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

Status: Fulltime

Hours: 40

Pay Range: $21.00 + $1.00 Bilingual Differential

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  • 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 regard 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 bi-lingual support and empowerment-based, domestic violence advocacy in English and Spanish.
  • Provide onsite advocacy services on a walk-in and appointment basis.
  • Provide mobile advocacy, meeting survivors in the community in order to best meet their needs.
  • Provide support to participants who are filing protection orders.
  • Provide assistance in obtaining services for participants with immigration issues in the context of domestic violence.
  • 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.
  • Serve as a primary contact for community partners that provide Latinx specific services, and provide culturally responsive domestic violence advocacy to survivors who prefer to work with a Bilingual Advocacy Specialist.
  • Effectively and respectfully work with people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs.
  • Facilitate domestic violence support groups.

Translation Services

  • Relay concepts and ideas between languages.
  • Edit and proofread text to reflect language accurately.
  • Use dictionaries, glossaries, and computer-assisted translation for reference.
  • Facilitate communication for participants with limited English proficiency.
  • Interpret and translate both legal terminology and colloquial language.
  • Read aloud documents in a language other than that in which they were written.
  • Translate participant information from spoken or written Spanish to written English for submission to court or legal system for documents such as a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
  • Collaborate with other SafeChoice staff to provide translation services to any Spanish-speaking program participant in need.

Program Support

  • In collaboration with the program director, ensure that advocacy services are equitable and that staff are knowledgeable in providing culturally responsive services to Latinx survivors.
  • Attend community events to support outreach and education efforts as requested.
  • Co-facilitate training and conduct presentations on domestic violence, oppression, and dynamics of intimate partner violence.

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

AA/AS degree in a related field or position equivalent experience in addition to the experience requirements listed below.

Related Experience

At least six months experience:

  • Working or volunteering with Latinx communities.
  • Providing empowerment-based advocacy, preferably domestic violence advocacy to at-risk populations.
  • Facilitating educational workshops/trainings to groups of 10 or more individuals.
  • Current driver’s license and/or ability to commute throughout Clark County to fulfill job responsibilities.

Required Knowledge

  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues, needs and interests of Latinx survivors, including providing culturally responsive/specific service.
  • Understanding of intersecting oppressions, empowerment, and the dynamics of domestic violence.
  • Proficient in MS Office products.

Don't meet every single requirement after reading through this post? You may be just the right candidate for the role or future roles, and please know we value lived experience! Studies have shown that due to white supremacy culture, systemically oppressed communities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. YWCA Clark County is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways.

Salary Description
$21.00 + $1.00 Bilingual Differential