Advocacy/Lobbying, Case Management/Social Services, Program Management
4 Year Degree
Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to unleash your purpose and potential?
Come join our dynamic social service enterprise as we help over 200,000 individuals across the Chicagoland area.
Position Title: Advocate
Company: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Salary: Commensurate upon experience
Classification: Full Time; Exempt
Reports to: Coordinator of Advocacy & Crisis Intervention
Location: Parks Francis Center in Chicago, IL; 6600 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the region, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. To learn more about the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, please visit our website at https://ywcachicago.org.
Position Purpose: The Advocate is the first responder to a victim in need, providing trauma-informed advocacy, sexual violence crisis counseling and holistic service planning in person and on the phone for hotline callers. This person is available to accompany victims to hospitals, police departments, and court as needed.
Accompany victims to hospitals, police departments, and court, while providing crisis counseling, safety planning, and advocacy, including information and referrals within and outside of the YWCA
Establish and maintain liaisons with local hospitals, police departments, State’s Attorneys’ offices and other agencies related to pending litigation on behalf of the victim
Be available to cover the hotline during working hours and to participate in on-call rotation, providing after hours and weekends backup
Assist in training and provide guidance and support to program volunteers, including on-call supervision to volunteers dealing with unclear or unusual situations
Provide outreach to other community organizations to expand accessibility to services
Develop and implement professional training for medical, criminal justice, and social service personnel regarding appropriate service provision to victims of sexual violence.
Conduct presentations and trainings for community groups and other organizations.
Complete all administrative tasks as assigned on a timely basis. This includes, but is not limited to, weekly activity reports, monthly reports, maintaining demographic and evaluative material for clients’ files.
Bachelor’s degree with a major area of study in social work, human services, or a related field from an accredited university/college
Minimum of six months – one year of experience working in sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, or other trauma-related services
Fluency in both English and Spanish (oral and written) preferred but not required
Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and ability to meet insurance standards
Demonstrated ability to respond quickly, effectively, and sensitively to individuals in crisis
Ability to work in a team environment, sharing cases as needed, covering co-workers on their cases when they are out or unavailable, and taking on-call rotation and covering the Hot Line as needed
Benefits Portfolio: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Flexible Spending (FSA), Transit, HSA, Short & Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, etc.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
***This job description is not intended to represent a complete list of all duties and responsibilities. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.***
About YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is committed to providing women with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, to be confident in their choices and to make valuable contributions to their communities.