Rosie’s Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
Over the years, we have become much more than a shelter. We are a multi-service community center that not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for thousands of women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. Rosie’s Place relies on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding.
Advocates provide key assistance to Rosie’s Place guests while supporting and validating their sense of self-worth and responsibility. Under the supervision of the Advocacy Management Team, Advocates provides one-to-one assistance, information, and referrals to appropriate resources, consistent with Rosie’s Place mission, philosophy, core values, and policies.
- Support guests by helping to meet their needs as individually identified by them. Encourage self-sufficiency, responsibility, and independence
- Provide assistance to guests to help meet housing, emergency shelter, transportation, food access and clothing needs. Work includes providing direct assistance and making referrals to partner organizations, community resources and government agencies.
- Provide information and referrals to guests for services offered on-site, by both Rosie’s Place programs and other allied partners
- Provide Advocacy services remotely via our call center, and in-person at our drop-in center
- Maintain an up-to-date understanding of community resources as well as current regulations and requirements for obtaining public benefits, housing and other services
- Assess and assist guests in prioritizing their needs and forming realistic action plans
- Maintain accurate guest records in Salesforce, a database to track guest support
- Ensure confidentiality when handling all aspects of guests’ information
- Maintain high level of knowledge about current guests
- Participate in weekly supervision, program meetings, and monthly staff meetings
- Intervene in guests’ crises and emergencies in a dignified and respectful manner
- Perform additional duties as assigned by the Director of Advocacy Services and Advocacy Management team
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
- Bilingual in Haitian/Creole, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, Spanish or Cape Verdean Creole strongly preferred
- Strong commitment to social justice and the mission of Rosie’s Place
- 2 years of experience in counseling, case management, or advocacy preferred
- Experience with crisis intervention with people who have experienced trauma, homelessness, mental health challenges, and/or substance use disorders
- Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to exercise sound judgement and think quickly on your feet
- Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work well and effectively communicate with other department employees.
- Strong customer service mindset with effective and diplomatic, yet supportive communication style
- Dependable, flexible and able to work effectively in a collaborative and busy department
- Proficient computer literacy, including the ability to quickly learn new systems and applications
We are a hands-on team and seek employees who are passionate about our work and service to our community. The Advocate is expected to work onsite at Rosie’s Place during their work week and engage regularly with staff, guests, and volunteers. While this position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule, flexibility with days on-site is required to fulfill work obligations and to take part in organization meetings, trainings and events.
We continue to adapt to safety protocols related to COVID-19 as we understand them, and all employees must follow our safety protocols. Among these protocols, we require all employees to be up to date with their COVID vaccinations and undergo regular COVID testing and submit results. Requests for medical or religious exemptions from the COVID vaccination are considered. Masks are required to be worn on all Rosie’s Place properties at all times.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The starting salary range for this position is $52,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience.
Rosie’s Place offers a robust benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, pension contributions, paid vacation, and more.
Available schedules include Monday-Friday, 9am—5pm and Monday-Friday, 11am—7pm
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your resume and cover letter through Rosie’s Place’s online portal to apply.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
At Rosie's Place, we believe diversity, equity and inclusion are core components of justice. We commit to acting on a daily basis to dismantle injustice to ensure that opportunities and equitable outcomes are available to all members of our community regardless of individual characteristics including race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation or perceived ability.
Equal Opportunity Employer
We value diversity in our workplace and strongly encourages applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds. We are an equal opportunity employer, and qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.