POSITION: School-Based Advocate

REPORTS TO: Director of Education and Training

LOCATION: Providence, RI

SCHEDULE: Full-time (37.5 hours/week)

COMPENSATION: Nonexempt position; hourly range is $21 to $22 per hour based on experience. Eligible for benefits that include health/dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, 12 paid holidays, accrued vacation/sick/personal time, an Employee Assistance Plan, and a 401(k) plan with employer match.

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 $8 million annual budget and over 50 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.


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 trainings and educational presentations when required. 


  • Provide one-on-one support, advocacy, information, crisis intervention, and education to youth victims at local middle schools, high schools, and colleges when requested.
  • Develop youth, children and /or family activities and programs for youth victims, including expressive arts classes and support groups.
  • Work with schools to support youth victims and to ensure that youth student victims feel safe at school
  • Provide training and technical assistance to schools on how to identify signs of abuse, how to communicate with youth victims, and how to support youth victims.
  • Facilitate communication between youth victims and parents 
  • Assist with case management youth victims and their families
  • 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, general shelter coverage and responding to resident needs when available or assigned. 
  • 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.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, and a concentration in or experience with childhood/youth development is preferred. 
  • Two to 3 years of experience working with children and/or youth
  • Familiarity with domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or gender issues is a plus
  • Proficiency in Spanish, both written and oral, is preferred
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Comfort working individually and in teams
  • Valid driver’s license, a reliable car, and valid insurance
  • Applicant must pass a background check prior to starting work

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to resumes@sojournerri.org with subject line “School-Based Advocate” Please ensure that you address how your license/path to licensure and experience comply with the above-mentioned requirements, and please also address your salary expectations in your cover letter. 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.