Family Resources is looking for a resourceful, patient and innovative Self-Sufficiency Advocate. The Sheltering and Housing Services (SH/H) Self-Sufficiency Advocate will assist survivors of all violent crimes in becoming self-sufficient. This position will focus on three major barriers survivors identify in becoming self-sufficient – obtaining employment, transportation barriers, and child care assistance. This position will provide advocacy including but not limited to navigating and accessing community resources, providing economic empowerment advocacy, assistance with job skills, resume building, accessing child care including providing child care and/or respite, safety planning, etc. This position will also provide transportation for survivors to and from work, appointments, etc. This position will also assist the SH/H Services Supervisor in obtaining, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with key partners in the service area to accomplish the goals of this position as well as assist in tracking emergency client assistance funds. The successful candidate will have experience in assisting individuals with budgeting and/or education regarding money management.
Position Hours: flexible hours to meet the needs of the community, and survivors
40 hours a week salaried position
Location: This position will work and travel in the quad cities area
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the people assigned this classification. This description is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Ensure free, voluntary, non-discriminatory, accessible services for all clients.
Provides the following services to the rural communities served and/or survivors of all violent crimes:
Agency outreach, public outreach, inter-agency collaborations, targeted professional outreach to individuals in the financial, employment, and transportation industries, housing advocacy, immigration advocacy, information and referrals, job training and employment advocacy, emergency food, clothing, and transportation assistance, financial planning assistance, immediate shelter and related supportive services, child care and/or respite care, and safety planning.
Provide economic empowerment, financial skills, resources, and tools to survivors by utilizing the Allstate curriculum.
Provide on-call direct service on a pre-scheduled rotating basis with other staff members outside of normal office hours.
Keep an open flexible schedule to meet the needs of the community, survivors, and the program.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with individuals and community members in the service area.
Complete annual continuing education requirements to ensure certification as a Multi-Disciplinary Advocate through the Iowa Coalitions Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, as well as the required training through the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Posses the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied culture, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Demonstrates civil and respectful behaviors valued within the organization.
Attends all community meetings determined to be essential.
Provides and accepts ideas and suggestions in a constructive and helpful manner.
Exhibits good teamwork; is approachable cooperative and contributes to an overall positive and productive work/team environment
Takes initiative in problem-solving and utilizes resources such as team members and community resources to assist in addressing client/volunteer issues that arise.
Provides support and input to team members that are helpful in finding solutions and allows for a team approach to solving barriers and challenges.
Possess the ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/ needs.
Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
Set clear expectations for self and team to achieve work objectives and overcome obstacles.
Strives for excellence in performance by upholding established ethical standards and upholding program values.
Provides timesheet documentation for all funding sources related to the position.
Inputs daily services into the data entry system by the noted deadline each week.
Is able to assess the effectiveness of services provided and make adjustments to service delivery if needed.
Understanding of the issues related to the decision making process; ability to analyze situations fully and accurately, and reach productive decisions.
Identifies, obtains, and organizes relevant data and ideas.
Utilizes feedback from various sources in order to improve the quality of services offered. Sources such as survey, volunteer, community, and team members.
Participate in Illinois on-call schedule
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in the survivor/human services field requiredThree years of experience working in the human services field with survivor services experience preferred. Economic empowerment, or budget management experience preferred.
Must have current proof of car insurance, able to pass driving background check and have reliable transportation.
Bilingual and/or bi-cultural applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
About Family Resources
At Family Resources, we believe in strengthening children, families, and individuals in our community - it's the passion that permeates everything we do. Family Resources has grown to become one of the state's largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and survivor services. We recognize that these children, families, and individuals come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach them where they are right now.
Family Resources offers a comprehensive benefits package, excellent wages, and opportunities for growth & advancement!
Equal Opportunity Employer that thrives on Diversity!