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Elizabeth Freeman Center
43 Francis Avenue
PITTSFIELD, MA 01201

Website:elizabethfreemancenter.org/

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
Employer.

Job Title:
Counselor/Advocate
Salary Range:Location:
Pittsfield
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeHuman Services
Education Level:Work Experience:
Associate Degree
Description:
Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks a passionate counselor/advocate to counsel and assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence through our Pittsfield office. This position includes 20 hours/week specialized work with LGBTQ survivors as part of EFC’s LGBTQ Access Project. Bilingual candidates (English- Spanish) and LGBTQ candidates preferred.

Applying:
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@elizabethfreemancenter.org. Sorry, we DO NOT accept applications submitted through Berkshire Jobs. Deadlines are rolling until position has been filled.

Primary responsibilities:

• Provide survivors of domestic or sexual violence with support, advocacy, and assistance, including:
o assessing survivors’ needs and providing assistance to meet those needs;
o offering individual counseling and support groups;
o safety planning;
o advocating on issues of housing, benefits, income maximization, children, education, mental health and medical access, and more;
o referring victims to services including other EFC services and community resources, with follow-up as appropriate
• Provide specialized services for LGBTQ survivors of domestic or sexual violence (20 hours/week), including:
o advocating on issues of LGBTQ identity and access
o offering LGBTQ survivor support group/events
o developing a strong outreach presence in LGBTQ communities
• Offer counseling, advocacy, crisis response, information, and referrals for survivors of domestic and sexual violence who call EFC’s Hotline or walk in to the central county office
• Contribute to outreach and collaboration efforts, including: liaising with community partners, providing community education, disseminating program outreach materials, and tabling at community events
• 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
Requirements:
Preferred qualifications:

• Demonstrated commitment to providing survivors of domestic and sexual violence with holistic, accessible, trauma-informed, strength-based victim services and advocacy
• Demonstrated commitment to providing affirming, culturally relevant services to marginalized survivors (including survivors who are LGBTQ, of color, rural, immigrants, and/or living with disabilities)
• Experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence
• Experience working with LGBTQ communities
• Ability to work well as part of a team
• Ability to work effectively with community groups
• Effective written and spoken communication, and proficient computer skills
• Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred
• Bachelor or Associate Degree (may be waived for relevant, comparable level of work or life experience)
• Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI and have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation

Work Hours:
40 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work required for outreach and counseling activities

Compensation and benefits:
Elizabeth Freeman Center is committed to working for economic and social justice for staff as well as clients and believes in offering all staff: competitive salary, excellent benefits, engaged and dedicated colleagues, training and education in best practices, career development opportunities, openness to innovation, and the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work.

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