Youth Anti-Violence Advocate

Under the supervision of the New Paths Program Manager, provide support to victims of sexual violence/exploitation and dating violence through advocacy and accompaniment (forensic exam, interviews with Milwaukee Police Department, District Attorney’s office, etc.) and offer support to them through the long term effects of trauma. Responsible for helping clients explore their options, know their rights, access needed community resources, and develop safety plans.

Essential Duties

  1. Meet in-person or by telephone with youth who have experienced violence and provide advocacy/accompaniment services.
  2. Provide accompaniment, crisis intervention, and advocacy services, including service coordination as necessary.
  3. Support youth to assess available community resources and provide that referral to the community organization or to the
    appropriate Pathfinders services.
  4. Listen, validate, and assess youth who have experienced violence and help them develop personal safety plans.
  5. Educate youth on their rights and accompany clients to family court or legal proceedings as requested.
  6. Work two on call shifts per month from 4 pm to 12 am to provide in person advocacy to commercially sexually exploited
    youth at local hospitals, police stations, or shelters.
  7. Facilitate groups for survivors and provide weekly street outreach with the Street Beat team.
  8. Compile records and prepare reports, including case files and correspondence with youth and other mental health and
    social service providers involved. Develop, maintain, and submit necessary reports for program evaluation and statistical
  9. Develop strong collaborative relationships within Pathfinders and the outside community. Develop knowledge about
    community services, agencies and other individuals to support the client.
  10. Other duties may be assigned.
  1. Recruit, select, train, retain, monitor and recognize volunteers and interns (unpaid staff) placed throughout Pathfinders’ broad array of services.
    1. Recruit/Select
      1. Lead community outreach efforts to recruit a diverse pool of volunteers and interns
      2. Respond to all volunteer inquiries
      3. Maintain and expand public listings regarding volunteer opportunities, including but not limited to United Way
      4. Screen, interview and select volunteer and intern candidates
    2. Train
      1. Update curriculum and related materials for all volunteer trainings, in partnership with HR; seek input from program partners
      2. Assist with the implementation of continuing education for volunteers/interns in conjunction with program staff, as needed
    3. Retain/Recognize
      1. Provide follow up and support for all volunteers/volunteer supervisors
      2. Create, manage and organize volunteer appreciation activities in conjunction with the Development & Communications team
    4. Monitor
      1. Maintain tracking of volunteers and volunteer opportunities in Donor Perfect database; run agency reports, as needed
      2. Manage single-day corporate/group volunteers
  2. Create and manage meaningful engagement opportunities for the community to support Pathfinders.
    1. Research, secure and steward individual/corporate/faith-based donors and other organizations for the solicitation of in-kind goods, serving Drop-In Center dinners, providing year-end holiday gifts and other meals/items.
    2. Develop and manage the delivery/pick up schedule of in-kind donations with donors.
    3. Exercise discretion regarding acceptance and/or disposal of donated goods and maintains donor relationships.
    4. Provide donation information for Donor Perfect data entry and donor acknowledgement.
    5. Work with program staff to ensure the proper processing of donations and needs.
    6. Represent the organization at public events/public speaking opportunities.
  3. Work cooperatively and effectively with all departments/programs to coordinate volunteer needs and maximize volunteer resources and assistance.
  4. Maintain volunteer records and complete necessary reports of activities, inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Maintain intern timesheets and data entry of hours worked. Official intern files will be managed by HR.
  5. Participate in all program and agency meetings, trainings and development opportunities as necessary.
  6. Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
The Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, in conjunction with other Pathfinders staff, will manage the supervision of the unpaid staff of approximately 200 volunteers and carry out volunteer supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s
policies, procedures and all applicable laws. Pathfinders’ model of volunteer and intern placement within programs requires that individual program staff provide day-to-day supervision of unpaid staff, with support from the Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager.

Position Requirements

  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, or other human services field and/or life experiences and two years of experience working with youth.
  • Experience working with a diverse population of adolescents and young adults within a nonprofit setting is required.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening hours.
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to maintain privileged client information.
  • Must also be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook computer programs.

Additional Information

Starting salary of $33,700-$39,500 depending upon professional background and work experience. Excellent benefits package includes health/dental, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off plan. Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals.


Send letter of interest and current resume via email to Organizational information can be found at No phone calls will be accepted.

An Equal Opportunity Organization

Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce. Persons of color, women, the disabled, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Date Posted

October 8, 2018

Closing Date

Until Filled


Full Time, Exempt

How to Apply