Function of Position
The transitional housing program provides rental/utility assistance, advocacy, and supportive services to families impacted by domestic violence/sexual assault/dating violence/stalking as they transition to and/or maintain independent housing in the community. Program participants are adults who are homeless due to domestic violence/sexual assault/dating violence/stalking and may or may not have children in the household. The advocate provides housing stability advocacy, makes referrals, assists with safety plans, and coordinates other supportive services.
• Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in social work, human services, counseling, sociology, psychology, or related field.
• At least two years of experience in a human service setting or other front-facing role
• Passion and alignment with Quanada’s mission and values
• Foundational understanding of trauma-informed services and least-restrictive approach to the shelter environment
• Ability to function highly as part of a collaborative team
• Willingness to commit to a self-care plan to mitigate harm from vicarious trauma
• Achievement of IL Domestic Violence Professional Certification within two years of accepting position
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
Essential Responsibilities and Job Duties
• Provide coordinated entry and intake assessments for participants seeking housing support, identifying housing service needs, and coordinating initial services
• Support participants in finding and securing safe, affordable housing
• Help families access resources for housing related assistance (e.g., furniture procurement, etc.)
• Advocate with managers and owners for tenancy and negotiate move-in costs
• Coordinate and collaborate with other Quanada and YWCA staff to offer supportive services
• Facilitate connection between clients and other service providers
• Assist clients with transition to permanent housing after completion of the program
• Inform maintenance personnel of needed unit repairs
• Prepare all necessary documentation in a timely manner
• Other duties that support the mission of Quanada
Quanada’s mission is to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence by providing trauma-informed services while engaging the community.
INCLUSION – All are welcome and respected
COMPASSION – Advocacy in a spirit of empathy
EQUALITY – Stand against discrimination of all types
EQUITY – Provide services that meet each individual’s need
SERVICE – Trauma-informed, free programming with concern for the underserved
NON-VIOLENCE – Seek peaceful solutions in a violent society
ACCEPTANCE – Embrace and believe survivors
It is the policy of Quanada to provide equal employment and advancement opportunity without regard to an employee’s race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, marital status, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission, sexual orientation, disability, or on any other characteristic protected by federal or state law or applicable ordinance.