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Employment Opportunities

Child/Family Advocate

Alternatives to Violence


YWCA Mission/Program Purpose

YWCA Rock County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Alternatives to Violence provides confidential, culturally competent domestic violence services to victims during crisis and recovery.


DEFINITION: The Child/Youth Advocate works under the supervision of the Alternatives to Violence Program Director. S/he will develop, implement, and evaluate youth programming and services.


QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in social work, education or related field and/or related experiences. Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and its effects on children and young adults. Knowledge of child development and ability to relate to children, birth to teen. Demonstrated knowledge of developmentally appropriate parenting practices. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must possess ability to work in collaboration with philosophically and culturally diverse and underserved populations. Dependable, non-judgmental, flexible and able to work in a high stress environment. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.



Direct Services/Advocacy Responsibilities

  • Conduct intake screenings with children/youth that are in shelter, making necessary recommendations and referrals where appropriate.

  • Develop safety plans with clients under the age of 18. Provide advocacy and case management services for clients under the age of 18. Provide appropriate referrals and resources for children and youth while at shelter.

  • Plan and facilitate child and youth support groups to address issues that may include safety plans, conflict resolution and anger management.

  • Identify and report cases of suspected child abuse/neglect according to program guidelines; offer support and guidance to other staff in the area of mandated reporting.

  • Collaborate with adult clients to address parenting concerns. Facilitate Nurturing Parenting curriculum.

  • Work to establish and maintain relationships with local community youth services and others to advocate for victim’s needs.

    Shelter and Miscellaneous Responsibilities

  • Share in shelter responsibilities which may include answering crisis phone line and on-call duties. Assist in providing services to shelter residents (see Shelter Advocate description for details).

  • Participate in Domestic Violence Intervention (DVI) Team on-call and other DVI activities

  • Maintain confidentiality of current/past program participants per program guidelines and pertinent law.

  • Be familiar with YWCA mission, vision, goals and policies.

  • Attend staff meetings, trainings, and Association meetings as required.

  • Represent the YWCA on community groups as requested by supervisor.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Reports to: Alternatives to Violence Program Director Supervises: None
Hours: 1.0 FTE, flexible scheduling options based on program needs Compensation & Benefits: Level 4. Benefits as described in YWCA personnel handbook.