Position Title: OVW Advocate

Reports To: Executive Director

Location: Work remotely at home in metro Salem area

Status: Full time, exempt and at-will position

Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000 annually

Benefits: Bridges Oregon offers paid holiday, personal time off, health insurance, employment assistance program, short and long term disability leave, life insurance, a retirement package, and professional development opportunities.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

A cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation must all be received to be considered. If any of the three application materials are missing or incomplete, your submission will not be considered. Please email the materials to the executive director at chad@bridgesoregon.org.

Organization Summary
Established in 2017, Bridges Oregon is a statewide non-profit organization serving Oregonians who are D/deaf, DeafBlind, deaf-blind, D/deaf with additional disabilities, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, persons with unilateral/bilateral hearing loss, and/or child of deaf adults (CODA). It is in our mission to facilitate equity and inclusiveness and to provide a bridge to opportunities through advocacy, education, and communication.

Position Summary:
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, this position provides statewide advocacy and accompaniment services to Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.

Duration of this Position
This is a grant-funded position for 3-years. Although the grant is expected to end on September 30, 2025, the hope is that additional funding will be obtained to extend employment.

The Bridges Oregon Advocates provide the following services:

  • Provide individualized, flexible, support and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking to assist them in creating safety plans; provide education on choices and rights; and connect with community resources.
  • Provide legal advocacy such as work with survivors on filling and filing protective orders; refer to legal clinics; accompany court appointments; navigate with the survivors through the legal system; give information on civil, criminal, and family law.
  • Provide medical advocacy such as accompanying survivors to relevant medical appointments; connect to medical and mental health resources.
  • Work with survivors living in an emergency shelter; addressing conflicts, assisting with finding housing, and connecting with community resources.
  • Connects survivors with community resources such as legal and medical systems; public and private agencies.
  • Take a role in participating in projects for the agency and/or direct services program such as activities for survivors, community engagements, and projects to meet the needs of the program/organization; tasks as assigned.
  • Manages crises.
  • Seeks out support from co-workers & supervisor, proactively takes responsibility for self and work.
  • Maintain accurate service data in the database; complete necessary paperwork and forms related to survivor services.
  • Documents work and submit reports thoroughly and on time. Maintain survivors files with the information required for compliance reviews.
  • Effectively utilizes staff, direct services, and supervision meetings.
  • Participates in outreach efforts upon request such as agency events, events organized by community engagement programs, and VLogs.
  • Commits to practice organization’s Mission Statement & Core Values; understands the anti-oppression movement; stays current on culturally relevant information about the populations being served and works in the position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide advocacy, system navigation, and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking
  2. Providing the following support to survivors:
    • Short-term, crisis intervention services
    • Emotional support
    • Safety planning
    • Assessment of participants needs, strengths, and challenges
    • Assist with individualized goal-setting
    • Information and referral for community resources
    • Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking education
    • Provide accompaniment and transportation to survivors in personal vehicles. 
  3. Provide in-person advocacy and accompaniment during forensic exams for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in various emergency departments. 
  4. Provide virtual advocacy to survivors working with partners throughout the community (medical or mental services, corrections, culturally specific services, schools, home, etc.) as requested.
  5. Liaise with criminal justice organizations including but not limited to police, courts, attorney general’s office, and domestic violence agencies with the goal of both receiving referrals and working with these agencies on behalf of survivors.
  6. Conduct initial or intake assessments of D/DB/HH survivors to determine appropriate services.
  7. Provide core survivor services which include but are not limited to, assist with an application and refer to other DV/SA funded organization for a victim compensation fund, to register the victim’s assistance portal, advisement on survivor’s rights, basic and emergency legal advocacy, personal advocacy, shelter advocacy, medical assistance and advocacy, court appearance advocacy, restraining order processing assistance and, transportation to court.
  8. Collect survivors statistics data for quarterly reporting
  9. Liaise with the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence relative to the development of the program, generally, and initiatives they are working on that align with the primary mission of the OVW program.  
  10. Assist the Executive Director with the creation and maintenance of a program design that will effectively outreach to the D/DB/HH community in Oregon and facilitate the identification and referral of D/DB/HH survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
  11. Partner with the Executive Director to create program and services outreach materials for the D/DB/HH.
  12. Create resources that identify and liaise with organizations that serve the D/DB/HH survivors.
  13. Work with the Executive Director to identify, implement, and maintain the technology necessary to enhance a communications plan that will facilitate communication between Bridges Oregon and Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing survivors and provide survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking advocacy.
  14. Ability and willingness to be on-call, work weekends and evenings, and willing to travel. 
  15. Work to establish effective, positive, and ongoing relationships with community partners.
  16. Other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to move inside the office and in the community frequently.
  • Must be able to constantly operate a computer, and other office items such as stapler, printer, smartphone, etc.
  • Must be able to frequently communicate with colleagues, community members, survivors, and others.
  • Must be able to constantly problem solve, organize, and prioritize. 
  • Must be able to occasionally work outdoors in cold or high temperatures.
  • Must be able to occasionally carry up to 20 pounds.

Expected Training:

  1. Initial 40 hours Core Advocate Training developed by the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. 
  2. Oregon Basic State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) training biennial
  3. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault developed by DeafTA
  4. Victims Assistance Training (VAT) online training by Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
  5. Anti-oppression, anti-racism, bias, and cultural responsiveness annually
  6. HIPAA and confidentiality training annually
  7. Familiarize with Bridges Oregon’s policy, procedure, and strategic plan.
  8. Other training as assigned by the grant.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to represent the mission and value of Bridges Oregon to program participants and community partners.
  • Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships and establish rapport with survivors and colleagues
  • Demonstrated cultural responsiveness and ability to effectively work with those from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to effectively advocate for survivors.
  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access them
  • Ability to be flexible, maintain appropriate professional boundaries, and use sound judgment 
  • Strong problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Executive Director
  • High level of organizational skills and follow-through
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in challenging circumstances
  • Ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of survivors and maintain appropriate client confidentiality in accordance with advocate privilege and federal/state statutes.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Assist with monthly, quarterly, and annual statistical and narrative reports as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Ability to work independently remotely at home and only interact with survivors through video solutions, telephone, email, text, and meeting in person at a neutral location.
  • Excellent interpersonal, sign language/verbal, and written communication, and organizational skills.
  • Patience, sense of humor, and willingness to be open to new ideas and ways of doing things.
  • Minimum of 2 years involvement in the D/DB/HH communities (paid or volunteer).
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Salesforce, Microsoft Word, Excel.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field OR equivalent combination of training, volunteering, and work experience. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the dynamics and ability to effectively communicate an understanding of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking and their effects directly and indirectly on survivors, children, youth, and society.
  • Knowledge of the connection between a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, and various forms of oppression.
  • Demonstrated understanding of anti-oppression issues, ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and understanding of culturally responsive service delivery methods.
  • Computer proficiency in Google Suite including Google word processing, spreadsheets, and the EmpowerDB (survivor database preferred). 
  • Must possess reliable transportation and be able to attend off-site activities regularly throughout the state of Oregon.
  • Must have dependable auto transportation, valid Oregon State Driver’s license and proof of insurance; clean driving record.
  • Must pass a drug screening and criminal background check.

Work Environment

This position will work in a traditional, but the fast-paced setting. Candidate must be able to work remotely from home in the metro Salem area and while wearing a face-covering whenever in community spaces or around others; be able to work under deadlines and stress-inducing conditions; be able to travel with an operating vehicle throughout the state of Oregon to meet with our survivors at various locations. Bridges Oregon is an organization with an environment with service regarding survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking can potentially shift from stable to highly-charged and all employees and volunteers must remain flexible, calm, and creative. 

Safety

During this pandemic, we are taking every precaution to protect the health of our staff and survivors in our programs, utilizing the most up-to-date recommendations from experts and carefully adhering to Governor’s Kotek Executive Orders. 

Bridges Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities we serve. Survivors of interpersonal violence, persons of color, LGBTQ-identified persons, older adults, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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