Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate
Full-Time (40 hours/week), Hourly, Non-Exempt
Location: YWCA Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA 95112
Department: Support Services
Join a passionate, dynamic team dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
For over 100 years, YWCA Silicon Valley has provided programs and services that form a critical continuum of response, healing, and prevention. Our dedication to the people we serve is unparalleled. We have an exciting future, and the team to deliver on that lasting change for the people we serve. To encourage survivor self-determination, services are delivered through a strengths-based, non-judgmental and trauma-informed lens that aligns with our mission. Be a key part of shaping this future as our new Anti- Human Trafficking Advocate in our Support Services department.
Reporting to the Anti- Human Trafficking Program Manager, the Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate provides crisis intervention, intensive case management and supportive counseling services to survivors of human trafficking. The Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate must excel at client-centered advocacy, manage competing priorities, and facilitate access to services for clients. To encourage survivor self-determination, services are delivered through a strengths-based, non-judgmental and trauma-informed lens that aligns with the YWCA Silicon Valley’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate must convey empathy, respect and compassion while delivering client-centered services. He/she should possess client management expertise, independent decision making ability and excellent interpersonal and team-building skills. The Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate must not fail in actively communicating survivor needs to partnering staff, service organizations and social service systems. To ensure safety, the Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate must not fail to respond effectively to safety threats, conflicts and crisis situations.
We are seeking a compassionate, organized, and reliable individual with a high level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Essential to this role is a demonstrated ability working with culturally and economically diverse individuals and families and ability to work with those impacted by trauma; a demonstrated ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and to respond appropriately to unexpected situations.
Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills to work independently and as part of a team. You must have an understanding of feminism and a strong commitment to social justice. Additionally, an ideal candidate will possess knowledge of and sensitivity to domestic violence and sexual assault issues, trauma, gender equity and client-centered service provision.
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or college course work in social services field or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Two (2) to three (3) years work experience in a social justice, social work, or social services environment required. Bilingual, bi-cultural and bi-literate skills; English and Spanish are required (the ability to speak and write in both languages). Candidate must have knowledge of, and sensitivity to human trafficking, sexual assault and/or domestic violence issues, trauma and/or other forms of oppression. They must demonstrate sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and/or with individuals who have limited English proficiency. The applicant must have the ability to exhibit warmth, empathy and supportiveness to clients in a non-judgmental manner, as well as the ability to work with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations. Candidate must have understanding and be able to apply program theories such as trauma-informed care, feminist, and anti-oppression/anti-discrimination frameworks. They need to be committed to direct, open and non-violent communication, and have the ability to work with a high-performing team and also independently. Lastly, they must be a self-starter, able to work in a team environment and manage time effectively.
The ideal candidate is a warm, self-starter deeply committed to providing services from a strengths-based, social justice and anti-oppression framework. Prior advocacy-based counseling and case management experience is a plus. Bilingual, bi-cultural and bi-literate skills are required (Spanish strongly preferred).
Work hours are primarily days. Schedule TBD. Delivery of service may include overtime to accomplish task at hand. On-call duties are required. Work includes lifting up to 30 pounds. Susceptible to compassion fatigue and/or vicarious trauma.
Required: Cleared background check (fingerprinting), valid TB test, valid California driver’s license and auto insurance. Must have completed or be willing to complete a 65-hour California State Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor certification. (Training will be provided).
TO APPLY: Submit Resume & Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate” in subject line. Posting will continue until position is filled. The YWCA Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We may be unable to respond to every individual submission due to a high volume of applicants. Please do not telephone. Applicants who do not follow the application procedure are immediately disqualified.