DV Services Program Manager II


The YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish Domestic Violence Community Legal Advocate provides services to adult women experiencing domestic violence, assist DV survivors with legal assistance, family law, civil/criminal law, and accompany survivors to court. YWCA’s DV programs are designed to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence in the Seattle and the South King County area. Valuing diversity, championing anti-racism policies, and program delivery are the core values of this position.  The DV Community Legal Advocate will work primarily with Hispanic and African-American survivor’s.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

  • Advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children on a case by case basis, providing crisis intervention, assessment and ongoing case management
  •  Assist survivors of domestic violence with civil legal cases. Inform survivors of their rights and options, and provide guidance, referrals, court accompaniment and support in cases such as: protection orders, divorces, parenting plans, landlord-tenant issues, immigration cases, CPS cases and more
  • Interface with prosecutor’s office, victim witness advocates and other court advocates to guide victims through criminal justice system, and attend hearings as needed
  • Develop ongoing referral relationships with health, legal and social service systems
  •  Provide education and presentations on domestic violence to victims, community groups, agencies and marginalized populations in Seattle and South King County
  • Provide advocacy services to North Seattle DSHS offices and other offices in King County as needed
  • Work directly with other legal service providers and be available in court for survivor assistance as needed
  • Maintain accurate client files and conduct timely data collection and monthly reporting
  • Work in coordination with the YWCA’s Central area regional staff conducting domestic violence assessments on all emergency housing clients
  •  Must maintain 30 hours of continued education training on advocacy-based DV counseling for victims and their children
  • Actively engages in agency-wide Race & Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring
  • This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position, the level of knowledge and skills typically required and the general scope of responsibility. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals will perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications & Core Competencies:
  • Must have completed twenty hours of domestic violence initial basic training that covers: advocacy based counseling; history of domestic violence; legal, medical, and social services; system advocacy; confidentiality and ethics; client safety assessments; planning, problem and crisis intervention; providing services and advocacy to individuals from diverse communities; policies and procedures for DV service; and referrals and shelter resident transfer
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or related field
  • At least three years of direct social service experience
  • Must have at least one year of experience working in family law, criminal and civil justice system (i.e.protection orders, divorce, etc.)
  • Strong orientation toward advocacy, with ability to navigate multiple systems (DSHS, criminal justice, family law, landlords, CPS, etc.)
  • One year of experience in working with victims of domestic violence
  • Knowledge of community resources, confidence to handle complicated situations
  • Familiarity with how the interplay of cultural issues (e.g., racism, gender) may influence how some women of color (esp. African Americans) are affected by and respond to situations of domestic violence
  • Ability to travel independently to multiple work sites within a day
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring, entry-level data entry and familiarity with Microsoft Office products
  • Core competencies expected: Communication: Oral and Written, Attention to Detail, Initiative, Specialized Knowledge, Relationship Building, Planning and Organizing/Time Management, Flexibility, and Adaptability, Fostering Diversity, Race and Social Justice Advocacy
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this position, the employee:

  • All positions at YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish are exposed to clients who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, financial hardship, etc.  As a result, staff are at risk of secondary trauma. Employees are encouraged to seek external support and maintain self-care when working indirectly or directly with clients Continuously sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities
  • Continuously stands and walks in performing duties
  • Continuously uses hands and wrists, fingering, handling, grasping, and reaching in using telephones, computers, kitchen equipment, donations and supplies
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Occasionally lifts and carries up to 5lbs of paperwork, files and training materials
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers

 *Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $17.99
• Hours per week: 40
• Pay grade: 16
• FLSA Status: Non-exempt
• Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund

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