Advocacy Center of Tompkins County
Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services
Position: Youth/Family Advocate - Full Time
Salary: $16.34/hr with generous benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Job Function: Applicants must be able to navigate stairs, periods of sitting. Standing and movement required. vehicle for travel throughout the county and/or transporting clients as needed and valid driver's license is required. Participation in a paid rotation of after-hours on-call (weeknight, weekend, and holiday), with other client services staff is required. Must be able to respond in person to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY within 45 minutes.
People of color and/or bilingual people strongly encouraged to apply
The Youth/Family Advocate will provide support, advocacy, information and referrals and case management services to sexually abused youth and non–offending family members who receive services through our Child Advocacy Center as well as other agency access points. The Youth/Family Advocate will support youth and families during and after investigative interviews with law enforcement and child protection, will help access necessary services for the youth and family and will provide ongoing support services.
The Youth/Family Advocate will work collaboratively with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical personnel, mental health, school staff and others on behalf of the child and family and will accompany youth and families to hospital-based sexual assault exams as needed as well as to court proceedings.
One year of counseling and/or advocacy experience in human services or youth serving organization setting
Ability to work independently as well as in a team, with a willingness to appreciate different points of view and problem solve in a constructive manner.
Commitment to working from an anti-oppression, harm-reduction, and strengths based trauma-responsive approach
Sensitive to the impact of sexual and domestic violence in diverse and marginalized communities
Good communication, organizational and time management skills
Ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships
Valid NYS driver’s license, clean driving record, and use of car
BA in social work or related field desired. Relevant professional experience considered.
Knowledge of child sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence issues and community & legal systems
Excellent Benefits Package Includes:
Generous financial contribution ($6,675 prorated to start date) towards our cafeteria health benefits program (includes medical and dental insurance or expense reimbursements); generous time off (2 weeks vacation the first year increasing thereafter, 10-12 paid holidays, 5 personal days, sick days); and retirement contribution after 3 years of employment.