POSITION: Domestic Violence Housing Advocate II (EHV) 

WAGE: $52,488 per year  

LOCATION: Multnomah County; currently remote, transitioning to hybrid schedule  APPLY AT: jobs@irco.org or learn more at www.irco.org 

STATUS: Full Time with Benefits 

PROGRAM(S): Community Safety & Wellbeing Division/Survivor Services Sector/Refugee  & Immigrant Family Strengthening (RIFS)/Emergency Housing Voucher  

(EHV) Program 

REPORTS TO: RIFS Housing Stabilization & PSH Coordinator 

OPENING DATE: March 30, 2023 

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled; reviewing applications upon receipt  REQUIREMENTS: English required, bilingual/bicultural preferred. Must be able to pass  extensive Background Check. Driving, use of a car during business hours, 

and proof of auto insurance required. 

OPENING STATEMENT 

IRCO is deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity and welcomes  applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual  minority groups, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment  of ideas and perspectives. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values of IRCO. We believe  that our organization is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come  together. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated  commitment to issues of diversity are particularly encouraged to apply. 

PROGRAM SUMMARY 

The Refugee & Immigrant Family Strengthening (RIFS) program was launched by IRCO in 1998 in  response to the large volume of immigrants and refugees coming to the Tri-County area who  were survivors of abuse. These newly arrived community members did not know how or where  to go for services or resources and faced additional cultural, religious, or language barriers to  obtaining such support. RIFS was designed to be a unique, culturally specific program that  serves immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. RIFS is  comprised of a team of Advocates who help survivors with safety planning, crisis intervention,  emergency and stabilized housing solutions, intensive bilingual/bicultural case management,  interpretation, and translation services, building self-sufficiency, accessing grants or other  assistance funds, legal advocacy and court accompaniment, transportation, and immigration  issues. RIFS also conducts prevention education and outreach in our immigrant and refugee  communities and beyond. 


POSITION SUMMARY 

The Housing Advocate II for RIFS’ Emergency Housing Voucher program is responsible for  delivery of housing-related support and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence  and human trafficking (DVSA/HT). This role provides case management and resource  connection to survivors in RIFS’ Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program. The DV Housing Advocate utilizes a survivor-centered, strengths-based, empowerment model to cultivate trust,  establish and promote trauma-informed communication, and provide advocacy, direct services  and support, and case management that facilitates, encourages, and assists clients to reach  their goals. The DVHA Housing Advocate II utilizes their experience in the sector to enhance and  improve RIFS programming, facilitates working groups, and is sometimes called upon to mentor  less experienced staff members (Advocates I). 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

CASE MANAGEMENT:  

  • Collaborate with Multnomah County Joint Office, HomeForward, and partner agencies  to support participants that are referred to RIFS’ Emergency Housing Voucher program. Conduct eligibility screening, barrier and needs assessment, and referral to appropriate  services/agencies as necessary, ensuring accuracy. 
  • Coordinate closely with HomeForward case managers to support and advocate for  participants moving through the process of attaining housing. 
  • Provide trauma-informed advocacy throughout referral process and transition into the  housing program from internal and external direct service providers. 
  • Work with up to 30 clients; collaboratively develop plans for safety, health and wellness,  immigration and legal services, employment and educational placements, and other  appropriate services as driven by survivor priorities and goals. 
  • Assist participants in obtaining basic essential household items to set up their new  rentals, while abiding by program procedures, budgets, and financial processes Provide or secure interpretation, translation, and accessibility services. 

HOUSING & FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: 

  • Continuously contribute to RIFS Housing Team’s network resource of new and existing  private landlords, property managers, and other housing options to ensure proper  housing for survivors. 
  • Identify prospective safe affordable housing sites and establish relationships with  landlords and property managers. 
  • Partner with survivors in barrier reduction, locate housing, support move in, and engage  in housing mediation and/or advocacy as necessary. 
  • Facilitate linkages with educational and employment programs within and outside of  IRCO. 

Encourage financial empowerment, support participants to increase income and

connect with other financial resources, including pursuing child support, TANF, Social  Security benefits, Victim Compensation, etc. 

GENERAL PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION: 

  • Adhere to program, agency, and federal legal policies on client confidentiality. Maintain confidential client files of service provision; complete data entry in ETO and  Comp Site databases, client expense tracking, and all other administrative tasks within  given timelines. 
  • Comply with EHV contract guidelines. 
  • Attend collaborative housing related meetings with partner agencies. Participate and contribute to RIFS all staff meetings, retreats, and trainings. Contribute to program standard operating procedures. 
  • Participate in outreach and educational activities within immigrant and refugee communities. 
  • Perform other duties as specified by the Housing Coordinator and/or Program Manager 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Experience in the following areas: violence/human trafficking, housing advocacy, and  direct services, especially within immigrant and refugee communities 
  • Bachelor’s degree or some college course work preferred; High school diploma required. Completion of the 40-hour Oregon Domestic Violence Certified Advocate training, with  additional relevant training on topics specific to survivors within 10 business days of hire Knowledge about the impacts of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human  trafficking and its intersections with poverty and homelessness 
  • Knowledge of laws of confidentiality, disclosures, and release of information Training and understanding of Trauma-Informed Care, and ability to develop healthy  boundaries with clients. 
  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity 
  • Fluency and ability to fulfill all services in English required, and fluency in another  language preferred but not required (priority languages include Vietnamese, Somali,  Ukrainian, Rohingya, and Arabic) 
  • Demonstrated skill and experience working directly with diverse communities (race,  ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, religion, age, class,  etc.) 
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with  stakeholders, colleagues, and community members. 
  • An effective and compassionate communicator, both verbally and in writing, with  excellent active listening skills to identify the needs and goals of our participants. Ability to be self-directed and multitask effectively; be flexible, prioritize daily workload,  and operate calmly amidst stressful circumstances.
  •  Analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills. 
    • Ability to pass a background check. 

    KNOWLEDGE: 

    Education: Associate’s Degree (3); lived experience and transferrable skills can offset the  education requirement 

    Experience: 1-2 years of experience is required (3) 

    Certification: 40 hours Domestic Violence Advocate Certification within 10 working days of hire Additional Language: Fluency and ability to fulfill all services in English required, along with at  least one other language preferred but not required (priority languages include Vietnamese, Somali, Ukrainian, Rohingya, and Arabic) 

    Computers: All positions at IRCO require use of a computer and experience working with  Microsoft products such as Microsoft 365, Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  

    SKILLS: 

    Communication: 

    Regular communication inside and outside the organization to exchange ideas and gather  information (5) 

    Creativity: 

    Regular need for redesign of a single focus process or procedure is needed (3) 

    EFFORT: 

    Mental: 

    There is a regular need for assessment of risk, analysis of options and decisions without  complete information (5) 

    Physical: 

    Positions at this level require minimal physical effort such as light lifting, carrying or movement,  etc. Physical capability involves use of office or equipment where some agility and hand eye  coordination is needed (2) 

    RESPONSIBILITY: 

    Impact and Influence: 

    Positions at this level have a some need or ability to analyze problem or concepts or make  decisions on the information. Positions at this level have some impact to and influence on  organization operations, programs, expense or budgetary outcomes. (3) Work Independence: 

    Positions at this level are expected to handle regularly assigned work which includes making  decisions and taking action under limited supervision. New or unusual work is performed with  a moderate degree of supervision, assistance, and review. (3) 

    Planning:

    Positions at this level must consider own work and work of others. Planning processes will  include determination of issues or obstacles and preferred courses of action. Ability to forecast  for the near future (six to twelve months) is required (3) 

    Supervision: 

    Positions at this level are not responsible for any supervisory functions or responsibilities, but  may occasionally be asked to orient and/or train new employees or volunteers. (1) 

    WORKING CONDITIONS: 

    Environment: 

    There is some personal risk or hazard. Job conditions are somewhat uncomfortable due to  varying work environments; outside job tasks; inclement weather; exposure to chemicals;  electricity; or individuals of unpredictable, possibly harmful intent (4) 

    Schedule: 

    The work schedule occasionally fluctuates based on organization or customer needs. This  fluctuation may occur with or without prior notice. (3) 

    HOW TO APPLY: 

    Please email your resume and cover letter along with IRCO’s application form to jobs@irco.org and reference the job title in the subject line. Applications are accessible on the IRCO website,  www.irco.org or at IRCO’s main office, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97220. Due to the high  volume of applications received, we will not be able to contact applicants or return calls  regarding applications. 

    ABOUT IRCO 

    The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a non-profit organization  established in 1976 to serve immigrants, refugees, and the broader community in Portland,  Oregon. Our mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community  at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. Find out more at  www.irco.org