Job announcement for Deaf Applicants: Advocate Coordinator

Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN)
Job Description: Advocate Coordinator

Please submit resume and cover letter to Sasha L. Ponappa, Executive Director at : [email protected] by June 15th, 2011.

POSITION: Advocate Coordinator, full-time 40 hours per week; and be on call as an advocate during emergencies including some evenings, weekends, and holidays.

LOCATION: Washington, DC metropolitan area

SALARY: $40,000 per year with benefits

A. Essential Responsibilities
1. Provide direct services, emergency assistance and crisis intervention to survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence as necessary, including participation on rotation schedule for the Network Advocate Program, DAWN’s 24/7 pager-based hotline program.
2. Administer and supervise the Network Advocate Program, including: direct supervision and support on an on-going basis for all DAWN advocates and volunteers.
3. Serves as liaison between administration and volunteers.
4. Responsible for interviewing and hiring procedures of all volunteers and advocates.
5. Ensure that all volunteer records and survivor records are maintained in a confidential and secured matter.

B. Community Relations
1. Establish and maintain collaborative alliances with appropriate community services, agencies and programs.
2. Conduct education and preventive programs as needed, to local deaf and hearing organizations, police departments, hospitals, court systems and professionals
3. Coordinates student and community volunteer services program in organizations engaged in public, social, and welfare activities.
4. Conduct outreach to community through event planning, presentations, booths, flyers, brochures, and social medias such as: Facebook, Twitter and DAWN’s website

C. Program Planning
1. Assure compliance with, and implementation of, all organization’s external and internal regulations and policies.
2. Prepare, maintain and monitor quality assurance for the programs under this position.
3. In conjunction with staff and Executive Director, develop short-term program plans and procedures.
4. Participate in program-based budget planning meetings with Executive Director when warranted.

• Available to work immediately
• Ability to provide culturally sensitive and empowerment-based advocacy services to survivors; and to able to effectively engage with diverse individuals
• Complete DAWN’s 50-hour deaf-based Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence training
• Fluent in American Sign Language and excellent written communication skills
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or 5 years of professional experience working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in outreach and social services

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