Shelter Advocate (5 Positions)

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

Shelter Advocates are responsible for providing direct service to victims residing in the Mille Lacs Band Women’s Shelter and on crisis line. Ensure the cleanliness of the shelter facility.
Shelter advocates are employees scheduled on a Full time and Part time schedule. Scheduled shift may consist of days, swings, graves, and/or overnight hours. Shelter Advocates are directly supervised by the Shelter Manager.

• High school diploma or GED is required.
• One year of experience working with or knowledge of domestic violence issues.
• Knowledge of tribal customs, traditions, and beliefs.
• Ability to work effectively with a variety of professional level people.
• Strong listening and communication skills.
• Experience working with Native American community.
• Basic computer literacy skills.
• Strong commitment to ending domestic violence and abuse.
• Familiar with or willing to learn statutes regarding domestic abuse.
• Familiar with laws regarding confidentiality and ability to deal appropriately with confidential information.
• Capable of independent judgment and decision-making.
• Experience in co-facilitating trainings and community education.
• Experience in co-facilitating support groups.
• Must have a current valid Minnesota driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol test.

• Conduct assessment of potential clients to assure the program can meet their needs.
• Assist adult clients and their children as necessary.
• Answer crisis line telephone and provide crisis line back-up.
• Function as an advocate for the victims of domestic violence.
• Facilitate support groups for victims of domestic violence.
• Provide crisis and support services to clients.
• Provide transportation for clients to court hearings, medical appointments, and other case related appointments.
• Maintain a working knowledge of policies, regulations, and standards in domestic violence field.
• Assist clients in requesting an Order for Protection, including writing requests for an Order for Protection, attending court hearings, and following up when clients report Order for Protection (OFP) violations.
• Assist in the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the Shelter.
• Assist in various fund raising activities.
• Maintain an awareness and inform clients on other resources they may be eligible for and in need of.
• Assist with the review and revision of client policies, procedures, and protocols. Recommend additional polices, procedures, and protocols as appropriate.
• Notify those responsible for supply requisition when supplies are low.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences periods of moderate stress levels while dealing with clients, children, family members, and others.
• Work hours may be any shift (7am-3pm; 3pm-11pm; 11pm-7am), with shift differential pay for 3pm-11pm, 11pm-7am, and weekend shifts (beginning 7am Saturday-7am Monday). Work hours are normally eight-hour shifts but may vary to meet scheduling requirements.
• Moderate threat of personal danger or risk although advocacy for clients may put advocate at risk.
• Local travel is required; travel outside the state is very limited.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359

Fax: 320-532-7492