SHELTER SPANISH BILINGUAL ADVOCATE/COUNSELOR
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence is seeking a dynamic team member to work closely with and among other SPAN teammates in its quest to end interpersonal violence within its community. By asking to join SPAN, means that you are committed to working toward fulfilling this quest.
The Shelter Bilingual Advocate/Counselor provides crisis intervention, safety planning, trauma-informed counseling support, case management, and advocacy to shelter residents to increase stability factors in their lives and access needed services and resources. Additionally assists with crisis line support; maintains community contacts and resources; promotes a Shelter environment based on respect and nonviolence; supports social justice efforts that positively impact survivors and their children.
This is a nonexempt, salaried position. The salary range is $44,000 to $49,000 annually, depending on experience. An additional $100/month ($1,200/annually) is provided for Spanish-language proficiency. Compensation also includes our standard benefit package, including a medical plan, dental plan, holiday pay and paid time off, reduced rate Eco-Pass, Simple IRA retirement plan with 2% agency contribution, and Employee Assistance Program.
About You You’ve progressive experience working with and supporting survivors of abuse in shelter or other crisis settings. You’ve served as a crisis counselor, advocate, case manager, or resource navigator. You’re a collaborator, with internal departments and community partners, to deliver comprehensive support services for adult and child survivors in shelter settings. You likely have been active in anti-violence and gender/social justice initiatives and have experience working directly with marginalized communities. You have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, you can communicate with a variety of audiences, you appreciate the details, and you’re organized.
A Day in the Life Provides crisis intervention, case management, trauma-informed support counseling and advocacy to assist shelter residents (adults and children). Assists with crisis line coverage to provide telephone crisis counseling, intakes & screenings into shelter, advocacy, and referrals to crisis line callers. Supports interns and practicum students assigned to the Shelter program. Assures Shelter Team of coverage including weekend, evening and holiday shifts.
Maintains case files & records and preparing monthly reports and time sheets. Inputs all necessary client information (such as intakes, activities, case notes, and hotline/crisis calls) in Salesforce data system for accurate recordkeeping and monthly statistics.
What You Bring to Us A 4-year degree in counseling, social work or gender studies, knowledge in a related field, or a combination of education and experience. Three years of progressive experience in crisis intervention or survivor advocacy. It will also help you to have experience working in shelter settings and supporting volunteers/interns. If you’ve made it to this bullet, you can guess that you need great computer skills including Microsoft Office and virtual meeting platforms. You also need to produce and meet deadlines in our fast-paced and changing environment.
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth, and children through support, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Operating since 1979, SPAN is the only organization serving Boulder, western Broomfield, smaller towns, and unincorporated Boulder County, designed to provide shelter and advocacy for victims of interpersonal violence. SPAN is dedicated to the promotion of social justice, diversity, equity, inclusivity, peace and non-violence for all individuals and their families.
SPAN team members are dedicated and work in a fast-paced environment with full days – which may include evenings and weekends for Shelter shifts – yet remain committed to a healthy work/life balance. While SPAN expects work to be taken seriously, it also knows the importance of having fun and the value of enjoying the work.
SPAN’s Organizational Goals:
Foster organizational excellence – Provide meaningful and effective support and resources to adults, children, and youth impacted by interpersonal violence.
Violence prevention initiatives – Implement initiatives that promote safety, dignity, and liberation for all people.
People Centric – Engage team members, individuals, groups, policy makers, and the community at large in efforts that promote economic, racial, and social justice and an atmosphere where team members and clients are valued.
Inclusive – Team members are welcoming, inviting, authentic, outward-facing, and visible to all audiences, voices, and stories.
Application Process Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We like to receive electronic applications but will accept applications by US Mail to: SPAN, Attn: HR, 835 North St, Boulder CO 80304. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Legal Stuff You need to be able to sit or stand for long periods each day. While not frequent, you need to reach for, move and/or 20 pounds and use your hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, mobility to access a wide variety of meeting and settings, and to perform a variety of tasks that involve standing, walking/traversing, sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending, and twisting, climbing stairs or using an elevator, possibly reaching chest high and overhead for materials, with reasonable accommodation (we put it all in 1 sentence to may our legal team happy!). Ability to communicate adequately in person and by phone, in personal and group settings, and function with periodic distractions such as people, telephone calls, and noise. Ability to work with, and process information from, a variety of individuals and media (e.g., computers, projected images, printed materials). SPAN is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all team members and to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at SPAN are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual applicant qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, or belief, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), family or parental status, or any other status protected by law. SPAN will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.