Core Skills and Characteristics: Nonjudgmental, compassionate, respectful and excellent listening skills.
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.
The After-hours Advocate is a, stipend position responsible for providing a safe, supportive, caring environment to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, where options are outlined and the choices are made by the survivors.
1) Direct Service to victims of domestic and sexual violence
a) Access to phone after-hours (when the office is closed)
b) Be available to meet with survivors at the police station or hospital after-hours
c) Offer phone support to survivors
d) Provide support at the hospital during sexual assault exam
e) Safety plan with clients
f) Assist with Relief from Abuse Order paperwork
g) Advocate with and for survivors with community partners (i.e. law enforcement, court staff, health care providers)
2) Training and Supervision
a) 20 hours of training provided by the Advocacy Program and as required by Vermont law for evidentiary crisis worker privilege.
b) Meet with supervisor once a month for supervision and by phone as
c) Submit call data collection sheets to supervisor weekly.
All employees and volunteers demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to:
· Clarina Howard Nichols Center’s mission & values;
· Confidentiality for survivors and their families;
· Provide and receive appropriate feedback, address and manage conflict and maintain situation appropriate professionalism;
· Treat others with dignity with respect to differences based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, culture, class, ability or age.