Staff Relief Advocate - Residential Services

Residential Services · Olympia, Washington
Department Residential Services
Employment Type On-Call
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $17.67

SafePlace, Thurston County's designated sexual and domestic violence services agency, has an opening for a Residential Services Staff Relief. Our organization has been providing services to sexual and domestic violence survivors and their families since 1981. Our sexual assault program is one of the oldest in the nation.


We are an accredited and nationally recognized feminist organization committed to anti-oppression efforts as the foundation for management and services. More about SafePlace can be found at We are actively recruiting employees who align with our mission, vision, and values.



We strive to stop sexual and domestic violence and advocate for personal and societal change through crisis intervention and education.



  • Excellence:  We are dedicated to effective programs with the best facilities we can provide, the finest staff we can hire, and a positive atmosphere for social change.
  • Respect:  We work to build our relationships with survivors, community members, and each other based on integrity, honesty, openness, and respect for individual rights and choices.
  • Self-Care:  We value self-care for survivors, volunteers, and employees.
  • Diversity:  We are dedicated to serving the diverse cultures in our community and mirroring that diversity in our volunteers, staff, and board of directors.
  • Confidentiality:  We hold survivor and personnel information in the strictest confidence and are committed to a culture of trust.


At SafePlace, we pride ourselves on being a widely diverse group of individuals who are collectively dedicated to preventing domestic violence and sexual assault, while providing crucial services for survivors and their children. SafePlace is an inclusive and supportive environment where each employee feels welcome, can do their best work, and can be their best selves.

SafePlace employees are part of a cultivating team, where team members are friendly, accepting, and truly care about the wellbeing of others. Team members are proactive about sharing resources that benefit clients and are inspired by and enthusiastic about each other’s success! This is a workplace that encourages new ideas and collective input in an atmosphere that is both patient and dependable. SafePlace offers an inspiring environment to be yourself and thrive!


SafePlace is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are strongly encouraged to apply.


If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of sexual and domestic violence survivors and in your community, in a trauma informed and culturally responsive manner, we may be the employer for you. Frequently cited statistics show that women and members of structurally marginalized and/or underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. SafePlace encourages you to break that statistic and apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, and we recognize that fact. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Staff Relief Advocate will work in our confidentially located 28-bed residential shelter, as well as our other direct services programs, as needed. They will advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, perform crisis intervention and ongoing advocacy in person and on the phone, and provide clients with referrals and other information. The Staff Relief Advocate will additionally assess survivors’ current situation and develop safety plans, as well as perform general administrative duties.


Variable schedule:  A Staff Relief Advocate provides coverage for regular staff, as requested by a supervisor. A Staff Relief Advocate must be available for covering all residential services shifts including overnight shifts on assigned days; sexual assault response program (SARP) on-call shifts, help-line shifts, and childcare.


The Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Provide emotional support and advocacy services to sexual and domestic violence clients.
  2. Provide appropriate documentation of client contact.
  3. Maintain appropriate documentation of shift activities. Prioritize resident contact and daily work to ensure shift information is shared with appropriate shift workers.
  4. Perform general administrative tasks regarding client assistance.
  5. Ensure shelter security for the protection of the residents.
  6. Participate in on call rotation calendar.
  7. Attend residential services and direct services meetings; other meetings, as required.
  8. Attend required monthly SARP team meetings.
  9. Provide support agency-wide, as needed.
  10. Perform duties as described in a culturally responsive manner.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.
  • Completion of the initial SafePlace Advocate Core Training (ACT). Experience or training in the following areas may be considered in lieu of the before mentioned qualifications:  counseling and/or advocacy services, social work, or other social service agency work.
  • Experience providing crisis intervention and/or sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy.
  • Experience providing services in a culturally relevant manner in the performance of duties
  • Experience with basic computer skills, including word processing, and knowledge of the Internet and e-mail.
  • Experience in prioritization and problem solving.
  • Experience with effective communication, both verbally and in writing.
  • Competent in resolving conflicts and setting boundaries.
  • Willingness to participate in clear and timely communication with supervisor concerning availability for filling shifts and reporting any changes in availability.
  • Ability to organize effectively.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in a crisis intervention work environment.
  • Ability to handle stress effectively.
  • Ability to handle detailed work accurately and to handle multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Ability to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations.
  • Have a car and current automobile liability insurance or have access to transportation to respond to offsite locations within 20-30 minutes, and a telephone.
  • Commitment to the need for client and agency confidentiality.
  • Agreement with the SafePlace philosophy statement.



  • Bilingual/bi-cultural in Spanish or Asian languages and English.
  • CPR/first aid training certification.

Job Description

Please include three professional references in your application.  One of your references must be a current or past supervisor from within the last five years.

Deadline:  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 9:00 a.m. February 19, 2021. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

SafePlace employment is conditioned upon agreement with SafePlace's Philosophy Statement and passing a Washington State Patrol criminal background check. Please complete the Criminal History Questionnaire, Criminal Background Check Disclosure and Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check forms below and bring with you if invited to interview. Criminal background checks will only be run if you are to be offered employment.

SafePlace Philosophy Statement

Criminal History Questionnaire

Criminal Background Check Disclosure

Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check

SafePlace is an equal opportunity employer.  Our agency is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse workplace.

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  • Location
    Olympia, Washington
  • Department
    Residential Services
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  • Minimum Experience
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