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Contact Center Advocate I 

Position Contact Center Advocate I  
Location Admin Building  
Department Contact Center  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Job Type Regular  
Level of Education High School Diploma or GED  
Shift Days  

Why work at House of Ruth Maryland?

At House of Ruth Maryland, you have the ability to expand your knowledge, promote change, and work alongside career oriented individuals while unleashing your own potential. We foster an environment of mutual respect, curiosity, and endless opportunities. Come join us and become a part of something special!

Position Summary: The Contact Center Advocate provides the first, and often only, contact that many people experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence (IPSV) have with House of Ruth Maryland (HRM). HRM is proud to offer 24/7 survivor and community access to live support, education, safety planning and connection to services through phone and chat, as well as in person. The Contact Center Advocate is part of this team, and is responsible for ensuring that every contact – both victims and community members supporting victims - are offered the support, information, referral, crisis intervention counseling, and safety planning consistent with HRM standards. When individuals contact HRM, they present as scared, hopeful, worried, angry, concerned, and hurt. The Contact Center Advocate assesses each victim’s situation relative to lethality and service needs to provide appropriate referrals. The Contact Center Advocate is a creative, energetic problem solver who exercises initiative to help each contact, and is a skilled professional with excellent crisis intervention and customer services skills. The Advocate is responsible for developing an excellent working relationship with other HRM programs and its staff, to ensure the timely, effective and seamless provision of services.

Standard Schedule: This position is a full time member of the Contact Center team and is considered an essential staff position, required to work in weather emergencies and holidays as needed.The standard schedule for this position is either Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm ( rotating weekends) 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Primarily responsible for live responses to hotline calls during designated shifts, taking the majority of incoming calls, and providing excellent customer service and trauma-informed support.
  • Shares responsibility with other Contact Center staff members for live response to hotline calls, chat contacts, and triage of walk-in contacts during designated shifts.
  • Ensures that all communications are answered in a timely manner, with minimal or no abandonment.
  • Offers support, information, referrals, crisis intervention counseling, and safety planning consistent with House of Ruth Maryland standards.
  • Attends internal and external meetings and trainings to ensure up to date understanding of agency and community resources and response strategies.
  • Communicates openly and honestly, working as a team with other staff, and demonstrating a positive, solution oriented attitude when working with contacts and colleagues.
  • Assists Contact Center Manager in facilitating trainings and call listening sessions with new staff.
  • Works with Contact Center Manager to ensure all Contact Center resources are accurate and up to date; specifically, with program partners and external vendors.
  • Provides compassion, support, patience, information and referral to all victims, families, friends, professionals, donors, and other individual contacts during designated shifts.
  • Provides crisis intervention, empathy and immediate safety planning to contacts at risk of serious injury from intimate partner violence.
  • Uses critical thinking skills to effectively triage user needs.
  • Provides relief and back-up coverage in emergency and urgent situations between essential assigned sites if required. This includes occasionally acting as the primary staff person in HRM’s 24 hour shelter program.
  • Perform timely data entry related to each contact, as well as other administrative tasks as-needed for essential Contact Center or site functions. This may include filing call reports, organizing call center spaces, responding to voicemails, etc.
  • Participates in Contact Center Team meetings.


  • One year paid or voluntary experience in either call center, customer service, retail, hospitality or work with vulnerable populations required. Phone or chat based experience highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly and calmly in a crisis required.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions which de-escalate conflict and/or resolve a crisis effectively required.
  • Excellent oral and written interpersonal skills with a strong ability to relate to a diverse range of individuals including victims, children, donors, business leaders, human service providers. Particular emphasis on communication over the telephone.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and juggle multiple competing tasks and timelines required.
  • Must pass Criminal Background Check.

Highly Preferred:

    • Knowledge and understanding of intimate partner violence.
    • Bilingual fluency in English and another language (Spanish, Urdu, French or Arabic highly preferred).
    • Knowledge of local human services programs/ agencies and housing resources.
    • Knowledge or ability to learn database management systems.
    • Must pass Criminal Background Check.

If you do not meet 100% of the requirments, we highly encourage you to apply!!!

COVID Policy Human Resources will maintain records of vaccination status, and this will not have any bearing on your employment.  
Benefits Medical InsurancePrescription PlanDental InsuranceVision InsurancePaid Time OffSick LeavePersonal DaysEmployee 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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