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Direct Service Advocate

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Working Against Violence for Everyone, WAVE


Petersburg, AK

Skills And Qualifications:


  • Must understand and recognize systems of oppression as the root cause of power-based violence or the willingness to learn.

  • Ability to take ownership of projects and communicate with team members on projects.

  • Ability to provide services to people who have been impacted by trauma.

  • Must have the ability to remain calm and objective while performing under stressful conditions.

  • Must have interpersonal skills and the ability to understand and communicate with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstance, religion, culture, and sexual orientation.

  • Must have computer skills including database entry, or the ability to learn.

  • Must maintain confidentiality.

  • Must support WAVE’s Philosophy:

WAVE believes that violence is an unacceptable way to deal with problems and that people have the right to be free from violence in their homes. Our goal is to provide a place where anyone, regardless of sex, age, race, or sexual orientation, can go to be safe and explore their options.

Required Education:



  • Must pass a background check.

  • Ability to work both independently and with a team, be adaptable to change and self-directed.

  • Must complete 40 hours of training in domestic violence or sexual assault, crisis intervention, victim support, treatment and related areas training within 6 months of hire.

Duties And Responsibilities:

The Direct Service Advocate is responsible for the following:

  • Providing crisis intervention, advocacy and support to victims of power-based violence and their children over the telephone, online, and in person.

  • Provide legal and systems advocacy with law enforcement, courts, medical services, employment and other organizations.

  • Educate public and program participants with basic information on power-based violence including: systems of oppression, power dynamics, sexual assault, lethality and safety planning.

  • Screen for admittance to services; Refer all individuals not meeting our admittance criteria to the proper community agency.

  • Assist in the training of new relief, permanent or volunteer advocates on policies and procedures as requested.

  • Meet regularly with supervisor for supervision and support.


  • Engage, network, and support local community projects. 

  • Build and support equity for underserved populations.

  • Attend sexual abuse response exams when needed outside of normal business hours. 

  • Facilitate education and/or support groups, as needed.

  • Perform record-keeping activities associated with program participants or as required for data collection or inter-staff communication.

  • Report cases of suspected abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults to the Alaska Office of Children’s Services or Adult Protective Services, as required.

  • Light cleaning duties.

  • Participate in the performance of other tasks essential to program operation and maintenance.

  • Comply with WAVE personnel and administrative policies.

Salary And Benefits:

SALARY: 18.50/Hour



  • Paid time off, 13 paid holidays, weekly paid self care time, retirement, maternity/paternity leave, training and professional development opportunities.

Additional Info:

Working Against Violence for Everyone is seeking a full-time Direct Services Advocate to assist people who have been impacted by power-based violence, such as domestic violence and sexual assault in Petersburg. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong passion for working towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault while empowering people to make their own choices and explore options. Working Against Violence for Everyone believes that the root of violence lies in systems of oppression and to end the violence we must address these systems. 

Our goal is to foster growth with our staff and encourage training and ongoing education. We recognize this work comes with exposure to trauma and are focused on the health and longevity of our staff. Our office culture is centered around the ongoing practice of self care. We offer self care time, holiday pay and paid time off as well as encourage strong work life balance. 

WAVE strives to address our focal societal issues by both helping victims who are currently working to survive in the moment and also proactively taking steps to help prevent these issues from happening to others in the future. WAVE is a small independent non profit that is continually looking at ways to grow and better serve our community. 

The community of Petersburg is located on the north end of Mitkof Island, one of several islands in the Alexander Archipelago of Southeast Alaska. Petersburg is home to approximately 3,200 year round residents and is a major fishing port. Our local schools have been nationally recognized with awards for high excellence. Mitkof Island is great for the outdoor enthusiast. The Tongass National Forest, which surrounds Petersburg, has ample recreational opportunities such as fishing, hiking and kayaking/canoeing. 

Who we are


WAVE is a non-profit domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy program based in Petersburg, Alaska. Formed in 1982 by seven local residents who wanted to address domestic violence, WAVE initially was named Women’s Aid in Violent Emergencies. In 2011, the board decided the name should be more inclusive so renamed the organization to Working Against Violence for Everyone. Our staff and volunteers assist and advocate with a trauma informed approach for people impacted by power based violence with a focus on prevention.

Contact Info:

Annette Bennett

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