Educate Advocate Celebrate

Rainbow Center is hiring for a Community Advocate

Rainbow Center Mission Statement

Through education, advocacy, and celebration the Rainbow Center expands resources and safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) community.

General Description

The Rainbow Center (RC) was created in 1997 with the goal of providing a safe resource referral and gathering space for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied community. That mission is just as pertinent now as it was then. In the community we provide education resources, act as advocates and work to celebrate our unique histories.

Currently we offer 23 drop in hours weekly, as well as late night programming once a week, a partnership with an in-house therapist, and a monthly legal clinic. We offer a variety of resources, community gathering space, a lending library, pool table, and public use computers at our location. We also provide meeting space for more than 11 community partners, which results in programming and meetings being held more than 20 nights per month.

We serve over 100 people per week from all different cultural backgrounds. Our clients represent a wide age range and hail predominantly from Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston counties. In partnership with PCAF we offer weekly free HIV testing as well as health issue referrals. The RC also provides cultural competency training and representation in the community for many LGBTQ issues.  In addition to being a great place to obtain resources and to connect with people, we provide a visible neighborhood presence for the LGBTQ community. Please look online for more information as well as access to our calendar www.rainbowcntr.org

Scope of Work

The Community Advocate, under the supervision of the Rainbow Center Executive Director, is responsible for the following activities directly related to the Advocate for Victims of Crime from Marginalized Communities:

  • Lead the RC’s crime victim advocacy services, including gathering intakes from new community members, coordination of referrals and services for housing, employment, mental and physical health, transition-related health,
  • Program planning and implementation, budget oversight, data collection, and reporting. Programing and services occur both at RC and in the wider community.
  • Design and implement innovative workshops, training programs, educational activities, and awareness raising events regarding advocacy, crime prevention, etc.
  • Staff our RC Legal Clinic in partnership with Volunteer Legal Services once per month.
  • Attend meetings or intakes with community members at other organizations, such as the YWCA or PCAF. Also can include court appearances and hearings.
  • Provide crisis intervention, information, and referrals.
  • Represent the Rainbow Center at high-level functions, community fairs, and informational fairs around Pierce County.
  • Conduct outreach and create awareness-raising activities to increase knowledge of services available. Including meeting quarterly and semi-annually with RC partners to discuss advocacy services.
  • Outreach to local businesses & providers to connect with LGBTQ individuals who may need victims of crime advocacy services. Businesses might include: bars, restaurants, churches, etc.
  • Coordinate, provide, and monitor referrals and vouchers for services, including emergency funds for victims of crime, transportation vouchers, and other RC-based services.
  • Complete at least 40 (includes 30 hour training) hours annually the first year of employment of required training for staff providing services for victims of crime.
  • Initiate and maintain collaboration and relationships with schools, police, LGBTQ-oriented organizations, and other community service organizations on policy development and referrals to keep the LGBTQ community safe and ensure culturally appropriate response to disclosure of abuse or crime.

The Advocate, under the supervision of the Executive Director, is responsible for the following activities directed related to the general operation of the RC:

  • As part of the RC staff team, model and maintain a safe and respectful environment during center drop-in hours and ensure that Rainbow Center visitors and volunteers follow established rules and boundaries.
  • Participate in planning of RC programs and provide educational and social outreach.
  • Document activities in accordance with standards set by the Rainbow Center and funding sources.
  • Collect & input required data for grant submissions.
  • Assist in coordinating and organizing volunteers for everyday office tasks, as well as large scale events like the Tacoma Pride Festival.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Preferred:
    • Certificate from 30 hour Core Advocacy training (example: Pierce County Sexual Assault Prevention Training or YWCA’s Domestic Violence Advocate Training).
    • Working knowledge of one of the six most commonly used languages in Pierce County (Spanish, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, German, or Russian.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area such as social work, psychology, education, nursing, etc.: equivalent work experience may be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience, ability and desire to work and identify with LGBTQ community of varying socioeconomic classes, identities, and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
  • Thorough knowledge of advocacy resources in Pierce County.
  • Demonstrated experience providing direct services to victims of crime.
  • Ability to navigate systems and effectively advocate for LGBTQA people.
  • Working knowledge and experience with the transgender community
  • Proven crisis intervention and safety planning experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive (including gmail, google docs, etc).
  • Current Driver’s License, insurance and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Required Washington State Patrol background check.

Hours of Work

40 hours per week, including some evening and weekend hours. Attendance at evening meetings, supervision for walk in hours, and outreach work are key components of this position.

Salary & Benefits

$17 – $20 hourly ($35,360 to $41,600), plus benefits package. Position is open until filled.

Position Reports to

Executive Director through Rainbow Center Director of Operations


The Rainbow Center (RC) is an equal opportunity employer. The RC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory or physical disability, including HIV status. Smoking is not permitted on the premises. Visit our website at www.rainbowcntr.org.

To Apply:

Send Cover Letter and Resume to:
Laura Brewer, Director of Operations
Rainbow Center
2215 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402

or email to [email protected]
Write ‘Resume Community Advocate 2017’ in the subject line.
Attach Cover Letter and Resume

Additional information

Candidates for employment at Rainbow Center (RC) should be aware that this is a unique work environment in which topics of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity are an integral part of our day to day community interactions. Individuals who are uncomfortable with such topics, discussions, and the occasional related graphic representations may choose not to work at RC.

Hours of Operation

Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Closed

Crime Victim Service Center 24-Hour Hotline:

800-346-7555
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, there is help.

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