Job Opening: DeafSHARE Advocate/Educator – SAFE Alliance

DeafSHARE Advocate/Educator

who WE are

  • We’re The SAFE Alliance, an alliance of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.
  • We’re a registered, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, spanning two beautiful campuses on several acres in beautiful Austin, Texas.
  • We’re a diverse, passionate group of more than 335 staff with a vision of a just and safe community, free from violence and abuse, and a mission to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.
  • We’re an Austin-American Statesman’s “Top Workplace” Winner for 2015.

who YOU are

  • You’re a strong believer that all people should have lives that are free from violence and abuse.
  • You’re someone who cares about positive client and customer relations. You build strong relationships, and you deliver effective client and customer-centric solutions.
  • You’ve are impeccable decision maker. Your decisions are timely, and they’ll help the organization move forward.
  • You value differences, recognizing that different perspectives and cultural diversity make the world a better place to be.
  • Your interpersonal skills are on point. You easily relate openly and comfortably with very diverse groups of people.
  • You’re resilient, rebounding from setbacks and adversity with both poise and ease.
  • You’re resourceful. You know how to secure and deploy resources both effectively and efficiently.
  • You’re trustworthy. You gain confidence and the trust of others through integrity and forthright honesty.

what WE need YOU to do for us

We need you to fill the role of Deaf SHARE Advocate. This is a part-time, hourly non-exempt position. You’ll wow us by masterfully performing the following key duties and responsibilities:

  • Provides short- and mid-term client/customer focused case management and advocacy to both residential and non-residential clients.
  • Exercises exceptional decision quality during screening and eligibility for services and when appropriate matches participants with various financial assistance programs. Maintains required documentation for assistance programs.
  • Exercises resourcefulness when providing information and referral services to help participants set short-term goal plans and to assist them in accessing needed resources.
  • Assist participants in acquiring skills necessary to maintain independent housing – includes budgeting, identifying and seeking needed resources, accessing employment training, life skills, etc.
  • Provides information and referral services, and other advocacy services for walk-ins and via videophone.
  • Possesses high level of work ethics with handling confidential client information, appropriately sets professional boundaries, is able to process a lot of details and able to optimizes work processes
  • Plan, coordinate and provide training/education (using dynamic and interactive teaching styles) in the Deaf community on topics related to healthy and respectful relationships, domestic/sexual violence and child abuse.
  • Build positive relationships/partnerships with the local Deaf community and plan public awareness events related to domestic violence, sexual assault and/or child abuse.
  • Provide training to hearing professionals on Deaf culture/sensitivity and providing trauma-informed services.
  • Assist with social media activities and with developing videos to engage the Deaf community
  • Conduct evaluation activities of trainings/presentations.
  • Work collaboratively with the Deaf SHARE team and other hearing staff to achieve program goals.

to be successful in this role, WE’LL need YOU to

  • Fluency in American Sign Language and life experience or knowledge of Deaf culture.
  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other related field.
  • Two years’ experience in human services is required; however, two years of professional experience in human services may be substituted for each year of bachelor’s level education.
  • Experience working with a variety of Deaf people (grass roots, Deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf/blind, late deafened, etc.)
  • Be knowledgeable of the dynamics of and the intersectionality of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
  • Have sensitivity to a range of cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, attitudes and languages.
  • Have strong, positive relationships within the local Deaf community and leadership skills in instilling Deaf community trust and confidence.
  • Have creative and survivor-centered ideas to engage the Deaf community.
  • Have experience in planning and conducting interactive trainings/presentations.
  • Possess excellent organizational and writing skills and the ability to manage details and multiple priorities effectively.
  • Be able to work as a team member, providing support as well as constructive feedback in interpersonal interactions.
  • Be willing to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Have prior experience working in a victim service organization (preferred).
  • Have professional experience with social media management and captioning (using You Tube and/or Windows Movie Maker) (preferred).
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well as submit to a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • Adhere to our Guiding Principles, Mission, Core Competencies and Confidentiality Policy.

how WE’LL make it worth YOUR while

  • We will pay you an annual salary of $31,200-$33,280.
  • We’ll pay for your medical, life and short-term disability insurance.
  • We will give you 15 accrued paid time off days in the first year, and 22 days in the second year, capping out at 30 days after year seven.
  • We’ll pay you for our six agency holidays and four additional personal holidays to be used at your discretion.
  • We’ll contribute 2% to your 403(b) retirement, and we’ll kick in an additional 1% if you agree to match it.
  • We understand that you have commitments outside of the workplace, and we’ll do our very best to offer you some flexibility in your work schedule.
  • We’ll offer you discounted day care for your kiddos at one of our two onsite day care centers, as enrollment allows.
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

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