Open Positions

The Harbor provides advocacy, prevention and support to promote self-determination and hope for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Established in 1976 as a crisis phone line for women experiencing domestic violence, The Harbor has evolved to provide trauma-informed, culturally responsive, gender-inclusive services to more than 400 survivors each year. Our services include a 24-hour support line and in-person crisis response, a drop-in advocacy center, confidential shelter, and wrap around services like support groups, assistance with protection orders and legal sport, and mental health services. Our team is here to support all survivors with strengths-based services that promote self-determination and hope.

 

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage those who meet the basic requirements of the position to apply regardless of whether you meet every criteria. All persons of every race, ethnic background, spiritual belief, economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or personal ability, are equally affirmed into membership, leadership and employment at The Harbor and are joyfully welcomed. 

LGBTQIA+ Advocate

Hours: 40 hours/wk; primarily weekdays, occasional evenings and weekends; grant funded through December 2023 with the possibility of an extension

Compensation: $18.00/hr, generous paid time off, 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, retirement plan options with up to 3% employer match after 1-year of employment

 

Position Purpose

The LGBTQIA+ Advocate will be primarily responsible for advocacy for youth and teen survivors of sexual violence, in addition to providing on-site advocacy services to drop-in clients at The Harbor’s Advocacy Center.  Services will reflect our mission to provide advocacy, prevention, and support to promote self-determination and hope for survivors of sexual violence. This position has a specific focus on supporting LGBTQIA+ sexual assault survivors by providing culturally specific outreach and support.

All of our services are free and confidential. We work from a trauma-informed empowerment model, which means we believe that survivors are the experts in their own lives and have the ability to make the best decisions for their own lives.

 

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage those who meet the basic requirements of the position to apply regardless of whether you meet every criteria. All persons of every race, ethnic background, spiritual belief, economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or personal ability, are equally affirmed into membership, leadership and employment at The Harbor and are joyfully welcomed. 

 

Scope of Duties

With support from the Deputy Director, work towards the goals of the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) grant, including: creating and maintaining a confidential, safe, and supportive space for LGBTQIA+ sexual assault survivors and clients at our drop-in advocacy center; providing one-on-one advocacy services that may include safety planning, crisis intervention, peer support, and information and referral; connecting survivors to other social services and resources; and sharing the work of The Harbor with community members and partners.

 

General Responsibilities

  • Provide confidential, trauma-informed, culturally responsive services to survivors that promote positive outcomes in alignment with Advocacy Program goals

  • Provide one-time and on-going case management advocacy to survivors of domestic and sexual violence with a focus on sexual assault survivors

  • Provide occasional on-call advocacy for in-person emergency response

  • Work with participants to develop personalized safety plans

  • Utilize standardized screening tools to connect participants with resources for shelter and housing, the Crime Victims Compensation Program, and the Address Confidentiality Program

  • Maintain accurate participant files

  • Stay informed of community resources and coordinated community responses

  • Receive continuing education and training regarding serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking

  • Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for The Harbor’s mission and programs by participating in local taskforces and collaborating with partner agencies to improve sexual assault response

  • Attend weekly required all-staff meetings

  • Other tasks and projects as assigned

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Maintain professional competency by attending trainings, webinars, and conferences to stay up to date on best practices for supporting survivors of sexual violence, with a particular focus on LGBTQIA+ survivors

  • Facilitate or seek out sexual violence related or LGBTQIA+ specific training for staff at least once per quarter

  • Attend weekly youth group meetings at the Q Center to be available for disclosures and support

  • Provide in-person crisis response to or schedule follow-up with student sexual assault survivors referred by The Harbor Prevention Team

  • Facilitate a sexual assault support group according to the needs of survivors in our community

  • Organize a staff committee to delegate annual Sexual Assault Action Month (April) and Pride Month (June) activities, outreach, and social media content creation

  • Create or find resources (printed materials, website or social media content, literature, online support groups, etc.) specific to LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence, and sexual violence survivors from the general population

  • Participate in the Enhancing Sexual Assault Services Initiative cohort, working to complete the programs projects and goals during downtime

  • Coordinate with local artists, writers, and poets to provide a quarterly workshop for sexual assault survivors; seek out opportunities for these projects to be displayed in the community (Astoria Artwalk, Fisher Poets, a survivor stories page on our website, etc.)

  • Create and implement policies, procedures, and tracking measures for the youth peer advocacy program

 

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Core values that align with the mission of The Harbor, including a personal and professional commitment to anti-oppression and anti-racism work

  • At least 1-year of professional experience providing culturally-specific services to LGBTQIA+ individuals OR 1-year of experience working with survivors of sexual violence OR relevant lived experience

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to project needs

  • Independent, self-motivated worker

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

  • Openness to learning new concepts, approaches, and skills

  • Strong computer technology skills, including Microsoft Office programs. Ability to learn new technology systems and implement within scope of duties.

  • Valid driver’s license and transportation

 

Preferred Qualification & Experience

  • Experience in community assessment

  • Experience with program evaluation

  • Bilingual and/or bicultural

  • 1 or more years of project management experience


As noted above, we are most interested in finding the right candidate for the position. If you do not possess all the required qualifications, we invite you to apply by sending your resume and cover letter to jessica@harbornw.org. Please share in your cover what interests you about supporting the work of The Harbor, as well as any relevant information that may not be reflected on your resume.

What We Ask of Our Staff and Volunteers

  • Personal values compatible with The Harbor’s mission and values, including a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work

  • An understanding of/desire to learn more about how oppression is the root cause of domestic and sexual violence, and how injustices intersect based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability.

  • The desire and ability to promote an antiracist, inclusive, culturally diverse and responsive environment

  • The ability to relate respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds and ages, and utilize equitable trauma-informed practices even in high-stress/crisis situations

  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of our shelter location and clients in a small community

  • Ability to be self-directed as well as work collaboratively with other staff

  • We value your experience!  We encourage employees to provide feedback and ideas about ways we can better serve our clients, staff, and community.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication, and organizational skills

Our Benefits

The Harbor provides 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance for full-time employees and their dependents

 

Optional Flexible Spending Account for medical needs and/or childcare

Optional savings account through Oregon Saves

Generous paid time off (e.g. a new employee who works 40-hours per week will receive 169 hours [4.2 weeks] of paid time off during their first year of employment)

Employee Assistance Program 

  • Member counseling: 24-hour confidential crisis help from licensed counselors delivered via face-to-face sessions, telephone, televideo, chat and email

  • Member life-balance resources: Child care and elder care referral services, financial services, home ownership program, identity theft recovery services, legal and mediation services, will and other legal forms, and more