Counselor Advocate-Full Time Evening

Los Angeles, CA, USA Req #11104
Thursday, June 20, 2024


Title:                     Counselor Advocate - FT Evenings 

Department:       Sojourn

Project:               Shelter Services

Reports to:          Program Manager

Supervises:        None

Schedule:            Monday -Friday 2:30pm-11pm

Bilingual:            Spanish/English strongly preferred

Status:                 Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Non-Management

Benefits:             Medical, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance, 403(b) Retirement plan, etc. 


Sojourn’s mission is to provide, without prejudice, shelter and support services to adult and child victims of domestic violence; prevent violence through non-dominant child-rearing, and the re-envisioning of gender stereotypes using a philosophy of nonviolence and individual empowerment; and work toward advancing social justice, locally and globally. Through shelter, support groups, workshops, hotline calls, children’s empowerment programming, legal services, and service referrals, Sojourn brings safety, connection, and hope to individuals and families. Sojourn also works to educate the broader community and advance public policy that affirms the rights of oppressed populations. 

Working under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Counselor Advocate will:
1.      Maintain accurate progress notes and documentation of client services
2.      Adhere to program/contract compliance as per guidelines and requirements mandated for DV shelter programs, standards of confidentiality, HIPPA, safety and crisis intervention.
3.      Responsible for providing direct services to clients:
a.      Assist with client crises as needed (life skills, conflicts resolution, safety planning, etc) using trauma-informed de-escalation and mediation techniques.
b.      Ensure implementation of empowerment model, harm reduction and trauma informed care methodologies.
c.      Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, resources and eligibility screenings for program services for potential program participants via Sojourn 24-hour hotline for DV crisis per DV best practices and standards.
d.      Assist with client entry and exit of shelter programs
e.      Assist with transportation of program participants and their belongings to meetings such as the court, doctors, community resources, and housing appointments etc. as necessary.
f.       Facilitate support groups for Adult and Child Participants including but not limited to life skills, DV education, Parenting Education. 
g.      Provide child-care occasionally
h.      Ensure adherence to shelter guidelines for program participants under the supervision of shelter management. 
i.       Provide resources and referrals as needed
j.       Assist with life skills support and education such as, grocery shopping, assistance with chores/cleaning, provision of childcare, 
4.      Establish and maintain positive, productive working relationships with clients, staff, community partners and community stakeholders including mental health programs, DV shelter programs, local law enforcement, local neighborhood councils (and other local officials), and providers of services and resources to homeless persons.
5.      Attend staff meetings, case conferences, training workshops, and community meetings as needed.
6.      Take inventory of site needs and submit facility maintenance, IT, and supply order requests.
7.      Submit daily activity reports to leadership staff and effectively communicate on-site activities; ensure appropriate communication during shift transition meetings
8.      Participate and conduct safety drills, routine facility checks to ensure compliance with county health standards
9.      Participate in maintaining the organization and cleanliness of the shelter facility.
10.   Work with shelter management to report credible suspicions of child abuse
11.   Train, assist and provide feedback to volunteers
12.   Other Duties as Assigned
Specific Duties-Operations:
1. Ensure that shelter property and its surroundings is well maintained and clean.
2. Regularly inspect facilities to verify clean, sanitary conditions.
3. Report any maintenance issues or need for repairs to supervisor in a timely fashion.
4. Regularly inspect facility/beds to ensure they are in working order.
5. Train shelter support staff in proper protocol for site maintenance.
8. Ensure monthly safety and fire drills are conducted


·       Experience in social services program or case management preferred; 24-hour shelter experience preferred
·       Trustworthy, honest, and team player.
·       Ability to supervise shelter participants with dignity and respect at all times. Must engage participants in positive interactions and troubleshoot problems as they surface. 
·       Must exhibit sound decision-making ability related to crisis and safety planning
·       Ability to work with a diverse population and implement cultural responsiveness
·       Ability to handle communications with public, TPC staff and volunteers via phone or in person.
·       Literate with the ability to operate basic computer functions.
·       Able to maintain confidentiality.
·       Able to supervise sanitary conditions at all times in all areas including, client proms, general areas, and communal living areas.
·       Willingness to work flexible hours as needed, and handle emergencies which may occur daily, nightly, or overnight.
·       Understanding of Domestic Violence Survivor population and their specific needs for services
·       Use of own vehicle; responsible to carry all auto insurance legally required in State of California
·       Extensive experience working in social services field with direct experience related to provision of case management services preferred
·       Experience working in communal living or shelter environment preferred 
·       Willingness to receive 40-hour Domestic Violence Training 


•    Combination of field and office environment
•    Regularly required to sit, stand, bend; occasionally lift or carry up to 35 lbs.
•    On occasion walk or drive to different local sites
•    Will necessitate working in busy and loud environments
•    Will be exposed to elements like cold, heat, dust, noise and odor
•    May need to bend, stoop, twist and sit throughout the day


  • Maintain a safe work environment and confidentiality at all times
  • Be proactive, creative, and flexible in determining, evaluating, researching, and resolving issues
  • Organize and prioritize multiple activities to meet all external and internal deadlines
  • Maintain a professional demeanor that reflects positively on the agency
  • Demonstrate respect and courtesy toward others
  • Able to thrive in a work environment emphasizing teamwork and collaboration
  • Ability to prioritize different tasks with minimal supervision
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Equal Opportunity Employer  

The People Concern is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to non-discrimination in employment. We select the most qualified individual for the job based on job-related qualifications regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, credit history, sexual orientation, arrest and court record, genetic information, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or other applicable laws.   

 About the People Concern 

The People Concern empowers the most vulnerable among us to rebuild their lives. One of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, The People Concern was formed in 2016 in a merger of two trusted social service organizations based in Los Angeles County, OPCC and Lamp Community. Informed by more than fifty-eight years of work in the community, The People Concern is a leading provider of, and advocate for, evidence-based solutions to the multi-faceted challenges inherent in homelessness and domestic violence. 
With compassion and profound respect for those we serve, we provide a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, interim housing, mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, domestic violence services, life skills & wellness programs, and permanent supportive housing – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals, survivors of domestic violence, challenged youth, and others who have nowhere else to turn. 
The People Concern’s model of integrated and comprehensive care empowers our participants to navigate the multi-faceted obstacles in their lives, become their best selves, and ultimately, connect with and contribute to their communities. 

Benefits & Perks  

  • Medical Insurance  
  • Vision Insurance  
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Retirement Planning (403b) & Matching 
  • Paid Holidays  
  • Paid Vacation Days 
  • Paid Sick Days 
  • Employee Assistance Plans (EAP) 
  • TELUS Health  
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 
  • Basic Life / Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) 
  • Voluntary Short- and Long-Term Disability 
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance 
  • Discounts on Hotels, Theme Parks, Concerts, Movies, Restaurants & More 
  • The People Concern University & Certificates  
  • Corporate Discounts 

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $21.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $21.00
  • Required Education High School
  • Job Start Date Monday, June 24, 2024