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Title: Shelter Advocate
Salary: $38,000/year
Hours:  40 hours/week, salaried
Supervision: Interns/volunteers
Reports to: Shelter Director, Advocacy Director

The primary role of the Shelter Advocate is to provide support, advocacy, and safety planning to adult victims of domestic violence who come to SAFE for shelter services. This position is to be carried out while empowering victims with respect to their safety and their right to self-determination. This is a full time position – the 40 hour work week will include four week days and one weekend day at our confidential shelter location in Washington, DC. The shelter is accessible by bus and about a mile and a half from the nearest metro. The Advocate works closely with the other Shelter Advocate and Shelter Program Coordinator to ensure that the shelter program operates smoothly. This position reports to the Shelter Program Coordinator.

Job Duties:

  • Shelter Advocates work in our shelter with survivors and their children to address issues including housing, benefits, employment, childcare, medical care, education, immigration, mental health and substance abuse.
  • The Shelter Advocate helps coordinate shelter intakes, facilitate shelter meetings, perform regular reporting, and ensure communication with the agency as a whole.
  • Provide assistance in applying for Crime Victims Compensation.
  • Supervise interns and/or volunteers.
  • Provide information, referrals, letters of recommendation and broad-based advocacy for victims to increase their access to social service programs.
  • Provide assistance with emergency housing needs.
  • Provide information and assistance in securing emergency food and transportation services.
  • Provide crisis intervention and safety planning for survivors.


  • Experience providing direct services such as crisis intervention and/or case management in the human services field.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and its effects on adult and child victims.
  • Ability to maintain client records and narrative reports and submit them in a timely fashion.
  • Strong advocacy skills for both client and systems change.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, highly motivated, possess multitasking skills.
  • Strong computer skills required.

Requirements and Skills for Employment:

  1. Ability to complete mandatory 40-hour training program is required;
  2. Demonstrated ability to follow protocol is required;
  3. Experience working with victims of domestic violence within the metro-D.C. area is strongly preferred;
  4. Crisis intervention, counseling skills, and/or Group facilitation skills a big plus;
  5. Ability to speak and write clearly, in both English and second language, is a plus;
  6. Attention to detail is extremely important.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter; a resume to employment@dcsafe.org. Include the position title in the subject line. Position open until filled. EOE. No phone calls please.