Details: Salary range: mid $40K.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence. Our programs include 24-hour hotline services, emergency shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, specialized children’s services, community-based survivor advocacy programs and community education and training. Each year, REACH will work with over 6,000 people in our 27 community service area and beyond.
Community Advocates work in our main office with survivors from the community, co-facilitate support groups, assist with children’s services, participate in supervision and training for volunteers, conduct outreach to community resources, perform regular reporting, and ensure communication with each other and with the agency as a whole. This position reports to the Director of Advocacy.
Direct Service Responsibilities:
- Serve as an advocate for individual community members, including advocacy work around issues such as housing, benefits, employment, childcare, medical and dental care, education, legal matters, immigration, mental health and substance abuse
- Work with other REACH staff to address survivors’ needs and concerns
- Assist survivors with contacting community resources, setting up appointments, and transportation to and from appointments
- Attend any meetings or appointments that will assist in providing quality advocacy to survivors
- Work with the Child and Adolescent Therapist to address children’s needs, including school registration, daycare, after school programs, and summer camps
- Co-facilitate assigned support groups
Systems Advocacy Responsibilities:
- Develop and maintain relationships with housing authorities, DTA and DCF offices, employment agencies, medical, immigration, legal, substance abuse and other community resources
- Track changes in availability and eligibility requirements for housing subsidies, welfare, and other benefits
- Inform other programs and institutions on domestic violence and our programs. Assist representatives in making information available to all members of their organization/institution
· Maintain survivors’ records including service delivery records, advocacy plans, and other documentation in accordance with confidentiality guidelines
- Maintain records of services provided in accordance with confidentiality guidelines
- Participate in volunteer training and supervision
- Attend agency events, team meetings and staff meetings
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advocacy
This is a salaried non-exempt position on a fluctuating workweek. Advocates work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday daytime hours as discussed with the Director of Advocacy.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent human services experience
- Candidate must have a car to transport survivors
- Fluency in English and Spanish required
REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing, and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence, through direct services and education while promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds. Our employment policies reflect our mission.
Comprehensive benefits package includes health and dental coverage, retirement plan, and generous paid time off.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and Spanish required
Minimum Education Required