Community Advocate (Bilingual Spanish/English Emphasis)

Job Type: 
Career
Company: 
The NW Network of Bi Trans Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse
Department: 
Community Advocacy Program
Deadline: 
Friday, July 18, 2014
Salary Level: 
Competitive salary
Description: 

The Northwest Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination & safety of lesbian, bisexual and trans survivors of domestic & dating violence through advocacy, organizing and education.  We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social & economic justice, equality and respect for all people & the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.

 

Position: Community Advocate (Bilingual Spanish/English Emphasis)

 

Reports to: Direct Service Program Manager

 

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary in an exciting, progressive changemaking service organization.  We offer excellent benefits, including: health and dental insurance, long & short term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, and a caring and innovative work environment! 

 

A NW Network Community Advocate:

  • Advocates for diverse bisexual, trans, lesbian & gay survivors of domestic, sexual & dating violence;
  • Works on individual, grassroots and systems levels to create the conditions necessary to support loving and equitable relationships; and
  • Finds opportunities to support the work of allied changemakers and organizations.

 

It will require some evening hours each week. Candidates must have strong written and verbal skills in Spanish and English, and experience within Latin@ culture and communities.

 

We highly recommend people of all educational background and life experiences apply. We prioritize candidates who demonstrate their ability to center the experiences of LGBTQ survivors and people of color in their work. Candidates must balance critical engagement skills with humility and creativity. The ideal candidate is able to take initiative and work independently while achieving the goals of the organization.    Our work is focused on ending violence and building beloved community.

 

Core Competencies of a Successful Community Advocate:

  • Advocates skillfully for diverse lesbian, bisexual, trans and gay (LBTG) survivors of gender violence to safety plan, build support networks, identify & meet needs, process trauma, & heal from abuse.
  • Utilizes NW Network assessment tools, advocacy approaches and analysis to assist survivors and community members in a respectful, transparent, and authentic manner.
  • Takes initiative and works cooperatively to ensure smooth functioning of organizational systems.
  • Demonstrates creativity and enthusiasm while participating in LBTG cultural celebrations and events.
  • Demonstrates creativity and cultural competence to develop outreach, prevention and community projects.
  • Skillfully co-facilitates support groups and/or discussion groups as assigned.
  • Completes and documents tasks on-time and within budget, submits reports thoroughly and on-time.
  • Manages crisis situations with discernment.
  • Seeks out support from co-workers & manager, proactively takes responsibility for self and work, and effectively utilizes weekly staff meeting and monthly clinical supervision meetings.
  • Understands the connections between liberation movements and anti-violence work.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the empowerment of diverse bisexual, lesbian, trans and gay people/community and survivors of violence.
Qualifications: 
Required Qualifications: • Strong written and verbal skills in Spanish and English, and experience within Latin@ communities. • Strong collaborative thinking and problem solving skills • Ability to work in both office and ‘field’ settings. Competence with office systems (computers, copiers, etc) and a working car/drivers license/insurance or skill using public transportation. • Experience (volunteer or paid) in community service, organizing, social change or similar setting. Preferred Qualifications: • Knowledge of dating and domestic violence and abuse. • Experience in feminist/womanist advocacy based support models. • Experience working in diverse gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual and/or queer community contexts.
Contact or More Information: 
Please email or mail your resume and cover letter to (no faxed resumes accepted): info@nwnetwork.org The NW Network Attn: Community Advocate P.O. Box 18436 Seattle, WA 98118 Please note: We are very interested in getting a feel for your take on anti-violence work, LBTG community issues and progressive social change in your cover letter. If emailing your application, attach cover letter and resume as one combined file. Please do not include your cover letter in the body of the email. Position Posted 6.27.14 Position Open until Filled. Resumes may be considered immediately upon receipt. We plan to fill the position as soon as possible with a start date no later than 8.17.2014 The NW Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. nwnetwork.org The NW Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender presentation, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, and the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in employment, volunteer opportunities or services rendered.
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