Employment

Welcome to the employment section of our website, where you can find career opportunities with the RICADV and SOAR as well as with our member agencies.

Please browse the open positions below, and send application materials to the email address provided for each specific job posting.

Member agency abbreviations are as follows: 

  • BVAC (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center)
  • DVRCSC (Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County)
  • EBCC (Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center)
  • WRC (Women’s Resource Center). 

To learn more about our member agencies, click here.

RICADV & SOAR

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center

Job Summary: The Health Equity Zone (HEZ) project coordinator will facilitate the assessment, planning, and implementation of the Blackstone Valley HEZ Initiative, a place-based approach to improving health outcomes in high need neighborhoods. The first year of the HEZ Initiative will involve organizing professionals and residents into active working groups to guide a 6-month assets and needs assessment, followed by a community-driven planning process. In the following years, the HEZ Coordinator will facilitate Health Equity Plan implementation and evaluation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative in Cumberland, Lincoln, and North Smithfield
  • Lead strategic growth and deepen impact of Health Equity Zone initiatives by developing strategic action goals in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Spearhead relationship building and cultivate meaningful collaborations with community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations
  • Mobilize community members and collaborators to fulfill community-building goals
  • Represent the HEZ and BVAC at local events, community gatherings, workshops, trainings and to community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations
  • Supervise the HEZ Community Organizing Core
  • Represent the HEZ and BVAC with local and state government officials, in the media, and with private organizations
  • Facilitate community-organizing initiatives, including curriculum and program development
  • Coordinate, collaborate, and strategize in tandem with BVAC’s Director of Community Services, community organizer, the Health Equity Collaborative and the Community Organizing Core
  • Develop program logic model and work plan
  • Generate new program ideas and work with teams to implement and carry out programming related to community building and health equity
  • Monitor and evaluate HEZ programs, practices, and initiatives to ensure quality and effectiveness; make recommendations for improvement
  • Act as a resource for staff, collaborators, and community members by providing technical support within areas of responsibility and expertise


Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Excellent community organizing skills; demonstrated success in organizing, strategizing, and following through on organizing campaigns
  • Bring inspirational presence, reliable leadership, and enthusiasm for BVAC’s mission and vision to community meetings, task forces, and other strategic sites
  • Excellent individual and group communication skills (written and verbal); finesse in applying these skills across a range of relationships and environments
  • Strong program planning skills; strong interest in evaluation skills
  • Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once with attention to detail
  • Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills
  • Ability to effectively build relationships with a wide variety of constituents including youth, parents, health and human services professionals, teachers and school leaders
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Ability to apply creative and critical thinking to improve existing programming


Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to community planning, public health, or social justice and three years of significant, related community organizing experience OR five or more years of significant, related community-organizing experience.
  • Understanding and analysis of systemic nature of oppression, particularly the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and class; this position requires a commitment to and passion for social justice
  • Comfort working with diverse populations
  • Knowledge of community development models and experience supporting leadership development of community members
  • Interest in being part of a learning environment and in supervising interns
  • Desire for and comfort with community taking the lead; the candidate must be able to motivate community members and support community self-determination while also creating and enforcing systems of accountability
  • Flexibility and willingness to grow in response to community needs or changes in the field
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team inclusive of various experiences of race, sexuality, gender, ability, or age
  • Excellent ability to plan and organize a demanding workload
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office programs, and proficiency in utilizing the internet including social media
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the Blackstone Valley area a plus 
  • Understanding of how to create and carry out work plans; experience developing logic models a plus


To apply:
please send resume to jobs@bvadvocacycenter.org.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not an exhaustive list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.

Position: Full time, second shift (4 p.m. – 12 a.m.), Monday-Friday, rotating holidays

Job summary: Under the general supervision of the Director of Community Services and according to established policies and procedures, has primary responsibility of answering the Victims of Crime Helpline via telephone and internet.

Compensation: $17.50 per hour

Principal duties and responsibilities: Receives and responds to the Victims of Crime Helpline from victims in crisis, police and medical personnel, and others. Gives information on services provided and makes referrals as necessary.

  • Maintains comprehensive log of all incoming calls to Victims of Crime Helpline.
  • Performs all tasks necessary to the efficient operation of the Victims of Crime Helpline.
  • Represent agency at various local housing providers meetings as needed.
  • Additional duties necessary for the efficient operation of the agency may be assigned.

Skills and abilities required:

  • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to clients.
  • Verbal communication skills to represent agency.
  • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of families in crisis, particularly those affected by domestic violence.
  • The ability to appropriately and effectively deal with stressful situations.
  • A valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.

Working conditions: Work environment is often noisy, with more than average exposure to communicable disease (colds, flu, virus etc.).

Minimum education and experience:A combination of education and experience demonstrating acquisition of the above listed required skills and abilities and an associates degree with experience.

Bilingual ability in English/Spanish preferred.

To apply: Please send resume to jobs@bvadvocacycenter.org. This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not an exhaustive list of duties performed.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Position type: Full time with benefits package available.

Job summary: Responsible to implement the Law Enforcement Advocate Program in collaboration with the Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln and Pawtucket police departments.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide information and assistance to police officers working with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Meet with victims either on the scene (with police accompaniment), at the police department or at the hospital, following the incident or within a few days as a follow up. Refer victim to additional services as necessary.
  • Generate reports and statistics.
  • Assist with training programs for police officers, community members and other agencies on sexual assault and domestic violence issues.
  • Represents agency at community-based meetings, roundtables, conferences and sexual assault/domestic violence police in-service trainings as needed.
  • Attends and participates in conferences and in-service trainings as needed.
  • Provide hospital and court accompaniment to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Skills and Abilities Required 

  • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide assistance to victims and to deal effectively with all segments of the community.
  • Organizational and analytical abilities to deal with difficult human and administrative problems.
  • An understanding of issues related to sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
  • Ability to deal effectively in stressful situations and to handle crisis as they arise.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Bilingual Spanish required.


TO APPLY: Please send resume tojobs@bvadvocacycenter.org.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not an exhaustive list of duties performed.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Weekend/On Call Shelter Advocate

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

This is a part-time position in 8-hour shifts covering weekends and holidays. The Shelter Advocate provides supervision of the Safe Home Campus and coverage of the 24-hour Victims of Crime Helpline to assure continuous operations and support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts activities to admit families to the residential programs;
  • Records vital information, explains house practices, distributes linens and needed items, and orients new guests;
  • Responds to requests for food items, hygiene needs, etc. according to established policy and procedures;
  • Assures that the Safe Home Campus is physically secure by conducting periodic checks throughout entire shift and log information as needed;
  • Must be alert and responsive to emergencies following established procedures;
  • Maintains log of activities such as calls received, residents admitted, activities and needs;
  • Communicates pertinent information to other staff;
  • Provides crisis intervention and support to families, including handling problems that can be resolved on shift;
  • Receives and responds to all calls to the Victims of Crime Helpline from victims in crisis, police, medical personnel, and others; and
  • Gives information on services requested and makes referrals as necessary.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to clients;
  • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of families, particularly those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • The ability to appropriately and effectively deal with crisis level situations;
  • The physical ability to lift heavy items;
  • A level of knowledge equivalent to that which is acquired by a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, two years of experience in direct service care, knowledge of trauma informed services, and the housing first model; and
  • Bilingual ability in English/Spanish a plus.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. The Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.

Job Type: Part-time, On Call, Weekends, and Holidays

Shifts:

  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • 12 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Salary: Based on experience

Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

The Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist will maintain all community outreach activities. You will represent the agency and work with the Associate Director of Community Services to develop and implement initiatives that increase agency visibility within the community. You will also work in collaboration with the Blackstone Valley Health Equity Zone Coordinator to raise community awareness of health inequities and support the residents in the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, and North Smithfield.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community event, workshops, appearances; and other communication opportunities;
  • Nurture new and old relationships with collaborative partners;
  • Provide educational opportunities to school age audiences as well as professional community partners;
  • Help educate residents on HEZ and HEZ projects;
  • Schedule regular outreach exhibitions in the community ;
  • Create and maintain awareness of both BVAC and HEZ on social media platforms;
  • Distribute outreach materials to community members, partner organizations, and businesses;
  • Develop, attend, and discover community events to promote BVAC and HEZ program opportunities;
  • Prepare accurate records and reports; and
  • Assist in the organization of special events.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or human services field;
  • Preferred experience in the community outreach field;
  • Must be able to travel with use of a personal car;
  • Must possess the ability to speak effectively before groups and actively engage the public in outreach situations;
  • Outstanding written communication and presentation skills;
  • Must possess the ability to interact respectfully with diverse cultural and socio-economic populations;
  • Strong knowledge of social media;
  • Detail-orientated with the ability to manage multiple projects at a time;
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and community-driven; and
  • Positive attitude and familiarity with community agencies and referrals.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Based on experience

 

Shelter Case Manager

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Shelter Manager and according to established policies and procedures, has primary responsibility of case management focusing on support for families and individuals experiencing domestic violence and residing the Safe Homes.

Principal Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conducts activities necessary to admit individuals and families to the Safe Homes;
  • Records necessary information, explains house practices, tours, distributes linens and other necessary items, and otherwise orients new residents;
  • Supports residents with developing long-term plan for economic stability through employment and/or job training program;
  • Helps residents with assessment of interests, financial needs, and progress;
  • Empowers residents in goal planning and timelines for securing housing, and other resources;
  • Provides crisis intervention and advocacy to residents in the Safe Home;
  • Assists in identifying immediate and long-term needs, reviewing options, and planning for transitions and makes referrals as necessary;
  • Maintains demographic statistics on residents who reside in the Safe Home Program and compiles weekly reports through data entry;
  • Represents agency at various local providers meetings as needed;
  • Facilitates group workshops;
  • Facilitates weekly residents meeting to discuss care plans and goals;
  • Responsible for maintaining donations received in conjunction with other staff;
  • Researches and creates links with established local and statewide employment and housing resources, businesses, adult education programs, housing authorities, statewide housing organizations, etc.;
  • Responsible for receiving, screening, routing and/or responding to telephone calls to the Victims of Crime Helpline and agency helpline as needed;
  • Participation in on-call and emergency coverage as needed to safe home; and
  • Additional duties necessary for the efficient operation of the agency assigned.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to clients;
  • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of families in crisis, particularly those affected by domestic violence;
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively deal with crisis level situations;
  • The physical ability to lift heavy items;
  • A valid driver’s license and automobile insurance is required as work involves in-state travel;
  • A combination of education and experience demonstrating acquisition of the skills and abilities required;
  • A level of knowledge equivalent to that which is acquired by a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, trauma informed services, child development and housing first model; and
  • Bilingual ability in English/Spanish a plus.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.


Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type:

  • Full-time
  • Tuesday through Saturday
  • 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Salary: Based on experience

Court Advocate

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is looking for a Court Advocate to perform the duties listed below at the Garrahy Courthouse in Providence, RI. The Court Advocate will assist in providing direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including provision of support, information, referrals, and advocacy.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide victims of domestic and sexual violence with emotional support, referrals and information about the court process;
  • Inform victims of their rights;
  • Empower victims to make his/her own decisions;
  • Advocate on the victim’s behalf;
  • Inform victims of the core of information about domestic violence; i
  • Inform victims of the court process in which they are involved;
  • Intervene on their behalf with police or court personnel as appropriate;
  • Inform victims of the status of their cases, forms of protection available, domestic violence services, and other appropriate social services;
  • Assist victims in identifying appropriate jurisdiction and in completion of required paperwork for protective orders;
  • Provide information (such as court dates, case dispositions, and agency services) to victims via telephone or mail on a timely basis;
  • Collect monthly data and prepare reports for inclusion in monthly statistics;
  • Meet regularly with your supervisor and provide any written statistical or narrative reports requested; and
  • Attend all training sessions deemed necessary/appropriate by your supervisor, including statewide Court Advocate meetings.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • A high level of organizational skills to engage diverse functions;
  • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of various individuals, particularly those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively deal with stressful situations;
  • Conduct oneself in ways that empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • Knowledge of the Rhode Island court system;
  • Bachelor’s degree; and
  • Bilingual Spanish required.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.


Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

 

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $17.50 per hour

Administrative Assistant

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, located in Central Falls, RI, is looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks. We are hiring for full-time, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answer agency phone calls;
  • Pick up mail and sort at least once a week;
  • Order office supplies and research new deals and suppliers;
  • Sort through orders and inventory items;
  • File;
  • Make copies; and
  • Additional duties necessary for the efficient operation of the agency.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Proficiency in MS Office (MS Excel and Word);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritize work;
  • Organization and ability to multi-task;
  • Attention to detail to ensure tasks are completed thoroughly and correctly;
  • Associates Degree with experience or willing to learn; and
  • Spanish speaking preferred.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.


Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Based on experience

Housing Stabilization Case Manager

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

The Housing Stabilization Case Manager will work directly with individuals and families within Rhode Island’s Coordinated Entry System who are experiencing homelessness by providing short-term, solutions-focused crisis intervention and resources to participants who are not eligible for homeless system resources or for whom no resources are currently available.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advocate for the mission of the organization and promote the vision and direction of the agency’s values;
  • Deliver services with safety, respect, and effectiveness;
  • Follow all policies and procedures of the organization;
  • Utilize diversion skills to help those at risk of homelessness to identify immediate alternate housing arrangements, connecting them with needed resources, and identifying strengths and personal resources;
  • Assist clients with housing needs that will include evictions, landlord negotiations, and access to community resources as needed;
  • Maintain contact with Coordinated Entry clients on a scheduled basis, appropriate to their prioritized status and needs;
  • Make referrals to supportive services in our community as appropriate and support client in navigating this process;
  • Perform data entry by collecting assessment data and records to ensure all clients are tracked and that services and measurable outcomes are identified and documented in a timely manner;
  • Has operational understanding and effective collaborative relationships with other community resources;
  • Assess personal safety in each interaction and undertake due diligence in maintaining personal safety with homeless households that may be experiencing an adverse life circumstance, trauma, and/or exceptional emotional response to homelessness or risk of homelessness;
  • Participate in ensuring confidentiality of service user assessment information related to all relevant legislation; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to work effectively with individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds as well as populations that have experienced vulnerability, trauma, incarceration, substance use, developmental delays, compromised mental wellness, brain injuries, literacy and numeracy issues, and/or other conditions or situations that have impacted housing stability;
  • Must be solution-focused, exercise a wide degree of independent judgement, decision, and action on an ongoing basis;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the work environment;
  • At least 18 months experience in the human services field, such as advocacy or case management;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must work well under pressure, be flexible, and able to multi-task;
  • Knowledge of social casework principals, practices and techniques, and the ability to apply these effectively;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer skills and data entry required; and
  • Bachelor’s degree or certification/license in a social services/human services field.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $20 per hour

Housing Navigator

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

The Housing Navigator will prospect and develop new landlord relationships to provide homeless individuals appropriate housing as part of Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center’s Housing First service delivery model. This model includes intensive home-based case management focused on permanent housing stability, housing relocation services, landlord/tenant education and financial assistance.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prospect and establish new landlord relationships to develop a “housing bank” of apartments/housing units suitable for the homeless and marginalized population of clients that we serve;
  • Develop and maintain community and landlord partnerships to provide resources and cultivate relationships with the landlord;
  • Ensure all identified units meet HUD’s rent requirements;
  • Coordinate and conduct lease reviews and signings;
  • Act as an advocate for the client;
  • Provide initial inspections to ensure compliance with HUD safety standards for housing and lead-safe status;
  • Coordinate apartment showings and move-in schedules;
  • Maintain spreadsheets and database information;
  • Liaison with the landlord, staff, and clients to facilitate successful occupancy; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to work with the homeless and marginalized populations;
  • Knowledge of the neighborhoods where housing is located and knowledge of housing/building codes and safety standards for rental housing;
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in real estate and/or property management is required;
  • Additional human services experience preferred;
  • Computer skills and data entry required;
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel in the community.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.


Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $20 per hour 

Helpline Advocate – Third Shift

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Community Services and according to established policies and procedures, has primary responsibility of answering the Victims of Crime Helpline via telephone and Internet.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receives and responds to the Victims of Crime Helpline from victims in crisis, police and medical personnel, and others;
  • Gives information on services provided and makes referrals as necessary;
  • Maintains comprehensive log of all incoming calls to Victims of Crime Helpline;
  • Performs all tasks necessary to the efficient operation of the Victims of Crime Helpline;
  • Represents agency at various local housing providers meetings as needed; and
  • Additional duties necessary for the efficient operation of the agency.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to clients;
  • Verbal communication skills to represent agency;
  • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of families in crisis, particularly those affected by domestic violence;
  • The ability to appropriately and effectively deal with stressful situations;
  • Associates Degree with experience; and
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type:

  • Full-time
  • Third shift, Midnight to 8 a.m.
  • Monday – Friday

Salary: Based on experience

Safe Havens Visitation Advocate

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

The Safe Havens Advocate will provide oversight and management of Safe Havens supervised visitation and child exchange services, including conducting intake and assessment of program participants; on site or remote monitoring of overall operations during visitation; recruit, train, and schedule visitation monitors; and ensure services are safe, neutral, and in compliance with contract and court requirements. This position reports to the Director of Community Services.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the weekly visits including scheduling, staffing, and monitoring visits as needed;
  • Recruit, train, manage, and evaluate monitoring staff;
  • Conduct and/or oversee pre-service intake and assessments with all custodial and non-custodial parties;
  • Conduct pre-service welcome visits at Safe Havens centers for program participants as needed;
  • Coordinate and schedule security for visits;
  • Supervise visitation monitors to ensure the safety of participants and compliance with program goals and objectives;
  • Provide written reports for funders, including monthly and quarterly data reporting requirements through Empower DB;
  • Develop and maintain community and statewide relationships with service providers, attorneys, court personnel, professional associations, and other related professionals;
  • Attend Safe Havens RICADV meetings and collaborate with Safe Haven’s partners as stated in the Safe Families MOU;
  • Maintain confidentiality of client in accordance with VAWA federal laws and requirements;
  • Attend LGBTQ+ specific trainings and RICADV related training and technical assistance to support the implementation of the grant; and
  • Additional duties necessary for the efficient operation of the agency.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field and three years of relevant work experience;
  • Understanding of domestic violence and child sexual assault issues;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Bilingual preferred.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.


Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Based on experience

Case Manager of Residential Services

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Director of Residential Services and according to established policies and procedures, has primary responsibility of case management focusing on support for children in families who reside in the Safe Home and the Transitional Housing Program.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts activities necessary to admit women and their children to the Safe Home;
  • Records necessary information, explains house rules, tours, distributes linens and other necessary items; and orients new guests;
  • Responsible for implementing transitional services to families who are leaving the Safe Home;
  • Assists in developing long-term plan for economic stability through employment and/or job training program;
  • Assessment of interests, financial needs, and progress;
  • Supports guests in goal planning and timelines;
  • Provides crisis intervention, advocacy, and support to guests in the Safe Home and Transitional Housing Program;
  • Assists in identifying immediate and long-term needs, reviewing options, setting goals, and making referrals as necessary;
  • Maintains demographic statistics on guests who reside in both the Safe Home and Transitional Housing Program and compiles weekly and monthly reports through data entry;
  • Represents the agency at various local housing providers meetings as needed;
  • Facilitates children’s group events and individual sessions;
  • Facilitates weekly guests meeting to discuss care plans and goals;
  • Responsible for billing and/or collecting rent directly from guest as appropriate;
  • Responsible for maintaining donation room and maintaining inventory of donations received in conjunction with other staff;
  • Researches and creates links with established local and statewide employment and housing resources such as job banks, businesses, adult education programs, housing authorities, statewide housing organizations, etc.;
  • Responsible for receiving, screening, routing, and/or responding to telephone calls to the Victims of Crime Helpline and agency helpline as needed;
  • Participation in on-call weekend and emergency coverage as needed to safe home; and
  • Additional duties necessary for the efficient operation of the agency.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to clients;
  • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of families in crisis, particularly those affected by domestic violence;
  • The ability to appropriately and effectively deal with crisis level situations;
  • The physical ability to lift heavy items;
  • A valid driver’s license and automobile insurance is required as work involves in-state travel;
  • A combination of education and experience demonstrating acquisition of the skills and abilities;
  • A level of knowledge equivalent to that which is acquired by a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, trauma informed services, and child development; and
  • Bilingual ability in English/Spanish preferred.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed.

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Job Type:

  • Full-time
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Salary: Based on experience

Crossroads Rhode Island

  • Summary: 

    The Program Manager is responsible for the effective management of the daily operations of the residential and supportive services for survivors experiencing domestic violence. This includes supervision and training of the program staff to ensure that all organizational and program policies are successfully achieved.

    The successful candidate will:

    • Advocate for the mission of the organization and uphold the agency’s values.
    • Participates as an active member of the Management team.
    • Provides supervision, direction, support and coaching to the program staff through regular communication, timely performance management and oversight.
    • Ensure the delivery of quality services through clear program procedures and guidelines.
    • In conjunction with management, plans short and long-range goals and objectives for the housing and supportive programs.
    • Makes recommendations regarding immediate and long-term needs for programs, staffing and funding. Implements authorized policies, procedures and programs in accordance with stated goals.
    • Responsible for daily operation of the residential facility, making recommendations regarding major purchases and/or renovations to assure a safe and healthy environment for residents and staff.
    • Provides for sufficient staff coverage to maintain day-to-day service delivery/operation of the 24-hour Help line and the residential program.  Prepares regular and on-call schedules, reviews timesheets and approves vacation, sick and personal time off requests.
    • Provides supervision and training to program staff, and is responsible for the design and delivery of client services which assist clients to achieve self-sufficiency and secure and maintain appropriate services.  Makes program decision and recommendation when appropriate.
    • Assures that staff members are effectively providing individual advocacy and support to residents, in accordance with programs philosophy, policies and procedures.  Facilitates weekly team meetings; arranges for in-service training for staff; oversees staff development.
    • Acts as a liaison to other community-based service providers and RI Coalition against Domestic Violence and member agencies.  Attends meetings when appropriate.  Makes presentation as needed.
    • Responsible for monitoring and ensuring accurate statistical reporting and confidential data collection. Develop systems to track and maintain all required records for residential program.  Prepare monthly, quarterly, annual program reports as required by funding sources.
    • Completes reports and other program administrative duties in a timely manager.
    • Assist in the recruitment, selection, training, supervisor, and evaluation of direct service staff.


    Experience and Education: 
    BA required, Advanced degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related field preferred.

    Consideration will be given to any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education:

    • 5+ years of experience working in domestic violence, trauma and homeless-related issues
    • 3+ years of experience working in social services with a minimum of 2 years of supervisory/management experience
    • Previous experience providing trauma-informed care services required
    • Experience working in shelter or residential environment required

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of social casework principles, practices, and techniques and the ability to apply these effectively.
    • Knowledge of issues related to homelessness, including substance abuse, and mental health;
    • A high level of organization and supervisory skills to direct activities of staff and programs
    • Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution and crisis management skills
    • Analytical skills to participate in identifying needs and to plan and develop procedures and programs to meet those needs
    • A high level of interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to residents, and to facilitate groups
    • Commitment and sensitivity to issues related to the needs of women and children, especially those affected by domestic violence
    • Previous experience working in multi-cultural environments and collaboration with community-based and other external organizations.

    To Apply:

    Interested applicants are asked to submit an online application on the Crossroads Rhode Island website.

Position type: Part-time

Location: Providence, R.I. domestic violence shelter

Schedule: Thursday – Monday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Position summary: Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in the state, is seeking a dynamic, forward thinking individual to join our team in the role of Shelter Advocate.

The Shelter Advocate is responsible for providing trauma-informed services to survivors of domestic abuse including support, advocacy, crisis intervention, safety planning, parenting support, information, and referrals. 

Included duties:

  • Complete on-site Domestic Violence 101 training, hotline training and other required training
  • Assist callers on our crisis hotline
  • Assist with the daily needs of clients in our shelter
  • Complete intakes of clients entering shelter
  • Facilitate cooperative living, peer support and resident participation in shelter programming
  • Models and actively promotes positive, nurturing interactions between adults and children in shelter
  • Communicates shelter expectations and communal living guidelines to residents as outlined in the shelter guidelines
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed
  • Packs client belongings as needed; cleans/sanitizes rooms after clients exit; prepares room for next client
  • Adheres to agency policies and work rules, including strict adherence to CRI’s confidentiality policies and code of ethics
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in social/human services, psychology or related field or equivalent working experience
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma and related issues
  • Experience working in direct client services
  • Experience in a residential facility setting strongly preferred
  • Experience working with a diverse population
  • Proficient in basic computer skills
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred but not required

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Understand and put into practice the trauma-informed philosophy and goals of the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads
  • Understanding of and commitment to issues of cultural diversity as they apply to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors
  • Knowledge of social casework principles, practices and techniques and the ability to apply these effectively
  • Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect.
  • Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and objectives
  • Knowledge of techniques used in dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to exercise a wide degree of independent judgment, decision, and action on an ongoing basis

Requirements:

  • Must have at least 1-2 years of experience working with victims of domestic violence
  • Must be able to meet the physical demands and work environment requirements: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • Physical demands: Sitting, walking, climbing stairs, lifting up to 20 pounds, reaching, carrying, speaking, listening
    • Work environment: An environment of fast pace of crisis intervention; protocol for safety and security is a priority; use of phones, in person assistance, computer, fax and other general office machinery.

To apply: Please apply on the Crossroads RI website

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County

Director of Development and Communications

Organization Description:

The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRCSC) is a nonprofit agency that works toward a future free of violence, and to build a community in which each individual shares the responsibility to create a culture of safety and personal dignity. We work collaboratively to offer safety, support, advocacy, education and a network of services to the residents of Washington County. The DVRCSC is dedicated to both preventing and responding to domestic violence by working to change the social conditions, beliefs, and social actions that perpetuate abuse.

Job Description

The Director of Development and Communications is a senior leadership position responsible for managing multi-faceted communications and fund development strategies geared toward

  • increasing DVRC’s visibility and authority in the community as a known and trusted expert on issues related to Domestic Violence
  • engaging community members – including donors, volunteers, staff, and board in DVRC’s mission to create a world free of violence, and to build a community in which each individual shares the responsibility to create a culture of safety and personal dignity.

Responsibilities

  • Fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout DVRC that nurtures loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program including cultivation and communications.
  • Translates DVRC’s vision and goals into compelling appeals to outside constituents and for internal staff.
  • Promotes culture of storytelling, defining strategies for telling personal stories that highlight the positive impact of DVRC’s work and employing a variety of communications methods to do so; as needed, generating content by interfacing directly with community members – including donors, advocates and people seeking services.
  • Ensures consistent voice and messaging across DVRC’s communications channels and coordinates approval process around external communications.
  • Works closely with Executive Director and members of the senior leadership team to identify annual communications and development priorities.
  • Interfaces regularly with donors of all types.
  • Coordinates with DVRC Staff, opportunities for donors to experience firsthand the impact of their gifts on DVRC’s advocacy, programs and operations.
  • Evaluates the effect of internal and external forces on DVRC’s communications and fund development and recommends short- and long-term plans and programs that support DVRC’s values, mission, and strategic plan.
  • Keeps informed of developments in communications and philanthropy and applies best practices.
  • Provides oversight of all DVRC’s communications and fund development activities including direct mail, newsletter, Impact Report, website and online giving, social media, grant applications and corporate partnerships. Manages the day-to-day operations of the team and monitors adequacy of strategies and tactics.
  • Regularly collects, analyzes, and reports on key communications and development metrics.
  • Prepares regular communications and development analyses and reports for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Engages and supports Board of Directors in donor relations through thank you calls, community events, etc. that support DVRC.
  • Participates in the formulation and implementation of budgets and strategic plan.
  • Assures DVRC’s needs around print and digital communications, PR and media relations and advertising are met. Coordinates content generation, design, and printing for major annual publications, interfacing with staff, board, vendors, and other community members.
  • Other projects as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • Combination of education and senior management experience in fund development, communications and marketing in a nonprofit organization.
  • Commitment to DVRC’s mission.
  • Commitment to prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion and integrating it throughout DVRC’s communication and development strategies.
  • Strong supervisory experience including building and managing teams.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the nature of communications and philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, grant writing, direct mail, and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.
  • Commitment to a flexible work schedule to meet the organizational needs of DVRC
  • Willingness to travel locally, regionally, and nationally as needed for meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Practical and strategic systems thinker and problem-solver.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and implementing comprehensive programs in communications and fund development that increase awareness, engagement, and philanthropic contributions.
  • Budgeting and financial management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Initiative, flexibility and ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Experience using and managing databases and technology (e.g., Bloomerang, Constant Contact, WordPress, design programs).

Pay Scale: $70,000-$75,000

Status: Exempt

How to Apply: A formal cover letter is required for consideration.

1) Online at Indeed; or

2) E-mail cover letter and résumé to: csoares@dvrcsc.org  (subject line: “Director of Development and Communications”)

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center

Women's Resource Center

Position title: Volunteer Board Member

Duties: The board shall provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance of the WRC. The board operates as a collective to assure the public trust in the organization’s pursuit of its mission. The Board of Directors is accountable through oversight for the organizational health and effectiveness of the WRC and ensures the organization pursues its mission in a prudent and ethical manner.

Board terms / participation: Board members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings are held monthly and committee meetings are held at least quarterly or more frequently as needed.

Desired skills and expertise: We are currently recruiting for diversity in leadership that is representative of the population(s) we serve and the East Bay community, who are looking to make an impact on their community through volunteer board membership. We are currently in need of a board member with a strong finance or human resources background, but a member who also appreciates an affinity for our mission and expertise in public health and community engagement. Candidates who work or live in the East Bay of Rhode Island are preferred, however, all interested persons are invited to apply!

To apply: We are looking to fill two board positions in October 2022. Please send your resume and cover letter to rknight@wrcnbc.org.

The Women’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee or applicant in employment of conditions or opportunities for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or another status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation.


About WRC: The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education, and support services. The WRC is the premier domestic violence response agency for the East Bay of R.I. and the backbone of the Newport Health Equity Zone (HEZ). Further information can be found on the website www.wrcnbc.org and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wrcnbc

The WRC Board of Directors comprises leaders and community members from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. WRC’s board strives to be a model of governance performance. Our board members champion the importance of exceptional board leadership and believes that every organization needs a strong and affective board to fully realize its potential for good. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of oversight, our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and engaged in fund development efforts to identify and secure the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the WRC to advance its mission.

Position title: Bilingual licensed clinician

Location: Office space is available in our Warren and Newport offices and in our sister organization’s office in Central Falls. You will be able to schedule at your convenience, including weekends and evenings.

Job summary: The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), serving the Newport and Bristol counties of Rhode Island, currently seeks fee-for-service bilingual licensed clinicians as we expand our outpatient counseling services to adults, adolescents and children who have been affected by domestic violence. Our ideal candidate will work with both adults and children, however, a clinician who specializes in either will be considered. 

Preferred qualifications: Experience working with domestic violence issues is a strong plus. We are seeking Rhode Island independently licensed (LICSW, LMHC, PhD, LMFT, etc.) applicants. A minimum of two years’ experience in a counseling setting is required and fluency in languages other than English should be noted in your submission.

Compensation: Our clinicians receive competitive rates and are reimbursed for services provided to clients without insurance as well as those who are insured. Financial support for CEUs/trainings is available to all clinicians.  

To apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to careers@wrcnbc.org


The Women’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or veteran status.

About WRC: Since 1977, WRC has been a listening ear, a helping hand and, in some cases, a lifeline to individuals experiencing domestic violence. Its community-based work has helped women, men, children and families achieve physical, mental, emotional and financial safety.

Now, over 40 years later, with an annual operating budget of over $2 million, a staff of 27 and an active ten-member board of directors, WRC provides a comprehensive array of advocacy, support, shelter and housing, information, referral and follow-up services to survivors of domestic violence and persons at-risk for domestic violence. Specifically, WRC operates the following programs and initiatives:

  • 24-hour helpline
  • Shelter serving up to 13 adults and children
  • Transitional housing program with 10 apartments in three East Bay communities (Bristol, Tiverton and Warren)
  • Drop-in center
  • Court advocacy program
  • Family Violence Option Advocacy Program for clients of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services
  • Law enforcement advocacy program
  • The Newport Health Equity Zone (HEZ)
  • Counseling program with licensed practitioners providing individual services
  • Support groups

Of particular note, WRC is among a small cohort of organizations nationally that are engaging in health equity work as a domestic violence prevention strategy. We are recognized leaders in the development of this work, and have been invited to present at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our team has had the privilege of training domestic violence program staff members in other states as they begin to adopt evidence-informed prevention practice. 

WRC operates from three principal locations: Downtown Newport, at 114 Touro St., in Warren, at 624 Main St. and at the Florence Gray Center, in Newport’s North End, where our prevention team is housed.

Position title: Licensed Clinician 

Location:  Remote and hybrid.  Office space is available in our Warren and Newport offices and in our sister organization’s office in Central Falls. You will be able to schedule at your convenience, including weekends and evenings.

Job summary: The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), serving the Newport and Bristol counties of Rhode Island, currently seeks fee-for-service licensed clinicians as we expand our outpatient counseling services to adults, adolescents and children who have been affected by domestic violence. Our ideal candidate will work with both adults and children, however a clinician who specializes in either will be considered. 

Preferred qualifications:  Experience working with domestic violence issues is a strong plus. We are seeking Rhode Island independently licensed (LICSW, LMHC, PhD, LMFT, etc.) applicants.  A minimum of two years’ experience in a counseling setting is required and fluency in languages other than English should be noted in your submission.

Compensation:  Our clinicians receive $45-70 per session and are reimbursed for services provided to clients without insurance as well as those who are insured. Financial support for CEUs/trainings is available to all clinicians.  

To apply:  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to  careers@wrcnbc.org.

The Women’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee or applicant in employment of conditions or opportunities for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation.

About WRC:  Since 1977, WRC has been a listening ear, a helping hand and, in some cases, a lifeline to individuals experiencing domestic violence.  Its community-based work has helped women, men, children and families achieve physical, mental, emotional and financial safety. 

Now, over 40 years later, with an annual operating budget of over $2 million, a staff of 27 and an active ten-member board of directors, WRC provides a comprehensive array of advocacy, support, shelter and housing, information, referral and follow-up services to survivors of domestic violence and persons at-risk for domestic violence. Specifically, WRC operates the following programs and initiatives:

  • 24-hour helpline
  • Shelter serving up to 13 adults and children
  • Transitional housing program with 10 apartments in three East Bay communities (Bristol, Tiverton and Warren)
  • Drop-in center
  • Court advocacy program
  • Family Violence Option Advocacy Program for clients of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services
  • Law enforcement advocacy program
  • The Newport Health Equity Zone (HEZ)
  • Counseling program with licensed practitioners providing individual services
  • Support groups

Of particular note, WRC  is among a small cohort of organizations nationally which are engaging in health equity work as a domestic violence prevention strategy.  We are recognized leaders in the development of this work, and have been invited to present at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Our team has had the privilege of training domestic violence program staff members in other states as they begin to adopt evidence-informed prevention practice. 

WRC operates from three principal locations: Downtown  Newport, at 114 Touro St., in Warren, at 624 Main St. and at the Florence Gray Center, in Newport’s North End, where our prevention team is housed.

Position title: Lived experience consultants

Job summary: We are recruiting lived experience consultants for a short-term opportunity to become involved in an effort to improve domestic violence services and supports in Newport and Bristol Counties and to identify solutions for how to stop domestic violence in our community. No experience is needed. Training will be provided. 

Lived experience advisors are people who have valuable lived experience with the issues we are addressing and who will work together with The Capacity Group and The Women’s Resource Center to improve domestic violence services and support, and to think about how to work toward ending domestic violence, and improving overall wellbeing in their own community. Lived experience consultants will have the opportunity to participate in positive healthy changes in Newport and Bristol Counties.

Duties: Work collaboratively with The Capacity Group and staff at The Women’s Resource Center to:

  • Provide feedback on questions we will ask staff, board members, current and former clients about what is working well and how to improve services and supports
  • Look at what others are saying, help to bring up ideas that have not been considered
  • Help to identify different people/groups to talk to make sure we get all points of view
  • Help to co-facilitate online and/or in person conversations on issues related to domestic violence, preventing domestic violence and improving overall wellbeing 

Time commitment: Approximately 2 to 5 hours per week, for a total of 40 hours from April 2022 through November 2022. Those who can work only 20 to 30 hours in that timeframe will be considered as well. The pay is $20/hr. 

Expectations: Respond to emails, attend meetings, help to review information, participate in learning sessions, attend trainings, provide your point of view. 

Requirements: Strong familiarity with Newport and Bristol Counties, strong interest in stopping domestic violence and supporting those who have experienced domestic violence, ability to work well with others. 

Training: Training will be provided for all aspects of this work.

How to apply: Send an email describing your interest in doing this type of work and your connection to Newport and Bristol Counties to: contact@thecapacitygroup.org by April 15.


The Women’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or veteran status.

About WRC: Since 1977, WRC has been a listening ear, a helping hand and, in some cases, a lifeline to individuals experiencing domestic violence. Its community-based work has helped women, men, children and families achieve physical, mental, emotional and financial safety.

Now, over 40 years later, with an annual operating budget of over $2 million, a staff of 27 and an active ten-member board of directors, WRC provides a comprehensive array of advocacy, support, shelter and housing, information, referral and follow-up services to survivors of domestic violence and persons at-risk for domestic violence. Specifically, WRC operates the following programs and initiatives:

  • 24-hour helpline
  • Shelter serving up to 13 adults and children
  • Transitional housing program with 10 apartments in three East Bay communities (Bristol, Tiverton and Warren)
  • Drop-in center
  • Court advocacy program
  • Family Violence Option Advocacy Program for clients of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services
  • Law enforcement advocacy program
  • The Newport Health Equity Zone (HEZ)
  • Counseling program with licensed practitioners providing individual services
  • Support groups

Of particular note, WRC is among a small cohort of organizations nationally that are engaging in health equity work as a domestic violence prevention strategy. We are recognized leaders in the development of this work, and have been invited to present at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our team has had the privilege of training domestic violence program staff members in other states as they begin to adopt evidence-informed prevention practice. 

WRC operates from three principal locations: Downtown Newport, at 114 Touro St., in Warren, at 624 Main St. and at the Florence Gray Center, in Newport’s North End, where our prevention team is housed.

Position title: Systems advocate – FVOAP
Salary: $38,000-$42,000
Reports to: Systems advocacy manager

Job summary: The systems advocate will report to the systems advocacy manager. The systems advocate will assist DHS clients who are victims/survivors of domestic violence in obtaining a waiver(s) from certain requirements of the RI Works Program or Child Care Assistance Program. The advocate promotes trust and communication with the victim with safety planning and providing referrals to various programs and services throughout Rhode Island and other states if need be.

Essential job functions: System advocates work with but are not DHS caseworkers. Advocates are assigned to regional DHS offices throughout the state to assess the needs of clients who may be victims of domestic violence and are applying for DHS assistance. The advocates use state-approved assessment tools to review all cases and make a determination recommendation to DHS, at which time a waiver will be issued or denied by DHS.

Works with DHS clients/victims: 

  • Meet with clients to assess their needs for a DHS waiver using approved assessment tools
  • Flexibility with schedule in order to meet with clients
  • Gathers related documentation from victim, including but not limited to confidentiality releases, court documents, police reports and sworn statements for evidence of requested waiver
  • Individual advocacy; ongoing crisis management and resource referrals
  • Collaborates with DHS staff to provide benefits to clients
  • Provide trauma-informed direct services including support, advocacy, crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to clients in crisis
  • Engage with clients and DHS staff on the phone, through mail, email, or fax
  • Provide follow-up case management to clients as needed

Other responsibilities:

  • New employees will be trained in-house and will be expected to attend mandatory outside trainings during the probationary employment period
  • Reporting back to DHS with the waiver recommendation through documentation
  • Retain updated client list
  • Record and report all client interactions
  • Provide DV-101 presentations at least one time per month at the NWRI
  • Provide requested information to systems advocacy manager and director of client services
  • Attend mandatory trainings, staff meetings and individual case review
  • Abide by DHS office protocol and procedures
  • Assure proper reports and documentation are completed and accurate
  • Proper file maintenance
  • Work collectively with other WRC departments, the sister agencies and the RICADV
  • Abide by the Women’s Resource Center protocols and procedures
  • Work collectively as a team under the supervision of the systems advocacy manager

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Must be able to confront and solve basic practical issues and problems, these can arise in a variety of situations
  • Experience/education: Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college or accredited university and/or extensive related experience in the field of domestic violence and/or social services
  • Must be able to speak and write effectively – may be expected to present in front of a group of individuals who may have difficulty understanding domestic violence
  • Spanish speaking and writing may be required
  • Must have viable transportation and proof of auto insurance

Special requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit, stand, walk and handle objects, reach, talk and listen. May occasionally be required to lift and or move objects.

  • Auto travel within R.I. 
  • Vehicle with confirmed active registration and insurance
  • Required trainings
  • Required BCI background check
  • Required signed documents/policies

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@wrcnbc.org. 

The Women’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or veteran status.


About WRC: Founded in 1977, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has a long history of providing a full range of compassionate, comprehensive direct services to survivors of domestic violence. Over the past 15 years, the WRC has also been at the forefront of innovative prevention practice nationally. The WRC’s purpose is to work with the community to end violence, combining survivor-centered service delivery with evidence-informed prevention strategies. We engage a myriad of governmental and state agencies, organizational partners and diverse local residents of all ages, races, ethnicities, languages, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds to ensure that survivors have the supports they need, while simultaneously working to create healthy, safe communities.

The WRC is committed to being at the top of our field with all of our services and practice. We prioritize organizational and staff development to ensure that all of our practices reflect best practices in the field. In addition, we are participating in Move to End Violence, a national project focused on centering the domestic violence movement on the experiences of marginalized communities. Members of our staff have attended local, regional and national trainings as well as webinars to continue to grow their professional skills.

The Women’s Resource Center has many strengths to build on including a strong revenue base from state and federal funds and foundation grants, a diverse, highly committed, engaged and experienced staff providing unique, highly mission-driven programs; competent management; and statewide recognition for excellence in programming in the areas of primary prevention and counseling as well as state leadership in connecting victims to DHS support.

Mission
Leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services.

Values

  • Social justice
    • We believe that our community has the ability to achieve domestic peace.
  • Individual empowerment
    • We believe in the potential for individual change.
  • Community commitment
    • We believe in the power of working collaboratively with our community to compassionately
      and confidentially provide best practices in a safe and accessible environment.
  • Agency commitment
    • We believe in providing a diverse, respectful and safe environment to work, learn and grow.

Helpline Available 24/7

The confidential statewide Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-494-8100 or using the online chat here. The Helpline is for all victims of violent crime, including domestic and dating abuse, and those looking for more information to help a victim of violence.

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