DIAA Seeks Housing and Shelter Victim Service Advocate
We are currently accepting applications for Shelter & Housing Victim Service Advocate. Person(s) with sign language knowledge are encouraged to apply.
The Shelter & Housing Victim Service Advocate coordinates case management services to all Deaf, those with any type of hearing loss, and their families who utilize emergency sheltering and housing services in Iowa. The individual collaborates with service providers to ensure that victims receive support and safety as well as culturally competent and fully accessible services. And provides direct services to individuals impacted by violence and/or unhealthy relationships through in-person meetings, workshops, peer groups, videophone and text communications.
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours & Availability
- Full time
- Office Location Des Moines, Iowa
Victim Service Advocate Functions
- Exhibit a belief in non-violence and a willingness to advocate on behalf of victims and their families who are affected by violence in a non-discriminating manner.
- Uphold the belief that quality client services are top priority.
- Provide comprehensive 1:1 peer consulting.
- Provide emotional support and advocacy to victims which may include, but is not limited to, crisis counseling, information referrals, safety planning, shelter and/or housing placements, court related hearings, interactions with law enforcement, child protective services and hospitals, follow-up and client transportation.
- Provide accurate and timely documentation of daily interaction, appropriate reporting of services, and filing appropriate documents as required.
- Collect and report program data, including but not limited to service provision success and follow-up, tracking data required by funders, etc.
- Establish working relationships with area professionals, service providers and the community at-large focusing on issues related to cultural awareness, effective communication, domestic violence and sexual assault while promoting a positive reputation of DIAA.
- Apply the ADA law effectively to ensure accessible and adequate services for clients.
- Assist victims in development of a strength-based/solution focused individualized goal and action plan that promotes self-sufficiency.
- Transport clients as deemed necessary. Transportation requirements should be limited to emergency shelter, housing, and occasional needs directly relating to the client’s victimization.
- Share on-call responsibilities.
- Comply with agency policies and procedures.
- Comply with state advocacy training/certification requirements as defined by Iowa Code and state coalitions. Achieve and maintain required certification.
- Utilize creative techniques, including the use of technology, to communicate with colleagues and clients who are housed across the state.
- Attend staff meetings as scheduled.
- Assist the agency in providing public education and training regarding issues of cultural awareness, effective communication, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
- Provide presentations to community groups as requested.
- Perform other work assignments as requested/needed.
Duties specific to Housing & Shelter
- Support victims in identifying and navigating housing options and resources in the communities in which they wish to reside or relocate in.
- Develop a housing and safety plan with victims.
- Assess housing and shelter barriers to determine service needs.
- Collaborate with partners who also work with victims housed throughout the region to assure smooth and thorough housing and case management services.
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with all shelter services in Iowa to ensure ADA compliance and cultural awareness training of staff.
- Provide mediation and advocacy with landlords and victims to obtain and/or maintain housing. Serve as an ongoing liaison between parties involved.
- Assist in development of and encourage adherence to a personal budget through proactive housing and budget counseling sessions.
- Apply knowledge of landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities to educate victims and the community of their rights and responsibilities.
- Coordinate the purchase of bus tickets and other emergency needs for sheltered clients to relocate to their area of choice and safety.
- Bachelor’s degree in relate field and/or professional training.
- Proven work history in advocacy work or working with Deaf/hard of hearing communities.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a team, with diverse groups of people and handle difficult and/or sensitive situations tactfully.
- Demonstrate ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language and other signed communication modes.
- Demonstrate fluency in English writing skills.
- Strong ability to work with complex cases utilizing innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to respond to on-call emergencies and handle crisis situations.
- Manage time and schedule independently.
- Must be able to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends.
- Ability to travel throughout Iowa utilizing own transportation. Mileage reimbursement is provided.
Work Environment/Physical Requirements
This position is largely self-directed and requires understanding and compliance with company policies, procedures, and values. The position works in both community settings and a standard office environment utilizing a computer and standard office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, interact collaboratively with the team and stakeholders, and communicate via phone or videophone.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employee’s abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.
These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position.
Submit Resume and Cover Letter to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse, Inc strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. DIAA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.