INDEPENDENCE HOUSE, INC.
EMERGENCY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER CHILD CARE ADVOCATE
Hourly Non-exempt position
Schedule to be determined
Independence House, Inc. (IH) is a comprehensive domestic & sexual violence community based agency, transitional housing and shelter program in Barnstable County that focuses on meeting unique and cultural needs of survivors and their children. The IH Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter is a fully inclusive pet and therapeutic animal friendly environment. We provide safety, food, shelter, advocacy, counseling and other resources to assist survivors in rebuilding violence-free lives for themselves and their children. IH is committed to the values of inclusivity, equality, anti-oppression, non-hierarchical structure, and a non-judgmental and empowerment framework. IH works closely with other agencies in the community, to provide a comprehensive network of resources for survivors of violence and their children. IH works with these agencies and other community groups to provide education, prevention and training about domestic & sexual violence toward community transformation and change. Please see our website at www.independencehouse.org for more information.
This position requires someone to provide advocacy and child care in the shelter environment. The person in this position maintains a safe, nurturing, and non-violent environment for children who have experienced domestic violence, and who most often times may be in crisis. The Child Care Advocate strives to understand each child individually based on their culture and lived experiences.
Experience and commitment to children; experience and commitment to working with children and or/adults in crisis; good written and oral communication skills; ability to work under stress and crisis related situations and a knowledge of domestic violence related issues as related to children. Understanding of child development and a genuine commitment to meeting children’s needs and supporting parents.
RESPONSIBILITIES / SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES
- Assist survivors with childcare in shelter
- Supervise children during programming and activities and other activities such as job searches, court proceedings
- Reading to and with children
- Demonstrate understanding of impact of domestic violence on children
- Engage in therapeutic play with children and work in partnership with Child Advocate to create group activities
- Must be able to identify strengths in children
- Assist with general shelter upkeep
- Assist with answering the 24 hour sexual assault and domestic violence hotline
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
- Work is primarily performed in a secured residential facility setting with communal areas, as well as in an office setting
- Work requires the ability to ascend or descend stairs, as well as the agility to move about and position self efficiently to perform physical tasks and address emergency situation
- Position requires the ability to monitor and observe the activities of survivors, and children of survivors, within the facility
- Regularly exposed to cleaning products, chemicals and solvent. Occasionally work in outdoor weather conditions
- Routinely requires the ability to move or transport supplies or equipment weighing up to 30 pounds unassisted, while ascending or descending stairs
- Some exposure to pets/therapy animals ( small dogs, cats, fish, hamsters)
- S., High School Diploma and/or GED with related experience.
- Experience and ability to work with individuals of all ages, races, culture, gender, sexual orientation and abilities and their parents
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of domestic violence; commitment to social justice
- Commitment to and practice of non-violence, including non-corporal discipline of children
- Ability to deal with crisis situations effectively and calmly
- Ability to be flexible to accommodate immediate survivor and agency needs
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
- Familiarity with community and social service agencies/resources locally and statewide
- Experience in creatively advocating and providing support to families
- Some knowledge and experience with program development
- Ability to offer emotional support / excellent listening skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to address conflict and contribute alternative solutions in a direct, constructive and positive manner
- Ability to participate in collective, non-hierarchical decision making within the small team and all staff environments
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member
- Ability to work well with a variety of people — including staff, interns, language advocates and volunteers, both at IH and in other organizations (social service, government, legal, etc.)
- Computer proficiency
- Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience working with survivors in a supportive capacity
- Experience working in a domestic violence shelter or with diverse individuals and children
- Must engage working with children
- Completion of the IH Domestic & Sexual Violence training in addition to shelter training
- Satisfactory Criminal Background Check
- Must practice inclusivity treating each child as an individual
- Understanding of child development and trauma
- Must possess a valid MA driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance, and have access to a vehicle during work hours
- Bilingual/bicultural LGBTQ and/or persons of color encouraged to apply
- Must obtain or maintain account with a financial institution for direct deposit of paychecks
To Be Considered: Please send a resume and a cover letter to: Joaniew@indhouse.net
Please write “IH Application- [Your Last Name]” in the subject line.
No phone calls, please.
Independence House, Inc.is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, or disability and denial of family medical leave and pregnancy leave.
This search is being conducted by Independence House, Inc.