Reports to: Hotline Direct Care Supervisor
Schedule: Every other Friday/Saturday _11pm to 7am (PT)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Starting Rate: $19.00/hour
The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, and vocational training for youth. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.
Expectations of all employees
In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:
- Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
- Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
- Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
- Foster a positive working environment.
- Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
- Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
The Llamanos Hotline Advocate provides support, advocacy and crisis response on our 24-hour hotline for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking, significant others, and professionals. Hotline Workers are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, and outside connections to best serve those calling our hotline.
- Provide trauma-informed, strengths-based telephone interventions that incorporate safety planning and assessment of immediate needs.
- Answer 24-hour Llamanos Hotline Line within the first 3 rings.
- Provide back-up support to the YW’s new Homelessness Helpline by responding to calls, helping the caller to create a safety plan, and making referrals to the Outreach Worker or Case Manager.
- Ensure bed-update system receives a login and updates/changes within the 1st hour of each shift and again as space changes.
- Conducts shelter and community-based counseling intakes.
- Complete hotline logs, case notes, incident reports, logs, and service tracking logs prior to the end of shift.
- Complete overnight checklists.
- Maintain client records.
- Attend supervision, trainings, and staff meetings.
- Assist with staffing shelter during crisis situations or in times where support is needed.
- Perform other related duties as requested.
- Associate’s degree plus 1 – 3 years of experience in human services;
- Spanish language proficiency required;
- Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including computer skills;
- Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways;
- Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred;
- Experience and knowledge of child development and impact of domestic violence on children preferred;
- Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
- Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on communities;
- Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
- Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
- Must have knowledge of/contacts with community agencies;
- Experience with and knowledge of accessing resources within the community;
- Must be able to be covered by the agency’s insurance policy; and
- Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.
The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.
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