Rapid Rehousing Advocate
Specialized and Integrated Services King County – King County Services Health and Safety /
Why work with YWCA Seattle King Snohomish?
YWCA SKS is the region’s largest non-profit organization with a 120+ year legacy, focused on the needs of women, with programs serving 7,000 people each year. When you work with YWCA, you make a difference.
We’re women and BIPOC-led, family-centered, and supportive of employees. As a full-time YWCA employee (30+ hours), you’ll enjoy a benefits package including medical insurance, generous vacation, holiday, sick leave plans, and an outstanding retirement plan. Put your passion for racial equity and social justice to work – apply today!
What You'll Do
YWCA Seattle King Snohomish, one of the largest nonprofits in the region, focuses on the needs of women, girls, and families in the community, is searching for a Rapid Rehousing Advocate, Gender Based Violence to join their team in the South King County, WA area.
The Rapid Rehousing Advocate provides advocacy to adult survivors through providing outreach, direct services and support groups. The overall goal is to assist survivors in safety planning and life skills, employment, safe housing, using a model of best practice trauma informed care with a strength based approach and culturally relevant services. YWCA’s Gender Based Violence Specialized Services is designed to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation,
Note: This position is fully onsite at YWCA Offices.
- Provide culturally relevant advocacy with trauma informed approach for survivors of gender-based violence, fleeing imminent danger.
- Provide immediate, emergency basic needs and direct resources to increase economic self-sufficiency, life skills training regarding housing location, budgeting, tenant responsibilities, and other housing related skills.
- Work in partnership with property owners and management companies, and debtors, to ensure success in obtaining permanent housing.
- Respond to all referrals and pre-screen to evaluate eligibility for DV-RRH and conduct initial intake with survivors to assess needs with housing.
- Adhere to all confidentiality guidelines.
- Assess clients for housing needs and develop housing stability plans to address barriers/goals.
- Provide ongoing referrals to health, legal and social service systems that promotes a safety plan and healthy relationships.
- Maintains accurate client files/spreadsheet, complete HMIS, timely data collection and monthly reporting and adhere to all client confidentiality guidelines as required.
- Manage a caseload of 15-20 survivors in varying stages of housing.
- Assess survivor strengths and challenges and assist family in developing housing stability goals and individual goal plans and action steps to maintain housing.
- Must show and demonstrate ability to interact with people of different cultures.
- Attend all required scheduled staff meetings and trainings both internal and external.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES
- Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty and foster diversity, and social justice advocacy that are furthest from opportunities. (Specifically African American and other women of color).
- One year of experience with housing/shelter working with survivors that have experienced Gender Base Violence (Sexual Assault, Domestic, Intimate Partner, CSE).
- Vehicle with valid WA DL; candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day.
- Must have strong knowledge and experience in maintaining confidentiality.
- Strong orientation toward advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (i.e., human services, health, law enforcement etc.)
- Core competencies expected: discernment/judgment, professional boundaries, organizational understanding, strong communication both oral and written.
- Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and outlook, and cellphone text.
- Knowledge of community resources, confidence to handle complicated situations.
- Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team.
- Must maintain 20 hours of continued education hours on advocacy based DV.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS POSITION
- Continuously sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities
- Continually stands and walks in performing duties
- Repetitively uses hands and wrists, fingering, handling, grasping, and reaching in using telephones, computers, kitchen equipment, donations and supplies
- Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
- Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
- Occasionally lifts and carries up to 5lbs. of paperwork, files and training materials, occasionally up to drawers
HOURS, RATE, & BENEFITS
- Hourly Rate: $23.00 - $25.00 per hour DOE
- Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave plans
- At the time of hire, employees may enroll voluntarily in the Fidelity 403b Plan. After two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund
YWCA encourages applicants with a variety of experiences to apply!
At YWCA, we recognize that lived expertise is a powerful asset. This refers to the insights, knowledge, and skills developed by those who have navigated systems and experienced inequity.
Valuing lived expertise helps build trust with program participants, develop culturally responsive programs, and break down barriers to equity. It enriches our collective understanding and enhances our ability to serve communities that are furthest from opportunity.
All new hires must be vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidelines before their first day of employment.
Mental Health Considerations
All employees of the YWCA interact with clients who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms, including but not limited to, racial trauma, domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, and financial hardship. As a result, employees are at risk of secondary trauma. We encourage employees to seek support inside and outside the workplace and maintain self-care routines.
Equal Opportunity Employment
YWCA Seattle King Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To read more about this, view the EEO is the Law Poster and this EEO is the Law Poster Supplement.
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