• Women's Advocate - 2 Full-time position

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 5 months ago(9/6/2019 7:14 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Social Services/Direct Client Services
    USD $16.65/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.  


    Please specify your prefernce:


    *Sunday-Wednesday with a dispatch day of Thursday (Swing) 35 hours
    *Thursday-Sunday with a dispatch day of Wednesday (Swing) 35 hours


     Hourly rate is $16.65-$17.65/hour DOE with generous benefits.



    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.  


    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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