An Excellent Place to Work 

On The Rise's Management Team and Board of Directors are committed to running a secure, stable organization with a strong infrastructure. 

Our mission is to create 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 14 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1.3M, from private philanthropy (75%) and government contracts (25%).   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.

Employee Benefits:

In addition to competitive salaries, On The Rise’s full-time employees enjoy a liberal benefits package, generously sponsored by their employer:

  • On The Rise pays 75% of health insurance premiums for full-time employees and their families, and offers two plan options with excellent coverage and access to premium Bostonarea healthcare.
  • On The Rise pays 100% of full-time employees’ premiums for disability (short-term and longterm) and life insurance.
  • On The Rise offers a flexible spending plan with the maximum dollar threshold allowed by the IRS.
  • On The Rise’s membership in the MA Council of Human Service Providers gives employees access to Tuition Remission for undergraduate classes at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and the University of Massachusetts, and access to certain graduate certificate programs and scholarships.
  • Employees earn 3 weeks’ vacation in their first year of employment, in addition to other types of paid-time-off.

On The Rise, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age , disability or genetic information or any other legally protected status under applicable law.  

Community Advocate Position

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; helping access resources through referrals and applications, emotional support, and more.  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, systemic oppression, 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 when the Safe Haven is open, Community Advocates’ schedules include one Saturday per month 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:

o    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.)

o    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

o    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

o    Crisis intervention and harm reduction, including assessment of danger and risk


o    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

o     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

o     Acting as occasional “ambassador” of OTR to community members, donors, and other interested parties at site visits, open houses, and other organizational events


o     Exercising independent judgment and discretion

o     Helping maintaining a safe, clean, healthy physical environment, adequate supplies, etc.

o     Being responsible for certain aspects of day-to-day program management, e.g. scheduling, meetings

o     Recordkeeping and reporting

o     Participating actively in program development and evaluation, identification of service gaps, etc.


o     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

o     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 personal vehicle and valid driver's license are preferred for light to moderate use on the job.

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:

o     What excites you about On The Rise’s mission?

o     What are your strongest skills and qualifications that will help you in this position?

Submit your materials online to with "Community Advocate” in the subject line.