Domestic Violence Advocate

Position Type: Full-time, non-exempt 

Locations: Eagan Lewis House

Pay Range: $18.54 per hour

Closing Date: Open until filled; preference given to applications received by September 4, 2018 

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About 360 Communities

Founded in 1970 by a group of volunteers, 360 Communities is a nonprofit organization which provides services to about 17,000 people annually in over 40 locations in Dakota County, Minnesota. Holistic services include a network of five food shelves, two family resource centers, two domestic and sexual violence shelters, and three programs that support school success from birth to high school graduation.

Mission

In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency.

Position Overview:

Provide resources/referral/support to individuals and families who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual assault. This includes promoting safety planning for the individual and/or their children, as well as goal planning for these individuals including but not limited to: securing housing, employment, assistance in submission of orders for protection.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the agency’s mission statement and core values at all times. 
  • Maintain safety and security within the Lewis House. 
  • Completes intakes with women and children seeking services. 
  • Provides appropriate services in response to intake, either through connecting to services within 360 Communities or on a referral basis to outside agencies. 
  • Maintains accurate logs and date for statistical purposes as well as narratives for service delivery provisions. 
  • Provides support as identified in Intake forms. 
  • Collects data with respect to the program evaluation including assessment date, progress, and support provided. 
  • Respond to the hospital for domestic and sexual assault exams during scheduled work times, and/or as directed by the supervisor. 
  • Arranges for and accompanies women to appointments when necessary. 
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings. 
  • Participates in implementation of activities for women and their children utilizing services. 
  • Follow all mandated reporting laws for child abuse and neglect. 
  • Perform other duties and assume other responsibilities as the need is apparent or as requested or delegated. 

Required Skills:

  • Interpersonal: Work with integrity. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Understand and comply with professional ethics and standards of practice. Contribute to building positive team spirit and put success of team above own interests. Recognize accomplishments of other team members. Seek increased responsibilities. Look for and takes advantage of opportunities. Ask for and offers help when needed.
  • Work: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited direction may exist. Strive to continuously build knowledge and skills. Display original thinking and creativity. Include appropriate people in decision-making process. Adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events in the work environment. Ability to keep accurate and complete work records. Support cost saving measures. Set and achieve challenging goals. Ability to provide supervision and coaching to support service volunteers.
  • Time Management: Prioritize and plan work activities. Use time efficiently. Arrive punctually each workday; complete assigned tasks within required time frame.
  • Communication: Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification. Present and interpret numerical data and written information effectively.
  • Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others. Inspires respect, trust and motivates others to perform well and fulfill vision. Effectively influence actions and opinions of others. Accepts feedback from others. Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates. Gives appropriate recognition to others. Displays passion and optimism.
  • Work requires a high level of emotional capacity and involves hearing traumatic and personal life stories. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or University, or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience being self-directed, motivated and ability to demonstrate nonjudgmental professional decision making skills. 
  • Experience with socially, economically or culturally diverse populations. 
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Secondary language preferred.
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and use of database systems
  • Candidates with a driver’s license, insurance, and acceptable driving recordA complete job description can be requested by e-mailing HR@360communities.org. 

360 Communities values racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.

360 Communities is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.