Prevention Educator — Full Time

Family Violence Project (FVP) is working to end domestic violence in Kennebec and Somerset counties in Maine. We believe it will take the whole community to accomplish our mission. This includes a strong and committed work force.

If you are seeking a challenging position in a critical field of advocacy and social justice, please consider the following open position:

Prevention Educator, Northern Kennebec and Somerset Counties — Full Time

Family Violence Project seeks an individual to provide education, training, presentations, individual advocacy and other activities to schools, community groups, and other venues. The focus of the Prevention Educator’s work will be on domestic violence, dating violence, human trafficking, and stalking, particularly but not exclusively as it relates to youth, including those who identify as LGBTQ. This is a full time (37.5 hour per week) position that includes occasional on-call responsibilities and may include evenings and weekends. This position will be based out of our Skowhegan office. Excellent benefits including health insurance, paid time off, short and long term disability, and retirement plan are available. The goal of this position is to decrease risk-factors of domestic violence and promote healthy relationships with youth, youth organizations, parents, community organizations and coalitions. The yearly pay range for this position is $31,200 to $46,800.

The successful candidate will possess knowledge of and passion for issues related to domestic violence and social change advocacy. This person must be well-organized with demonstrated skills and experience with scheduling, coordinating and delivering presentations, facilitating groups, using social media and networking. This candidate is comfortable working with diverse groups of people to energize populations and effect change in systems. Our ideal candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be dynamic, creative and engaging in presentations. Effective listening, oral, written, and computer skills are necessary. A bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or education is preferred. Successful completion of Family Violence Project’s Crisis Advocacy, Intervention, Response and Ethics Training for New Advocates is required upon hire.

EOE

Mail resume and cover letter by, March 5th, 2020 to:

Search Committee, Development and Communications Director

Family Violence Project PO Box 304, Augusta, ME 04332 -0304

Or email all required application materials to [email protected]

Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

Voices Carry – Raise them Up

When we raise our voices, a beautiful chorus resounds. Our stories become as one harmonic note. And the world is changed. If you have lived with, survived, or ever before experienced abuse at the hands of a partner; someone you love, or loved; someone who told you they cared about or loved you, please share one moment of your story with us. Are you healing now? Are you barely holding onto your sense of reality? Do you feel alone? Is abuse in the past and you now feel only gratitude? Do you grieve the loss of something and someone, even knowing that person had to go? Do you feel strong, over it, and determined never to go there again?

Please reach out to us… write it, say it, share it. Is it safe for you to tell your story in front of a group? Would you consider doing so?

40 Years

On February 21, 1978 a small group of women in the Augusta area signed the Articles of Incorporation for Family Violence Assistance Project. In Maine and across the country activists were mobilizing to create a safety net for victims of domestic violence through provision of comprehensive direct advocacy with and on behalf of survivors, including shelter, support groups, and crisis intervention. They sought to “educate and inform… of the needs and the critical problems of battered spouses, and of the social forces and attitudes which contribute to the problem.” Forty years later, we continue the work. Our efforts are supported by strong coalitions and committed individuals. Forty years later, almost 50% of homicides in Maine are those perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner, dating partner, or family member. Safety and peace in our homes is possible. And we believe it will take our entire community to make this happen.

Throughout the coming year, Family Violence Project will recognize and remember. We are a hard working group of committed advocates: Board, Staff, and Volunteers. We shall celebrate, yes; because without joy and connection, there will never be change. Ours is humble work, and earnest; and we lean into it for a journey much longer than we knew in our earlier years. We hope you will follow our postings, our newsletter, and our activities throughout the year. We hope you will join us, in whatever way makes most sense for you.

March 2018 is a moment to honor those who have survived abuse, to appreciate the growth from surviving to thriving for so many, and to acknowledge that too many lives have been stolen. And it is an opportunity for FVP to reflect on our role in helping to create our vision of a community where violence is unacceptable and people treat each other with respect and to move our mission to End Domestic Abuse in Kennebec and Somerset counties.