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Survivors Organizing for Liberation | Buried Seedz of Resistance

Director of Advocacy

 To Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@solcolorado.org.  No phone calls please.  Youth, people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, bilingual/multilingual, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply.

Position Status

Position is a 1.0 FTE and reports to Survivors Organizing for Liberation’s Executive Director* This position supervises the part-time Survivor Support Coordinator.

Division of Time Goal- 50% on individual program area, 25% on shared responsibilities and administrative tasks, 25% on shared fundraising

Position Summary

The Director of Advocacy is responsible for coordinating all programming that provides direct support for LGBTQ survivors of violence including supervising the 24-hour crisis hotline, case management, and providing system advocacy for service participants. Honoring each individual’s self-determination and empowerment, this position will work closely with service participants to develop short and long term goals as well as providing case consultation for service providers. Additionally, this individual will work collaboratively with the other staff, board members, and the Executive Director*.  These collaborative responsibilities are outlined below under “Shared Responsibilities.”  

*The organizational structure at SOL is changing, and an executive director will be hired.  Until the executive director position is filled, this position will report directly to the Advisory Board.  Due to the shifting structure, responsibilities and division of time will be reviewed and updated periodically.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum one year previous experience in victim advocacy work (volunteer or paid).

  • Strong knowledge of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and other social justice issues.

  • Commitment to building and sustaining an active volunteer base.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; particularly facilitation, training, and public speaking ability.

  • Commitment to building a strong, multicultural movement for social change.

  • Commitment to responsible and respectful processes of conflict resolution.

  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with regard to the handling of confidential information and maintain professional standards of conduct.

  • Computer proficiency in word processing, spread sheets, some graphics, and internet.

  • Ability to effectively supervise a volunteers, hotline advocates and interns.

  • Ability to work with a team in a high-stress environment.

  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings as necessary, and to travel from time to time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bicultural/Bilingual in Spanish (verbal and written skills)

  • Familiarity with Colorado community resources and organizations.

  • Experience with community outreach and organizing.

  • Exceptional capacity to listen and learn from others.

  • Self directed with ability to work independently.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide direct services to LGBTQ survivors of violence.

  • Respond to survivors who contact SOL.  Conduct intake and needs assessment.  Provide crisis intervention, identification of options, safety planning, emotional support, and/or make appropriate community referrals to support survivors in developing a plan of action.

  • Provide short-term individual advocacy and case management to survivors of violence, including emotional support and educational information about bias-motivated violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, police violence, and other forms of harm.  Help survivors in identifying options and achieving short-term goals.

  • Provide support and supervision to the Survivor Support Coordinator

  • Coordinate volunteer staffing of 24-hour crisis hotline.  Recruit, train, and support crisis hotline volunteers.  Coordinate one comprehensive, 40+ hour trainings for new crisis hotline volunteers annually.

  • Organize bi-monthly volunteer advocate meetings to support their ongoing education, professional development, and provide support for vicarious trauma.

  • Collect, maintain and analyze statistical data on survivors, nature of offenses and program services provided.  Participate in preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports as appropriate.

  • Set goals and objectives to measure program activity and evaluate effectiveness.

  • Recruit, train and supervise direct service program staff, interns and volunteers. Define project-based position descriptions as needed.

  • Coordinate referral resource screenings, including individual counselors/therapists and community agencies.  Maintain up-to-date community referral list, and communicate to other staff and volunteers any updates or changes which occur.

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with other community agencies, organizations and resources that provide assistance and services to survivors of violence and LGBTQ communities.

  • Collaborate with community partners and coalitions to work towards the mission of SOL.

  • Provide case consultation to other agencies and organizations regarding accessibility and appropriateness of direct services for LGBTQ community.

  • Assist with training, education, and technical assistance on LGBTQ violence issues to law enforcement agencies, service providers, and community-based organizations, and schools across Colorado.

  • Manage Advocacy program budget.

  • Other administrative or technical duties as required.

Shared responsibilities

  • Supervise office systems (telephones, photocopier, postage, fax, and computers) including ordering repairs, and maintaining records.  

  • Represent the agency and program at public events, community meetings, trainings, speaking requests, and coalitions (or other networking opportunities).

  • Participate in targeted outreach at community events and spaces.

  • Assist in coordination of media strategy.

  • Work with Advisory Board to develop, revise and implement long-term strategic plan, including developing annual work plans, meeting goals and objectives, media advocacy and strategy, marketing, materials development, social media, and website content.

  • Support ongoing organizational development through strategic planning, visioning, and strategy development.

  • Attend occasional board meetings and provide program updates.

  • Create opportunities for volunteer involvement.

  • Manage staff development and team building for all staff.

  • Identify conference presentation and professional development opportunities

  • Facilitate and set agendas for internal meetings, such as staff meetings and director meetings.

  • Participate in ongoing self-care and trauma stewardship assesments and activities with the support of the board, colleagues, and the ED

Shared fundraising responsibilities

  • Contributing to grant writing and reporting

  • Participate in site visits, audits, and other tasks to help ensure program meets grant deliverables

  • Participate in grassroots fundraising efforts such as direct mail appeals, one to one donor asks, online campaigns, and special events.

  • Formatting and sending e-newsletters

  • Coordinate major fundraising events

  • Send thank you cards to donors in timely manner

Shared administrative tasks

  • Sign and submit timesheets bi-weekly.

  • Check the PO Box on a weekly basis.

  • Check and respond to e-mails sent to the info@solcolorado.org account.

  • Answer phone inquiries.

  • Contribute to bi-monthly newsletters and annual report.

  • Coordinate with outside IT/technical consultants to maintain website, e-mail, network and other needs.

  • Completing assigned office cleaning, property maintenance and general upkeep of the office.

  • Order and maintain office supplies.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@solcolorado.org.  No phone calls please.  Youth, people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, bilingual/multilingual, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply.