Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Advocate, Russian Oregon Social Services (ROSS)

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to; or mail to EMO, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239; or fax to (503) 223-7007. Position open until filled.

PURPOSE: To provide effective, culturally specific sexual assault services to the Russian-speaking population.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: ROSS Program Manager

LOCATION: EMO’s ROSS program site, and other sites as needed.

CLASSIFICATION: Full time, non-exempt

BENEFITS: Salary range starts at $19.00 per hour. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


  • Available to respond to emergency calls;
  • Provide trauma-informed, survivor-led, culturally/language specific advocacy, case management, and crisis intervention to survivors of IPV with a high degree of confidentiality;
  • Guide participants through safety planning, systems navigation, and community referrals as needed;
  • Provide emotional support and education around the impacts of trauma to survivors;
  • Develop/facilitate support group for IPV survivors;
  • Maintain accurate and timely case files, manage data entry, complete narrative/quantitative reports;
  • Assist in the design/facilitation of training programs for community partners: social service providers, community faith leaders, law enforcement, and health care workers;
  • Lead development/implementation of innovative strategies for community outreach/engagement/client recruitment.
  • Attend ROSS staff meetings, EMO staff meetings and training related to IPV, victims’ rights, trauma informed care, culturally specific mental health.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, counseling or related field (combined education and experience may be substituted);
  • Knowledge and understanding of Russian/Slavic culture and ability to effectively communicate in spoken/written English, Russian, and/or Ukrainian;
  • Knowledge of local resources and agencies that support IPV victims/survivors;
  • Understanding of the effects of abuse, trauma, and vicarious trauma;
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed care principles/practice and restorative justice;
  • Experience supporting multicultural refugee/immigrant communities;
  • Understanding of crime victims’ rights under Oregon Law;
  • Ability to promote a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and values;
  • Knowledge of cultures, dynamics, and customs of traditionally oppressed communities;
  • Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO;
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including evening hours and occasional weekends;
  • High tolerance for ambiguity, change and demonstration of calm, professional demeanor;
  • Experience recruiting and training volunteers;
  • Must have the ability to use a computer and various software programs;
  • Must possess valid driver’s license and evidence of insurability;
  • Must be able to occasionally lift items of approximately 25 lbs.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.