JBWS is a private, nonprofit agency that provides safety, support, and solutions for abuse for anyone who faces the issues of intimate partner abuse regardless of severity of the abuse, marital status, income, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity. The vision of JBWS is to create a community-wide culture that refuses to tolerate the presence of any form of intimate partner violence. Empowerment of its victims and advocacy for social reform are at the heart of our mission and we are committed to advocating for the change necessary to achieve justice, equity, and inclusivity within our organization, our community and the systems with which we work on behalf of our clients. More than 75 paid staff and nearly 200 volunteers work together with the help of the community to fulfill the agency mission. JBWS recognized the impact of the work done in our space and we are committed to staff wellness. Our W.I.S.H. (Wellness Initiative Supporting Health) initiative focuses on the 8 dimensions of wellness, including physical, emotional, mental, etc. to support and educate our staff. JBWS is an equal opportunity employer. JBWS values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for a position at JBWS.
JBWS is seeking a full-time Housing Navigator to support survivors of domestic violence in locating and accessing safe and affordable housing and preventing homelessness by providing housing related assistance. The ideal candidate has experience advocating for housing needs on behalf of clients, is a strong advocate for individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence, and has a strong cultural awareness to support all individuals regardless of their race, cultural identity, sexual identity, mental health status and/or substance use.
Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Meet with housing clients to determine their housing needs, and jointly develop a housing stability plan with short and long-term goals to gain housing and economic stability.
- Advocate on client’s behalf to secure safe and stable housing, which may include accompanying clients to housing appointments, acting as a liaison with landlords and negotiating leases, as well as provide guidance with rent subsidies, deposits, and other assistance related to housing.
- Collaborate with other JBWS and external staff to ensure services are aligned and meet the needs of the client served.
- Ensure the needs of the most marginalized survivors are centered in all programming and advocacy efforts.
- Conduct outreach in the community to identify housing options that meet each survivor’s unique needs.
- Collaborate with local housing authorities and other housing/homeless service organizations to find and develop resources for survivors.
- Facilitates the use of flexible funds to support survivors to become or remain in stable housing.
Qualifications include but not limited to:
- Bachelor’s degree preferred, equivalent experience considered.
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish required.
- At least five years of, domestic violence, or related social justice fieldwork.
- Extensive knowledge of housing resources and options, public benefits, and community resources to meet various survivor needs.
- Ability to engage in self-care activities to manage and prevent secondary and vicarious trauma.
Full time, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings
JBWS values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for a position at JBWS.