Job Announcement

Position: Youth Program Advocate
Reports to: Youth Program Director

This is a full-time (1 FTE), permanent position with a competitive salary in an exciting, progressive changemaking service organization. We offer excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, long and short term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, and a caring and innovative work environment!

Position open until filled. Resumes may be considered immediately upon receipt. We anticipate starting interviews in mid-late July 2016 and hope to have the position start in mid-late August 2016.

A Youth Program Advocate:

  • Advocates for bisexual, trans, lesbian, gay and queer survivors of domestic & dating violence and LGBTQ youth crime victims;
  • Organize with young LGBTQ people to create just, safe communities; and
  • Works on individual, grassroots and systems levels to create the conditions necessary to support loving and equitable relationships

Please email or mail your resume and formal cover letter to (no faxed resumes accepted):

info@nwnetwork.org
The NW Network Attn: Hiring Committee, Youth Programs P.O. Box 18436 Seattle, WA 98118

Please note: We want your take on anti-violence work, youth work, LGBTQ community issues and progressive social change in your cover letter. If you are applying for more than one position, please explain your interest in each position. This position includes getting an idea across to diverse audiences; show us what you can do!

If emailing your application, attach cover letter and resume as one combined file.
Please do not include your cover letter in the body of the email.

The NW Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The NW Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, and the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in employment, volunteer opportunities or services rendered.


Job Description

A Northwest Network Youth Advocate works on individual, grassroots and systems levels to create the conditions to support loving equitable relationship and finds opportunities to support the work of allied changemakers and organizations. Youth Advocates work across the complex of NW Network Youth Programs to support the self-determination of LGBTQ youth experiencing violence and crime and ensure that program activities align with organizations mission and values.

Position: Youth Program Community Advocate
Reports to: Youth Service Program Director

This is a position with a competitive salary in an exciting, progressive change making service organization. We offer excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, long and short term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, and a caring and innovative work environment!

Desired:
We highly recommend people of all educational backgrounds and life experiences apply. We prioritize candidates who demonstrate their ability to center the experiences of LGBTQ youth and youth of color in their work. Candidates should successfully be able to balance critical engagement skills with humility and creativity. The ideal candidate is able to take initiative and work independently while working toward the goals of the larger group. Our work is focused on ending violence and building beloved community.

Duties May Include:

  • Working directly with the Youth Services Program Director to support the day to day functioning of the youth program and ensure that LGBTQ youth experiencing violence get connected to meaningful supports
  • One on one direct service advocacy with LGBTQ youth victims of violence and crime
  • Co-facilitate support groups and/or discussion groups regarding domestic & sexual violence and healthy relationship skills as assigned
  • Facilitate Gay Straight Alliance meetings at local middle & high schools
  • Organize LBTGQ youth to respond to dating/domestic violence and build positive relationship skills
  • Develop outreach strategies, presentations and community engagement/education projects to meet needs in the community
  • Prepare and distribute educational and outreach materials
  • Assist in coordination of the OutSpoken LGBTQ Youth Speaker’s Bureau
  • Coordinate and participate in LGBT cultural celebrations and community events (such as Pride, LGBTQ youth summits, Grrlvolution, etc)
  • Present information to community groups and service agencies in a relevant and engaging manner.
  • Assist co-workers in the development of relevant, survivor centered supports for LGBTQ youth experiencing violence
  • Document work and submit reports in a thorough and timely manner.
  • Develop, implement and participate in special projects as assigned
  • Manage crisis situation as they arise
  • Additionally duties as assigned

Core Competencies of a Successful Youth Program Advocate:

  • Advocates skillfully for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gay (LBTG) youth survivors of violence and crime to safety plan, build support networks, identify & meet needs, and heal from abuse.
  • Provide support for the NW Network’s LGBT Youth Crime Victim Service Center.
  • Utilizes NW Network assessment tools, advocacy approaches and analysis to assist survivors and community members in a respectful, transparent, and authentic manner.
  • Takes initiative and works cooperatively to ensure smooth functioning of organizational systems.
  • Promote enthusiasm and community engagement.
  • Ability to manage crisis situations with discernment.
  • Welcomes folks warmly and is eager to identify and respond to community needs.
  • Is prepared for and engaged during weekly staff meetings.
  • Seeks out support from co-workers and supervisor, proactively takes responsibility for self and work.
  • Understands the connections between liberation movements and anti-violence work.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the empowerment of bisexual, lesbian, trans, gay and queer people and survivors of violence.
  • Gives, receives and uses feedback to get the job done and create an awesome workplace!
  • Takes initiative, works cooperatively, and enthusiastically to ensure smooth functioning of organizational systems and development of special projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative, follow through on independent projects, and balance multiple priorities with a strong attention to detail.
  • Commitment to The NW Network’s values and fundamental mission end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in our community and across the country.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of dating, domestic and sexual violence and related crime victim services
  • Experience working with young people
  • Experience working in diverse gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual and/or queer community contexts
  • Experience working with LGBTQ homeless youth
  • Experience in social change community engagement work
  • Experience organizing and working within communities of color
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Multi-language skills (ASL included)
  • There are no educational requirements for this position

The NW Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The NW Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, and the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in employment, volunteer opportunities or services rendered.