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Weekend/On Call Shelter Advocate
Weekend/On Call Shelter Advocate The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Job Summary: This is a part-time position in 8-hour shifts covering weekends and holidays. The Shelter Advocate provides supervision of the Safe Home Campus and coverage of the 24-hour Victims of Crime Helpline to assure continuous operations and support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: • Conducts activities to admit families to the residential programs; • Records vital information, explains house practices, distributes linens and needed items, and orients new guests; • Responds to requests for food items, hygiene needs, etc. according to established policy and procedures; • Assures that the Safe Home Campus is physically secure by conducting periodic checks throughout entire shift and log information as needed; • Must be alert and responsive to emergencies following established procedures; • Maintains log of activities such as calls received, residents admitted, activities and needs; • Communicates pertinent information to other staff; • Provides crisis intervention and support to families, including handling problems that can be resolved on shift; • Receives and responds to all calls to the Victims of Crime Helpline from victims in crisis, police, medical personnel, and others; and • Gives information on services requested and makes referrals as necessary. Skills and Abilities Required: • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to clients; • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of families, particularly those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault; • The ability to appropriately and effectively deal with crisis level situations; • The physical ability to lift heavy items; • A level of knowledge equivalent to that which is acquired by a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, two years of experience in direct service care, knowledge of trauma informed services, and the housing first model; and • Bilingual ability in English/Spanish a plus. This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. The Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed. The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin. Job Type: Part-time, On Call, Weekends, and Holidays Shifts: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 a.m. - 8 a.m. Salary: Based on experience

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