Company Description: Elizabeth Freeman Center provides domestic
violence and sexual assault services and
advocacy in Berkshire County and surrounding
areas. Our services are free and confidential,
and include counseling, safe shelter, court
advocacy, a 24/7 toll-free hotline, and much
more. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Bilingual Shelter Family and Children's Advocate
To Commensurate With Experience
North Adams, Pittsfield, Great Barrington
Some College Coursework Completed
Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks an energetic, passionate person to serve as the primary children’s advocate in our shelter. The children’s advocate works as part of the shelter team to provide comprehensive services to families living in emergency shelter due to domestic violence.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is rolling until position has been filled. Sorry, we do NOT accept applications submitted through Berkshire Jobs. Visit elizabethfreemancenter.org/jobs to learn more.
• Provide advocacy, emotional support, and crisis intervention to children/youth in the shelter and to Spanish-speaking adults
• Develop and facilitate children and family activities that are enriching, normalizing, age appropriate and that promote positive parent/child interaction, including activities for the holidays, seasons, birthdays, and other occasions for celebration or note
• Assess children’s needs, develop resources and activities to meet those needs, and maintain a list of all agency and community activities/resources related to children’s needs
• Advocate with schools, doctors, child care and other providers on behalf of children, with the consent of the parent and in coordination with case manager
• Promote parent-child relationship building and offer parenting education and emotional support to parents including creative, non-violent approaches to discipline, child development, children’s behavioral and mental health, transitions into and out of shelter, impact of violence on children, etc.
• Foster children’s literacy skills, parent-child literacy learning opportunities, and a literacy-rich environment in shelter
• Coordinate children’s play program volunteers
• Work as a team member with other shelter staff to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all shelter guests
• Provide and coordinate language and cultural support as needed
• Attend programmatic meetings and trainings, maintain professional boundaries with individuals receiving EFC services, maintain excellent records in agency database, and adhere to strict guidelines to ensure client confidentiality
• Complete all other duties to further EFC’s mission and to ensure that survivors are safe and are provided with professional, empathetic, affirming services within the context of the agency’s mission and consistent with grant and legal requirements
40 hours per week. Requires Saturday and evening availability.
Compensation and benefits:
Competitive salary, excellent benefits.
• Experience with children
• Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the impact of trauma
• Bilingual (Spanish/English)
• Ability to work well as part of a team
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Effective written and spoken communication, and proficient computer skills
• Requires Saturday and evening availability
• Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI and have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation