Advocate: Bilingual (Spanish)

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organization:Bradley Angle
position summary:

To provide consistent, comprehensive support and advocacy to Bradley-Angle shelter participants and crisis line callers in English and Spanish.

Salary / Pay Rate:1.0 FTE $12.36/hour, health & dental insurance, retirement, generous paid time off.
Required Skills and Abilities:DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Become familiar with each participant and their situation. 2. Provide Spanish speaking participants as well as others with ongoing case management support and education during their shelter stay. Work with participants to complete initial needs and goals assessments and action plan within 72 hours of their arrival at shelter. Meet with participants at least once a week to assess progress towards these goals. 3. Assess participant's need for advocacy with outside agencies regularly and provide advocacy when appropriate. Assist each participant with safety planning and locating safe after-shelter housing. 4. Document progress of the participant’s steps towards self-sufficiency and advocacy/ case management done on their behalf. Read and record updates in log daily. Maintain Log as appropriate. 5. Update Emergency Services Manager on participant situations as needed. 6. Assist with training and supervision of volunteers who are on shift during scheduled work hours. Provide conflict resolution with participants, staff, and volunteers. 7. Conduct telephone screenings of potential shelter participants. 8. Assist in answering crisis phones when not covered by volunteers. 9. Carry out emergency procedures in case of fire, medical emergency, unwanted visitors, etc. 10. Update participants’ resource list at least once a year. 11. Attend community meetings as appropriate. 12. Perform urinalysis and breathalyzer testing in accordance with shelter policies. 13. May facilitate weekly domestic violence support group and/or conduct one or more house meetings per week for participants, with backup from other staff as needed. 14. Enforce shelter rules. Adhere to agency personnel policies and mission and maintain respectful communication with co-workers, participants and callers. 15. Assist with case management of participants vouchered into motels. 16. Provide peer support to shelter participants. Provide mothers with assistance in non- violent discipline and positive parenting. 17. Attend supervisory meetings, All-Staff meetings, Direct Service Staff meetings, and other meetings as requested. 18. Compile statistics for grant reports and prepare narrative summaries as requested by the Emergency Services Manager. 19. Provide back-up to other shelter staff as scheduled. 20. Provide translation from English to Spanish of agency forms and materials. 21. Work with supervisor to ensure translation is provided for house meetings and support groups. 22. Other duties as negotiated with supervisor.
Qualifications:All employees are expected to demonstrate: 1. Ability to relate to women and children from diverse backgrounds. 2. Reading and writing skills which include the ability to access and utilize a variety of resource materials in a timely manner and an ability to maintain accurate records. 3. Respectful listening and verbal communication skills. 4. Commitment to working with survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and knowledge of violence and its effects on society. 5. Commitment to social change—including working to end domestic and sexual violence and all forms of oppression: racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, etc. 6. Understanding the linkages between domestic and sexual violence and other forms of oppression. 7. Ability and willingness to work as part of a team. 8. Ability to supervise volunteers. 9. Working knowledge of computers or willingness to learn. Additional qualifications for Shelter Bilingual Women’s Advocate: 1. One year of direct service experience working in a program with special needs populations (low-income, alcohol and drug affected, domestic violence, etc.) required. 2. One year of experience working with survivors of domestic violence. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of Portland area resources—housing, food, legal, health care, etc. 4. Good written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish. 5. Good conflict resolution skills. 6. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks. 7. Ability to work independently. 8. Valid driver’s license and reliable motorized vehicle preferred. 9. Understanding of Latino cultures, the barriers encountered by Latina domestic violence survivors and the resources available for Latinas in the Portland area.
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer