SafePlace, Thurston County's designated sexual and domestic violence services agency, has an opportunity for a Direct Services Volunteer. 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 www.safeplaceolympia.org. 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.
OUR CORE VALUES
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!
Job Title: Direct Services Volunteer
Reports to: Training & Volunteer Program Coordinator
Mentor: Community Services Program Manager
Hours Per Week: Varied
Normal Work Schedule: Varied
Advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, perform crisis intervention and ongoing advocacy in person and over the phone, and provide clients with referrals and other information. Provide advocacy for sexual assault survivors from a trauma informed, culturally responsive social justice perspective. Assess survivors’ current situation and develop safety plans. Perform general administrative duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this position include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. One year’s experience (minimum of 1560 hours) in crisis intervention and/or domestic violence advocacy. Demonstrated understanding of, and training in, domestic and sexual violence issues. Specific knowledge, experience and abilities acquired must include the following:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the following interpersonal skills:
VERBAL AND WRITTEN SKILLS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the following verbal and written skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the following reasoning abilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the following computer skills:
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must commit to the following philosophies:
Volunteer is required to complete the initial SafePlace ACT training and on-the-job crisis line training with shelter staff. Volunteer must attend 20 hours of on-going direct service training a year, which must include 15 hours advocacy, 12 hours of sexual assault training and 3 hours of CPR training.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination unless the employee has been granted a valid medical or religious accommodation.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
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