Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance
Job Description

Job Title: Domestic Violence Specialist
Salary Range: $11.50 to $12.00 per hour—depending on experience; 100% employer
Status: Full time
Reports To: Programs Coordinator
Prepared By: Chris Mallette, IVSHA Executive Director
Prepared Date: 21 September, 2017
Approved By: IVSHA Board of Directors


Please review the qualifications we are looking for in the job description and take the time to look at the Alliance website, and/or Facebook page to become familiar with our mission and programs.  We want to read cover letters and three professional resumes from qualified and interested candidates who take the time to respond to the specific dimensions outlined in this position announcement.

Send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  We will contact qualified candidates as applications are submitted to schedule the first round of interviews.  Position will remain open until filled. 


Specialist Qualifications and Duties

Summary: To provide short-term crisis intervention, assessment, safety planning, and referrals to domestic violence survivors and their children onsite and at the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare and other community partners as requested.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Direct Services include, but are not limited to; crisis intervention, safety planning, peer-counseling, support groups, advocacy with or on behalf of victims with the criminal justice system or service providers, assistance with obtaining restraining orders,  referrals to community resources, case management for housing, and facilitating educational groups and/or support groups.  Direct services include in person and phone contacts, with or on behalf of survivors.


Maintain Statistics includes, but is not limited to; client name, address, phone number, age; abuser’s name, address, phone number, age, history of abuse; services provided; services unavailable; contacts per month; community awareness and prevention activities; training hours and topics; and outreach activities.


Administrative Duties include, but are not limited to; development and maintenance of adequate assessment tools and forms to perform necessary services, tracking and program evaluation; develop working relationships with partner agencies; develop resources to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and other duties as assigned.


Community Awareness and Prevention Activities include, but are not limited to; participation in the development and implementation of semiannual community awareness campaigns, prevention activities with youth and adults, and present community awareness presentations and attend community meetings as assigned.


Outreach to Underserved Populations includes, but is not limited to; participation in the development and implementation of an annual plan to identify and serve underserved populations; and participation in outreach activities.

Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities: Advocate may provide job shadowing/training to other employees or volunteers.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed in this job description.  The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The candidate must have experience with Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Outlook).  The candidate must be able to work effectively in a nonprofit environment, work independently and with others, maintain confidentiality and be able to work in a busy office with interruptions and multiple priorities.  Some evening and rotating weekend work will be required.  Candidate must be willing and able to travel. The successful candidate must embrace the principles of social justice and work to end all oppression.

In the event that there are not otherwise qualified candidates available for assignment, candidates with credentials that do not yet meet the agency minimum qualifications may be considered for the position with certain stipulations. The candidate must actively pursue needed training and credentials and is expected to fulfill the minimum requirements within six months.

In the event there are not otherwise qualified candidates available for assignment, candidates with credentials that do not yet meet the agency minimum qualifications may be considered for under filling the position while in training. Candidates who are not fully qualified are expected to be fully operational within six months and will receive evaluations monthly until deemed fully qualified.

Education and/or Experience: Candidates with extensive training and/or experience in domestic and sexual violence are preferred. Successful candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Outlook. Social media and website design and maintenance is critical to the position.

Language Skills: Candidate must be able to communicate clearly in writing and verbally, including public presentations.  Bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural candidates are preferred.

Statement of Confidentiality: Candidate must agree, in writing, to maintain confidentiality of clients and agency at all times.

Criminal history Background Check Required: Candidate must consent to a criminal history background check. A conviction will not automatically bar employment.

Compliance With Policies: Candidate must comply with all Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance policies, procedures and safety regulations as communicated in writing and verbally by their supervisor.