• Women's Advocate

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/8/2018 11:36 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Homeless Adult Services
    USD $15.60/Hr.
  • Overview

    Rose of Lima House is a permanent housing program for 50 chronically homeless women, many of whom suffer from chronic and acute mental illness, addiction issues, and/or trauma. Rose House is located at Bakhita Gardens, a building that also houses Noel House Programs, which provides shelter and related services for homeless women in several locations. Bakhita Gardens serves women of all ages (over 18 years) and ethnic backgrounds.


    At Rose of Lima, the on –call Women’s Advocate is responsible for providing some direct services to the women, along with administrative and janitorial duties, cooking, assisting with the front desk and lobby of Bakhita Gardens, cooking and fostering a team environment among shelter staff and volunteers.  


    This is a part time job working 16.5 hours per week.  Hourly rate is $15.60-$16.54/hour.


    1. Direct service to previously homeless women

    Provide crisis intervention and advocacy to women in a harm reduction program

    Coordinate with in-house social service team, make referrals for service, and follow-up as needed

    Model interpersonal and living skills for clients

    Explain and enforce building and program rules

    Maintain and safe and comfortable environment

    Participate with residents in community meal preparation and cleanup

    Work as a team with other colleagues on shift and be able to work independently without direct supervision

    Review and record in log book to ensure program consistency

    Conduct security checks throughout building to ensure that no unauthorized individuals are in the building and to monitor for unsafe conditions or situations

    Walk program floors hourly, monitoring the safety of the building

    Monitor security cameras and lobby, enforcing building and program rules.


    Provide janitorial support including but not limited to:

    Removal of residential and commercial trash and recycling

    Take garbage/recycling totes to basement for proper disposal

    Clean common area floors and bathrooms as appropriate

    Assist tenants with the cleanliness of their apartments, including assistance with organization and cleaning following bug or mite infestation

    Clean spills of potentially infections materials in common areas


     Administrative responsibilities including but not limited to:

    Data entry

    Pack and prepare kits for distribution to all tenants

    Maintain organization of common areas

    Assist with the concierge desk, greeting tenants and visitors, assuring they sign in properly, and maintain the safety of the first floor


    Coordinate with Noel House Staff and Program Volunteers

    Coordinate closely with Noel House Advocates and other staff to ensure security of building and to build cooperative relationship between the two programs co-located in Bakhita Gardens.

    Work collaboratively with volunteers and assist them to resolve difficult situations with residents.


    Administrative and General Responsibilities

    Attend staff meetings, workshops, retreats, and in-service classes as provided.

    Maintain accurate record of hours worked and turn in timesheets on schedule.

    Contribute to and support a positive, team-oriented work environment; participate with other staff members in group decision-making process.

    Maintain cleanliness and order at advocate station.

    Inform supervisors of facilities and client-related issues.  

    Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


    1. Social service experience (minimum of six months).
    2. Understanding the issues that homeless women face, such as: trauma, alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness and domestic violence.
    3. Demonstrate problem-solving/issue assessment skills, and/or crisis intervention or conflict mediation skills.
    4. Basic computer skills with ability to maintain up to date and meticulous records.
    5. Excellent oral and written communications
    6. Must have a reliable phone or voice mail service.
    7. Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
    8. Ability to work independently in addition to working as a member of a team.
    9. Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.
    10. Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.



    1. College level classes toward degree in Social Service.
    2. Previous work experience in a women-focused social service program.



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