POSITION: Bilingual School-Based Advocate

REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Community Programs

LOCATION: Providence, RI and Woonsocket, RI

SCHEDULE: Full-time (37.5 hours/week)

COMPENSATION: Nonexempt position; hourly range is $23 to $25 per hour based on experience. Eligible for benefits that include health/dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, 15 paid holidays, accrued vacation/sick/personal time, an Employee Assistance Plan, and a 401(k) plan with employer match, and professional development opportunities.

SPECIAL SKILLS: Fluency in Spanish and English is required

ABOUT US:  Sojourner House is a comprehensive victim services agency that provides crisis intervention services, shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, clinical counseling, immigration advocacy, community-based programs, education prevention programming, a growing housing development program, and other supportive services to individuals and families impacted by abuse. Our mission is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, housing, and education for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; and to effect systems change. Our organizational values are rooted in commitment, innovation, trust, and empowerment. The agency has grown from a small, grassroots organization into a robust statewide agency with an $9+ million annual budget and over 60 full-time employees across multiple locations. To learn more about our work, please visit www.sojournerri.org. We are also active on social media at @sojournerri.

POSITION SUMMARY:   The Bilingual (Spanish) School-Based Advocate will provide advocacy, support, and resources to children and youth who have experienced or witnessed domestic and/or sexual violence. Facilitate relationships with schools and youth-centered organizations to support youth victims and to provide training and educational presentations when required.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establish relationships with and provide one-on-one support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and education to youth victims at local middle schools, high schools, and colleges when referred
  • Develop youth, children and/or family activities and programs for youth victims during school and/or after school hours. This may include expressive arts classes, support groups, peer mentorship, or related programs
  • Work with schools to support youth victims and to ensure that student victims feel safe at school
  • Provide training and technical assistance to school staff on how to identify signs of abuse, how to communicate with youth victims, and how to support youth victims
  • Attend student support meetings at schools to support youth victims and to ensure that youth student victims have resources in place to feel safe at school
  • Facilitate communication between youth victims and parents
  • Establish a coordinated community response team for the school district being served. Schedule and conduct meetings to ensure community, student, and parent voices are heard
  • Assist with case management for youth victims and their families, including internal and external referrals
  • Connect parent and youth victims to appropriate services as needed
  • Conduct outreach at local schools to provide education and referrals as needed
  • Assist with the hotline and provide drop-in coverage as necessary
  • Complete necessary program reports and data entry
  • Assist with fundraising tasks and the solicitation of donations to support youth programs when possible.
  • Other duties as assigned by the management of Sojourner House or as required.

EDUCATION: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, and a concentration in or experience with childhood/youth development is preferred.

EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • A minimum of 2-3 or more years of experience working with children and/or youth
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is required
  • Demonstrated prior experience helping coordinator projects, evaluate outcomes, and working collaboratively with community partners
  • Familiarity with domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and/or gender issues
  • Comfort discussing sensitive issues with youth, parents, and school staff
  • Experience as a team player, supporting healthy and strong organizational cultures
  • A track record of providing innovative thinking to the implementation of service delivery
  • Familiarity with social service services in Rhode Island
  • Strong communication skills, time management skills and emotional intelligence
  • Must be organized, flexible, and responsive to needs of coworkers, partners, and the working environment
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, Google Workspace, and general Internet skills)
  • Familiarity and comfort working with individuals from a range of cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle in order to facilitate traveling between the agency’s multiple locations
  • Applicant must pass a background check prior to hiring

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to resumes@sojournerri.org with subject line “School Based Advocate” . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged. To apply via mail, please send all of the requested materials to Sojourner House, Attn: HR/School Based Advocate, 386 Smith St, Providence, RI 02908.

Sojourner House is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.