Austin, TX
Full Time
Student (College)


The SAFE CARES program seeks a full-time CARES Advocate. The SAFE CARES program works towards Collaboration, Advocacy, Response and Engagement for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. CARES Advocates provide crisis response and ongoing relational engagement for youth ages 12-22 both in the community and our youth drop-in center, as well as outreach and collaboration with local agencies.

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
  • The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
  • With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
  • The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQIA+ identified people; gender-nonconforming people; individuals with disabilities; veterans; and people who speak a language in addition to English.

About this position:

  • We need you to fill the role of CARES Advocate. This is a full-time, exempt position where work is preformed in a combination of in-person, in-office, in-community and on-call duties. We will pay you an annual salary of $44,000 to $46,000 dependent upon experience.

Key Duties:

  • Engage with clients assigned to caseload, providing emotional support, help navigating systems, recovery process, and enjoyable safe activities.
  • Facilitate groups and provide staffing for drop-in center (Liza’s House).
  • Participate in on-call rotation, usually one day per week and one weekend per month.
  • Provide backup support to on-call Advocate, usually one week per month.
  • Provide response services to the following counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Hays, Travis and Williamson.
  • Provide transportation to participants as needed.
  • Provide crisis interventions with program participants, and work collaboratively with professional staff to ensure plans are developed and implemented to ensure safety.
  • Maintain all required documentation and ensure that all documentation is accurate and in compliance with all contract standards.
  • Serve as a positive role model to youth and young adults, including modeling heathy boundaries.
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness, confidence, and problem-solving skills to deliver survivor-centered services.
  • Be responsible for time management and adaptability, whether working in-office, in-person, or in the community.
  • Exhibit knowledge of and impacts of trauma. Understand, practice and model a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Model in daily work environment and with program participants.


  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED (required).
  • 1 year of experience working with populations experiencing adversity such as human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, disability, or juvenile services (required).
  • Demonstrated skills in organization, problem-solving, and interpersonal relations (required).
  • Demonstrated ability to work confidently under pressure to ensure safety (required).
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member (required).
  • 1 year of crisis intervention experience and 1 year of experience working with youth (preferred)
  • Have a valid, State of Texas Driver’s License, and:
    • At least three (3) consecutive years of driving experience OR one (1) year of driving experience if over 27 years of age; AND an acceptable driving record. If in possession of an out-of-state license, obtain a State of Texas Driver’s License within 90 days of beginning employment.
  • This position is designed to allow for relevant lived experience to be considered in lieu of work experience; however, disclosure of such experience is not required. It is always optional for a survivor of human trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation (or other relevant lived experience), who feels comfortable relating to, engaging, and supporting other survivors to disclose any experience information in lieu of work experience.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test (if applicable).
  • All employees are required to comply with policies regarding COVID-19, which may be subject to change.  COVID vaccines are still highly recommended, and we encourage employees to get vaccinated if they are able.

About our benefits:

  • Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance. *
  • Optional dental, vision and pet insurance. *
  • 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Personal Holidays, 8 Paid holidays, and more*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

​​​​​​​Please Note: All new employees regardless of employment status will be required to start their employment on either the 1st or 16th of the month and will be required to attend a three-day new employee orientation that is held both in-person and virtually on the first three days of the month.

*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc.

For the most up-to-date and comprehensive list of our job openings, please visit our career page.



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