Family Shelter Advocate

  • Austin, TX
  • Full Time
  • Family Shelter
  • Entry Level

Family Shelter Advocate

Family Shelter seeks a full-time, Shelter Advocate. A Shelter Advocate provides face to face services to clients staying at our Family Shelter.  This position is responsible for client assessments, case management, client support, education, referral and collaborating with internal and external programs. This position does require the applicant to have the ability to drive a 15 passenger van.

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 Advocate at our Family Shelter. This is a full-time, salaried non-exempt position at The Kelly White Family Shelter at SAFE's Grove Boulevard Campus. We will pay you an annual salary of $42,000. Candidates who are bilingual in the English and Spanish languages are eligible for an annual language differential of $3,600. Listed salary is what is budgeted for position. The hours are generally Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Key Duties:

  • Provide trauma informed services to those we serve and help support survivors living in our Family Shelter program with immediate needs, communal living issues, safety planning and help them access internal and external services to address health, access to benefits, legal, housing needs and anything else that will help them re-establish their lives.
  • Maintain a safe environment by de-escalating or responding to crisis situations in a professional and respectful manner, engage the support of emergency services when needed, and document any such incidents according to the our program standards.
  • Maintain excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage details and multiple priorities effectively and possess the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain confidential client files and meet SAFE standards.
  • Possess exceptional communication and listening skills to effectively be part of an interdisciplinary team working tirelessly to support those we serve.
  • Completing all required data entry for clients, such as client service logs.
  • Driving an agency van to provide assistance to clients while they obtain their self-sufficiency goals. 
  • Help support other shelter programs as needed, including covering the front desk and other duties as assigned.


  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in Social Work or a related field OR you may substitute 4 years of relevant work, volunteer or life experience for a bachelor’s level education is required.
  • One year experience in human services is required.
  • 1-2 years’ direct client or crisis intervention experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of issues and systems related to domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, child abuse and homelessness preferred.
  • Ability to work in a high stress, fast-paced environment while maintaining a calm and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to establish rapport, trust and boundaries with clients.
  • Ability to use office equipment, Microsoft Office products, and other software on a PC platform to enter/update data into our database regularly.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • Ability to drive a 15 passenger van, required
  • Required - 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; and
    • If in possession of an out-of-state license, obtain a State of Texas Driver’s License within 90 days of beginning employment.
  • 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.

*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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