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Housing Specialist Advocate

Position Description

Part Time – 30 hours/week

The mission of Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) is to end domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking and to provide supportive and educational services to individuals, families, and the community. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

The Housing Specialist Advocate provides individual advocacy, and on-going case management services for those affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. The individual in this position will empower individuals and families to attain economic self-sufficiency and to obtain permanent housing. The Advocate will assist in the areas of housing, budgeting, financial empowerment, employment, education, job training, health, and accessing other services. This position requires healthy boundaries and the ability to follow safety protocols in a calm manner. The employee must have the ability to work individually and as part of a team. Applicant must have good oral and written communication skills. Attention to accurate documentation is essential. Applicants must be available to take shifts on our 24-hour hotline.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain client confidentiality.
  • Work with clients in need of shelter; develop individualized plan that will lead to independent living.
  • Develop monthly household budgets with each client; coach family/individual on financial literacy and credit repair.
  • Attend all required meetings and trainings. Out of town and overnight travel may be required on occasion.
  • Remain knowledgeable of agency guidelines and protocols.
  • Assist with hotline coverage as needed.
  • Provide emergency support and safety planning in-person and over the telephone.
  • Assist with all necessary court documentation.
  • Provide information and referral to outside resources.
  • Maintain accurate statistical information (data entry).
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date housing records and statistical information to be used for reports and grants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to deliver services.
  • Ability to interact with adults and children of all ages.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
  • Must pass background check.

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume and references to pave@pavebennington.com.

Outreach Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator

Full Time – 40 hours/week

PAVE’s mission is to end domestic and sexual violence and to provide supportive and educational services to individuals, families and the community. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Outreach:

  •  Distribute PAVE brochures to community agencies and organizations.
  • Help coordinate and maintain good relationships with area colleges.
  • Increase awareness and prevention of domestic, sexual, dating violence and stalking on local college campuses.
  • Meet with Residential Advisors/House Chairs to talk about PAVE services.
  • Work with college interns on projects related to dv/sv, dating violence and stalking.
  • Identify underserved populations and increase their accessibility to our services.
  • Increase community awareness and services to outlying towns in Bennington County around domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and stalking.
  • Attend appropriate meetings to increase visibility of PAVE.
  • Coordinate community awareness events and workshops.
  • Assist with creating newsletters, press releases, flyers, etc.

Advocate:

  • Assist with hotline coverage as needed.
  • Provide emergency support and safety planning in-person and over the telephone.
  • Assist with all necessary court documentation.
  • Provide information and referral to outside resources.
  • Maintain accurate statistical information(data entry).

Volunteer Coordinator:

  • Develop, organize and facilitate volunteer training.
  • Help plan and organize in-service training.
  • Maintain close contact with volunteers.
  • Help plan and organize recognition/appreciation events.
  • Schedule monthly crisis hotline calendar.
  • Update volunteer manuals with information and timely articles.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with area colleges; initial interview and some supervision of interns, service learning, and work study participants.

General:

  •  Participate in appropriate trainings and webinars (these could include travel and overnight).
  • Make presentations (when necessary).

Minimum Qualifications:

  •  Ability to adhere to a strict confidentiality policy.
  • Crisis intervention and advocacy experience.
  • Strong organizational and computer literacy skills.
  • Non-judgmental attitude and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Knowledge of working with people from diverse communities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to perform other general tasks as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
  • Background check is mandatory.

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume and references to pave@pavebennington.com.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to pave@pavebennington.com.

At PAVE, we provide services to all survivorsWe do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status, socioeconomic status, race, parental responsibility, language, immigration status, religious or political affiliations, or physical, mental or emotional ability.