Direct Service Advocate, Specializing in Working with Survivors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $33,280
Maximum: $33,280
Details: Starting wage of $16.00 per hour



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Serve survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking with a specialization in serving survivors with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Assist in carrying out the mission and goals of Call to Safety by providing high quality crisis intervention, advocacy, and information/referral, assessment, and support services by phone and in-person to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Participate in community partnerships and actively promotes education, outreach, and prevention of sexual and domestic violence among individuals that have an intellectual or developmental disability.


  • Provide compassionate and professional in-person and phone advocacy to domestic and sexual violence survivors
  • Provide 5 services to all survivors while upholding Call to Safety’s Promising Practices
  • Needs assessment 
  • Emotional support
  • Information and referrals to community services using warm transfers when possible
  • Assistance with safety planning and brainstorming available options
  • Crisis intervention as needed
  • Provide case management and follow-up services to domestic and sexual violence survivors on an on-going basis
  • Provide 24 hours per week of back-up support for in-person sexual assault hospital advocacy at local hospitals/clinics on a rotating schedule
  • Answer the crisis line in a courteous and professional manner
  • Work with participants to address their housing needs and assist in reducing housing barriers
  • Assist survivors in creating housing portfolios that increase their housing readiness
  • Utilize standardized screening tools to connect participants with resources for shelter and housing, the Crime Victims Compensation Program, and the Address Confidentiality Program
  • Work with participants to develop personalized safety plans
  • Stay informed of community resources and coordinated community responses 
  • Receive continuing education and training regarding serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence
  • Other tasks and projects as assigned


Volunteer Supervision Responsibilities:

  • Help recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Regularly provide appreciations, support, and constructive feedback to volunteers as appropriate


Community Education Responsibilities:

  • Provide core advocacy trainings at Call to Safety’s Basic Advocacy Training including a training on serving survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Provide community education including presentations, trainings and tabling events


Specialization Responsibilities:

  • Offer mobile advocacy and crisis intervention onsite at intellectual and developmental disabilities disability service agencies
  • Maintain a case load of 10-20 participants
  • Develop curriculum and facilitate support groups at intellectual and developmental disabilities disability service agencies
  • Provide community education including presentations and tabling regarding serving survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Participate in community meetings, committees, and establish/foster relationship with partner agencies serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Provide follow up advocacy to domestic and sexual violence survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Provide culturally responsive services to survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities


General Responsibilities:

  • Attend agency meetings, trainings and occasional weekend retreats
  • Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for Call to Safety’s mission and programs in the community
  • Assist with responsibilities in a team approach
  • Support the policies, goals, and structure of the Advocacy Program
  • Assist with program planning, development, and improvements
  • Maintain a level of comfort and ability around basic technology (email, databases, etc.) as well as future systems as our technology needs progress
  • Serve on hiring committees


Full medical, dental & vision, 4 weeks of paid time off plus paid holidays.

Level of Language Proficiency

Individuals who are bilingual and/or bicultural are encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, email a letter of interest outlining your ability to meet the required qualifications and a resume to This position will remain open until filled, the first review of applications will be on 8/23/18 at 9:00 am.