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YWCA Lewiston,ID-Clarkston,WA
300 Main St.
Lewiston, ID 83501

phone: 208.743.1535
fax: 208.746.1510

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Rural Advocate (working at Kamiah Office)

OUR MISSION: The YWCA of Lewiston–Clarkston is dedicated to empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. It is committed to building a strong community by actively promoting the value of diversity and the right to a life free from violence, poverty, and oppression.

POSITION SUMMARY

Provide trauma-informed, culturally appropriate and accessible advocacy services to individuals in crisis including victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and other crimes as part of a comprehensive victim services agency working toward social change. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 Direct Client Services

  • Provide crisis intervention, trauma-informed advocacy, lethality assessment/safety planning, and information and referral (in-house and outside agencies) as needed to primary and secondary victims of crime and other individuals in crisis.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding clients and services provided, except in cases of child abuse or neglect, or in situations involving potential harm to clients or others (per program policy).
  • Assess client barriers to self-sufficiency, including safety, and help clients develop an individualized action plan to address those barriers.
  • Provide back-up and additional support to other advocates as part of a team approach to victim advocacy in surrounding counties.
  • Inform supervisor of client issues, including special needs, unique situations or noncompliance.
  • Enter client data as needed to maintain client files and meet grant requirements; update advocate log daily.

 Areas of Primary Responsibility 

  • Legal Advocacy – inform of rights and options, provide court support, assistance in obtaining and modifying protection orders, educate victims on the criminal justice system and act as a liaison, transport client to legal appointments, and provide information on Crime Victim Compensation.
  • Networking Coordination - Maintain communication with partner agencies, attend CCR/Task Force/SART meetings, and strengthen the relationship of the YWCA with service agencies and law enforcement to increase referrals to advocacy services.
  • Community Education – conduct presentations to local groups and organizations, including schools and faith-based organizations, on the dynamics of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and the services available to victims and survivors.

 Program

  • Responsible for compliance with all grant standards and reporting requirements related to this position.
  • Maintain records required for grant compliance, statistical record keeping, and as needed to measure program success.
  • Communicate effectively with supervisor regarding weekly activities, roadblocks and successes.
  • Participate on staff committees for events (annual meeting, conference) and activities (awareness   months, community events) as needed/determined.
  • Other duties as assigned to ensure program success.
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings.
  • Cross-train in multiple aspects of ywca positions to be able to fill in as needed.

 Organization

  • Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the ywca.
  • Promote positive public relations and community understanding of program services and activities. 
  • Research and submit information to the grant team on pertinent funding sources.

  QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Ability to remain calm, make decisions, and use sound judgment under pressure, stress, and conflict.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of office procedures and equipment.
  • Ability to work effectively with the public, volunteers, and staff.
  • Ability to be self-directed and work as part of a team.
  • High school diploma or equivalent plus four years relevant work experience.
  • Hold valid driver’s license and insurance.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

 Supervisor:  Executive Director