Details: $20.53 per hour plus medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401k, PTO/Holidays, union representation
1501 N. 45th St
Job Summary: The Sand Point Children's Advocate will work on-site with previously homeless families living in permanent housing at Sand Point, providing open-ended, culturally competent, individually tailored service coordination for children, youth and families; providing support with resources, advocacy based counseling and other services. The Children's Advocate is responsible for developing and implementing services and activities that respond to the unique needs of formerly homeless children, youth and families residing at Sand Point. In addition, the Children's Advocate will function as part of a team of service providers that will develop on-site and community-based programming needed to respond to identified barriers preventing family transition to self-sufficiency, with an emphasis on children's services.
Solid Ground envisions a community beyond poverty and oppression where all people have equitable opportunity to thrive. We are committed to working with compassion, integrity, accountability, respect, collaboration and a social justice approach as we support people to build well-being so that they can fully contribute to society, now and into the future. We value collaboration and leadership from the communities we serve. As our workforce evolves to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, our agency and workplace will be enriched and strengthened and as such we will:
• Demonstrate the initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact.
• Participate in intentional learning efforts, including events relating to understanding and dismantling institutional racism and building cultural competency, and to encourage staff to fully engage in those activities.
Essential Responsibilities, Duties & Tasks:
75% Provide crisis intervention, case management, advocacy-based counseling, information and referrals, and other support services with children and youth residents. Participate in case conferences, school and general provider meetings as requested to help determine service needs. Help develop and implement effective services for children, youth and families that address the impact of homelessness, domestic violence, racism and poverty, child abuse and substance abuse prevention, child development, positive parenting and self-esteem enhancement. Maintain complete and confidential case records and documentation.
20% Help develop, coordinate and/or lead support groups, childcare and special events for children, youth, and families. Develop and coordinate on-site and off-site recreational activities, and help facilitate access to community resources for children, youth, and their families. Coordinate special programs such as December holiday giving, including determining family needs and wants, recruiting community donors, coordinating receipt and distribution and donor recognition.
Coordinate outside daycare needs and infant/toddler supplies/donations for all residents including assistance with childcare/early learning program application and enrollment. Maintain updated data resource lists.
Enter case notes and demographic information into HMIS. Review case record with supervisor on a monthly basis to ensure compliance.
5% Participate in program, department, Solid Ground agency and Sand Point meetings and relevant training as required. Participate in the Solid Ground Anti-Racism Initiative as part of residential services and professional development. Attend other community provider meetings that provide assistance and advocacy to homeless families as appropriate to network, and increase knowledge of local resources.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Education & Experience:
Requires one of the following:
a) Three years of direct social service experience, including at least one year of experience serving families on low incomes, children, and youth.
b) Bachelor's degree in child development/education or a related field and at least one year of direct social service experience, including experience serving families on low incomes, children, and youth.
c) Any combination of education, experience and measurable performance which demonstrates the capability to perform the duties of this position.
• Experience facilitating groups for children, youth, and adults
• Experience with crisis intervention, conflict resolution, child development, coordinating services with families and children and with providing advocacy-based counseling services
• Experience addressing a variety of social issues such as homelessness, child development, mental health, trauma, domestic violence and substance abuse, and knowledge of local resources available to assist children, youth, and families impacted by these issues.
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
• Good organizational and record keeping skills, including the ability to maintain accurate and confidential files.
• Ability to work individually in a self-directed manner and as part of a team.
• Self-motivated with an ability to problem-solve and prioritize.
• Basic knowledge of computer software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and database systems).
• Willingness and ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural and economic backgrounds, with various lifestyles, sexual orientations, and of all ages.
• Access to reliable transportation, valid driver's license, vehicle insurance that meets Washington State's minimum guidelines and the ability and willingness to utilize car to travel throughout King County.
• Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends to respond to resident needs.
• Bilingual in Spanish or any other languages.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions: This position works in an office setting 40% of the time and 60% in the field. Employee spends 10% of office time in meetings, 10% of the time on the phone, and 20% of the time on the computer. In the field, employee spends 60% with on-site family meetings. Position requires employee to lift/carry 5-10 pounds occasionally and push/pull 5-10 pounds seldom, 1-5 pounds frequently. Position has the ability to sit/stand as needed. Stairs and walking required.
Hours & Compensation: This is a partime (20 hours per week) union position paying $20.53 per hour plus benefits. Benefits include medical, dental, short-term and long-term disability insurance, basic life insurance, 401(k) savings plan including agency contribution and match, holiday pay, generous paid personal leave package and tax-sheltered health care and dependent care accounts. This position will work weekends including, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
To Apply: Applicants must complete the Solid Ground application form specific to this position. To find an application online, go to https://www.solid-ground.org/get-involved/careers/ then click on the Job Title to this position and complete the application. You may also leave a message on our job line at 206.694.6840 requesting a specific job application, or you may apply in person at 1501 North 45th Street in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood.
Please attach a cover letter and resume.
Closing Date: Open until filled
Solid Ground is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race and color, religion, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Minimum Education Required