Get Involved

Opportunities to Help

Job opportunities, internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.

Get Involved

Opportunities to Help

Internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.

AVDA Job Opportunities

To apply for any of the following job openings, please submit your cover letter and resume to amcguire@myebs.com.

Prevention and Education Specialist

The Prevention and Education Specialist is responsible for community education, primarily in the forms of presentations, group sessions, and resource fairs, pertaining to domestic violence intervention and prevention.  Outreach will reach a wide variety of individuals and community partners, providing information about AVDA services, domestic violence, the impact of domestic abuse on children and adults, non-violent alternatives, and effective intervention strategies. Primary audiences will be youth, followed by adult education, including law enforcement, CPS, referral sources, civic/social organizations, and the general public, with emphasis on breaking the cycle of violence in our community.  This position will also support other staff with trainings, presentations, and resource fairs. As a member of the Community Awareness and Prevention team, there is considerable travel across the region, especially within Harris and Fort Bend counties, as well as occasional evening and weekend work. If interested in this position, request the full job description before applying.

Responsibilities

  • Solicit opportunities for outreach to community (youth and adult), to provide prevention and intervention education and services.
  • Implement and maintain Coaching Boys into Men/Athletes As Leaders or other athletics-related curricula, including fostering relationships with relevant athletic leadership and scheduling and attending ongoing support meetings and trainings.
  • Create collaborations amongst a wide array of community partners that serve adults, children and youth including but not limited to governmental agencies, school districts, law enforcement, other nonprofits, hospitals, corporations and faith-based communities.
  • Conduct information sessions and trainings with youth and others (i.e. incarcerated youth, clergy, CPS, school districts), including singular group sessions (Teen Dating Abuse Prevention), and ongoing support group sessions as appropriate; act as support staff to other AVDA staff who are conducting trainings or events (i.e. assist with materials, registration).
  • Act as facilitator of Safe Dates, an eight-week (one session per week)program for high school students (both male and female) that is designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence victimization and perpetration, including the psychological, physical, and sexual abuse that may occur between youths involved in a dating relationship.
  • Act as agency liaison with Harris County Juvenile Probation, coordinating services to youth and staff pertaining to domestic/family violence and dating abuse prevention and intervention.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, master’s degree preferred, or advanced degree from an accredited institution. Concentration in education and/or counseling preferred.
  • Bi-lingual, speaking English and Spanish, preferred, but not required.
  • Possesses the ability and attitude to work effectively with children and youth, including those with troubled backgrounds
  • Ability to design and effectively deliver educational presentations, interactive discussions and trainings to a wide variety of constituents, both youth and adult.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.

 

Bilingual Client Advocate – Fort Bend County  

The Client Advocate serves as a connection between victim-survivors of family violence and sources of community support by providing in-depth and ongoing advocacy and social-services referrals.  Emphasis is on serving clients who are not able to access shelter-based support systems in Fort Bend County. 

Responsibilities

  • Initiate and continue ongoing contact with clients—to ensure accuracy of contact information for clients and to determine physical, financial, and emotional needs
  • Answer intake calls, appropriately screen applicants for services, provide basic but accurate information regarding the legal options available to callers
  • Meet with applicants for services, gather necessary documentation from applicants, and prepare files for attorney review
  • Provide crisis counseling, information, and referrals
  • Assist clients in securing basic human needs such as shelter and emergency food
  • Aid the client in actualizing a self-sufficiency plan, including assistance enrolling in job training or job search programs
  • Manage Victim Support Group for victim-survivors (if assigned)
  • Accompany clients to court when requested
  • Provide community outreach on an as-needed basis
  • Assist in the maintenance of a computerized client database
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work highly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in family violence considered
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required
  • Previous experience in legal setting, especially legal services to low-income clientele, preferred
  • Knowledge of domestic violence
  • Crisis counseling experience
  • Sensitivity to victims of domestic violence
  • Appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity and religious groups
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with PCs, including word processing and other general office machines
  • Dependable transportation

 

Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) Group Facilitator

The Group Facilitator works with BIPP participants to help them recognize, take responsibility for and end their abusive and controlling behavior.  H/She works with different sectors of the community in a coordinated effort to promote accountability for men and women who batter and to increase the safety and self-determination of domestic violence victims.

Responsibilities

Battering Intervention and Prevention Services

  • Provide quality services consistent with the agency philosophy and agency procedures
  • Assist in orientation for new participants
  • Conduct psycho-social evaluation sessions with individual participants
  • Provide educational groups using appropriate counseling techniques
  • Provide limited individual services
  • Maintain contact with partners/victims of participants and provide them with appropriate information and assistance as needed
  • Complete and submit group activity reports, timesheets and other paperwork in a timely manner and in accordance with agency procedures
  • Maintain accurate financial and case records for group participants
  • Provide on-the-job training, supervision and support to student interns and volunteers placed in the groups that he/she facilitates
  • Substitute for other group facilitators on an as-needed basis
  • Prepare BIPP client partner closing letters
  • Register BIPP participants and schedule evaluation and orientation appointments
  • Participate in community outreach by providing training for referral sources and other community partners
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Agency Representation

  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with police, prosecutors, courts, probation, parole, social service and domestic violence agencies in the geographic region served by the groups he/she facilitates
  • Maintain CEUs required by TDCJ-CJAD
  • Participate in the agency’s fundraising and awareness events when requested

Qualifications

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or relevant field
  • Fully-licensed as LPC, LMSW, or LMFT
  • Knowledge of domestic violence
  • Counseling experience, battering intervention experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with PCs, including desktop publishing, databases, word-processing, and spreadsheet
  • Willingness to operate in accordance with Texas BIPP Accreditation Guidelines and the Power & Control Duluth-based perspective of dynamics of domestic violence
  • Appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity and religious groups
  • Dependable transportation
  • Ability to work flexible hours, manage stress and conflict well, and to adapt to ever-changing and challenging needs of multiple priorities and fluctuations in work load

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities to work directly with clients are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in accredited programs in specific disciplines. Contact KahleN@avda-tx.org for more information.

Current opportunity:

Students enrolled in ABA-accredited Law School— Strong preferences for students who have completed Family Law, Marital Property, or Domestic Violence and the Law courses.

  • Summer clerkships in family-law litigation available for up to four students per summer. Positions typically are filled in February. To apply, send resume, cover letter and legal writing sample of 10 pages or less to KahleN@avda-tx.org
  • Semester-long internships in family-law litigation available. Must apply six weeks prior to start of semester.

Service by Publication/Ad Litem Training with CLE for Attorneys

Domestic Violence: Handling Fragile Issues within Your Busy Legal Practice
Presented by University of Houston Law Center and AVDA
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2019
University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Road

This training workshop is free to Houston-area attorneys with a commitment to serve as ad litem on two cases within 12 months when service by publication is required. $75 without an ad litem commitment. Breakfast and lunch are included. REGISTER HERE.

One of the most important services organizations can provide in helping to end domestic violence is to ensure that law practitioners understand what domestic violence is and areas of law it affects. Because domestic violence is a pattern of actions, legal professionals must be trained to scrutinize even seemingly benign activities. This program will equip lawyers practicing in all areas with the necessary tools to handle DV or to screen for domestic abuse and provide appropriate legal advice when domestic violence has been identified as an issue.

This training is made possible by a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

 

Volunteer at AVDA

Volunteers are an important part of the AVDA family, and there are many ways in which you can join the team to help families trapped in a cycle of violence. AVDA volunteers can assist both clients and AVDA staff in a variety of ways. Some ways in which you can partner with AVDA in making a difference are:

    • Administrative Help — Assist AVDA staff with filing, organization, case management, and other office tasks. Candidate may be asked to lift or move boxes or files. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • Special Events — AVDA hosts a variety of community events, including volunteer activities, health fairs and our annual Home Safe Home Gala. We need volunteers to help with invitation addressing, registration, and other tasks associated with annual AVDA events throughout the year.
    • Outreach — Help build community awareness about the pervasiveness of domestic violence by representing AVDA at area resource fairs.
    • Court Accompaniment — Candidate needs to have some availability from Mon-Thurs mornings to accompany clients to family-court hearings and criminal trials. Note: Requires completion of training course in domestic violence and issues specific to court accompaniment.
    • Translation — From time to time, translators in languages other than Spanish are needed to aid survivors who do not speak English.

Apply Today!

To be considered for AVDA’s Volunteer Program, all applicants must complete an application and submit to KahleN@avda-tx.org. Participants must also sign a confidentiality agreement underlining that you will not share any information about clients, cases or other sensitive information with anyone outside of the AVDA office. All volunteers agree to a background check upon completion and submission of their volunteer application. Once accepted to the program, an orientation of the AVDA office, policy and procedures will be provided. Volunteers opportunities are generally during AVDA office hours: 8am – 5pm at 1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 • Houston, TX 77002, but help with special events may be outside of those hours.

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