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Advocate

Posted: 02/18/2021

The LGBTQ+ Advocate is responsible for developing, coordinating and providing quality, culturally competent and trauma-informed advocacy services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, harassment and hate crimes. This position’s primary focuses are to connect survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, bullying, and hate crimes to existing resources, and strengthen community response to LGBTQ+ violence. 

 

This is a full-time (40hr/week), salaried, non-exempt position with paid health benefits, vacation and sick time. This position is primarily responsible to the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and outlying counties.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide, develop, enhance and survivor-centered advocacy and support to victims and survivors of violence including, but not limited to:

  • Answer and respond to hotline and crisis intervention

  • Assisting survivors to develop and maintain a safety plan.

  • Provide case management including, but not limited to, expanding the clients resources and providing linkage to job, housing, education, health, community, and legal organizations.

  • Provide legal advocacy and court accompaniment to survivors of violence seeking orders of protection and other court matters.

  • Work with law enforcement systems as needed.

  • Provide Emergency support for survivors of violence including emergency housing, food, clothing, and transportation.  

  • Maintain accurate records of services and client files with administration and recordkeeping through hard copy and electronic methods.

  • Maintain client referral listings and safe contact list.

  • Represent the agency at meetings with other agencies and organizations so as to enhance survivor services for LGBTQ+ persons and particularly for communities facing multiple forms of oppression.

  • Participate in staff meetings, team meetings and training.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling or related field OR equivalent work experience. It is preferred that applicants have at least one year of direct client experience in a social service program. Experience working with the LGBTQ+ community is a plus.

  • An understanding of the issues of violence and sensitivity to the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people affected by these issues.

  • Demonstrated cultural competence in working with diverse populations, including communities of color, immigrants, men, women, and transgender persons, lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, persons with HIV, and persons of varying ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Willingness for continued education.

  • Ability to travel to meetings and trainings within an hour+ radius of Kansas City in Missouri regularly. Long distance and overnight travel may also be required.

  • Access to reliable transportation. If that is an automobile, a valid driver’s license with a clean record and current auto insurance is required.

  • A flexible schedule as some nights and weekend work is required.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and databases and google platform. 

  • Ability to lift 30+ lbs. 

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999