Counselor/Advocate, Still Survivors Program

STEPS to End Family Violence (STEPS) and the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
New York
Mission Statement: 

AVP’s mission is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs is a coalition of over 50 anti-violence organizations that work to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence within and against the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities.

Position Description: 

STEPS to End Family Violence and the New York City Anti-ViolenceProject are both seeking dynamic and passionate people who will serve as counselor, advocate,and educator for the newly funded, Still Survivors program. Still Survivors is a trauma-informed,anti-oppressive, survivor service program that aims to increase access to services for Manhattan based/connected, criminalized survivors of gender-based violence, especially those who identifyas lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or queer (LGBTQ). STEPS is hiring twoCounselor/Advocates (one who must be bilingual in English and Spanish) and AVP is hiring oneCounselor/Advocate. Location: The people in these roles will split their time between each agency’s communityoffice (STEPS in East Harlem and AVP in Lower Manhattan) and Rikers Island. Responsibilities:• Provide in-depth individual counseling to criminalized survivors of gender-based violence,especially those who identify as LGBTQ;• Facilitate weekly support groups for criminalized survivors of gender-based violence both inthe community and at Rikers Island;• Engage in intensive legal advocacy;• Accompany criminalized survivors to their court appearances and actively engage with theirdefense attorney and other members of the defense team;• Design training curricula aimed at educating City agencies and community basedorganizations;• Facilitate trainings to educate about the availability of support and services throughout theStill Survivors program;• Engage in outreach to raise awareness about the experience of criminalized survivors and theStill Survivors program;• Collect data about the impact of the work and, in partnership with a supervisor, engage inimpact evaluation informed by the carefully collected data;• Participate in weekly supervision and team meetings. 

Client Services

• LMSW, LMHC or other relevant, graduate degree, preferred but not required.• Bilingual in English and Spanish, strongly preferred;• Strong and dynamic counseling and advocacy skills;• Nuanced understanding of the dynamics of gender-based violence and systems of oppression;• Strong outreach, training, and facilitation skills;• Comfort in a training environment and within the criminal legal system;• Demonstrated interest in professional writing;• Meaningful commitment to practicing from an evidence-based, trauma-informed, antioppressivestance;• Ability to work with flexibility, independence, accountability, passion, and humor.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 12, 2018
Application Instructions: 

Application Process: Please note that the Still Survivors program is collaboratively run bySTEPS to End Family Violence and the New York Anti-Violence Project. When you submityour cover letter, clearly indicate which agency you would like to review your application. Youcan choose to have your application reviewed by staff at STEPS – only, at AVP – only, or byboth agencies. If you want to have your application reviewed only by STEPS, please send your cover letter andresume to Kim Konopka at kknopka [at] If you want to have your application reviewedonly by AVP, please send your cover letter and resume to avphiring [at] and write“Counselor/Advocate – Still Survivors Program” in the subject line. If you would like to haveyour application reviewed by both organizations, please send your application to both emailaddresses.

Hiring Committee
Country/US Territory: 
United States