Hiring: Bilingual DV/SA Victims of Crime Advocate

Bilingual DV/SA Victims of Crime Advocate

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Tacoma, WA | $35,928-38,652/yr | Schedule: M-F; 8AM-5PM; Evenings and Saturdays occasionally

Job Summary: The Bilingual Victim Advocate at Tacoma Community House provides advocacy services to immigrant and limited English speaking survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes to improve their sense of safety and access to resources. The Bilingual Victim Advocate meets with clients at TCH as well at offsite locations. This position will manage a caseload and will assist in the coordination of therapy groups offered by the program. Therapy groups may be offered on weekday evenings or Saturdays.

Successful candidates must demonstrate the following qualities:

  • High level of confidentiality regarding client services
  • Consistent and frequent respectful communication with co-workers, client, and agency partners
  • Capacity to work with and be sensitive to people of various backgrounds
  • Ability to prioritize and respond quickly in critical situations
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Perform in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Adhere to agency and funder guidelines of service delivery and production
  • Wear appropriate business attire

Job Duties:

  • Screen victims of domestic violence/sexual assault/victims of crime accessing program services
  • Assess client’s needs (food, medical, housing, benefits, counseling, etc) and provide the necessary community referrals
  • Complete a safety plan with each client
  • Provide domestic violence/sexual assault/victims of crime education to clients, community organizations, police, and prosecutor’s offices
  • Provide referrals to legal aid organizations, offer court support and assistance in filing protection orders
  • Gather necessary documents for qualifying VAWA cases
  • Provide interpretation and/or translation of documents as needed
  • Document client services for program reports
  • Attend community meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and/or Psychology and/or Sociology or related field (unofficial transcripts will be required at the interview)
  • Bilingual
  • 2 years of experience working as a victim or community advocate
  • Knowledge of case screening and intakes
  • Understand the dynamics and impact of violence on individuals


  • Pass a background check
  • Valid Washington state driver’s license

Compensation: $35,928-38,652 annually. The salary is competitive for this position and will depend on qualifications. TCH has a generous benefit package including health, dental, life insurance, and retirement. (See below for more details)

Application Process

As part of the application process, please provide answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your experience with domestic violence, sexual assault, or any other type of crime?
  2. What does empowerment mean to you?
  3. What causes IPV?

Email your answers along with your cover letter, resume, and five professional references to the Client Advocacy Manager: rchavez@tacomacommunityhouse.org

This position will be open until filled.

Tacoma Community House is an equal opportunity employer. Tacoma Community House is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and program participants and to strengthening sensitivity throughout the agency.  Tacoma Community House is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, national origin, political or union affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, Vietnam era veteran status, or other non bona-fide job requirements. Applicants in need of accommodations are encouraged to call (253) 383-3951.

Additional Information

About Tacoma Community House:
Tacoma Community House is a 108-year-old Human Services agency, begun as a Settlement House to serve immigrants. Today we serve immigrants, refugees and low income adults, helping them to become self-sufficient.

Mission: Tacoma Community House creates opportunities for immigrants and other community members in the Puget Sound region through comprehensive services focused on self-sufficiency, inclusion and advocacy.

Vision: We are a pathway to change, leading to generations of self-sufficient people and a region welcoming of immigrants and refugees.

Why work at Tacoma Community House?
We are an agency with a long history of quality services which attracts staff with expertise and commitment to our mission. We have won many awards over the years for our services and for the quality of our workplace.

Tacoma Community House offers:

  • Compensation: Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation package. Employees also have access to an outstanding employee benefits package worth about 25% of your salary.
  • Insurance: A comprehensive health care benefits package with medical, dental, employee assistance program, and basic life insurance.
  • Retirement: We offer participation in a pension plan with generous support by the agency.
  • Vacation and leave: Leave benefits include 12 days of vacation per year in the first year, 10 paid holidays, and 12 days of paid sick leave per year.