Domestic Violence Engagement Advocate

Ventura County
Full Time
Coalition for Family Harmony
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Subject: DV Engagement Advocate

Job Classification: Regular Full-Time, non-exempt, 40 hours per week
Salary Range: $25 per hour
Reporting Manager: Executive Director
Location of job: Coalition Main Office, mobile response throughout the County of Ventura

Summary of Position

The Domestic Violence Engagement Advocate provides vital services to families interacting with Ventura County Child and Family Services (CFS), a role that falls in line with all aspects of Coalition for Family Harmony’s mission, including providing direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, educating the community regarding violence against women, children, and men, and working to prevent the cycle of violence. Bilingual in English and Spanish is required.

Fundamental Job Requirements

-Provide scheduled on-site response and domestic violence services to survivors of domestic violence including peer and crisis support, advocacy, community referrals, and connections at the request of Ventura County Child and Family Services.
-Create and distribute domestic violence information and safety planning brochures to the survivors of domestic violence.
-Provide education and outreach to community members and service providers on domestic violence topics.
-Provide social workers and CFS staff feedback on outreach to identified families; maintain regular presence at CFS Team Meetings and Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings as a domestic violence survivor advocate.
-Facilitate and maintain professional relationships with community partners, law enforcement, and medical personnel.
-Individual advocacy, including emergency shelter entry and assistance with filing restraining orders and child custody; when needed, facilitate contact with other Coalition departments for further social service needs.
-Remain updated and participate in trainings relevant to domestic violence survivors, relevant policies and procedures, and general topics in the domestic violence field.
-Maintain client files and collection of statistical documents as required by CFS.
-Database management and statistical report completion
-Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or other members of the Leadership Team.


-This position is full-time 40 hours per week.
-The weekly schedule is subject to change according to the needs of our contracted service providers. Ability to be flexible with work hours between the time of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday – Friday is required. Occasional weekends may be required.
-This position is eligible for overtime benefits.

Educational Requirements

-Bachelor’s Degree in social, psychological, or social services background preferred but not required.

Certifications (Training provided)

-Must obtain Domestic Violence Counselor certification that meets the requirements under California Evidence Code 1037.1.
-Must obtain Sexual Assault Counselor certification that meets the requirements under California Evidence Code 1305.2.
-Must complete our LGBTQ+ 101 Training within 6 months of hire date.

Knowledge Base/Skills

-Basic computer literacy in Microsoft Office programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and basic knowledge of general office equipment is required.
-Demonstrate proficiency in entering statistical data points in Apricot system within 1 month of training.
-Regularly expanding knowledge base on topics of gendered violence, impacts of domestic and sexual assault on the community, working with survivors of violence, and more by reading literature, blog and news posts, etc. is expected.
-Knowledge of family law legal procedures desired.
-Must demonstrate working effectively with and showing respect to all survivors of violence, including those from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, sexual preferences and/or identities, gender identities/expression, and political backgrounds.
-Must demonstrate navigating crisis and solving problems independently, using best judgment and critical thinking skills.

Physical Requirements

-Ability to speak English and Spanish fluently is a requirement.
-Must have the ability to communicate with clientele over phone, through electronic correspondence and in-person.
-Must have the ability to drive a motor vehicle, have a California Class C driver’s license, proof of car insurance, clear driving record, and a functioning motor vehicle. Employee is required to drive personal vehicle to various sites within Ventura County to provide services. Eligible for mileage reimbursement.
-75% of the fundamental job requirements occur inside the agency’s main office, a 5th floor private office suite with elevator access and temperature control. 25% occur at varies sites and homes around Ventura County.
-May be required to stand, sit, stoop, bend, and lift/move up to 20 lbs.
-Coalition for Family Harmony may accommodate to these physical requirements upon request.


-This position is eligible for full benefits as listed on this post.
-Must pass a Live Scan background check.
-This position is expected to wear business casual to formal attire, as required by the partner location and type of service being performed.
-The option to telecommute (or to perform essential job duties at home) is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Manager and, if necessary, by others on the Leadership Team.

EEO – Coalition for Family Harmony is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer; all applicants will be given full consideration under state, local, and federal law.

401(k) matching
Dental insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Life insurance
Mileage reimbursement
Paid time off
Vision insurance

Driver’s License (Required)
Work Location: In person/mobile around Ventura County

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