St. Johnsbury: 802-748-8645
Position Classification: Hourly, non-exempt
Reports to: Director of Advocacy-North
Status: Full time – 32 hours/week
The Youth Advocate is charged with providing advocacy services for children who have been affected by intimate partner domestic violence and child sexual abuse, and coordinates the delivery of support groups for children and other direct services.
Provide advocacy services to children who have experienced violence in their homes and/or child sexual abuse and their non-offending parent or guardian.
Provide support to families living in shelter and emergency housing.
Provide crisis support and advocacy in person, over the phone and via chat at locations including but not limited to the Umbrella Advocacy office, court, police barracks/station, hospital, health care settings, and AHS department offices.
Organize and facilitate, in conjunction with the Social Change Program, support groups in schools and other appropriate community locations that are tailored to the emotional and developmental levels of children of different ages.
Participate in additional direct service activities (support groups, trainings, special events, etc.).
Participate in monthly Rural Project Workgroup meetings, Child Advocacy Center Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings and other collaborative meetings when feasible/appropriate.
Participate in the planning and implementation of awareness activities for both intimate partner/gender-based and sexual violence.
Identify and develop/assist with development of relationships with potential outreach partners.
Develop, in conjunction with Social Change Program staff, informational literature and publicity materials (brochures, flyer, etc.).
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 domestic violence and/or child sexual abuse.
Maintain accurate data, data entry, and contribute to the preparation and completion of all required grant reports.
Attend program/staff meetings, board meetings, committee meetings, and meetings with grant partners and state coalition as requested by supervisor or required by funders.
Satisfactorily complete required trainings and ongoing professional development opportunities including 20 hours of training to obtain Crisis Worker Privilege.
Perform any appropriate activities as requested by the Director of Advocacy-North
Core Skills and Characteristics
Nonjudgmental, compassionate, respectful and excellent listening skills. A passion for working with and supporting children and youth.
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.
Range is $19 - $21/ hour commensurate with experience. Position includes dental and vison insurance paid for staff member, short term disability, life insurance, access to retirement and a 2% contribution to of staff member’s pay to an SEP retirement account. Earned time will accrue at a rate of 9.22% of hours worked, which can be used as it accrues for scheduled time off (vacation) and unscheduled time off (sick days). Every 5 years of full-time employment qualifies employees for a paid 4-week sabbatical.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Roxie Rivard by 11/20/20.
No phone calls please.
Umbrella provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or gender identification.