Advocate – Housing Pathways Program

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization with over 30 years’ experience working to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Our organization and staff are recognized locally and nationally as experts in providing survivor-centered services and as thought leaders on the issue of LGBTQ+ partner abuse. We blend our history and commitment to being survivor-led, our analysis of LGBTQ+ partner abuse, and our commitment to being an anti-oppressive organization to create a unique framework that is the foundation of our survivor-centered approach. 

We are who we work with, the staff, volunteers, and board of directors of TNLR are members of the very communities the organization serves. We believe that survivors are the experts on their own lives and are therefore committed to centering survivor voices and leadership in all aspects of our work. While we offer services for survivors of partner abuse we also organize and educate about the issue to create the change we believe is possible for our communities. 

Title: Advocate – Housing Pathways Program
Location: Massachusetts, this position works between two Boston area offices with some travel across the state.This position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19 and will have the option to work from home 1 day per week after we return to in-person work.  
Hours:Full-time (40 hours/week), varied schedule with some evenings and weekends required 
Supervised By: Housing Pathways Manager 

The Housing Pathways Program was created by and for LGBTQ+ survivors of partner abuse and is the only housing program in MA that is specifically for LGBTQ+ survivors. The aim of the program is to offer many different types of support and advocacy to each program participant, while also providing safe and stable housing.  Although this position works specifically with survivors in the Housing Pathways Program, this position is not considered a housing advocate. The advocate in this role will be supporting survivors in achieving the goals that each individual survivor identifies and will do many different types of advocacy and other direct service.  

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Provide direct services for survivors of partner abuse and their children from LGBTQ+, BDSM and/or polyamorous communities. 
  • Provide crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and information/referrals for survivors of partner abuse (and people in their support systems) through the hotline. 
  • Provide advocacy, court accompaniment, and supportive counseling, both in-person and via phone to survivors in both the Safehome and Transitional Housing programs.
  • Support Safehome Program Participants in finding and transitioning from the Network/La Red’s Safehome Program to appropriate longer-term shelter/housing. 
  • Keep staff up-to-date on Safehome and Transitional Housing Program openings.
  • Conduct Safehome Intakes, Transitional Housing Intakes, and Transitional Housing Assessments. 
  • Maintain a comprehensive referral list. 
  • Maintain relationships with community groups, organizations, advocates, landlords and other service providers to facilitate advocacy and referrals. 
  • Attend coalitions, roundtables, etc. as appropriate to increase awareness of The Network/La Red’s direct services. 
  • Participate in internal meetings, committees, projects, etc. as appropriate. 
  • Maintain records, statistics, provide reports as necessary. 
  • Other duties as assigned/needed. 

Qualifications, Strengths, and Skills: We hire for life experience. People of color, trans people, survivors of partner abuse especially encouraged to apply. The following qualifications are for an ideal candidate, but we will consider all types of experience and will absolutely consider candidates who don’t meet all qualifications. In addition, there is no previous housing experience necessary! An ideal candidate will: 

  • Have a valid driver’s license. 
  • Have at least 1 year of experience in one or more of the following areas: LGBTQ+ partner abuse work; other partner abuse work; direct services/crisis intervention. 
  • Have a passion for social justice/social change. 
  • Have excellent listening and communication skills. 
  • Be able to juggle multiple responsibilities, including the tension between daily tasks, current projects, and crisis intervention. 
  • Be energetic and able to work independently and as part of a team. 

Compensation: Base salary at $45,901. While this position is not Bilingual required, a pay differential is offered to people who are fluent in English and Spanish with a salary of $47,981. TNLR offers a competitive benefits package, including 100% employer paid health and dental insurance; 401k retirement plan and up to a 3% employer match; professional development funds; and annual paid vacation (15 days), sick leave (12 days for physical and mental health), holidays (13 of your choosing), personal days (8 days), and bereavement (up to 3 days per loss). 

Application details: Position to start as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send resume and cover letter to hiring@tnlr.org. 

The Network/La Red does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.