YWCA seeks DVSA Children’s and Youth Prevention Advocate

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JOB TITLE: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Children’s and Youth Prevention Advocate

REPORTS TO: Director of Client Services

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full Time, flexible hours, non-exempt

JOB PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: Develop and implement programs and activities for youth and caregivers in shelter and for those accompanying parents/guardians to support groups; design and facilitate youth prevention programs with an emphasis on healthy relationships; provide advocacy services to primary and secondary victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault


  1. Provide professional representation for the YWCA with YWCA clients and the Walla Walla community.
  2. Become trained in sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy and crisis response; remain current in training requirements.
  3. Design and implement activities for mothers and children in shelter
  4. Provide advocacy services to children and non-offending caregivers
  5. Design and implement activities for children accompanying their parent/caregiver to support groups
  6. Provide parent support and education to shelter residents
  7. Recruit and supervise childcare providers during support group meetings
  8. Using published curricula, develop and facilitate YWCA prevention groups for school-aged youth
  9. Develop strong referral relationships and collaborate with other community agencies to meet the needs of YWCA clients.
  10. Complete all required forms, and maintain paper and digital files in a timely and accurate manner.
  11. Maintain the confidentiality of any information regarding clients, staff, and YWCA business in accordance with laws, contracts, and YWCA policy.


  1. Pass a Washington State criminal history check.
  2. Hold a valid Washington driver’s license and keep current proof of insurance on file at the YWCA.
  3. Be ready to drive and transport clients in agency vehicles.
  4. Work with diverse populations in an outgoing, friendly, equitable and welcoming manner.
  5. Develop harmonious working relationships with all YWCA staff and the general public.
  6. Demonstrate an open and creative mind receptive to new ideas and solutions.
  7. Give and receive information effectively orally and in writing.
  8. Show a commitment to increasing cultural competency.
  9. Perform duties in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  10. Plan, organize and complete all tasks with a minimum of supervision.
  11. Have a flexible work style that can accommodate frequent interruptions.
  12. Use a computer and software appropriate to job.
  13. Be able to work some evenings.


  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job.
  • Experience and ease in working with children

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • A year or more of experience in providing advocacy for women in crisis.
  • Spanish language skills as well as English.
  • Experience with communicating and working well with survivors from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and with various religious beliefs, lifestyles, sexual orientations, age variance, differing abilities.
  • Experience in maintaining accurate and timely documentation of client files.
  • Experience working independently with limited supervision.
  • Experience working as part of a team environment.
  • Knowledge of community resources and other partnering agencies.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In performing this position, the employee:

  • May sit for long periods of time in meetings or while using computer.
  • Frequently travels to multiple local locations for off-site meetings.
  • Uses speech, hearing, and sight in exchanging information with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community.
  • Occasionally lifts/carries up to 50 pounds in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings.
  • Climbs stairs, reaches outward, stands, squats, kneels, bends, and walks in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings.

The emotional demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In performing this position, the employee:

  • May be exposed to strong emotions.
  • Must be ready to help de-escalate and defuse crisis situations.
  • May find that client stories and experiences bring up uncomfortable memories or trigger emotional reactions, and must be prepared to seek appropriate self-care.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All or any portion of this job description is subject to elimination, modification or addition at any time at the discretion of the YWCA.


Job is also posted with Worksource and can be viewed at www.worksourcewa.com

You may apply in the following ways:

to Mary Byrd, Director of Client Services, YWCA Walla Walla, 213 S. First Avenue, Walla Walla, WA  99362.

This position is open until filled.  Interviews will begin immediately.

It is the policy of the YWCA to consider all applications for employment equally without regard to an applicant’s race, color, religion, disability, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, ethnicity, income, veteran status, marital status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. The YWCA does not accept unsolicited resumes or applications.  All application materials for posted positions will be retained for one year from the date received.  The purpose of this policy is to ensure that YWCA employment practices are equitable, consistently applied, in compliance with Federal and State laws, and in compliance with any contractual obligations set forth by our funding agencies, so long as those obligations are not superseded by said law.