Bilingual (Spanish) Teen Advocate
Description

Come join a committed team of professionals dedicated to service!

  

At Safe Shores, our work is all about PEOPLE. Therefore, we center people in our programming, services, policies, practices, and operations. Which people? The children and families we serve AND the people who do the work, our staff. How? For our trauma-impacted clients, by honoring the humanity of every individual, delivering high-quality services tailored to their specific needs, which includes giving them the time and attention they need. For our staff, by listening, offering excellent benefits, paying competitive salaries, providing remote work flexibility (depending on the position), investing in professional development, pursuing JEDI, encouraging and facilitating self-care and wellness, prioritizing progress over perfection, and building a team of smart, dedicated pros who know that Safe Shores’ mission is best accomplished when we show up as our whole selves, support one another, and experience joy. Joy working with young victims of crime? Absolutely, yes! Mining joy is essential to offering hope, helping clients heal, and individual/organizational sustainability. 


HOW WE PRIORITIZE THE PEOPLE WHO DO THE WORK (EMPLOYEE BENEFITS) 

To start, we recognize that co-workers impact the job experience. Safe Shores is intentional about assembling and supporting a team of individuals who are not just able, resourceful professionals, but just as importantly, people who are respectful, responsible, honest, and kind and who embrace Safe Shores’mission and values wholeheartedly, with a focus on racial equity, kindness, belonging, trustworthiness, integrity, and taking care to give care. 


That said, our robust benefits for newly hired employees include: 

  • Birthday Comp Day (Your birthday is a holiday for you!)
  • Your Own Annual Professional Development Fund
  • 13 days of paid vacation leave 
  • 13 days of paid sick leave 
  • 13 days of paid holidays 
  • Paid personal leave 
  • Paid parental leave 
  • At least 75% employer paid medical (PPO with lots of provider options), dental and vision insurances 
  • Dedicated Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Employee appreciation and wellness events 
  • Short- and long-term disability insurances 
  • Life insurance 
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan (Employer contribution after 1 year of service)
  • Essential oils and diffusers for employee work spaces

Other benefits as applicable are as follows:

  • For clinical professionals, Safe Shores provides clinical supervision that may be counted toward licensure as a benefit for the clinical positions.
  • For clinical professionals, Safe Shores covers the cost of licensure fees in the District of Columbia. 
  • For employees with a tenure of five+ consecutive years, Safe Shores offers paid sabbatical leave.

We are currently searching for an experienced Bilingual (Spanish) Teen Advocate. This is a full-time exempt position, with a salary range of $55,000 to $65,000.


 COVID-19 PROTOCOL

  • Safe Shores is currently working in a hybrid work environment.
  • Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. 
  • Fully vaccinated means COVID-19 vaccination and any related booster vaccination(s) is required.

Reasonable accommodations may be available to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential job duties. The following is a summary of and not an all-inclusive list of the essential job duties.  


JOB SUMMARY 

The Bilingual Teen Advocate is primarily responsible for providing advocacy, crisis intervention and short-term ongoing advocacy services as needed to Spanish speaking youth (ages 13-17) victims, their non-offending family members as desired. Bilingual teen advocates may be the first point of contact for Spanish speaking victims of sexual assault. The focus of teen advocacy support is to help reduce trauma for youth while informing them of their rights and options. The advocate helps youth identify and access services the youth may need, acting as a liaison with other agencies and service providers and supporting them throughout the investigative process as needed. This position requires regular participation in an on-call rotation for 24-hour response. In accordance with the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Amendment Act of 2019, this position will respond to youth in community settings such as hospitals or law enforcement agencies, as well as working from an office setting. This position will be required to respond in-person and virtually, dependent upon client needs and preferences. This position is a mandated reporter for child abuse and neglect under District of Columbia Statute §4-1321.02 when not acting within the defined role that provides an exemption to this mandate.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Ability to speak and write fluently in both English and Spanish.
  • Provide advocacy support primarily to Spanish speaking teens (and family as desired) during the initial medical and/or law enforcement response to sexual assault. Assist teens/youth in identifying options available to them. 
  • Provide crisis intervention and advocacy support to 13 – 17-year-old clients (and their family members as desired) as needed.
  • Meet with teens/youth to assess initial needs and interest in social service, medical care, and victims’ compensation needs; connect them with services as needed.
  • Provide information to the teen/youth regarding trauma and the impact of trauma. 
  • Provide information to teen/youth about available support and service resources, victims’ rights, and the multidisciplinary team (MDT) investigation process. 
  • Coordinate as appropriate with other involved service providers or government agencies, in accordance with the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Amendment Act of 2019.
  • Provide accompaniment to teens and/or their families as needed for purposes related to victimization, including hospital visits and law enforcement interviews. 
  • Troubleshoot barriers to accessing services with teens and community service agencies. 
  • Assist the teen/youth in accessing services and provide immediate and ongoing follow-up as needed. 
  • Arrange emergency clothing, transportation, or other material/informational resources for clients.
  • Perform a safety assessment of the teen and/or family and develop and recommend a safety plan for the teen victim and family in cases when appropriate. 
  • Participate in regular individual supervision, staff meetings, in service training and other meetings as required. 
  • Maintain and assure quality and confidentiality of electronic and paper files, statistical tracking, and inventory. 
  • Assist in maintenance of material needs such as gift cards, clothing bags, snacks, or other emergency items
  • Must have a driver’s license and ability to drive to meet clients in the community.
  • Ability to successfully pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position. 


Candidates must submit all the following information to be considered for the position:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter indicating your interest in the position and how your experiences will benefit Safe Shores.

Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center conducts pre-employment background checks on all selected candidates.  If you are a finalist, we will investigate your background, employment history, references, and any related employment matters to determine your suitability of employment. 


By submitting this application, you understand the above statement and authorize all persons and entities contacted by Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center to provide any relevant information regarding your current or previous employment and you release all persons and entities contacted by Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, of all claims for providing such information.


EEO STATEMENT

Safe Shores is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. 

Requirements

 EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or a related field, or bachelor’s degree with at least two years of professional experience. 
  • LGSW or equivalent licensure in the District of Columbia required, if eligible. 
  • Two (2) years of professional experience, knowledge and understanding working with children, youth and families who have experienced abuse and trauma, and/or general mental health practice. 
  • Experience working with the criminal justice or child welfare systems. 
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to maximize results and ensure deadlines are met. 
  • Ability to be a self-starter, to work independently and be flexible and adjust to quickly changing schedule, handle distractions and interruptions. 
  • Willingness to establish and maintain positive working relationships while collaborating with a wide range of professionals including law enforcement, social services, medical and mental health providers. 
  • Knowledge of cultural humility and ability to exhibit sensitivity in dealing with people of varied backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities. 
  • Excellent communication skills, positive attitude and professional demeanor and attitude. 
  • Knowledge of local community resources and programs. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Formal training and/or certification as victim advocate or crisis counselor.

Computer/Technology Skills Must be PC proficient and able to thrive in a fast paced setting. Must have strong experience with computer technology and equipment and Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 


Physical DemandsWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch or feel a computer, keyboard, monitor, telephone, cell phone, and talk or hear when interacting with employees. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may regularly lift and /or move 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.