Community Advocate

Job Type

Full Time



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Oak Park
United States


Sarah’s Inn is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations.  Sarah's Inn is currently seeking a full time Community Advocate to join our team!


Position Summary:  Provide counseling, advocacy and direct service to victims of domestic violence and their families including crisis intervention, emotional support, safety planning, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence education and support and education group services. In addition develop partnerships with community programs and alliances to provide education and build widespread support for victims and their families.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.


Provide comprehensive and quality services to victims of domestic violence and their families (includes children and teen witnesses).

  • Provide on-going counseling and emotional support to victims of domestic violence and their families through in-person individual sessions and group sessions.
  • Provide crisis intervention, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence education, safety planning, and emotional support for victims of domestic violence and their families over the phone or in-person.
  • Organize and prioritize daily services and responsibilities to ensure that client needs are met.
  • Advocate on behalf of victims of domestic violence and their families within various systems to include social service, housing, economic, legal, health care and education.
  • Ensure professional relationships with clients to create an atmosphere of empathy, safety and support.
  • Maintain accurate and current information regarding issues and policies impacting battered women and their families.
  • Design, plan and facilitate support and education groups.
  • Update and enhance knowledge of community resources and materials relevant to the clients we serve.
  • Coordinate responsibilities with team members to ensure client needs are met.
  • Update client files in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Update client case notes and service codes in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Maintain knowledge of internal organizational guidelines and protocols.
  • Work effectively with Intervention interns and volunteers.
  • Participate in the on-call rotation for crisis line in order to support crisis line volunteers and clients.


Build and enhance community relationships.

·      Represent the organization with professionalism at community meetings and events, and demonstrate diplomacy and tact in all interactions with various system representatives and community partners.

·      Participate and provide leadership on various external committees, task forces, and councils as assigned.

·      Collaborate with other community and county agencies on behalf of the clients we serve.

·      Develop and maintain partnerships with community programs that are in line with the mission of Sarah’s Inn.

·      Maintain partnership with Taller de Jose (off-site location for Sarah’s Inn services).

·      Develop and maintain relationships with partners in particular as it pertains to the Marshall Square Resource Network and the Peace Committee. 

·      Be an integral part in the development and sustainability of the Coordinated Community Response (Peace Committee) in Marshall Square.


Educate community members and professionals about domestic violence and Sarah’s Inn services.

  • Provide community education presentations and professional trainings.
  • Participate in community awareness events.
  • Provide internal training to staff, volunteers, and interns.


Supervisory Responsibilities:                                                

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Location: Currently 3 days per week at Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park and 2 days a week at Taller de Jose in Chicago.


Education and/or Experience:    

·      BA degree and/or equivalent experience required

  • One year or more experience providing direct service advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence and their families preferred.
  • One year or more experience providing counseling, advocacy, and/or case management services to families (volunteer and internship experiences included).
  • Completion of an Illinois Certified 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training preferred or required to complete within two months of employment.


Knowledge and Skills:

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·      Excellent organizational skills.

·      Fluency in Spanish, oral and written, required.

·      Demonstrated computer experience.

·      Knowledge of victims’, children and youth issues specifically related to domestic violence.

·      Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle a variety of tasks, and meet established deadlines.

·      Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including but not limited to board members, staff, volunteers, interns, government officials, community partners, organizational donors and media.

·      Commitment to and experience in working with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds.

·      Ability to work some evening and weekend hours.

·      Valid driver’s license, access to a reliable car with current insurance.


Success Factors/Job Competencies:

  • Integrity& Ethics – models SAI Vision, Mission & Values
  • Customer Focus – demonstrates commitment to customer
  • Collaboration & Teamwork – embraces an inclusive workplace
  • Quality – produces quality work product
  • Innovation/Continuous Improvement – finds new and better ways of doing things
  • Job Knowledge – demonstrates a clear understanding of and executes roles and responsibilities
  • Time Management/Productivity – manages time and resources effectively
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making – demonstrates proper judgment, problem solving and decision making
  • Independence/Initiative – works with little or no supervision and seeks out new work
  • Communication – effectively communicates


Physical demands and work environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

           Physical demands: While performing duties of job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and distance vision.


Performance Standards:

  • Annual performance evaluation
  • Attainment of annual goals established between supervisor and incumbent


Salary Range: $33,000-$35,000 per year



How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary history to  


BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance

Guardian Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance

Retirement Plan

15 Days Vacation/10 Days Sick per Year

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish, oral and written, required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply