Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Relief Advocate/Counselor

Relief Advocate is responsible for relief support for all aspects needed in the Emergency Shelter setting.   Advocate is responsible to provide case management support for residential clients.  In addition, responsible to perform several office related tasks as needed.  Advocate aware that schedule is not set and individual may be asked to cover any day or night shifts needed to meet the needs of the clients/shelter.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Substitute for regular full-time or part-time agency program staff.
  • Provide individual and/or group counseling, support and education relevant to domestic violence issues.
  • Provide crisis intervention, counseling and referrals to callers on crisis line.
  • Conduct assessments and complete intakes for clients eligible for services related to domestic violence.
  • Facilitate client groups.
  • Supervise and coordinate shelter residents to complete maintenance chores and adhere to house policies.
  • Record and maintain client files and records in accordance with agency policy and funding requirements.
  • Act as advocate for residents and non-residents with legal, medical, counseling, welfare, housing, educational, and other services as needed.
  • Refer clients to community resources as appropriate.
  • Assist in receiving and storing donations as requested.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.
  • Work as a team player in the organization.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, counseling or closely related field.
  • Master’s Degree in social work, counseling or closely related field if providing counseling services.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required to document client records and read and comprehend technical information.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook and Excel.
  • Ability to sit at computer for extended amounts of time to complete data input required.
  • Knowledge of counseling theory and ability to apply effective interventions when working with clients.
  • Ability to motivate, support and encourage clients to develop internal sense of empowerment and direction.
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to participate as a team member to achieve agency goals and objectives.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to accept, to understand, and to relate sensitively to people of varied social, economic, racial, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.
  • Able to lift 25‐30 lbs
  • A commitment to the philosophy, and program of A SAFE PLACE, which includes a commitment to women’s issues, sharing a belief in helping to create a society free from violence, and in working in a cooperative environment.

CLASSIFICATION:

Non-exempt, on-call employee.

Hours vary and are based on staffing needs

Family Advocate

The Family Advocate provides individual and group counseling, advocacy, education and crisis intervention for residential, non-residential, supportive housing clients, their children, and telephone callers in crisis.  The Family Advocate reports to the Coordinator of Housing and works closely with non-residential counselors.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop individual service and safety plans in collaboration with assigned clients.
  • Act as advocate for clients with legal, medical, counseling, welfare, housing, educational, and other services as needed.
  • Refer clients to appropriate community resources and facilitate access to those resources.
  • Provide individual and group counseling, case management, support and education regarding domestic violence issues using a non-judgmental approach in working with residents of the shelter.
  • Provide crisis intervention counseling and referrals for callers on the crisis line.
  • Conduct intake and eligibility evaluations to determine client’s needs and appropriateness for services.
  • Supervise and coordinate house policies and chores as they apply to residents of the shelter.
  • Ensure documentation in client records is appropriate, accurate, timely and in accordance with agency policies and funding requirements.
  • Provide follow-up services for former residents and complete court callbacks.
  • Interact with clients in the community areas of the shelter and role model appropriate social skills, conflict resolution, parenting and other skills of daily living.
  • Assist in receiving and storing donations as requested.
  • Develop a good rapport and networking with area agencies.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, case management and other training and meetings as requested.
  • Work as a team player in the organization.
  • Provide support and guidance to volunteers.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum Bachelors degree in social work, counseling or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of counseling theories and modalities with a commitment to client empowerment and self-direction.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills that demonstrate genuine concern and respect toward clients and other staff.
  • Ability to provide active listening, encouragement and counseling to clients.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds.
  • Ability to motivate clients into action, to engage clients in shelter services and to support client progress toward achievement of their service plan and personal independence.
  • Ability to accept, understand and relate sensitively to people of varied social, economic, racial, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.
  • A commitment to the philosophy and program of A SAFE PLACE, which includes a commitment to women’s issues, sharing a belief in helping to create a society free from violence, and in working in a cooperative environment.

CLASSIFICATION:

Exempt, full-time, salaried employee.

To apply for a job at A Safe Place please email your cover letter and resume to Colleen Cramlet at HR@asafeplaceforhelp.org.

Zion Campus Case Manager

The Life Skills Advocate is responsible for providing training, education, information, and support which lead to independence for clients.  S/he reports to the Zion Counselor and works closely with advocates and counselors within the agency.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct intake and eligibility evaluations to determine client’s needs and appropriateness for services.
  • Conduct assessments of future goals of tenants to determine training and education needs.
  • Develop individual training plans in collaboration with advocates and clients.
  • Create and maintain a weekly and monthly training schedule.
  • Facilitate training groups.
  • Recruit and develop relationships with community and corporate partners providing training.
  • Mentor clients as they learn parenting, housekeeping, organizational skills, as necessary and appropriate.
  • Plan and implement activities to enhance social skills as appropriate.
  • Recruit and develop relationships with community and corporate partners that provide training.
  • Ensure documentation in records is appropriate, accurate, timely and in accordance with agency policies and funding requirements.
  • Assist in receiving and storing donations as requested.
  • Refer clients to appropriate community resources and facilitate access to those resources.
  • Provide information on the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, Orders of Protection and stalking laws to enhance client safety and abuser accountability.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Work as a team player in the organization.
  • Conduct, attend and participate in appropriate training and education as requested.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bilingual Spanish speaking required.

  • Minimum – Bachelor in social work, counseling, education or closely related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to complete record documentation, develop group materials, express information clearly and concisely and for participating in training and education for tenants.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that demonstrate genuine concern and respect toward clients and other staff.
  • Ability to provide active listening, encouragement and support to tenants.
  • Ability to motivate clients into action, to engage tenants in training and education and to support tenant progress toward achievement of their service plan and personal independence.
  • Ability to accept, understand and relate sensitively to people of varied socio-economic, racial, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.
  • A commitment to the philosophy and program of A SAFE PLACE, which includes a commitment to women’s issues, sharing a belief in helping to create a society free from violence, and in working in a cooperative environment.

CLASSIFICATION:

Exempt, full-time, salaried employee.

Family Therapist (Shelter)

The Family Therapist is responsible for providing services to families and to children identified as high risks for emotional, physical, educational and social behavioral problems as a result of witnessing or experiencing domestic violence.  S/he reports to the Coordinator of Housing and works closely with Advocates and Non-Residential Therapists

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide individual therapy, counseling, support, and education regarding domestic violence issues using a non-judgmental approach in working with clients and their children.
  • Conduct intake and eligibility evaluations to determine client needs.
  • Develop individual service and safety plans.
  • Review and utilize appropriate assessment tools for the purpose of identifying high-risk children served by A Safe Place (ASP).
  • Assist in the development of, and utilize, evaluation tools to assess the quality and effectiveness of the enhanced children’s services.
  • Ensure documentation in client records is appropriate, accurate, timely and in accordance with agency policies and funding requirements.
  • Provide information on the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, Orders of Protection and stalking laws to enhance client safety and abuser accountability.
  • Facilitate adult and child groups.                                  .
  • Participate in staff meetings, case management and other training and meetings as requested.
  • Work as a team player in the organization.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling or closely related field.
  • Bilingual Spanish required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills that demonstrate genuine concern and respect toward clients and other staff.
  • Ability to provide active listening, encouragement, motivation and counseling to clients through the use of a self-help, empowerment model of service provision.
  • Ability to engage clients in services.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and to organize and prioritize daily assignments and scheduling of client appointments.
  • Flexibility in scheduling to meet client and agency needs.
  • Ability to accept, to understand, and to relate sensitively to people of varied socio-economic, racial, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.
  • A commitment to the philosophy and program of A SAFE PLACE, which includes a commitment to women’s issues, sharing a belief in helping to create a society free from violence, and in working in a cooperative environment.

CLASSIFICATION:

Exempt, full-time, salaried employee.

To apply for a job at A Safe Place please email your cover letter and resume to Colleen Cramlet at HR@asafeplaceforhelp.org.

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