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The Friendship Center is currently hiring for an Abuse in Later Life Advocate.

 

THE FRIENDSHIP CENTER

POSITION DESCRIPTION

TITLE:          Abuse in Later Life Advocate

DATE:           February 2018

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Friendship Center, in partnership with Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC), is hiring a full-time Abuse in Later Life (ALL) Advocate to work with older individuals who are being abused by a spouse, partner, adult child or family member, or caregiver. The ALL Advocate will be a member of MBCC’s Enhance Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life program and training team. The ALL program extends to Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson and Meagher Counties, as well as Yellowstone County.

POSITION SUMMARY:        Provide crisis intervention and advocacy to older victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, neglect or stalking. Help raise awareness of elder abuse and available services in The Friendship Center’s (TFC) service area of Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson Counties by networking with and educating senior centers and ombudsman about advocate’s role and victim services. Provide guidance to shelters and advocacy centers serving Meagher and Yellowstone Counties.

SUPERVISOR:                      Client Care Director

SPECIFIC DUTIES/MAJOR TASKS:

Community Outreach and Education

  • Assist in the development and implementation of Outreach to advertise the ALL program and services.
  • Provide guidance to senior center, shelters that serve Meagher and Yellowstone counties.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with adults, age 50+, and the agencies that serve them.
  • Develop and execute a schedule to be available to meet with older individuals throughout the service area.
  • Develop and execute a plan to work with home care providers to create a referral process.
  • Work with TFC staff and volunteers as they support older callers.
  • Attend all meetings of ALL program partners and the Coordinated Community Response Teams.
  • Join the ALL Program training team as Victim Services lead trainer presenting trainings on elder abuse to law enforcement and service providers.

Individual Support and Advocacy

  • Provide crisis intervention and empowerment based, trauma informed advocacy services for older individuals experiencing physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, stalking, neglect, and financial exploitation, including advocacy work around issues such as housing, benefits, employment, medical and dental care, legal matters, immigration, mental health and substance abuse.
  • Work with older individuals to address the intersections and complexities in their lives around safety and stability.
  • Interviews older individuals and completes client assessment and reassessments to identify needs, eligibility and assists with accessing available financial assistance, community resources and services.
  • Create safety and service plans with older victims, and link and coordinate services across agencies.
  • Accompany older individuals to court and other appointments as needed.

Other Responsibilities

  • Document all services provided, maintaining accurate and detailed records and work logs.
  • Attend staff meetings and program meetings.
  • Attend and assist with TFC or ALL program events as needed.
  • Attend specialized trainings as needed.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned (may include but are not limited to: training, grant writing, report writing, program development/implementation, volunteer coordination, database management, etc.).
  • Responsible for the 24-hour crisis line on occasional weekends and evenings as necessary, and serve as staff back-up to support crisis line advocates on rotating evenings and weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities and experience:

  • Experience working with older individuals
  • Experience working in partnership with community agencies
  • Experience doing advocacy work or case management
  • Training and/or experience in the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence
  • Ability to problem-solve, manage time and work independently while under pressure
  • Positive attitude and professional demeanor and image
  • Ability to set personal and professional boundaries
  • Commitment to maintain client confidentiality and privacy
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to listen well
  • Be flexible and willing to work a varied schedule if necessary
  • Ability to balance emotional and physical needs with work demand through personal and effective forms of self-care
  • Possess valid Montana Drivers License, and maintain current liability insurance on reliable personal automobile
  • Successful background check required

 

Please submit resume to Gina Boesdorfer at gina.b@thefriendshipcenter.org. Resumes may also be dropped off at TFC office (1430 N Sanders, Helena MT 59601) or faxed to 406-442-6809.