Job Description 

Position: Community Advocate
Reports to:
Program Supervisor
Application Deadline: June 24,2019 | Open until filled.
Job Classification: 1.0 FTE, Non-exempt
Salary Range: $45k-$47k DOE and multi-lingual skills

Position Posted: 6.7.19  | Deadline to apply: 6.24.19

The Northwest Network has provided supports by and for the LGBTQ community for over 25 years. This is an important and exciting time to be a part of a progressive and change-making organization. We offer excellent benefits, including: health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, 401k plan, trauma stewardship, and a caring and innovative work environment.

We highly recommend people of all educational background and life experiences apply. We prioritize candidates who demonstrate their ability to center the experiences of LGBTQ domestic and sexual violence survivors and people of color in their work, have experience navigating social services, and support the self-determination of communities of color. This position will require some evening hours and occasional weekend hours.

A NW Network Staff Member:

  • Advocates for diverse bisexual, trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian & gay survivors of violence and abuse, including domestic & dating violence, sexual violence, hate violence and stalking among youth and adults;

  • Works on individual, grassroots and systems levels to create the conditions necessary to support loving and equitable relationships; and

  • Collaborates and works well as part of a team towards the shared goal of ongoing learning and strengthening our support to survivors of abuse.

Core Competencies of a Successful Community Advocate:

  • Skillfully uses advocacy as a model to support the self-determination of diverse LGBTQ survivors of violence.

  • Adept at: safety & support planning; navigating systems (criminal/legal/housing/medical); building meaningful referrals/collaboration; problem solving; understanding the impacts of trauma on LGBTQ survivors; upholding confidentiality; & supporting survivors to heal from impacts of abuse.

  • Remains knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions throughout the course of advocacy.

  • Commitment and skill in maintaining confidentiality within small communities, especially when participating in community events, cultural celebrations, and/or outreach.

  • Skillfully co-facilitates support groups and/or discussion groups as assigned.

  • Demonstrates creativity, solid analysis and cultural specificity when developing outreach strategies, presentations and community engagement projects.

  • Shows creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm while participating in LGBTQ cultural celebrations and events.

  • Completes and documents tasks on-time and within budget, submits reports thoroughly and on-time.

Key Tasks Include:

  • Utilizes NW Network assessment tools, advocacy approaches, analysis, and best practices to assist survivors and community members in a respectful, transparent, and authentic manner.

  • Manages crisis or high stress situations with discernment, empathy, and communication.

  • Seeks out support from co-workers & supervisor, proactively takes responsibility for self and work.

  • Meaningfully collaborates with culturally-specific community spaces and organizations to best support LGBTQ survivors navigating trauma and violence.

  • Takes initiative and works cooperatively to ensure smooth functioning of organizational systems.

  • Support leadership to respond to emergent community incidents and equity issues, such as: intimate partner violence, sexual assault, bias crimes, state violence, and organizing for broad community-based liberation.

  • Advance the NWN’s outreach and engagement strategies.

  • Provide training and technical assistance in areas of expertise as needed.

  • Other tasks as assigned.

Strongly Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeof dating & domestic violence, sexual violence, hate violence, stalking, and abuse.

  • Demonstrates a deep commitment to survivors of violence and self-determination of diverse bi, trans, lesbian and gay people/community.

  • Strong critical thinking, active listening, and problem-solving skills to address complex situations.

  • Flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and positive workplace attitude.

  • Ability to work in both office and ‘field’ settings.

  • Competence with basic office systems (computers, copiers, Office, Word/Excel etc…)

  • A working car, current drivers’ license and insurance and/or skill using public transportation.

Additional Desired Skills:

  • Experience in advocacy-based support models, trauma-informed care, and working with confidential information.

  • Familiarity with local and regional social service resources and organizations.

  • Experience working in diverse gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual and/or queer community contexts.

  • Multi-language skills (ASL included)

How to Apply:

We are interested in getting a feel for your take on domestic and sexual violence, racial and economic justice, and LGBTQ community change work in your cover letter. Please email or mail your cover letter and resume to:

The NW Network                                                                   Email:
Attn: Community Advocate                                                   Subject: Community Advocate
PO Box 18436                                                                        If emailing your application, attach cover letter and
Seattle, WA 98118                                                                  resume as one combined file. Please do not include
[no faxed resumes accepted]                                               your cover letter in the body of the email.

Position Posted: 6.7.19  | Deadline to apply: 6.24.19

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 presentation, 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.