Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate, Full-Time

BHcare - Ansonia, CT (30+ days ago)4.1

At BHcare, a state-licensed, nonprofit behavioral health care provider serving the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven, and Shoreline communities, we are looking for a Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate, Full-Time to join our team of professionals in providing services that include crisis intervention and safety planning, prevention programs and public policy advocacy.

The Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate, Full-Time will be part of the team at The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS), a program at BHcare. For more information about UCDVS, please visit:

This is a Full-Time, 37.5 hour per week, Benefit-eligible position. The shift is Monday through Friday, 3pm to 11pm, and is based at our Greater New Haven Shelter.

Benefit eligible employees have an array of voluntary benefits to choose from, including medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as a 403(b)-retirement plan with a company matching component. Additional benefits include generous accrued paid time off and opportunities to attend trainings toward professional development.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Completing all intakes and orienting new residents and their children to the safe house/shelter.Collaborating with office staff regarding sheltering and transport of new clients.

Covering the UCDVS Hotline

Providing emotional support to help adults and children understand feelings and behaviors in response to abuse and specific ways to build self-esteem and more adaptive coping strategies through weekly scheduled appointments, and providing support groups 2 to 3 times a week

Collaborating with outside providers to ensure client needs are met, and providing clients with information, referrals and resources outside of the domestic violence program

Providing transportation for shelter clients for medical needs, shopping, education programs, cultural activities, etc.

Completing all documentation and record-keeping by end of shift

Preparing rooms for intake/discharge and maintaining cleanliness of shelter Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree

Two (2) years advocacy and/or direct service experience working with survivors of domestic violence in a community-based setting, preferred

Must be able to obtain and maintain the certified domestic violence counselor per CGS 52-146k before providing direct service to clients, followed with six-hour recertification yearly

Ability to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid certification

Strong Written Communication skills

Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of clients

Crisis intervention and counseling skills, preferred

Must be proficient with PCs and Microsoft Office Word & Outlook

Must have and maintain a valid CT driver’s license if relocated to CT as a state resident more than 30 days ago. Also, must maintain an acceptable driving record and be insurable at a reasonable rate under the Organization’s auto insurance plan.

Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans