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Full Time Emergency Shelter Youth Services Advocate


Qualifications and Skills:

An Associate of Arts Degree from an accredited college or university. Applied professional job experience may be substituted for education at the discretion of the Executive Director. Responsible and reliable, energetic, and enjoy working with children.  Shelter 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.

The starting hourly pay range is $10-13/hour based on experience.  Work schedule to be determined upon hire, evening hours are a must.


Primary Job Responsibilities:

Children’s Program

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

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

  3. Provide childcare for parents as requested 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 report 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 needed/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, playground, and storage areas.



The person hired for this position will be required to attend a 24-hour competency training within the probationary period, which may require regional travel. This training will be free of charge for the successful applicant. There is additional on-site supervised instruction to complete training.

How to Apply:

Any interested applicants should email cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Gutierrez, Director of Outreach Services by Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Please send all resumes and cover letters as attachments to:  elizabethg@peacefulpaths.org

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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