Children’s Advocate

Austin, TX
Full Time
Children's Services
Entry Level

Children’s Advocate

Children’s Services Program seeks a full time Children’s Advocate. A primary focus is assisting in providing therapeutic, educational, social and recreational programming for children residing in SAFE’s Family Shelter, Community Shelter and onsite Supportive Housing Program through a yearlong after school program and summer enrichment program. The Children’s Advocate will also assist in case management/advocacy and will carry a caseload between 10-15 families.

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; LGBTQ+ 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 Children’s Advocate. This is a full-time, non-exempt position at our Grove Location. We will pay you an hourly salary of $18.00-19.00 based on experience. Candidates who are bilingual in the English and Spanish languages are eligible for a language differential.

Key Duties:

  • Plan and implement therapeutic, recreational, and social programming to children residing in our Grove Campus emergency shelter, our community shelter (operates under a scattered site model) and supportive housing program.
  • Plan and implement psycho-educational groups for children participating in general support, LifeSkills, and peer support groups.
  • Provide case management to children and families residing in the Grove Campus emergency shelter, supportive housing program and Community Shelter that operates on a scattered model.
  • Serve as a role model for positive interaction with children.
  • Seek and utilize additional resources within the community to create additional services for children.
  • Work with other shelter and supportive housing teams to provide parents with information and observations about children.


  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, education, child development or related field; or equivalent life and/or work experiences.
  • Bilingual Preferred (Spanish/English) but not required.
  • Preference of 1 year experience working with children and a high preference for applicants that have worked in a residential program, with homeless youth, or children that have experienced violence/abuse.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • 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, 7 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 FTE 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.

*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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