Advocate (Sexual Assault Focus)

Clackamas Women's Services | Oregon City, OR

Posted Date 4/25/2022

Staff with bilingual competencies provide an additional and essential value to our organization and we increase our starting wage accordingly for bilingual staff.

Note to Candidates:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. Clackamas Women’s Services is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications as described or if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for or perform job duties.

About Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)

Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) was incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County’s first shelter for survivors escaping family violence and domestic abuse. CWS’ service delivery framework is built on trauma-informed best practices that promote safety and self-determination. Our vision is to live in a society that no longer tolerates domestic and sexual violence, but rather thrives on mutual respect.

CWS offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, the sex industry, and elder abuse. Through our emergency shelter, A Safe Place Family Justice Center, satellite offices and throughout the community, CWS coordinates services with other public and private agencies in order to best serve survivors seeking help. Participants in our programs receive no-cost services by highly trained staff.

CWS is committed to building an organizational culture that reflects our values. We envision a community of survivors, staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to breaking the isolation of domestic and sexual violence.  We do this by creating community and partnership, honoring, and celebrating survivors, and engaging in work toward equity and social change through community engagement and by investing internally in continual improvement and learning processes. We are dedicated to the ongoing work of creating and sustaining a community where everyone can thrive.

Benefits of working at CWS: 

Clackamas Women’s Services is proud to offer competitive wages, paying above market for all positions and offering a full package of benefits including:

  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, vision, and alternative care benefits.
  • 100% employer-paid long-term disability and life insurance.
  • Generous PTO (39.5 days in first year based on accrual).
  • Paid day off for birthday.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Monthly retirement plan contribution of 4%.
  • Anniversary bonus, $25/year of service.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • CWS was voted (by our staff) as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon!
  • Work with a heart-centered team providing culturally responsive emergency, transitional, and long-term supports, and services. CWS helps survivors build hope and resilience so they can achieve their goals for personal safety, physical and mental wellness, financial autonomy, and family stability.

Position Purpose:

Responsible for providing crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and support services to survivors accessing services at A Safe Place Family Justice Center and mobile advocacy throughout the community with an emphasis on serving survivors of sexual assault. 

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Provide support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking with an emphasis on serving sexual assault survivors.
  2. Provide advocacy and systems navigation to survivors accessing services and make warm hand-offs to community partners.
  3. Provide the following support to survivors:
  • Short-term, crisis intervention services
  • Emotional support
  • Safety planning
  • Assessment of participant needs, strengths, and challenges
  • Assist with individualized goal setting
  • Information and referral for community resources
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault education
  • Provide accompaniment and transportation in agency vehicle
  1. Provide in-person advocacy and accompaniment during forensic exams for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at Clackamas County emergency departments.
  1. Serve as a first point of contact for survivors requesting services and support at the Family Justice Center and making warm hand offs to other on-site providers.
  1. Provide legal advocacy for survivors including assistance with Sexual Assault Protective Orders, Temporary Restraining Orders and Stalking orders and court accompaniment via video court at the family justice center and courthouse.
  1. Respond to Lethality Assessment Protocol calls with appropriate services as needed.
  1. Provide mobile advocacy to survivors working with partners throughout the community (medical or mental services, corrections, culturally specific services, schools, etc.) as requested.
  1. Contribute to a successful team within the shared advocacy model and work from a team-based approach in conjunction with other advocates. Provide support and assist coworkers in response to fluctuations in workloads. 
  1. Participate in the Clackamas County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) quarterly meetings.
  1. Facilitate support groups as requested.
  1. Work to establish effective, positive, and ongoing relationships with community partners.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

General Responsibilities:

  1. Represent the mission, value, and philosophy of CWS to program participants, employees, Community partners, and to the public.
  1. Represent and reflect the values of the agency through direct communication and collaboration with co-workers, partners, and participants.
  1. Model values of equity and inclusion in decision making and daily work.
  1. Complete documentation of all services, including intakes, releases of information, demographics tracking and statistics within the CWS database for all participants on a minimum of a weekly basis.
  1. Maintain appropriate participant confidentiality in accordance with advocate privilege and federal statutes.
  1. Provide consultation and support for community partners through collaboration and information sharing regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and its impact on survivors.
  1. Work in conjunction with other staff to provide consistent services to participants.
  1. Participate in speaking engagements and educational trainings as requested.
  1. Attend CWS all staff meetings, regular team meetings, and A Safe Place monthly meetings.
  1. Meet regularly with the Community Based Program Manager to plan and prioritize projects. 
  1. Submit necessary monthly timesheets and mileage reimbursement forms 
  1. Manage daily schedule appropriately.


  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and bi-culturally competent preferred.
  • Experience supporting survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Case management or advocacy-based experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of domestic and sexual violence and its effects on survivors, their children and society.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems of oppression, ability to work effectively and non-judgmentally with individuals from diverse backgrounds and understanding of culturally competent service delivery.
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with a wide range of public and private systems intersecting with the DVSA field (law enforcement, DHS, courts, education, etc.).
  • Reliable transportation required; position includes use of personal vehicle to complete some tasks.
  • Must be able to travel throughout Clackamas County and the Greater Portland Area.
  • The person in this position frequently remains in a stationary position and periodically: ascends/descends stairs; moves items (up to 50 lbs.) from one place to another, regularly moves throughout CWS worksites to access files and meet with staff and participants.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities we serve. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+, older adults and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Listing Type
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Entry Level
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