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Domestic Violence Child Welfare Advocate

Position reports directly to: Director of Outreach
Location: Outreach Office, Child Welfare Offices (Bradford/Union)
Starting Salary range: $31,000 - $32,500

Qualifications and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree preferred. Minimum of two years professional experience and previous work with domestic violence victims required. Ability to establish rapport with clients, work independently, work within the Child Welfare system, conduct training, and travel to outlying areas. Effective communication skills and commitment to the empowerment
model a must.


Principal Job Duties:
1. Respond to referrals form the Child Welfare system by participating in case collaborations where survivors are
involved in investigations.
2. Attend investigation calls and provide feedback.
3. Provide support and referral services for survivors in the Child Welfare system.
4. Consult in the development of safety plans and case plans that are survivor centered.
5. Within the constraints of confidentiality laws, advocate for clients and work with partner agencies to provide
services to referred clients.
6. Participate in regular meetings with system partners to develop and maintain protocols and practices.
7. Complete all required paperwork and maintain statistics on all clients in accurate, complete files and enter data
into agency database in a timely manner.
8. Assist in the training of Child Welfare staff.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to attention Elizabeth Gutierrez at by May 15,  2021.

Youth Services Advocate - Outreach 


Position reports directly to: Director of Child and Youth Services

Position reporting directly to this position: Volunteers/Interns for Child and Youth Programs
Location: Outreach Office (Gainesville) 
Starting Salary range: $13/hour 

Status: Full time (35-40 hours) 

Qualifications and Skills:
Related area degree from an accredited college or university preferred. Direct experience with service to children and youth required. Responsible and reliable, energetic, and enjoy working with children.  Youth Services Advocate should also be familiar with empowerment/feminist philosophies and principles and be willing to utilize these during their work with children. An understanding of child development model and positive discipline strategies is preferred. Ability to work well with others is required. Prior experience with childcare as well as working with children is required. The person hired for this position must pass a background screening. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record required. CPR Certification Required.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires movement about the shelter property, sitting at a desk, using a computer, and presenting information to groups of clients and community partners throughout work hours.  Physical requirements include ability to sit at a desk for up to 6 hours, sitting and playing with children, physical activities with children, lifting children, driving the agency vans for client and employee transportation.

Principal Job Duties:

Children's Program 

  1. Plan and implement age-appropriate empowerment activities for children’s support group and program activities in Outreach.

  2. Provide support for other Child and Youth Programs within the agency, as needed.

  3. Provide childcare for parents as request and as the schedule allows.

  4. Complete children’s risk assessments and other related documentation within the first 72 hours of entering shelter.

  5. Identify children who may have been victims of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse as well as neglect, and reports to the appropriate agencies in a timely manner.

  6. Coordinate parent/family support services with other staff to address needs that arise.

  7. Provide support, guidance and referrals to parent/family as need/requested.

  8. Maintain accurate files (electronic and paper) for all appropriate participants.

  9. Supervise children’s program intern’s/volunteers. This can include coordinating internship/volunteer schedule, facilitating check-in meetings and providing performance feedback.

  10. Maintain safe and organized environment for all participants. This should include keeping a regular cleaning schedule for the group room, children’s play area, and storage areas.


Secondary Job Duties:

  1. Serve as an agency representative for community organizations whose primary efforts are targeted towards meeting children’s needs.

  2. Make educational community presentations on domestic violence and agency services as needed/requested.

  3. Attend full staff meetings, trainings, and interagency meetings as requested/needed.

  4. Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Child & Youth Programs.


Agency Requirements: 

All Employees of Peaceful Paths are expected to demonstrate a commitment to:

  • upholding the Employee Guiding Principles for the Workplace

  • promoting diversity and equality

  • professional ethics and standards

  • flexibility and teamwork

  • protection of confidentiality

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to attention Crystal Sorrow at by May 15,  2021.

Outreach Center & Administrative Offices

2100 NW 53rd Avenue, Suite A

Gainesville, FL 32653

call 352.377.5690

helpline 352.377.8255

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