Emergency Housing Advocate

Emergency Housing Advocate
Full-Time (40 hours/week), Hourly, Non-Exempt.
Location: YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA 95112
Website: www.ywca-sv.org
Hourly / Salary Range: $48,048-54,308 annually

Join a passionate, dynamic team dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For over 100 years, YWCA Silicon Valley has provided programs and services that form a critical continuum of response, healing, and prevention. Our dedication to the people we serve is unparalleled. We have an exciting future, and the team to deliver on that lasting change for the people we serve. To encourage survivor self-determination, services are delivered through a strengths-based, non-judgmental and trauma-informed lens that aligns with our mission. Be a key part of shaping this future as our new Emergency Housing Advocate working in the Emergency Housing program in our Housing Department.

Reporting to the Housing Program Manager, the Emergency Housing Advocate provides peer and crisis counseling, safety planning, community referrals and domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking education to individuals and families residing in the YWCA Silicon Valley’s emergency housing programs. Responsibilities include and are not limited to:

  • Provides peer counseling, DV education, crisis and case management, community referrals to adult survivors of domestic violence and their children both in person and on the phone using a strength-based, client-centered, trauma-informed approach as back up to case manager.
  • Supports the work of the team by coordinating the daily management of emergency housing program activities, including but not limited to, room readiness, direct advocacy, distribution of food and supplies for all emergency housing program clients, identifying basic site maintenance, scheduling outside vendor cleaning, managing shelter supply log and client follow-up.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or college course work in social services field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates should have knowledge of sensitivity to sexual assault and domestic violence issues, trauma, gender equity and/or other forms of oppression. Understanding and application of program theories such as trauma-informed care, feminist, and anti-oppression/anti-discrimination frameworks are key.  Must be willing to work weekend/evening shifts and be on-call, when needed.

Desired: Bilingual, bi-cultural and bi-literate skills highly preferred. Spanish, Mandarin, or Vietnamese languages. Prior experience providing case management or advocacy-based counseling highly preferred. Motivational Interviewing skills highly preferred.

Required: Cleared background check (fingerprinting), valid TB test, valid California driver’s license, and auto insurance. Must have completed or be willing to complete a 65-hour California State Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor certification. (Training will be provided). This position requires a Covid-19 vaccination due to the in-person interfacing required, and to promote the health and safety of others in the workplace and our community.

TO APPLY: Submit Resume & Cover Letter to hr@ywca-sv.org with “Emergency Housing Advocate”” in subject line.  Posting will continue until position is filled. The YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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