Sojourner House (www.sojournerri.org) operates an emergency shelter and transitional housing program for individuals who have been impacted by domestic violence.
The Residential Advocate and Outreach Coordinator will work with shelter and transitional housing clients to provide them with support, advocacy, programming, and case management. The Advocate/Coordinator will also identify and implement new initiatives to benefit the residential housing program; conduct outreach in northern Rhode Island to provide information about Sojourner House's domestic violence resources to prospective clients, groups, and organizations; work with community partners to facilitate collaboration; and represent Sojourner House at regional and state-wide discussions about residential services.
KEY JOB DUTIES
Provide individual case management services to clients in Sojourner House's Safe House and transitional housing program.
Review all shelter and transitional housing intakes, refer them to the Residential Team for review, and communicate regularly with the Manager of Residential Advocacy about possible admissions to the residential housing program.
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 Coordinator will facilitate 1-2 support groups, meetings or programs per week that will benefit residential clients.
Lead outreach activities in northern Rhode Island in order to convey information about domestic violence and available resources to prospective clients and other community groups and organizations. Build relationships with other non-profit organizations in northern Rhode Island.
Assess the needs of clients in the community and help to develop programming to meet their needs.
Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure that volunteers are being appropriately utilized at the Safe House and Transitional Housing program.
Working with the Youth Advocate, coordinate children's services and make referrals as necessary for families with minor children. Monitor and implement residential policies in collaboration with other residential team members, and ensure that residents follow these rules and procedures by creating an environment of trust and community.
Complete data entry and submit necessary reports for grant compliance.
Support Sojourner House's philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.
Periodically be available to be on-call in case of client emergency.
Bachelor's Degree required.
EXPERIENCE & 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.
Must be organized and detail-oriented.
Have computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills).
Have familiarity working with individuals of different cultures and backgrounds.
Have experience developing and delivering community presentations.
Have a demonstrated familiarity with LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and/or substance abuse issues.
Possess the ability to lift 25 pounds.
Have comfort working individually and in teams.
Have a familiarity with social service services in Rhode Island.
Have the ability to work an irregular work schedule (subject to change), including some 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. shifts during the week and one shift on the weekend.
Applicant must pass a BCI check.
Applicant must have reliable access to a vehicle.