Shelter Relief Advocate

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Job Title: YWCA – Shelter Relief Advocate

Job Description:
Empower women and work toward racial justice in your local community. Rewarding opportunity for a mature and self-confident advocate in Utah’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive provider of shelter, housing and supportive services for adults and children who have experienced interpersonal violence. The hours associated with position will be “as needed”. The YWCA is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.


  • Ensure the health and safety of all participants residing at the YWCA.
  • Provide a safe and caring environment.
  • Conduct intake interviews and assess eligibility for new program arrivals.
  • Discuss abuse, sexual violence, and gender issues in a confidential and supportive manner.
  • Educate individuals about the dynamics of domestic violence and the services offered by the YWCA and other community organizations.
  • Respond to crisis phone calls on all shifts, safety plan, provide referrals and resources.
  • Work alongside participants on residential floor providing basic needs, assistance in accessing services, and emotional and physical support.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with YWCA staff and any other organizations and individuals important to the success of the YWCA’s work.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Committed to empowering participants and eliminating injustice.
  • Enthusiasm for working with those subjected to intimate partner abuse.
  • Some college or other post-secondary education or training in the social service profession is preferred.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Knowledge of domestic violence preferred.
  • Healthy and mature. Able to model strength and empowering, respectful behavior.
  • Must have the commitment and ability to work sensitively in a 24 hour residential setting with female and child program participants who have a history of a history of trauma.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills. Highly effective in communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and crisis management.
  • Team player. Must be able to significantly contribute to an agency-wide team approach.
  • Must have the ability to work with both adult and child vulnerable populations.
  • Reliable and responsible. Must be able to work evenings, overnight, and weekends.
  • Ability to relate positively to people of diverse ages, ethnicity, socio-economic levels, beliefs and lifestyles.
  • If driving on agency business, a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance are required.
  • Must be able to lift up to20 lbs, walk up and down stairs, be able to bend and twist, walk up to a few miles per day.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Reports to: Human Resources

Hours: Varies

Salary: $10.50/hour

To Apply: Send resume and application to or YWCA Utah, 322 East 300 South, Salt Lake City 84111. Only those who have turned in an official YWCA application will be considered for interview.

Deadline: Open until filled

The YWCA is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.