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We're Hiring! 

JOIN THE ABBIE TEAM!

  

We are looking for someone to join our team! 

 

Are you ready to align your career goals with your desire to invest in our community?

Would you like to work with a dynamic, supportive, and dedicated team?  

Consider applying for the position posted below!

 

About The Abbie Shelter

The Abbie Shelter is a leading nonprofit organization in beautiful Flathead Valley, Montana. Our mission is to promote safety, independence, and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Flathead County. We serve clients of all backgrounds and genders through free services including 24-hour helpline, court advocacy, mental health care, shelter, and safety planning services. We are much more than just a shelter, and we support our clients through any step of the process of getting safe and recovering from intimate partner violence. Every year the Abbie supports more than 1,000 clients through our services and provides education to more than 1,500 additional people in the community.

Organization Aims

  1. Show up. Answer the call. Provide accessible services to all who seek them.

  2. Prioritize safety: The physical and emotional safety of our clients, staff, and supporters.

  3. Meet people where they are with empathy and compassion. Be trauma-informed.

  4. Be a voice for victims’ rights and social justice. Challenge the status quo when it needs challenging.

  5. Offer hope to the suffering.

  6. Never give up!
     

Organization Values & Approaches

  1. Trauma-Informed: We aim to accommodate the real neurobiological needs of trauma survivors.

  2. Client Lead: We view the survivor as being in charge of their own journey.

  3. Strengths Based: We focus on the positive and the possible.

  4. Relationship Based: We trust that relationships between survivors and staff are key to success.

  5. Evidence Based: We use research to guide our policies and practices.

  6. Feminist Based: We acknowledge the societal structures that limit peoples’ choices.

  7. Coordinated Community Response: We collaborate with local partners to coordinate systems of care.

  8. Employee Self-Care: We believe that you can’t pour from an empty cup.

 

Organization Core Competencies

  1. Have a deep understanding of the complexities and demanding nature of providing direct care to vulnerable populations and survivors of trauma, and possess the ability to provide trauma informed care.

  2. Have the ability to empathize with clients while simultaneously providing a boundaried, self-regulated, structured, and compassionate professional relationship.

  3. Demonstrate cultural competence, the ability to empathize with people from diverse backgrounds, and experience providing inclusive services.

  4. Have the capacity to balance client and organizational needs with personal emotional and physical needs.

  5. Possess strong self awareness, with the ability and desire to self-reflect. 

  6. Have the ability and desire to work effectively both independently and collaboratively. 

  7. Have strong time management and task prioritization skills.

  8. Have the ability to seek support, articulate needs, and receive feedback from clients, and co-workers.

  9. Have the desire and capacity to build partnerships and work cooperatively with other service providers.

  10. Possess above-average listening skills.

  11. Strong written communication and documentation skills; proficiency in use of computer programs such as Google Drive, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

  12. Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle and provide own transportation, lift up to 40 lbs, and work under variable conditions including: variable weather, noise, and other potentially unpredictable situations. 

  13. A passion for the mission of the Abbie Shelter.
     

Abbie Shelter Statement Of Inclusion

The Abbie Shelter fosters a culture of inclusion. We value folks with a wide breadth of life experiences and world views. The Abbie values people of all racial, cultural, national, sexual orientations, gender identities, religious beliefs, marital statuses, family structures, ages, mental and physical health and abilities, political perspectives, educational backgrounds, and class statuses. 

Position Description

 

The Shelter Advocate oversees “all things shelter,” from the shelter residents to the shelter facility itself. Our shelter has 6 bedrooms and averages at 90+% occupancy, serving 100+ adults and children each year. The Shelter Advocate provides direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, and any form of intimate partner violence who are in need of residential services. This position performs assessments and intakes, provides case management and care coordination, and offers wrap-around support for shelter residents. The Shelter Advocate collaborates with other direct services staff, survivors, and community partners as a key link in systems of care and support. This is a non-entry-level position. This is a direct services position that is key in fulfilling the mission of a dynamic and effective organization.

Preferred Qualifications

​Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in a human services related field and have a minimum of two years of work experience providing direct service to vulnerable populations, OR a minimum of five years of relevant work experience. Ideal candidates will have experience working in residential programming. Applicants will be requested to engage in a background check process prior to hiring.

Roles and Responsibilities

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  1. Direct Service: Serve as a key member of the Abbie Shelter’s direct services team. Provide trauma-informed, structured, and compassionate services to all residential clients, focusing on the core mission of safety, independence, and empowerment. A high level of coordination and collaboration is required across the direct service team. Responsibilities include and are not limited to:

    1. Crisis intervention

    2. Assessment

    3. Intake

    4. Case management

    5. Care coordination

    6. Conflict resolution and mediation

    7. Community advocacy

    8. Transportation

    9. Providing wrap around services for clients

  2. Accessibility: Ensure and expand the ability of program participants and community partners to access needed services equitably.

  3. Collaboration: Streamline the delivery of our programming and services to further strengthen our roles with our community partners to support the coordinated community response model.

  4. Capacity Building: Explore and establish systemic venues to support direct services through which the organization can more reliably and predictably interact with clients.

  5. Documentation: Complete documentation and keep statistics as needed. Protect confidentiality of client information. Coordinate and manage data entry with other staff.

Compensation

 

The Abbie Shelter is committed to providing employees with a competitive salary, starting at $20-27/hr, depending on experience. Our comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance and retirement benefits. We boast an extremely liberal paid time off policy, starting at 5 weeks per year for new employees and increasing over time. We have a family-friendly environment, bring-your-baby-to-work policy, & generous opportunities for paid professional development.​

Application Process​

 

Please send a resume and letter of interest to director@abbieshelter.org. Applications are accepted immediately. Position is open until filled. Posted December 1, 2023. Interviews begin December 11, 2023. Preferred start date January 22, 2024.

Note: Applications from Indeed still require a resume and letter of interest emailed directly to the above address.

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