Shelter Advocate — 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, committed workforce. If you are seeking a challenging position in a critical field of advocacy and social justice, please consider the following open position:

Family Violence Project seeks an advocate to provide direct services to our Kennebec County emergency domestic violence shelter residents. This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) position with a Monday through Friday, 10 am – 6 pm schedule that will include occasional on-call responsibilities and may include some evenings and weekends. 

This position will be based out of our Kennebec County Shelter.  Excellent benefits, including health insurance, paid time off, short and long-term disability, and a retirement plan is available. The starting pay range for this position is $31,200 – $35,100 annually, based on experience.

The successful candidate will possess knowledge of domestic violence and its impact on victims, the community, and child development. Excellent listening, oral, and written communication skills are imperative. Demonstrated skills and experience in trauma-informed advocacy, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, and group facilitation are necessary.  

The successful candidate will be a well-organized, self-directed, and skilled problem solver. This person must communicate effectively with co-workers and the public. Experience in residential services (including basic routine facility maintenance), mental health, or substance abuse is preferred. 

A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, mental health and human services, behavioral health, behavioral sciences, social work, human development, special education, counseling, rehabilitation, sociology, nursing or closely related field, or a Bachelor’s Degree in an unrelated field and at least one (1) year of full-time equivalent relevant human services experience is required for this position. Successful completion of CAIRET (Crisis Advocacy, Intervention, Response, and Ethics Training for New Advocates) is required before or upon entering this position.  

EOE

Provide resume and cover letter by December 9th to:

Search Committee, Kennebec Shelter
Family Violence Project
PO Box 304
Augusta, ME 04332

or [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 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 the 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 the 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.”

Over 40 years later, we continue this work. Our efforts are supported by strong coalitions and committed individuals. Forty years later, almost half of all 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. We believe it will take our entire community to make this happen.

Throughout the coming year, the Family Violence Project will recognize and remember. We are a hard working group of committed advocates including our Board, Staff, and Volunteers. We shall celebrate 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 the 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. 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 to move our mission to end Domestic Abuse in Kennebec and Somerset counties.