Mandarin-Speaking AWE Advocate (Full-Time)

Reports to: Project Free Manager

Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. We bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to help Asian communities find refuge, recovery, and renewal. We serve survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence of all ages. We provide innovative healing services and assistance to individuals and families.

Project Free is the anti-human trafficking project at Womankind comprised of community outreach and awareness raising, the Asian Women’s Empowerment (AWE) program, and counseling/case management. The AWE program works with the human trafficking intervention courts in Queens and Manhattan to help women govern their own lives and begin the process of transcending their trauma. The AWE advocate is expected to spend some of their days at the courthouses, at the AWE program in Elmhurst, Queens, and perform various administrative duties at Womankind’s main office in lower Manhattan.

At the courts, the AWE advocate will be providing emotional support and resources for clients. In addition, they will manage a weekly caseload. They will be introduced to court staff and learn more about the criminal justice system. At the AWE program, the AWE advocate will manage the various activities for the court-referred women, provide interpretation as needed for workshop presenters and facilitate the support groups. The AWE advocate will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas and resources for the program. The AWE advocate is required to maintain the participants’ confidentiality and is expected to aid in maintaining a safe and dynamic environment.

The AWE Advocate’s primary responsibilities are to ensure that all clients receive prompt and professional services and provide holistic support that encourages self-sufficiency and empowerment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage and organize the day-to-day needs of the AWE program.
  • Provide assessments, empowerment counseling services, and crisis intervention.
  • Maintain, develop and support the AWE longer term support group.
  • Ensure that clients receive advocacy and accompaniment (either directly from the advocate or with the assistance of a volunteer) in order to gain remedies and/or benefits in family and criminal court, welfare offices and attorney’s offices.
  • Provide legal, immigration, entitlement and housing information and referrals.
  • Maintain proper documentation of case work and organization of case files.
  • Coordinate with co-workers to provide office coverage.
  • Provide coverage for helpline calls, as necessary.
  • Represent Womankind in outreach/community education events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum: Bachelors in Social Work, Psychology or related field with a clinical focus, plus at least 2 years direct practice with vulnerable populations.
  • Must be fluent in Mandarin, oral and written proficiency preferred.
  • Experience with anti-violence work, the Asian community, criminal justice, client advocacy and/or human trafficking.
  • Ability to be self-directing and highly motivated.
  • Must have a high level of organizational skills.
  • Must be flexible with hours.
Competitive Salary & Benefits Package. Womankind is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.

How to apply:

Email resume and cover letter to: hr@iamwk.org. Please include your name and the position you are applying for in the subject line.