Weekend Shelter Advocate
Located at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH, HAVEN is the largest domestic and sexual violence prevention and support agency in NH.
The mission of HAVEN is to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence and to empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives.
With an annual budget of approximately 1.5 million dollars, HAVEN is seeking a full-time Development Director to provide leadership and strategy in all aspects of fundraising in order to increase revenue to sustain and expand on programs and services.
As a senior member of the team, the Development Director will provide leadership and strategy in all aspects of fundraising including campaigns, events, communications, prospect research and donor stewardship.
The Director will work closely with the Executive Director, a dedicated and passionate staff, a dynamic Board of Directors and Development Committee as well as a large volunteer group to promote the organization’s mission and values to grow the base of donor support.
Please send letter of interest and resume via e-mail with Development Director in the subject line to Kathy Beebe, Executive Director at email@example.com
The Development Director provides leadership and strategy in all aspects of fundraising including campaigns, events, communications, prospect research, and donor stewardship. The Director works closely with Executive Director, staff, Development Committee and Board of Directors to promote the organization’s mission, and values and grow the base of donor support.
• Minimum three to five years of development experience with two years in progressive leadership positions.
• Strong motivational, organizational and presentation skills, and a passion for the mission of HAVEN.
• Demonstrated track record of successful, personal solicitations, including major gifts.
• Strong personal/professional network in the Greater Seacoast area.
• Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Be culturally sensitive.
• Strong research, marketing, planning, and organizational skills.
• Broad experience in donor relations and management.
• Computer literate, proficient with Little Green Light or equivalent donor software and Microsoft Office.
• Develop and execute a comprehensive multi-year Fundraising Development Plan to increase giving and participation levels from donors and prospects in all fundraising areas including annual fund, major gifts, and planned giving.
• Develop and execute strategies to increase corporate and foundation giving.
• Cultivate, solicit and steward all annual fund donors and prospects, including developing strategies and goals for increased giving and writing appeal and thank you letters.
• Identify research, cultivate, solicit and steward major donors and/or prospective major donors to obtain their new, renewed, sustained or increased support; thank them for their past support, and report to them on how their gifts have been used.
• Supervises Outreach and Communications Manager.
• Design and coordinate a variety of cultivation and recognition events for major donors and prospects.
• Utilize and maintain the donor database.
• Work with Development Coordinator, Board of Directors, key volunteers, and other staff as appropriate, to plan and execute fundraising activities.
• Work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members in their active fundraising role.
• Develop and maintain an understanding of HAVEN programs and activities so as to maximize donor participation in and support of the organization.
• Oversee and assist Communications Coordinator in developing publications and communications that support annual giving and that are aligned with overall agency goals and objectives.
• Develop donor-centric pitch materials, including case for support, multi-media, etc.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
STATUS OF POSITION: Exempt – Benefits Eligible
HOURS PER WEEK: 40
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
WEEKEND SHELTER ADVOCATE
The Weekend Shelter Advocate is responsible for providing support and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children in the emergency shelter. This position is the primary direct service provider for the weekend shift at the shelter. The Weekend Shelter Advocate works in conjunction with weekday Shelter Staff and the Shelter Manager to offer and provide services for parents and children at the shelter, including intakes, assessments, advocacy, case management, crisis counseling, ongoing emotional support, safety planning, parenting support, information, education, and referrals, and support obtaining and filing relevant court documents (e.g., restraining order, parenting plans).
• Provide direct service and emotional support to the shelter residents utilizing an empowerment philosophy and according to protocol.
• Acts as a positive role model for residents, demonstrating healthy boundaries, crisis response skills, resourcefulness, and positive parent child interactions.
• Makes referrals and advocates for connections to community resources such as educational, housing, medical care, childcare, etc.
• Facilitates house meetings with shelter residents.
• Understands and follows current policies and procedures for all shelter operations in order to ensure safety of residents and staff.
General Shelter Support
• Prepare rooms for intake/discharge, household and food inventory, and maintaining cleanliness of shelter.
• Responsible for securing shelter at the beginning/end of each shift.
• Instructs, supervises, and helps implement housekeeping chores required of residents.
• Accurately complete all necessary paperwork including client logs, information and referral intake, discharge forms, and any other required documentation and record-keeping by end of shift.
• Make recommendations on how to improve the weekend process and programming to Shelter Manager.
• Collaborate with other staff members as necessary to contribute to maintaining a work environment that is inclusive, welcoming and free from negativity.
• Work requires the ability to ascend or descend stairs, the ability to monitor and observe the activities of residents within the facility, exposure to cleaning products, chemicals, and solvent, occasionally work in outdoor weather conditions, and the ability to move or transport supplies or equipment weighing up to 20 pounds unassisted.
• Participate in supervision with the Shelter Manager.
• Participate in Shelter Team Meetings.
• Participate in trainings as needed to maintain agency advocate certification.
• Encouraged, but not required to attend monthly all-staff meetings.
Education / Work Experience
• Associate Degree preferred or three years relevant experience.
• Preferred Qualifications: Prior shelter experience or experience working with survivors of violence of diverse communities (i.e., based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity, class, education, immigration status, etc.) highly desired.
• Fosters positive, safe, and trauma-informed relationships with shelter residents, while supportsing and understanding empowerment philosophy.
• Strong crisis intervention, advocacy, active listening, and critical thinking skills.
• Ability to address conflict and contribute alternative solutions in a direct, constructive, and professional manner.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Prudence in handling confidential client and administrative information.
• Ability to prioritize, be self-directed, and manage a variety of tasks.
• Capability to work independently or with others.
• Ability to network with other community agencies.
• Understanding and sensitivity of the dynamics and effects of domestic and sexual violence.
• Familiarity with community and social service agencies/resources locally and statewide.
• Ability to work with individuals of all ages, races, culture, gender, sexual orientation and abilities and their children, passionate about the issues of domestic and sexual violence, Commitment to social justice.
• Ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously.
• Ability to maintain healthy boundaries.
• Must complete 30-hour advocacy training.
• Must pass criminal and driver’s license records check.
STATUS OF POSITION
Hours: Part time, Weekend, Per-diem, 8-hour shift (9am-5pm)
Compensation: Hourly (non-exempt); Non-Benefits Eligible
Reports to: Shelter Manager