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Domestic Violence - Housing Stability Services Advocate


LifeWire Housing Stability Services Advocate

Reports to: Housing Stability Services Manager

Hours: 40 hours per week

Pay Rate: Starts at $25/hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services

Classification: Regular, Non-exempt

LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value diversity on our staff. Survivors of domestic violence and BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.

LifeWire’s Vision / Mission:

Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. LifeWire’s mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional and societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate it.

About LifeWire:

LifeWire delivers unique and compassionate services that provide profound healing. We focus on truly empowering survivors and giving them every opportunity to thrive and succeed. We offer opportunity and hope through services like our award-winning children’s programs, life-changing Housing Stability Program and groundbreaking social change work. As a result, survivors are able to attend to their basic needs, rebuild their lives, find peace and become self-sufficient. Each survivor reaching out to LifeWire has a unique story. Each individual success is a victory.

Overview of Service:

LifeWire’s Housing Stability Services support domestic violence survivors, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as they obtain and maintain safe, stable permanent housing. We do this through a progressive engagement model and with a focus on long-term housing and economic stability.

Overview of Position:

LifeWire’s Housing Stability Services Advocates support primarily adult survivors of domestic violence in King County. The Best Starts for Kids Advocate provides intensive advocacy and flexible financial assistance to stabilize survivors’ housing quickly. The Best Starts for Kids Advocate builds and maintains relationships with community resources, focusing on housing search and landlord relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide survivor driven and trauma-informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence residing in our emergency shelter and transitional housing program. Requires a particular focus on the intersection between domestic violence, homelessness and chemical dependency.
  • Develop and nurture on-going relationships with partner and referral service providers.
  • Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
  • Regularly meet with participants in both homelessness services.
  • Assist in the coordination and expansion of family services for adults and children with support of Homelessness Services Manager.
  • Facilitate support groups, education groups and other meetings with survivors.
  • Support participants with transportation needs, either in agency vehicles or other means.
  • Organize and prep units for move-ins or move-outs in the homelessness services programs.
  • Work closely and cooperatively in a team setting with all staff, interns, donors and volunteers.
  • Participate in system data collection in an accurate, complete, and timely manner.
  • Conduct outcome measurement and use applicable evaluation tools.
  • Complete necessary paperwork and statistical information.
  • Appropriately spend program funds and consistently track the expenditures as required.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Conduct Health and Safety inspections.
  • Assist in maintaining the housing facility in compliance with fire and health code regulations.
  • Assist survivors in all LifeWire Services (including Survivor Advocacy, Housing Stability, Mental Health, and Homelessness Services) by contributing to supportive activities including the 24-hour Helpline, support groups, prevention activities and the like.
  • Work irregular hours, including weekends.
  • Maintain organized shared spaces and personal work environment.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Work experience may substitute for education.
  • Two or more years’ experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred; experience with housing support and/or economic justice preferred.
  • Multilingual/cultural preferred.
  • Experience, ability and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
  • Ability to meet LifeWire background check requirements.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Updated – or ability and willingness to update – CPR and First Aid Certification and AIDS/HIV Certification
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to deliver services.
  • Ability to attend work regularly, including scheduled work time outside of typical office hours.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use a computer, which includes extensive keyboarding, and the telephone. The employee must be able to communicate with a wide variety of individuals including through interpreter services. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision to read participant paperwork, data enter information, and work with government and community websites, forms, and email.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move from location to location throughout multiple office facilities and throughout the community. The employee must effectively split work time between LifeWire’s office and community locations. LifeWire advocate roles are mobile, which requires the employee to travel locally to meet participants, other agency representatives, and government employees in their offices. Employees must frequently carry up to 15 pounds and must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 30 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often in scattered-site housing complexes with varying levels of noise, frequent interruptions and occasional intensive emotional encounters. Occasionally, the employee is in an office environment with moderate noise. The employee is required to drive, which includes exposure to the outdoors and daily encounters with traffic. Employees are often exposed to recitations of traumatic situations and must be prepared to handle secondary trauma.

To apply for an open position, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to hr@lifewire.org [1], by fax to 425-649-0752 or by mail to:

LifeWire

Attn: Job Applications

P.O. Box 6398

Bellevue, WA 98008

Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be asked to fill out a Job Application [2].


  1. https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=hr@lifewire.org
  2. https://www.lifewire.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Application.pdf

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