Clackamas Women's Services Co-Located Advocate (Clackamas County Health Centers-Behavorial Health)

Posted: 01/10/2021

Position: Co-Located Advocate (Clackamas County Health Centers – Behavioral Health)
Status : Permanent, Non-exempt, Full Time
Pay : $17.50 - $20.50/hr DOE, benefits available first of the month following date of hire
Hours : Primarily weekdays and some evenings
Responsible To: Community Based Program Manager

We take into account the fact that staff with bilingual/bicultural competencies provide an additional and essential value toour organization and increase our starting wage accordingly for BL/BC staff.

About Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)
Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) was incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County’s first shelter for women and children escaping family violence and domestic abuse. CWS’ service delivery framework is built on trauma-informed best practices that promote safety and self-determination. Our vision is to live in a society that no longer tolerates domestic and sexualviolence, but rather thrives on mutual respect.

CWS offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, the sex industry, and elder abuse. Through our confidential emergency shelter, our rural outreach office, the DHS branches and A Safe Place Family Justice Center, CWS coordinates services with other public and private agencies in order to best serve survivors seeking help. Participants in our programs receive no-cost services by highly trained staff.

Position Purpose:
Responsible for providing crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and support services to survivors referred byClackamas County Health Centers – Behavioral Health (CCHC) and those accessing services at A Safe Place Family Justice Center. Provide consultation and support for CCHC staff regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and its impact on survivors.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Provide support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking with a priority of serving participants accessing services within the mental health sector.
2. Provide advocacy and systems navigation to survivors, specifically survivors accessing services in the mental health sector, and make warm hand-offs to other on-site partners.
3. Provide the following support to survivors:
a. Short-term, crisis intervention services
b. Emotional support
c. Safety planning
d. Assessment of participant needs, strengths and challenges
e. Assist with individualized goal-setting
f. Information and referral for community resources
g. Domestic violence and sexual assault education
h. Provide accompaniment and transportation to participants in agency vehicle
4. Assist survivors in accessing, understanding and navigating services with Clackamas County Health Centers –Behavioral Health.
5. Provide legal advocacy for survivors including assistance with Temporary Restraining Orders and Stalking orders and court accompaniment via video court at the Family Justice Center and courthouse.
6. Respond to Lethality Assessment Protocol calls with appropriate services as needed.
7. Provide in-person advocacy and accompaniment during forensic exams for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at Clackamas County emergency departments.
8. Provide mobile advocacy to survivors working with partners throughout the community (medical or mental services, corrections, culturally specific services, schools, etc.) as requested.
9. Attend and participate in CCHC Team meetings to support partnership and promote advocacy integration with in mental health sector.
10. Provide consultation and support for CCHC staff regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, and its impact on survivors.
11. Contribute to a successful team within the shared advocacy model and work from a team based approach in conjunction with other advocates. Provide support and assist coworkers in response to fluctuations in workloads.
12. Provide expertise on CCHC systems to other staff within the agency.
13. Facilitate support groups as requested.
14. Work to establish effective, positive, and ongoing relationships with community partners.
15. Other duties as assigned.
General Responsibilities:
1. Represent the mission and values of CWS to program participants and community partners.
2. Complete documentation of all services, including intakes, releases of information, demographics tracking and statistics within the CWS database for all participants on a minimum of a weekly basis.
3. Maintain appropriate participant confidentiality in accordance with advocate privilege and federal statutes.
4. Provide consultation and support for community partners through collaboration and information sharing regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and its impact on survivors.
5. Work in conjunction with other staff to provide consistent services to participants.
6. Participate in speaking engagements and educational trainings as requested.
7. Attend CWS all staff meetings, regular team meetings, and A Safe Place monthly meetings.
8. Meet regularly with the Community Based Program Manager to plan and prioritize projects.
9. Submit necessary monthly timesheets and mileage reimbursement forms. Manage daily schedule appropriately.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and bi-culturally competent preferred.
  • Experience supporting survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
  • Case management or advocacy based experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of domestic and sexual violence and its effects on survivors, their children and society.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems of oppression, ability to work effectively and non-judgmentally with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and understanding of culturally competent service delivery.
  • Understanding of the mental health sector.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with systems outside of domestic and sexual violence field.
  • Reliable transportation required, position includes use of personal vehicle to complete some tasks.
We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities we serve. Women, people of color, LGBT, older adults and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with subject line “Co-Located Advocate Position”.