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Community Advocate 

Position Community Advocate  
Location Admin Building  
Department Stability Services  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Job Type Regular  
Level of Education Associate degree in Human Services may substitute for one year experience.  
Shift Days  

Position Summary: The Community Advocate works directly with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence on improving their safety and stability. The Community Advocate assesses survivors for eligibility to receive emergency assistance funds, such as eviction prevention, utility assistance, food assistance, and transportation assistance. This position provides both material and financial assistance to meet immediate crisis needs and brief service coordination to precariously housed survivors to help stabilize individuals and families and prevent homelessness due to intimate partner and sexual violence. The Community Advocate must be comfortable working with individuals to remove barriers efficiently, as the majority of individuals will only be in contact for very brief periods of time. This position will also have a small caseload of long term clients, who need support and assistance long term in community. As such, the position is responsible for maintaining good relationships with area landlords and community resources. Home visits are part of the job. Participants in our programs are traumatized by the intimate partner/ sexual violence they have experienced. As such, the Community Advocate must be comfortable engaging traumatized people in a sensitive manner and must be comfortable working in a Voluntary Services program model, supporting and encouraging participants in the achievement of their self-identified goals.

Standard Schedule: Standard hours for this position are Monday- Friday, starting between 8:00am-10:00am and finishing between 4:00pm-6:00pm. This position is based at the Community Engagement Center in Baltimore City, with approximately 50% of the time spent in travel around Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Flexibility to adjust standard hours to accommodate clients is expected about 20% of the time.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates access to and distributes emergency material and financial assistance available to victims and survivors who are experiencing an intimate partner or sexual violence emergency. This may include eviction prevention, utility assistance, emergency food or transportation/ relocation services, and other categories of need as funding allows.
  • Maintains detailed tracking records for assistance distributed, including timely data entry related to each contact in keeping with program standards.
  • As part of the Emergency Assistance team, completes Victim Coordinate Entry (VCE) Intakes for homeless survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence.
  • Assists clients in gathering/obtaining documentation necessary to quickly and efficiently process assistance requests.
  • Guides and supports participants to increase self-sufficiency skills, safety, education on domestic violence, and problem solving. Educates participants on self-advocacy skills and advocates on behalf of participants when necessary to achieve participant goals.
  • Gathers and synthesizes information on participant from agency sources and from significant recent and current community support systems.
  • Works with participants to clearly identifying support people in the participant’s life and how they might contribute to the participant achieving goals.
  • Assesses participant’s mental health and substance abuse needs, makes recommendations for further treatment and coordinate a plan for addressing those needs that respects the cultural beliefs of participants.
  • Coordinates participant’s use of agency and community services to provide comprehensive and unduplicated services that maximize participant success, including organizing team meetings as necessary.
  • Works collaboratively with community partners to provide comprehensive and unduplicated services that maximize participant success. Coordinates with program partners to ensure accurate and timely communication and documentation of work.
  • Arranges for interpretation services as necessary.
  • Visits participants in home environments that have been determined to be safe.
  • Provides assessment and services to persons seeking crisis assistance in person at the Community Engagement Center site.
  • Participates in relevant Team meetings, such as biweekly VCE Case Review meetings.
  • Provides one on one counseling for participants in crisis and to help participants resolve conflict.


Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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Benefits Medical InsurancePrescription PlanDental InsuranceVision InsuranceLife InsuranceRetirement Savings and PlanningMental Health and Wellness ProgramEmployee Assistance Program  
EOE Statement House of Ruth Maryland is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other protected characteristics as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.  

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