Job Purpose/Position Overview
This position is responsible to: provide trauma-informed and age-appropriate support services, counseling, and advocacy to children who have experienced domestic violence and their non-offending/survivor parent; provide advocacy and support parent/caregiver on behalf of their children's education, health, and other needs; and provide leadership within DOVE to team members regarding children's needs for immediate and long-term stabilization and healing after violence in the home.
The incumbent will also work closely with all of the direct service staff: emergency shelter, community advocacy, civilian advocacy, legal services, community outreach and education, and teen dating violence prevention. The position will receive additional clinical and programmatic support of staff at BMC's Child Witness to Violence Program.
Community Advocacy/Direct Service Provision
- Provide culturally competent and affirming, age-appropriate, trauma-informed emotional support, supportive counseling, advocacy, and assistance to children of survivors seen through DOVE's community-based services, and to survivors particularly in their parenting role
- In collaboration with DOVE staff, parent/caregiver, and child(ren), evaluate needs and appropriate intervention strategies to assist in addressing immediate concerns.
- Work collaboratively with health and social service providers, schools, therapists, child protection services, and others to ensure coordination of services for families.
- Interface closely with DOVE's other programs, including Community-Based Advocacy Services, Emergency Shelter, Civilian Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, and Community Education & Prevention, ensuring two-way quality provision of care. Be available for consultation by other team members and intern(s) as well as community partners as needed, particularly on the needs of child survivors.
- Periodically provide coverage of the shelter and hotline
- This role may include participation in regular on-call rotation for emergency shelter (for 1 week ever 7-9 weeks)
- Develop and provide trainings about the dynamics of family violence and child trauma to community providers and early childhood educators
- Design, promote, and co-facilitate psycho-educational and/or support groups as assigned, with targeting outreach to children as well as survivors/parents in both residential and community-based settings.
- Assist Program Directors with ongoing program development and development/evaluation of program effectiveness
- Attend and participate in regularly scheduled individual supervision, staff meetings, team meetings, and ongoing professional development meetings and trainings
- Keep case notes and records, track services in the EmpowerDB database; submit routine reports for funders in collaboration with the Director, Community Services.
- Periodically represent DOVE in meetings or interactions with collaborators, community stakeholders, donors, and/or funders
- Complete other duties to ensure that DOVE clients/survivors and communities are provided with professional, empathic, safe, and affirming services within the context of DOVE's mission and consistent with legal, organizational, funder requirements.
Full-time, non-exempt position, generally weekdays, 8 hours/day, including 2-3 weekdays into at least early evening, and occasional weekend hours; flexibility is required. The incumbent will be required to work at other times and/or attend trainings or meetings; this will periodically include evening and weekend hours.
Compensation and Benefits
DOVE is committed to working for social and economic justice, working with engaged and dedicated colleagues, and providing and ensuring training and education in best practices as well as professional development opportunities. As an organization we hold openness to innovation, and we seek the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work.
- Position will be paid $46,000-$50,000 annual salary/equivalent, depending on experience.
- Additional compensation is provided for demonstrated, proficient language skills preferred in DOVE's catchment area, in addition to English, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and/or Vietnamese; $1,500 gross annual 40 hr FTE or 0.72/hr for 1st language. Additional compensation of $1,000 gross annual per 40 hr FTE for 2nd or more language/s.
- Paid time off: Vacation (3 weeks in Year 1, increases at Year 3), Personal Days (3 days/year), Sick Time (12 days/year), and 12 Holidays
- Insurance Coverage (Health/Dental, Short-Term Disability, and Life)
- Opportunity for Individual to establish and contribute to retirement account.