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On The Rise strives to be a premier provider of services and an excellent place to work. Every member of On The Rise’s 15-person staff is integral to achieving our mission. When opportunities arise, we will post them on this website and on www.idealist.org.
On The Rise creates a community where women have the relationships, safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness. We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.
On The Rise is a community-based organization with 15 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1M, from private philanthropy (80%) and government contracts (20%). On The Rise is committed to excellence, innovation and continuing evolution. We are committed to providing highly accountable and responsive programming and being an excellent place to work.
Community Advocate Position
Overview of On The Rise, Inc.
On The Rise, Inc. (OTR) is a dynamic, Cambridge, MA-based non-profit founded in 1995 that serves women in crisis and homelessness throughout the region. Our Safe Haven Program’s innovative approach has unprecedented success with women who are unable to make full use of other community programs for reasons that may include their histories (trauma, violence and abuse are ubiquitous) and present conditions (many women are coping with multiple issues, from physical and mental health concerns, to addiction, criminal histories, and more). In the face of these obstacles, women who participate in OTR’s programs leverage their initiative and core strengths to find safety and discover new possibilities.
Description of Position
This full-time non-exempt position reports directly to the Safe Haven Manager. An Advocate’s responsibilities begin at the Safe Haven, a daytime program where women experiencing trauma and homelessness may address some basic human needs such as food, clothing, rest, and hygiene. At the Safe Haven Community Advocates spend both casual and intensive time with individual women, many of whom are trauma survivors, struggling with mental and physical health issues, substance use/abuse, and more.
The Advocacy Team builds relationships with the women in this environment, and these relationships are the basis for long-term, broad-based support both inside and outside the Safe Haven. Such support may take the form of assistance in using other programs through accompaniment and advocacy; support may relate to a wide range of issues, including housing, drug and alcohol treatment, domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood and adult trauma, legal and criminal issues, parenting issues, physical and mental health issues, applying for public benefits, budgeting, sexual identity and orientation, and more.
Hours: OTR’s normal business hours are 8-4 on weekdays. The Safe Haven is also open on most Saturdays and most holidays. In order to ensure adequate staffing during all the Safe Haven’s scheduled operations, Community Advocates’ schedules include one Saturday monthly and occasional holidays, with occasional weekdays off.
Responsibilities: Members of the Advocacy Team are expected to rise to the following challenges:
- Direct service to women:
- Providing broad-based, long-term emotional and general support to women in the Safe Haven, and offsite (at the hospital, in court, at other community programs, etc.)
- Working with women to help them articulate their needs, supporting them in meeting these needs, helping them work through issues including housing, drug and alcohol abuse and treatment, domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood and adult trauma, legal and criminal issues, parenting issues, physical and mental health concerns, benefits, budgeting, sexual identity and orientation, and more
- Facilitating women’s access to other programs including information and referral, accompaniment to and advocacy at other agencies and programs, coordinating follow-up care and assistance
- Crisis intervention and harm reduction, including assessment of danger and risk
- Collaborating within the Advocacy Team to provide a safety net of support for women at OTR that is not wholly dependent on particular staff members, and to leverage the diverse skills of different team members in complex, multi-layered problem-solving
- Strengthening professional relationships within the continuum of service providers, enhancing the success and effectiveness of referrals between OTR and other programs, and providing a smoother integration for women into and through the system – in keeping with OTR’s “mortar between the bricks” philosophy
- Acting as occasional “ambassador” of OTR to community members, donors, and other interested parties at site visits, open houses, and other organizational events
- Exercising independent judgment and discretion
- Helping maintaining a safe, clean, healthy physical environment, adequate supplies, etc.
- Being responsible for certain aspects of day-to-day program management, e.g. scheduling, meetings
- Recordkeeping and reporting
- Participating actively in program development and evaluation, identification of service gaps, etc.
- Like all OTR employees, Community Advocates will be flexible and open to “pitching in” as needed with other duties that arise in the course of a 13-employee organization’s day-to-day operations
- Like all OTR employees, Community Advocates are expected to strive to continuously increase skills and competence, e.g. taking advantage of opportunities for professional networking and continuing education
What We Are Looking For
On The Rise enjoys an excellent reputation within the support of a committed and diverse community. We are looking for a person who can build on our strong history and excellent programming, to continue to increase the quality and positive impact of our programs on women in crisis and homelessness.
The ideal candidate has:
- Personal experience with the issues facing the women we serve (homelessness, trauma, substance use/abuse, domestic violence, physical/mental health issues, etc.)
- Exceptional commitment to the mission of On The Rise and to furthering this mission through direct service to women
- Demonstrated interest in or prior work with trauma, substance abuse, mental health, homelessness
- Understanding of and/or prior work using harm reduction and relational approaches, and to using these approaches to achieve social justice aims through direct service
- Knowledge of human service agencies and programs throughout Greater Boston
- Commitment and tact in contributing to the work of a multi-disciplinary team and assisting a diverse population, while maintaining personal standards and performance
- Desire to keep learning and stretching
- Determination to “meet each woman where she is” using creative, professional approaches
- Strength and self-knowledge in maintaining personal/professional boundaries, acknowledging personal limitations
- Judgment and experience in helping women prioritize competing, often conflicting, needs
- Rapport and discretion in dealing with sensitive, confidential matters
- Sense of humor
- Ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment; open to new ideas
- Microsoft Office literacy and internet savvy
Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is strongly preferred
A valid driver's license and a personal vehicle are required for light to moderate use for employment purposes.
Salary commensurate with experience plus great benefits.
On The Rise is partially supported by MOVA through the 1984 VOCA grant from the Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
On The Rise recognizes the importance and benefits of diversity in the workplace and the community. We are an AA/EOE, and we strongly encourage people of color to apply. Individuals who have experienced homelessness or overcome other significant life challenges are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Please send your resume and a cover letter addressing the questions below:
- What excites you about On The Rise’s mission?
- What are your strongest skills and qualifications that will help you in this position?
Submit your materials online to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Community Advocate " in the subject line.
Special Events and Community Relations Internship (January 2018 - June 2018)
Description of Position
This is a unique opportunity to work in a small non-profit and support the needs of the Development Department, with focus on the organization’s largest fundraising event, the Prepare For Winter Dinner. You will succeed here if you possess extreme attention to detail, creativity, resourcefulness and a collaborative spirit. The first phase of this opportunity requires zealous solicitation of businesses to support the event’s silent auction and the second phase involves follow-up and creativity for ways to enhance the auction prior to the dinner. This position does not involve direct-service to the women we serve at On The Rise, but there is opportunity to enjoy lunch or a break with program participants; therefore, an individual who possess sensitivity to others, and an appreciation for different life experiences and choices will do well in this environment.
- Special Events support – Responsibilities include:
- Support planning and execution of events - such as the Prepare For Winter Dinner, third party events (Empty Bowls), in-house events (summer BBQ), and volunteer days.
- Solicit silent auction items for events; manage data entry of items received in a timely manner, (this will be a large part of the weekly work-load)
- Create Silent Auction packages to be auctioned off at event
- Support the Development team (the Director of Development and Communications, the Development Coordinator)
- Donor and volunteer stewardship, information management – Responsibilities include:
- Actively seek out online resources for volunteer opportunities, maintain volunteer postings and communicate with interested individuals about the ways they can get involved.
- Manage volunteer calendar of in-house and off-site volunteer activities, (e.g. volunteer lunch cooks, Moving Home Drive leaders) via email and phone.
- Help coordinate volunteer projects, greet volunteers and donors at the door, and accept donations and accurately record donations.
- Learn the development database, Donor Perfect Online, and assist with accurate data-entry such as in-kind donations that are received.
- Represent On The Rise via telephone, email, and through personal contacts within the community.
- Remain flexible and pitch in as needed with other duties that arise, e.g. assist with collecting, sorting, and organizing of clothes, toiletries, and the other in-kind donations that are directly distributed to program participants. Ensure women have access to these tangible essentials throughout the week.
- Commitment to our Mission & Skill Preferences:
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Interest in fundraising, special events, and public relations/ communications.
- Outgoing personality and comfortable with speaking in front of groups of people.
- The ability to work on multiple tasks at once.
- Proficiency in MS Office (Adobe Photoshop and In Design knowledge a plus).
- Professionalism, organization and self-starting approach to work is highly desired.
- Be a team player and have a sense of humor.
- Personal discretion and the ability to gauge boundaries while in the Safe Haven and interacting with Program Participants.
- We are searching for a team player who has a desire to learn. As the Development activities and the Safe Haven Program take place in the same space, the candidate must be comfortable engaging with program participants on a daily basis.
Hours: 18-20 hours per week, suggested 3 days per week starting January 2018 through June 2018. There is flexibility with work schedule should school conflict, hours can be reduced or work schedule shifted.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and résumé with a focus on why this internship is of interest to you to email@example.com. Please write “Special Events and Community Relations Internship” in the subject line. The position is unpaid.