Position: Community Advocate Reports to: Direct Service Program Manager 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.
This position has an emphasis on direct support for survivors. It will require some evening hours each week. 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, solid analysis and cultural competence to develop outreach strategies, presentations and community engagement/education 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.