Youth Advocate

Job Description


Position Classification: Hourly, non-exempt, part-time

Reports to: Associate Director Advocacy and Family Based Services, St. Johnsbury

Location: St. Johnsbury, VT

The Youth Advocate is charged with providing advocacy services for children and youth who have been affected by domestic violence or child sexual abuse. In addition, the Youth Advocate works closely with the Department of Children and Families and the Child Advocacy Center of Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties to support children and families through system advocacy and community partnerships.


Specific Duties:

  1. Direct Service

    • Provide advocacy services to children who have been affected by domestic violence and child sexual abuse and their non-offending parent or guardian

    • Participate in additional direct service activities (support groups, trainings, special events, etc.) as needed

    • Provide direct service coverage as needed for any client who needs assistance

  2. Support and Educational Group Coordination

    • Organize and facilitate support/educational groups in schools and other appropriate community locations that are tailored to the emotional and developmental levels of children of different ages

    • Develop and complete an intake process to use with children in groups

    • Develop and administer pre and post support group evaluations

  3. Program Development

    • Research professional development opportunities

    • Develop collaborative relationships with other community agencies/programs

    • Research and implement program activities to improve services to children who have been affected by battering or child sexual abuse

  4. Outreach

    • Participate in the planning and implementation of awareness activities for both domestic violence and sexual assault

    • Develop informational literature and publicity materials (brochures, flyers, etc.)

    • Identify and develop potential outreach partners (i.e. schools, DCF, etc.)

    • Participate in monthly Youth Advocacy Task Force meetings, Rural Kids meetings, Child Protection Team meetings, DCF Workgroups and other collaborative meetings when feasible/appropriate

  5. General

    • Maintain statistics regarding groups and presentations

    • Participate in program and staff meetings

    • Attend board meetings and committee meetings as requested

    • Attend meetings with grant partners and state network as requested or required by funders

    • Perform any appropriate activities as requested by the Associate Director of Advocacy South and Family Based Services


Core Skills and Characteristics: Nonjudgmental, compassionate, respectful and excellent listening skills. A passion for working with and supporting children and youth.


Desirable Qualifications:  Core knowledge of domestic and sexual violence; experience interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures; self-motivated with the ability to work with limited supervision; empathic listening, professionalism, oral and written communication skills, problem solving; and ability to maintain a relaxed demeanor.


Application: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to by 10/28/19. No phone calls please.

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