Advocate - Kansas City

Position: Advocate
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP)
Kansas City Metro Area

Posted: 12-1-2017

Directly responsible to: Advocacy Services Manager

The Advocate is responsible for coordinating and providing quality, culturally competent and trauma-informed advocacy services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, harassment and hate crimes. This position’s primary focus is to connect survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and hate crimes to existing resources.

This is a full-time (40hr/wk), salaried, non-exempt position. This position is primarily responsible to provide direct services in Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties in Missouri and Douglas, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, but will respond to victims statewide in Missouri and Kansas as needed.

Responsibilities:
Direct Services to Survivors

  • Provide survivor-centered advocacy and support to victims and survivors of violence including, but not limited to:
    • Crisis Line and crisis intervention.
    • Assisting survivors to develop and maintain a safety plan.
    • Provide case management including expanding the clients’ resources and providing linkage to job, housing, education, health, community, and legal organizations.
    • Provide legal advocacy and court accompaniment to survivors of violence seeking orders of protection and other court matters.
    • Work with law enforcement systems as needed.
    • Provide emergency support for survivors of violence including emergency housing, food, clothing, and transportation.
  • Maintain accurate records of services and client files with administration and recordkeeping through hard copy and electronic methods including the OSNIUM database.
  • Develop and maintain client referral listings and safe contact list.
  • Participate in culturally and linguistically appropriate community education and outreach efforts particularly prioritizing underserved populations to reach potential clients.
  • Oversee support groups as appropriate.

Additional duties

  • Participate in staff meetings, team meetings and trainings that discuss enhancing services to LGBTQ survivors.
  • Represent the agency at meetings with other agencies and organizations so as to enhance survivor services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and particularly for communities facing multiple forms of oppression.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent, or equivalent work or volunteer experience that would provide similar skills and experience is required. Work (volunteer or paid) in a domestic violence program or sexual assault program or a similar field is strongly preferred.
  • Previous direct service experience is required.
  • Experience working with the LGBTQ community is strongly preferred including sensitivity to the plight of LGBTQ people affected by violence is strongly preferred. Demonstrated cultural competence in working with diverse communities, including communities of color, immigrants, transgender persons, persons with HIV, and persons of varying ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Ability to travel to meetings and trainings within an hour+ radius of Kansas City in Missouri and Kansas regularly. Long distance and overnight travel may also be required.
  • Access to reliable transportation. If that is an automobile, a valid driver’s license with a clean record and current auto insurance is required.
  • A flexible schedule as some nights and weekend work is required.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including experience with internet and social networking communication.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and databases.
  • Willingness for continued education.

Diversity and Equality:
KCAVP is strongly opposed to discrimination in all forms. KCAVP is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or genetic information.

Salary:
$31,000 to $33,000 annually.

Benefits:
100% paid benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, employee assistance program, worker’s comp, IRA matching and mileage reimbursement.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Advocate Applicant" in the subject line, or mail to KCAVP, Attn: Hiring, PO Box 411211, Kansas City, MO 64141. NO PHONE CALLS.

Deadline:
All materials must be received by Friday, December 29, 2017 at 5:00pm CST.

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