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Community Services Advocate

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $5M agency with approximately 90 employees.  Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.

Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Human Services and/or Youth Development
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: Oct 11, 2019
Job Type: Full Time Salary: 34,000 plus

Primary Duties:

RESUMES without COVER LETTERS will not be reviewed or considered for employment at Cornerstone Advocacy Service.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Provides intensive individual advocacy and case management services including financial literacy training and coaching, employment readiness and job search assistance and housing search and advocacy in a knowledgeable, empathetic manner to victims of violence and abuse. Services are provided in office, in the participant’s residence or in the community. Work schedule is flexible including days, evenings and weekends to accommodate the participants scheduling needs. A minimum of one evening per week is required.

Necessary Qualities:
  • Passion for Ending Poverty, Violence and Abuse.
  • Enthusiastic and Positive Team Member.
  • Ability to Engage and Develop Rapport Easily.
  • Strong Interest in Growing Professionally and Developing New skills
  • ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include but not limited to the following:

    • Implement financial literacy curriculum at various locations that serve survivors of violence and abuse.
    • Provide individual economic advocacy and support to survivors as they attempt to resolve the practical problems of living that have resulted from poverty and/or violence.
    • Establish weekly meetings with survivors in order to assist with the development of an individual goal plan, credit action plan, cost of living plan, and safety plan – and to evaluate progress and celebrate successes.
    • Meet with emergency services participants prior to program exit to describe and offer on-going community services programming. Complete initial assessments, developing necessary linkages, and resource referrals as appropriate.
    • Provide documentation of all services delivered, through ongoing charting and completing monthly service reports.
    • Act as liaison with referring agencies.
    • Group and educational workshop facilitation.
    • Provide transportation as needed to facilitate goal attainment for participants.
    • Keep accurate records of phone calls and in-person contacts.
    • Use assessment tools on a pre-determined basis to track participant progress and address barriers.
    • Maintain participant program file including safety plan, completion of workshops/educational programming and progress on goals.
    • All other duties as assigned by supervisor.
    • Human Resources: N/A

      Administrative Responsibilities: Completes data entry in a timely manner.

      Organizational Expectations:

      Works collaboratively as a team member and across all CAS programs; attends departmental staff meetings as scheduled; participates on internal CAS committees as assigned; attends staff meetings and trainings as assigned; provides support and attends CAS events (i.e. Volunteer Recognition, DVAM activities, etc.) as assigned or as able; and supports CAS marketing initiatives and promotes CAS Mission and Philosophy. Displays high ethical/professional standards; represents CAS on external committees as assigned.


      EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field, Master’s Degree preferred. Minimum of three years of experience working with families impacted by interpersonal violence and abuse. In-depth knowledge of the intersection of poverty and family violence, safety planning, dynamics of abuse and economic advocacy, and demonstrates the ability to maximize family strengths in a culturally competent way. Preference given to persons who are bilingual, English-Spanish. Reliable car, valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.


      Additional Info:

      PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employee’s abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.

      AAP/EEO: Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

    Cornerstone offers a generous salary and benefits package.

    How To Apply:

    RESUMES without COVER LETTERS will not be reviewed or considered for employment at Cornerstone Advocacy Service.

      Please e-mail your COVER LETTER AND RESUME to

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