Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time Spanish-speaking Social Services Advocate to join an interdisciplinary legal team. As a Social Services Advocate, you will work closely with NWIRP’s legal staff across the organization, primarily in the coordination of social services available to NWIRP clients. This position has a focus on serving unaccompanied children and youth in removal (deportation) proceedings.
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION:
Beginning annual salary is $64,281.53 ($35.32 per hour) and is higher depending on years of directly relevant experience.
For example, if you have 10 years of directly relevant experience the annual compensation would be $75,314.75 ($41.38 per hour); 20 years = $86,032.10 ($47.27 per hour).
In this position you will:
● Collaborate with NWIRP’s legal staff in an interdisciplinary manner to assess client needs;
● Provide NWIRP clients (focusing on children and youth) with information, coordination, and appropriate referrals
to address various needs, including safety planning, housing, translation, protection orders, health services,
counseling, education, employment, family law and public benefits, all while maintaining confidentiality;
● Maintain an ongoing caseload of clients with exceptional needs, including safety planning and post-release plans
(for youth in immigration detention) as necessary;
● Provide technical assistance to NWIRP staff, as needed, and coordinate and help maintain an internal community
resource library for NWIRP legal staff and clients;
● Provide in-house training to NWIRP staff, as needed;
● Occasionally, travel within Washington State to each of NWIRP’s other offices in Granger, Tacoma or Wenatchee
may be necessary, when needed for completion of other job requirements;
● Engage in outreach and community education in the interdisciplinary area of immigrant rights and social work;
● Conduct outreach with social service providers to develop relationships so NWIRP clients can better access social
services from these agencies;
● Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting such as timekeeping, submitting timesheets, tracking
trainings and other duties in a timely manner;
● Participate in NWIRP’s outreach, community education and development efforts; and
● Perform other tasks and responsibilities assigned by supervisory staff depending upon NWIRP’s needs.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk; use
hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear; utilize a phone, computer, keyboard, pen and
paper. Occasional work on night and weekend hours. Travel may be required. Travel reimbursements apply.
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Emotional demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to discuss topics
including, but not limited, to discrimination; child abuse, neglect, abandonment; domestic abuse; sexual assault; human
trafficking; violence, and psychological trauma.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
● Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s
mission, vision, and values;
● Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) or equivalent degree;
● Experience in competent case management and/or direct service delivery to clients preferred (especially to
survivors of violence, children, youth, and immigrant communities);
● Must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Additional languages are a plus;
● Ability to provide client-centered services with a trauma-focused approach;
● Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to organize information in a clear and concise manner,
including strong problem solving, research, and analytical skills;
● Ability to work independently as well as in a diverse team environment;
● Must be resilient and empathetic with a high level of personal integrity and excellent interpersonal skills when
engaging with clients and staff;
● Must be able to efficiently manage multiple tasks, work well under high-stress situations, and anticipate quickly
● Ability to interface with the impact of secondary trauma;
● Highly motivated, resourceful, open-minded, flexible, and easily adaptable to change;
● Proficiency in use of web-based software, Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel, and web
peer-to-peer communication platforms; Familiar with G-suite tools like Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Gmail;
● The applicant must have a valid driver’s license as the position involves some travel.
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