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Job Opening

Posted January 25, 2018

Deadline to Submit February 16, 2018 5:00pm CST

Title: Youth Advocate

Directly Responsible to: Youth Services Manager

Supervises: Passages volunteers

The Youth Advocate is responsible for providing culturally competent and trauma-informed services and education activities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth (up to ages 24). This position’s primary focuses are to connect survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, bullying, and hate crimes to existing resources, and strengthen community response to LGBTQ violence. This position is also active in the preparation and planning for the Passages drop-in program with guidance by the Youth Services Manager.

This is a full-time (40hr/week), salaried, non-exempt position. This position is primarily responsible to provide direct services in Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties in Missouri and Douglas, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, but will respond to victims statewide in Missouri and Kansas as needed.



 Youth Services

       Provide, develop, enhance and survivor-centered advocacy and support to victims and survivors of violence including, but not limited to:

o    Crisis Line and crisis intervention

o    Assisting survivors to develop and maintain a safety plan.

o    Provide case management including expanding the survivors’ resources and providing linkage to job, housing, education, health, community, and legal organizations.

o    Provide legal advocacy and court accompaniment to survivors of violence seeking orders of protection and other court matters.

o    Provide Emergency support for survivors of violence including emergency housing, food, clothing, and access to transportation. 

       Maintain accurate records of services and survivors’ files with administration and recordkeeping through hard copy and electronic methods including the Salesforce database.

       Maintain survivor referral listings and safe contact list

       Represent the agency at meetings with other agencies and organizations so as to enhance survivor services for LGBTQ persons and particularly for communities facing multiple forms of oppression.


 Passages Program Responsibilities

       With Youth Services Manager and Lead Youth Advocate oversee Passages Program providing guidance and support as needed.

       Oversee the advisors in proper day to day operations of the Passages Program including programming, overall space readiness, in-kind donations and volunteer management.

       Partner with Youth Services Manager and Lead Youth Advocate quarterly to develop relevant and engaging programming.

       Provide referrals and linkages to other KCAVP, Passages, and community programs and services as needed.

       Participate with Youth Services Manager and Lead Youth Advocate in the on-going development of Passages rules, policies and procedures.

       Provide community referrals and linkages to Passages youth.

       Participate in program outreach and program development with the support of the Youth Services Manager and Lead Youth Advocate.

       With Youth Services team maintain social media outlets (i,e, Facebook, Instagram,) with content, feedback, and provide overall presence from Passages.



Community Engagement

               Assist Youth Services Manager, Outreach Manager, and Lead Youth Advocate in developing and coordinating events in the community to help raise visibility about LGBTQ youth violence and to organize people around the issue.

               Represent KCAVP/Passages at meetings with other agencies to enhance survivor services for LGBTQ youth, particularly for communities facing multiple forms of oppression.


Additional duties

               Participate in staff meetings, company meetings, and youth team meetings and trainings that discuss enhancing services to LGBTQ youth survivors.

               Assist with fundraising and marketing activities as appropriate.

               Other duties as assigned.



               High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent work or volunteer experience that would provide similar skills and experience is required. Work (volunteer or paid) in a domestic violence program, sexual assault program, bias crimes program or a similar field is strongly preferred.

               Previous direct service experience with youth is required.

               At least two years of experience working specifically with and around issues facing of LGBTQ youth strongly preferred.

               Previous public speaking or training experience preferred.

               Experience working with the LGBTQ community is strongly preferred including sensitivity to the plight of LGBTQ people affected by violence. Demonstrated cultural competence in working with diverse communities, including communities of color, undocumented, transgender persons, persons affected by HIV, and persons of varying ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities.

               Ability to travel to meetings and trainings within an hour+ radius of Kansas City in Missouri and Kansas regularly.

               Access to reliable transportation. If that is an automobile, a valid driver’s license with a clean record and current auto insurance is required.

               A flexible schedule as some nights and weekend work is required.

               Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including experience with internet and social networking communication.

               Strong organizational skills.

               Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and databases.

               Willingness for continued education.

Diversity and Equality:

KCAVP is strongly opposed to discrimination in all forms. KCAVP is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or genetic information.


$31,000 to $33,000 annually.


100% paid benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, employee assistance program, worker’s comp, IRA matching and mileage reimbursement.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to melissa@kcavp.org with “Youth Advocate Applicant” in the subject line, or mail to KCAVP, Attn: Hiring, PO Box 411211, Kansas City, MO 64141. NO PHONE CALLS.


All materials must be received by Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00pm CST.