Survivor Advocate

Job Title:  Survivor Advocate

Reports To: Program Director

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


The Survivor Advocate will be assigned to work with the Substance Use ReEntry Inititatve works within a Multi-Disciplinary Team. The caseload consists of child or youth victims faced with issues related to substance use within the family. The Survivor Advocate assists clients by providing information, linkage and support based on an assessment of client and family need, advocacy throughout care, and linkage to the Erie County, the Center for Elder Law and Justice (CELJ)


·  Works independently with clients to provide crisis and supportive services, provides assessments of needs and linkages to services.

·  Provides information and linkage to identified community resources.

·  Develops and maintains a working knowledge of community resources and makes appropriate referrals.

·  Provides empathy and compassion and adheres to all standards of client confidentiality.

·  Communicates effectively and functions in a collaborative manner within all levels of the multi-disciplinary team.

·   Participates in case review, staff meetings, supervisions and other team meetings.

·  Maintains appropriate data and case documentation for all assigned cases. 

·  Consistently demonstrates professional behaviors and leadership skills that are in support of the mission and philosophy with the Child Advocacy Center and the larger organization. 

·  Assures that quality services identified are delivered, acts as an advocate on client's behalf/request with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

·  Schedule and assigned duties are subject to change based on the needs of the program and the clients we serve.


·  Requires understanding of child abuse and the legal and family court systems. 

·  Must be able to perform duties in an independent and efficient manner.

·  Must possess knowledge of and ability to provide crisis intervention strategies effectively.


·  A bachelor's degree in one of the following listed fields:  degree featuring a major or concentration in social work, psychology, counseling, or community mental health; AND one-year experience in providing supportive services.


·  Associate degree in a relevant field, Plus two years of full-time paid experience in a related mental health, substance abuse or social service agency.


·  A valid NYS drivers' license

·  Automobile in good working order

·  Must have Accredited NYS Defensive driving course; or obtain within 15 days of hire.

·  Must maintain Active NYS Defensive Driving class every 3 years, upon expiration.

·  If driving one's own vehicle, must maintain valid inspection and automobile insurance.

·  Must provide proof of insurance upon hire (if required) and when requested.