Our mission is to cultivate a safe, informed and empowered community for Deaf individuals, those with any type of hearing loss, and their families, by providing culturally competent and fully accessible services, advocacy and education. Would you like to help us work towards our goal? See our current career opportunities below.
Prevention & Youth Advocate
Under the direction of Deaf Iowans Against Abuse’s Executive Director, the Prevention & Youth Advocate will provide direct services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind youth victims and Prevention Education in the state of Iowa. The Prevention and Victim Service Advocate will provide domestic and sexual assault services in person, through video phone, and text communication as well as Prevention Education to professionals with prevention principles, concepts, and technical assistance in order to increase skills with addressing victimization/prevention with deaf individuals. Prevention and Victim Service Advocate will work on needed basis within the limits of the grant.
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours & Availability
- Full time – 40 hours a week
- Available to travel statewide as needed
- Based in Des Moines, Iowa
- Agree to a one year service agreement
- Provides comprehensive 1:1 peer consulting through a victim-based platform.
- Provides assistance in safety planning, filing order of protection, court appearances and assistance with other victim service forms.
- Provides outreach information, referrals to appropriate needed services and advocacy in securing American Sign Language interpreters for services.
- Provides support to court related hearings, shelter placements and other referred collaborative hearing settings.
- Provides accurate documentation of daily interaction, appropriate reporting of services, filing appropriate documents and following up as needed.
- Provides advocacy during office hours directly and crisis calls as needed through videophone or text messages.
- Provides Prevention Education through outreach, presentations, training and workshops.
- Educates through outreach, presentations, trainings and workshops.
- Assists with monthly newsletters for staff and social media outreach.
- Coordinates and assists with community outreach events.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
To perform the essential functions of this position successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Demonstrate ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language and other communication modes.
- Must have strong commitment to innovative thinking, problem solving and implementing system advocacy for deaf/hard of hearing adults.
- Must have strong ability to work with complex cases, free of biases and work independently without direct supervision.
- Must have own transportation and be willing to work evenings, weekends and travel statewide.
- Ability to work in a bilingual-bicultural team environment.
- Possess excellent expressive communication skills (sign language and/or spoken English).
- Possess excellent writing skills, which include the ability to compose varied correspondence in a precise, accurate and easily understandable manner.
- Have strong interpersonal and organizational skills and be able to work confidently with diverse groups of people and handle difficult and/or sensitive situations tactfully.
- Have initiative, creativity and motivation, including ability to work under pressure and with deadlines.
- High School diploma/GED
- Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent proven work history in advocacy work or working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-blind community
- Valid Driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance
- 40 hours deaf and hearing advocacy training
Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position is largely self-directed and requires understanding and compliance with company policies, procedures, and values. The position works in a standard office environment utilizing a computer and standard office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, interact collaboratively with the team and stakeholders and communicate via video phone or phone. The employee may be required to occasionally life and/or move up to 20 pounds.
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Deaf Iowans Against Abuse, Inc does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity in employment practices.