Domesic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys
Domesic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys

Domesic Abuse Shelter of the Florida KeysHelping Survivors Begin Again24 Hour Hotline, 305-743-4440

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

VICTIM ADVOCATE

The Domestic Abuse Shelter, a crisis center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, has openings for full-time Domestic Violence Advocates and part-time Relief Advocates. Candidates need to be willing to work a varied schedule that could include nights, weekends, and rotating holidays to assure coverage for the 24-hour emergency shelter facilities. Responsibilities include providing crisis intervention, hotline coverage, counseling, & advocacy services. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in an advocacy related field or a high school diploma/equivalency and two years of direct service experience working with survivors of domestic violence. Those who identify as survivors of violence or abuse are encouraged to apply.

SHELTER MANAGER

The Domestic Abuse Shelter has an opening for a full-time Shelter Manager. Candidates need to be willing to work a varied schedule that could include nights, weekends, and rotating holidays to ensure coverage of the 24-hour emergency shelter facilities. Responsibilities include the day to day supervision and management of DAS’ residential facilities. The Shelter Manager possesses at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience providing direct services for survivors of domestic violence, or high school/equivalency and four years providing direct services for survivors of domestic violence. Two years of successful supervisory experience is preferred. The candidate will have knowledge of the root causes of violence against women and oppressed groups, proven experience training staff, and excellent organizational skills.

To apply for these positions, please send required: Cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to DASJobs@fcadv.org.

Domestic Abuse Shelter is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse populations to apply. If accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please email us at DASJobs@fcadv.org.

DAS VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

The Domestic Abuse Shelter always welcomes the valuable contribution of volunteers. The agency is flexible in terms of time commitment, requesting part-time, seasonal and full-time help. Volunteers are an integral part of DAS, helping us meet our goal of preventing domestic and sexual violence, and assisting victims of these crimes. We are grateful for the time and effort volunteers dedicate to making our community a safer place to live.

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?

Women, men, teens from every ethnic background, race, lifestyle and religion can volunteer. There are no minimum work or educational requirements to volunteer. DAS staff conduct a background check and an interview with each volunteer candidate.

ARE THERE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS?

DAS staff members want to ensure that volunteers are well prepared to do their jobs. Most volunteers are required to participate in an orientation program and a three-day Core Competency training to enable them to acquire privilege for confidentiality, and to provide them with background information on domestic and sexual violence. DAS staff members work directly with volunteer candidates to find a suitable placement for them within the agency. If possible, we ask that each volunteer commit to an initial six-month period.

WHAT KINDS OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT DAS?

The agency’s needs change over time, but in general we have volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

Outreach Offices - Key West, Big Pine, Marathon, Tavernier, Key Largo

  • Advocates - working directly with victims of domestic and sexual violence of all ages by providing crisis counseling and referral services, (contingent on work experience and time constraints);

  • Translators - acting as a liaison between non-English speaking clients and advocates, and translating written forms from English to Spanish;

  • Education and training - assisting in the preparation and facilitation of training sessions to the community and professional groups, (trainings must be co-facilitated with a DAS Staff member);

  • Clerical work - contributing to the filing, record keeping and general daily office duties;

  • Special Events - helping with fundraisers, and commemorative events to raise community awareness about sexual and domestic violence, and;

  • Grant researchers - finding funding opportunities via library and internet research.

Shelter

  • Advocates - working directly with victims of domestic and sexual violence of all ages by answering the crisis hotline, providing crisis counseling and referral services, (contingent on work experience and time constraints);

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers - tutoring and providing language classes for non-English speaking residents at the shelter;

  • Translators - acting as a liaison between non-English speaking clients and advocates and translating forms from English to Spanish;

  • Job Skills Trainers - providing training for individuals and groups in such areas as interviewing skills, typing, computer literacy, basic accounting, cooking, and other trades;

  • Gardeners - assisting the maintenance staff with landscaping around the shelter;

  • On-Call Drivers - helping with the transportation needs of victims when needed,

  • Child Care Providers - assisting with child care for clients,

  • Pet Sitters - caring for women’s pets while they are in shelter, and;

  • Special Maintenance Projects - assisting with ad hoc repair and maintenance projects.

HOW DO VOLUNTEERS GET STARTED?

DAS conducts a volunteer recruitment drive bi-annually, in the Autumn and Spring, however recruitment is open and continuous. For more information and an application contact the Education Coordinator at (305) 451-5666.

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