Posted June 25th, 2020

Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate


We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and the position will stay open until filled. Please submit your resume and cover letter as soon as possible to ensure that it is seen.


Hours per week: 30

Rate of Pay: $22/hr, with a yearly step increase and a cost of living adjustment increase

Benefits: Prorated paid holidays, vacation and sick days, and health insurance. Benefits will start 3 months after initial hire, following a 2 month trial period.


Job Description:


The Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate will be responsible for providing advocacy to houseless survivors of domestic violence in a drop-in setting, remotely, and in camps through our mobile advocacy program. They will have supervision and support from the coordinator team who will be co-developing the infrastructure and procedures for this program. When COVID restrictions are lifted, the DV Survivor Advocate will also be expected to regularly staff two drop-ins per week and fill-in shifts as needed.


PiPE’s Mission:


PiPE’s mission is to partner with houseless, street-dependent, and marginalized survivors to reduce harm, provide opportunities to heal from trauma, fight systemic oppression and build lasting connections for our community.


Background of PiPE Roles: 


Being an Advocate at PiPE requires the ability to fulfill many different roles and adapt to many different circumstances. We are an organization that functions as both a survivor advocacy and houseless service, and the overlap of these services makes for a unique work environment that can be unpredictable. Historically, our day-time drop-ins operate out of a house rather than an office building, and it may be the only house that many of our participants have access to for rest and meeting other basic needs. The Advocate and other staff facilitate the use of the house during drop-ins and get to know participants through easy times and hard times and everything in between. 


We understand that all of our participants are survivors of violence, whether it be interpersonal or institutional. We approach our relationships with unconditional positive regard, trauma-informed care, and harm reduction practices. In order to make our services as accessible as possible, all of our services are offered with the least amount of barriers possible. Applicants must be comfortable and capable of working with people who may be under the influence of various substances, struggling with acute crisis, mental illness, and/or chronic stress. When doing mobile advocacy in camps, advocates must be comfortable meeting with people in the elements, in situations where people are living outdoors.


Participants may be any age, and any gender including transgender, non-binary, and many others. PiPE prioritizes marginalized survivors, and partners with each participant to address their needs in accordance with their personal priorities and values.


Duties after 2 month trial period:


We can not currently predict when we will be able to offer drop-in services again. For right now, we are focusing on outreach and mobile advocacy efforts in camps and offering remote advocacy services to our participants. Starting out, the DV Survivor Advocate will be expected to work with participants both in-person and from home. Many of the following duties will not be relevant until we are able to re-open all of our services, but in the long run, the following responsibilities will be a part of the position:


– Conduct in-reach through drop-ins to houseless and at-risk youth and adults, including LGBTQIA youth and adults, for the purpose of building and maintaining trust, increasing awareness of PiPE’s services, and gathering input on these services as it is important that our work is grounded in participant needs.


– Work one-on-one with participants who are experiencing intimate partner violence and/or domestic violence to support what they determine they are needing, which may include exploring options for harm reduction, safety, and healing.


– Work with coordinators to build a program that reflects the changing needs of our community of our participants as they arise.


– Remain somewhat flexible, as hours may vary from week to week, aside from your regular schedule. You will be expected to regularly work weekends and some evenings. 


– Along with other staff, provide coverage for other staff members’ activities as needed.


– Occasionally, work on research and organizational projects to support other staff and the program coordination team.


– Provide crisis intervention when appropriate and referrals to services when needed.


– Be comfortable and competent in de-escalating conflict appropriately.


– Accompany participants to appointments when necessary. Advocacy appointments may be for legal issues, medical issues, or at another social service. 


– Maintain good relationships with local law enforcement, businesses, and community partners. 


– Work with PiPE staff to submit quarterly and Year-End Reports. Maintain open communication with the Board of Directors and stakeholders. 


– Stay up to date with data entry 


– Co-coordinate with other staff to manage supplies for in-reach. 


– Along with other staff, participate in the maintenance and cleanliness of PiPE. 


– Attend the amount of required continuing education annually as outlined in PiPE’s funding contracts.


– Attend weekly staff meetings and participate in evaluations of yourself and other staff members.


-Go out to camps (with other advocates) and other agencies to provide advocacy to those who can’t or won’t make it into downtown for drop-ins.


Minimum Qualifications:


* Professional experience working with survivors in Domestic Violence systems for at least 1 year.


* A working knowledge of the court system, law enforcement systems, and legal procedures and experience interacting in a professional manner with people in the legal and medical systems.


* Familiarity with the dynamics of Domestic Violence and the experiences of survivors.


* Ability to pass a background check for crimes against people. 


* A strong understanding of Anti-Oppression theory and practices, and experience working with these models. 


* Cultural humility and understanding of the experiences and systemic marginalization of unhoused/houseless people. 


* Cultural humility regarding marginalized groups, such as houseless people, youth, LGBTQ people, people of color, drug users, and people who work in the sex trade.


* Knowledge of sexual and/or labor exploitation, sexual assault, domestic violence and their intersections with houselessness and marginalization.


* Experience in prioritization and problem solving.


* The ability to communicate with a variety of people in numerous emotional and professional contexts, both verbally and in writing. 


* An ability to promote a healing and supportive environment for participants, staff and volunteers at-risk of experiencing the effects of compound and/or vicarious trauma.


* Experience establishing and maintaining working relationships with coworkers, community organizations, and/or team environments. 


* Ability to work independently as well as take direction from supervisors and other staff.


* Ability to manage stress.


* Experience setting professional boundaries 


* Commitment to PiPE’s mission and philosophy. A strong desire to advocate on behalf of and in partnership with marginalized community groups in support of equality, non-violence and social justice.


Preferred Qualifications:


* Valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a vehicle.


* Lived experience with domestic violence, houselessness, and/or marginalized identities.


* Bilingual in English and Spanish


To Apply: 


E-mail a current resume of relevant experience (this can include volunteer, personal, and professional experience), three references, and a cover letter to The cover letter should address these questions in less than 2 pages:


  1. What do you see as barriers for unhoused domestic violence survivors to receive services?
  2. How would you address different barriers in order for unhoused domestic violence survivors to get their needs met? We encourage you to dream big.
  3. What makes you uniquely qualified to support unhoused domestic violence survivors?
  4. What are 3 ethics that inform your approach to advocacy, and why?


Please include the application as a Word docx or PDF attachment, not as an e-mail text. No phone calls please.


PiPE encourages people who have experienced houselessness, survived violence or have experiences of marginalization to apply, as we aim to mirror the community we serve.


We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and the position will stay open until filled. Please submit your resume and cover letter as soon as possible to ensure that it is seen.