Advocacy Specialist - SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program
Vancouver, WA SafeChoice Program


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Type: Fulltime

Salary: $21.00/hr

$1,000 Sign On Bonus


  • Assure that participants, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Gain approval for, track, and engage in activities that meet the organization’s 1% for Social Change requirement.
  • Think through the lens of racial equity and its intersections with poverty. Use the core principles of anti-racism and grounding those principles in all daily tasks
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s commitment to social justice by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions. Seek opportunities for continued learning about racial, gender and class equity.
  • Proactively maintain yearly domestic training requirements as required. 
  • Be present for and appropriately participate in staff meetings as required.
  • Establish and maintain a record of impeccable dependability with regards to punctuality, following call-out procedures, and adhering to the policies, practices, and guidelines set by the organization and SafeChoice. 
  • Ability to be flexible with the schedule and day-to-day tasks, and prioritize appropriately.
  • Maintain a calm and professional demeanor while working in a high-stress and unpredictable environment, including flexibility in last minute shift coverage changes.
  • Maintain appropriate personal/professional boundaries with participants and co-workers to maintain clear, open, and unbiased lines of communication. 


Direct Services Advocacy

  • Provide a survivor-centered, empowerment-based approach to advocacy, effectively supporting survivors and families in identifying their own needs and goals and increasing survivor safety.
  • Provide mobile advocacy and onsite services on a walk-in and appointment basis.
  • Provide support to participants who are filing protection orders. 
  • Respond to survivors on domestic violence hotline calls.
  • Utilize strong de-escalation and empowerment skills to best support survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and to minimize the effects of secondary trauma. 
  • Provide culturally responsive advocacy that honors the lived experiences of every survivor accessing support services. Effectively communicate available resources that support cultural values, beliefs and customs. 
  • Connect participants with relevant community resources to address needs related to domestic violence, including domestic violence education, domestic violence protection orders, safety planning, housing, and financial assistance.
  • Effectively and respectfully work with people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs.
  • Enter confidential data into HMIS and Infonet

Program Support

  • Attend community events to support outreach and education efforts as requested.
  • Facilitate trainings and conduct presentations on dynamics of intimate partner violence and advocacy best practices for staff, volunteers and community partners. 
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

There is a strong social justice component to all positions within YWCA Clark County, requiring critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principles of anti-racism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values

Related Education: A.A./A.S. degree in a related field or position equivalent experience in addition to the experience requirements listed below. 

Strong problem solving skills: resourceful and able to resolve challenges while knowing when it’s time to stop and ask questions or seek additional guidance. 

Strong technological skills: effectively use common software programs (like MS Office, Excel, and PowerPoint) to fulfill position related expectations. 

Strong soft-skills: with little to no prompting, adapt work and communication style to mitigate and/or de-escalate crisis, and to best support our participants.

Related Experience

  • At least six months experience providing empowerment-based advocacy, preferably domestic violence advocacy to at risk populations.
  • At least six months experience facilitating support groups.
  • Current driver’s license and/or ability to commute throughout Clark County to fulfill job responsibilities.

Required Knowledge

  • Understanding of intersecting oppressions, empowerment, and the dynamics of domestic violence.
  • Proficiency in MS Office products
Salary Description
$21.00/ hour + $1,000 Sign on Bonus