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Child Focused Advocate

YWCA New Hampshire

YWCA New Hampshire is part of an international, multifaceted social service agency that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Core programs include YWCA Crisis Services which provides services to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, Youth and Community Programs which provides prevention, education and enhancement to children, youth and adults to improve the quality of life for participants and the community at large, and Every Women's Center which provides a place for women to engage in conversation, education and support within our diverse community.  YWCA NH is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or protected veteran status.


This position is currently Part Time at 32 hours per week with the expectation of Full Time by March 2019.  The Child Focused Advocate provides support and advocacy services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children and also provides outreach and services to victims/survivors of teen relationship violence and collaborating with community partners, working with volunteers and statistical reporting.

Requirements:
  • Four year degree in social work or related field preferred, through relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree;
  • Experience working with child and adult trauma survivors strongly preferred;
  • Experience facilitating groups and activities with children, youth and adults strongly preferred;
  • Experience developing and maintaining strong community partnerships preferred;
  • Experience working with volunteers preferred;
  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred;
  • Understanding of domestic and sexual violence issues and a victim services model that focuses on victim safety and empowerment;
  • Knowledge of resources for children, youth and families within Greater Manchester area and how to access those resources preferred;
  • Bilingual preferred;
  • Commitment to the mission of YWCA and to the empowerment model of service delivery used at YWCA Crisis Services;
  • Completion of YWCA NH New Advocate Core training program;
  • Must have reliable phone access and reception;
  • Must be able to return crisis hotline phone calls within required 10 minute window and respond to hospital calls within required 40 minute window;
  • Satisfactory Criminal Background Check; and
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance, and must have access to a vehicle during work hours.
Responsibilities:
  • Provides trauma informed direct services to YWCA Crisis Services clients (parents and children) including support, advocacy, crisis intervention, safety planning, parenting support, information and referrals;
  • Provides outreach and advocacy services to victims related to teen relationship violence;
  • Serve as the point person for the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and arrange for staff coverage as requested;
  • Provide assistance to YWCA Crisis Services clients across all program areas as needed;
  • Facilitates children’s groups and activities;
  • Facilitates educational groups and support groups for parents;
  • Facilitates activities that promote parent/child bonding;
  • Develop and sustain working relationships with community partners;
  • Provide representation at community meetings as assigned;
  • Provide community education presentations on topics related to children of violent homes and teen dating violence;
  • Provide calendar back up and crisis line coverage as needed to meet the needs of the organization;
  • Maintain all necessary records such as contact logs, and time and attendance sheets and other documentation as required;
  • Work collaboratively with all YWCA NH staff to assure completion of all functions at all locations;
  • Provide assistance to volunteer advocates on an as needed basis;
  • Contribute to a positive work environment;
  • Assist in Volunteer Training as needed;
  • Participates in agency staff meetings and other team meetings as able;
  • Maintains professional boundaries; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
How to Apply:

Send Cover Letter and Resume to Catherine Gagne, COO, YWCA NH, 72 Concord Street, Manchester NH 03101 or cathyg@ywcanh.org no later than Friday, January 18, 2019.

Salary Range:

$14.25/hour to start

Job Location:

Manchester

Date Added: January 11, 2019

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