Bilingual Community Advocate (English/Spanish)

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary range: mid $40K.

Published

06/12/2018

Application Deadline

07/31/2018

Address

Waltham
MA
United States

Description

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

 

Administrative/Supervisory Responsibilities:

·      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


Work Schedule:

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.  


Qualifications:

  • 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.


Benefits

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

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

jobs@reachma.org

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Maria Pizzimenti, Director of Advocacy, at jobs@reachma.org


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