong verbal and written communication
· Clear ability to multi-task and quickly switch from one project to another
· Computer literate in at least Microsoft Suite including especially Outlook, Word, Access and Excel, and WWW
· Able to lift 40lbs, and stand or sit for long stretches
· Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, required minimum vehicle insurance coverage
· WISE requires all employees to submit criminal background and driver’s license checks, employment may be dependent on findings
· Successful completion of the WISE Advocate Training Program within 3 months of hire
WISE employees are expected to honor staff values and practice ethical communication.
We encourage a diversity of applications, especially from members of traditionally marginalized communities.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required