Full-time

+ Bilingual Housing Advocate

Job Location: Northern Rhode Island

Reports to: Senior Housing Specialist

Rate of Pay: $16 to $17 an hour, depending on experience

BASIC FUNCTION: Working with the Senior Housing Specialist, Director of Residential Services and the residential housing team, the Advocate will provide direct services and programming to Transitional Housing (TH) and Safe Home (SH) clients. The Advocate will also work to coordinate efforts to the Latina community in Providence and northern Rhode Island, and they will assist with Sojourner House’s shelter for victims of human trafficking.

PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Provide individual case management services to residential clients and their children. This includes weekly 1:1 meetings, regular phone check-ins, and periodic visits to their apartment (if they are transitional housing clients). Develop action plans with clients that outline goals related to obtaining education, employment, child care and permanent housing. Assist clients in obtaining appropriate substance abuse, mental health, and/or medical services as needed.
  • Answer phone calls, conduct intakes of new clients, and provide referrals and information to potential residential clients.
  • Assist the residential team to develop and implement programming to benefit women in our residential program. At a minimum, the Advocate will facilitate 1-2 support groups, meetings or programs per week that will benefit residential clients who speak Spanish as their primary language. The Advocate will regularly assess the needs of Sojourner House’s residential clients and offer programs reflective of those needs.
  • Provide all residents of the program with the support and assistance they need, including: emotional support, education on domestic violence, and assistance adjusting to their new environment.
  • Support residential clients with help to secure basic needs: food, clothing, safety, transportation, education, etc.
  • Monitor and implement residential policies, and ensure that residents follow these rules and procedures by creating an environment of trust and community.
  • Assist residential clients with applying for permanent housing, and become familiar with permanent housing programs at Sojourner House and in the larger community.
  • Complete data entry and submit necessary reports as required for grant compliance.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the facilities as needed by encouraging residents to participate and reporting any issues to the Senior Housing Specialist or Director of Residential Services.
  • Coordinate the collection and use of donated items.
  • Stay abreast of RI community housing issues by building and maintaining relationships with housing and social service agencies in northern Rhode Island and throughout the state.
  • Coordinate outreach to the Latina community in Providence and northern Rhode Island to provide information to individuals who could benefit from Sojourner House’s residential program. Work with other Sojourner House staff to effectively reach potential clients.
  • At the earliest training, participate in the Dept of Health certification training in order to become a Qualified Professional Test Counselor (QPTC) in order to administer oral HIV tests.
  • Prepare and deliver community presentations in northern Rhode Island on issues related to domestic and sexual violence and housing when requested.
  • Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Senior Housing Manager, Director of Residential Services, or Executive Director.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree preferred

EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • A minimum of two to three years experience in human or social services
  • Familiarity with domestic violence and/or general women’s issues
  • Must be organized and demonstrate superior leadership skills
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and oral) is required
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills)
  • Familiarity working with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Experience developing and delivering community presentations
  • A demonstrated familiarity with LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and/or substance abuse populations
  • Comfortable working as an individual and in teams
  • Familiarity with social service services in Rhode Island
  • Ability to work an irregular work schedule (subject to change): Tuesday through Saturday, including one late shift (days off will be on Sunday and Monday)
  • Ability to periodically be on-call for off-hours emergency calls and situations
  • Applicant must pass BCI check
  • Position is full-time (37.5 hours per week). Applicants will be eligible for benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, accrual of leave time, and a 401(k) plan.

Deadline To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on November 16, 2017.

+ Residential Advocate & Property Coordinator

Job Location: Northern Rhode Island

Reports to: Senior Housing Specialist

Rate of Pay: $17 to $18 an hour, depending on experience

BASIC FUNCTION: Sojourner House operates a Safe House, or emergency shelter, for adults and children who have experienced domestic violence in northern Rhode Island. The agency also operates a transitional housing program in the same geographic area. The Safe Advocate will manage the day-to-day operations of the shelter and transitional housing program in northern RI and provide support, advocacy, and case management to clients in the residential program. The Advocate will also identify and implement new initiatives to benefit the residential housing program; work with community partners to facilitate collaboration; and act as an advisor to Sojourner House management about the direction of the agency’s residential program. The Advocate will also respond to maintenance issues related to both properties, work directly with vendors, and ensure that agency-owned properties are kept safe, clean, and to code.

The Advocate will report directly to the Senior Housing Specialist.

PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Provide individual case management services to residents in Sojourner House’s Safe House and transitional housing program. This includes weekly 1:1 meetings, regular in-person or phone check-ins, and periodic visits to their apartment (if they are transitional housing clients). Develop action plans with clients that outline goals related to obtaining education, employment, child care and permanent housing. Assist clients in obtaining appropriate substance abuse, mental health, and/or medical services as needed.
  • Serve as the contact person for overall repair and maintenance of the Safe House and transitional housing apartment building, including cleanliness.
  • Maintain contact with contractors and vendors to ensure that necessary repairs are made to the agency-owned properties.
  • Work with the Director of Development to help manage volunteer groups who help with maintenance projects.
  • Assist with reviewing all shelter and transitional housing intakes, refer them to the Residential Team for review, and communicate regularly with the Director of Residential Advocacy about possible admissions to the residential housing program. Revise shelter intake policies as necessary.
  • Identify and implement new projects and programming that will benefit residential clients. Work closely with Sojourner House management to develop new initiatives that will help Sojourner House offer the most dynamic and effective services to its residential housing clients.
  • Work with shelter staff to ensure that the programming being offered is reflective of the clients’ current needs. At a minimum, the Advocate will facilitate 1-2 support groups, meetings or programs per week that will benefit residential clients. The Advocate will regularly assess the needs of Sojourner House’s residential housing clients.
  • Supervise and volunteers/interns who work with the residential program, and oversee the schedule for these advocates.
  • Assist, when appropriate, with securing donations for the Safe House. This may include working with local churches, community groups, and businesses to make donations of supplies (such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, and gift cards) to support the shelter.
  • Work with the Youth Advocate to coordinate children’s services and make referrals as necessary for families with minor children. This may include but is not limited to: enrollment in the local school system, art expressive therapy groups, tutoring sessions, play groups, field trips, after school, recreational and enrichment activities, child care and mental health programs.
  • Monitor and implement Safe Home policies, and ensure that residents follow these rules and procedures by creating an environment of trust and community. Make recommendations for policy changes or modifications when appropriate.
  • Complete data entry and submit necessary reports for grant compliance.
  • Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Senior Housing Specialist, Director of Residential Services, or Executive Director.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree required

EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • A minimum of two to three years experience in human or social services;
  • Ability to speak English and Spanish is highly desired;
  • Familiarity with domestic violence and/or gender issues;
  • Experience working in a shelter or residential program;
  • Must be organized and demonstrate superior leadership skills;
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills);
  • Familiarity working with individuals of different cultures and backgrounds;
  • Experience developing and delivering community presentations;
  • A demonstrated familiarity with LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and/or substance abuse populations;
  • Comfort working individually and in teams;
  • Possess innovative thinking to approaching issues of poverty, domestic violence, and service delivery;
  • Familiarity with social service services in Rhode Island;
  • Ability to work an irregular work schedule (subject to change): Sunday through Thursday, including one late shift (days off will be Friday and Saturday).
  • Applicant must pass a BCI check
  • Position is full-time (37.5 hours per week). Applicants will be eligible for benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, accrual of leave time, and a 401(k) plan.

Deadline To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on November 16, 2017.

+ School-Based Advocate

Location: Providence and Woonsocket

Reports to: Director of Clinical Services

Status: Full-Time

Rate of Pay: $17 to $19 an hour, depending on experience, with full benefits (health/dental insurance, earned time off, a 401(k) plan, and access to an Employee Assistance Program)

BASIC FUNCTION:
Provide advocacy, support, information, case management, and resources to children/youth/teens/young adults who have experienced or witnessed domestic and/or sexual violence. Facilitate relationships with schools and youth-centered organizations to support victims and to provide trainings and educational presentations when required.

PRIMARY JOB DUTIES:

  • Provide one-on-one support, advocacy, information, crisis intervention, case management, and education to youth victims at local middle schools, high schools, and colleges when requested.
  • Develop youth, children, teen, college, and /or family activities and programs for youth victims, including support groups and information sessions.
  • Work with school administration to support youth victims and to ensure that youth student victims feel safe at school. Provide training and technical assistance to schools on how to identify signs of abuse, how to communicate with youth victims, and how to support youth victims. Offer assistance with the formulation of new policies when requested.
  • Facilitate communication between youth victims and parents. Provide training, workshops, and information to parents when requested.
  • Assist with case management to youth victims and their families, which may include some of the following: emotional support, referrals for counseling, and referrals for other social services (including housing and access to basic needs).
  • Conduct outreach at local schools and non-profit organizations that work with youth to provide education and referrals as needed.
  • Prepare and present trainings on dating violence, sexual assault, and related topics to schools and the community when requested.
  • Assist with hotline calls and respond to Sojourner House client needs when available or assigned.
  • Complete necessary program reports and data entry for compliance with funding sources.
  • Assist with fundraising tasks and the solicitation of donations to support youth programs when possible.
  • Other duties as assigned by the management of Sojourner House or as required.

EDUCATION: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, and a concentration in or experience with youth development is preferred.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • Two to 3 years of professional, full-time experience working with children and/or youth in school-based or non-profit settings is required. Familiarity with domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or gender issues is a plus.
  • Must be organized and flexible.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) applicants are preferred.
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills) is required.
  • Familiarity working with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Experience developing and delivering community presentations.
  • Comfortable working as an individual and in teams.
  • Familiarity with social service resources in Rhode Island
  • Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.
  • Applicants are required to have a reliable car and valid insurance.
  • Applicant must pass BCI check.

SCHEDULE: The School-Based Advocate will work a full-time Monday through Friday schedule, with some flexibility required on nights and weekends.

Deadline To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on November 27, 2017

 
 

Part-Time

+ Director of Clinical Services

Job Location: Providence and northern Rhode Island

Reports to: Executive Director

Rate of Pay: $33 to $37 an hour, depending on experience

Status: Part-time (20-25 hours per week)

BASIC FUNCTION: This position is responsible for helping to establish a new clinical program at Sojourner House, which is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence agency. The Director will provide effective mental health intervention to assigned clients, maintain necessary clinical documentation and records, and oversee the implementation of a new agency project (a school-based advocacy program). Working closely with Sojourner House direct services staff, the Director will provide 1:1 counseling to adult clients in our shelter for victims of human trafficking; provide clinical support to the residential staff members with specific client-related issues; provide 1:1 counseling to children who have witnessed violence; and provide oversight and management to supervise a staff member to implement a new school-based advocacy program. The Director may also provide clinical supervision to 1-2 interns.

PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES (in descending order of priority):

  • Provide individual counseling to clients in our shelter for victims of human trafficking. These clients have experienced severe trauma, sexual assault, and often are grappling with PTSD and substance abuse issues.

  • Supervise one staff member and oversee the implementation of a new agency project, a school-based advocacy program. The program will be run by the full-time staff member; the Director of Residential Services will provide supervision and limited 1:1 counseling to children who have witnessed domestic violence.

  • Provide clinical support to residential team staff members who are providing case management to clients in Sojourner House’s residential program. Offer support, guidance, and clinical support to staff members who are working with challenging client situations. Respond to emergency situations when needed.

  • Complete data entry, clinical documentation, and submit necessary reports as required for grant compliance and billing reimbursements. Prepare and deliver community presentations when requested. Supervise 1-2 interns. Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director.

EDUCATION & LICENSE:

  • Master’s degree or terminal degree in social work, mental health counseling, or psychology from an accredited institution.

  • Must be registered or certified with, or licensed by, either the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the Rhode Island Board of Registration of Social Workers, the Rhode Island Board of Psychology, or the Rhode Island Department of Health as a Mental Health Counselor or a Therapist in Marriage or Family Practice, or by an equivalent state licensing authority. LCSW or LICSW preferred. Please do not apply for this position without proper licensure, and please indicate in your cover letter which license you hold.

EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • Familiarity with domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or trafficking is required;
  • Must be exceptionally organized, and experience with managing projects is preferred;
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and oral) is preferred but not required;
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills);
  • Familiarity working with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds;
  • Familiarity and experience working with clients who have substance abuse issues. Please indicate in your cover letter what experience you have working with clients who have substance abuse issues.
  • Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices;
  • Ability to periodically be on-call for off-hours emergency calls and situations;
  • Applicant must pass BCI check;
  • Position is classified as part-time. Hours, days of work, and schedule are flexible, but must total 20 to 25 a week. Applicants will not be eligible for health insurance benefits, but they will qualify for a 401(k) plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and earned time off after July 1st.

Deadline To Apply:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will close on November 30, 2017.