* Education & Outreach Advocate

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center has an immediate need for staffing for the Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter. The Education & Outreach Advocate provides Trauma Informed education and outreach to domestic and/or sexual violence survivors, secondary survivors, those experiencing emotional or behavioral mental health concerns, and the community at large. This is a M-F 8:30am-5:00pm full-time, hourly non-exempt position. Will provide training in sexual violence and domestic violence and must have the ability to relate effectively with a diverse population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adheres to the Trauma Informed Care model and follows ODVN’s Standards for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs and OAESV’s Core Standards for Rape crisis Programs in Ohio
  • Design and develop trauma informed domestic and sexual violence and mental health educational and outreach materials including but not limited to press releases, flyers, brochures, educational packets, etc.
  • Design and develop inclusive, culturally and developmentally appropriate domestic and sexual violence and mental health educational and outreach materials targeting underserved populations in conjunction with the Underserved Populations and Volunteer Advocate
  • Responsible for general design, editing, and oversight of social media outlets, including but not limited to, Safe Haven and Appleseed websites, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
  • Develops and maintains a library of education and outreach materials on domestic and sexual violence and mental health and oversee ongoing updates to materials
  • Remains up-to-date with applicable changes in the field of domestic and sexual violence and mental health and ensures that all information being delivered is factual, current, and accurate
  • Collaborates with Safe Haven team members and Appleseed department heads to identify survivor and secondary survivor and mental health education and outreach needs in the community
  • Coordinates with Director and Director of Human Resources and Grant Oversight to ensure communication on Safe Haven updates/news (e.g., events, surveys, etc.) via ADP or other interagency news outlets.
  • Provides confidential supportive services to survivors and secondary survivors, including but not limited to, 24- hour crisis hotline, in-person crisis intervention, safety planning, referrals and information, and other services as needed
  • Ensures proper documentation and maintains accurate data collection on clients and other services as provided.
  • Represent Appleseed CMHC and Safe Haven by participating in community activities, coalitions, and taskforce groups as requested by the Director
  • Performs other duties, as determined appropriate by Director and/or agency

 

Qualifications

Must be able:

  • to work in a non-judgmental manner with individuals of all races, ages, and economic levels who are in crisis situations;
  • to handle emergency situations and multiple priorities which necessitate immediate decisions;
  • to work calmly and effectively in a stressful environment;
  • to maintain professional and ethical boundaries;
  • to work as a team player with other staff.

Must have:

  • familiarity with community resources;
  • initiative, integrity and strong sense of professionalism;
  • ability to have empathy and be an effective active listener;
  • a dedicated interest in issues affecting persons experiencing trauma due to domestic and/or sexual violence and other emotionally traumatizing events and concerns.
  • excellent organizational skills and be self-motivated.

 

Job Requirements

Education: High School Diploma or equivalent required. Preferred Bachelor’s degree or Associate degree in communication, graphic design, social services, women’s studies or related field.

Experience:  Prefer at least two years of college with classes in communication, graphic design, social services, women’s studies or related field or equivalent work experience with a human service agency.

Specialized knowledge, skills, or abilities: 

  • Knowledge of violence against women, family violence issues, and emotional wellness
  • Ability to develop education and outreach projects
  • Good editing/proofreading skills, verbal and written communication, computer skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to relate to diverse populations
  • Crisis-related and de-escalation skills.
  • Knowledge of individual development and behavior and ways of working effectively with adults and children who have experienced trauma.
  • Ability to conduct individual and family interviews and to use them to identify and address individual and family needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, other staff, outside agencies and institutions and the general public.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, prepare adequate records and reports, and set priorities.
  • Familiarity with Regulations concerning Confidentiality
  • Ability to understand and implement federal, state and county laws, and regulations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule.

 

Benefits

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical /dental /vision/basic life insurance
  • Generous accrued paid vacation
  • 3 personal days
  • 8 accrued sick days
  • 8 paid holidays
  • Retirement match
  • Tuition reimbursement

  

Must have a car available during working hours, carry and maintain automobile insurance that includes a payable liability of $100,000/$300,000, as well as the ability to legally drive a car. Must pass background and driving record checks.

If you are interested in joining our team of professionals, please forward your resume and a cover letter to bbarone@appleseedcmhc.org. Please mention "Education & Outreach Advocate” in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you. Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, Inc. is committed to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all people. Employment decisions are made based on each person’s performance, qualifications, and abilities. The Agency does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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