Career Opportunities

JOB TITLE: COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR

REPORTS TO: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                

DEPARTMENT: ADMINISTRATION                                                                     

CLASSIFICATION: NON-EXEMPT   

STATUS: FULL TIME                       

 

JOB SUMMARY:  This is a full-time, non-exempt position.  The employee in this position coordinates activities and communications to inform the agency’s target audiences and to build awareness of SOS, Inc., and its programs.

 

The roles, responsibilities, job functions, knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth herein may be revised from time to time in order to comply with federal and state laws, departmental needs, and the changing requirements for this position. 

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

PROGRAM SUPPORT

  1. Prepare, distribute, and instigate news statements, public service announcements, and radio interviews on appropriate topics and in response to events with the aid of agency staff.

  2. Prepare a minimum of six newsletters annually for distribution including the annual report.

  3. Prepare SOS program materials, brochures, flyers, and other means of educational information.

  4. Ensure communication efforts are extended to staff, Board, donors, potential donors, third-party fundraisers, and other community partners.

  5. Coordinate the planning and implementation of the Bi-Annual Community Awareness Events, Take Back the Night, and Holiday Drive as well as other SOS public trainings and special events.

  6. Coordinate and publicize fundraising activities with the development committee.  

  7. Create materials for Safe Bar, Safe Place, and Safe Cell programs as needed.

  8. Provide and/or assist with marketing and promotional items for professional and community education and awareness presentations.

  9. Manage social media presence for SOS including, but not limited to the SOS website, Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts.

  10. Promote awareness months.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

  1. Participate in bi-monthly meetings with Executive Director.

  2. Attend professional training and continuing education opportunities when possible and at the request of the executive director.

  3. Provide grant input for funding this position annually.

  4. Submit quarterly grant reports.

 

OTHER

  1. Assist employees and the general public in a professional manner.

  2. Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that employee gets along with the public, coworkers, and management.

  3. Being pleasant, respectful, and civil with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  4. Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  5. Obligation to be reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfill duties.

  6. Must show up for work on a regular and predictable basis as scheduled.

INTERMITTENT DUTIES:

  1. Attend All Staff meetings.

  2. Facilitate Development Committee meetings.

  3. Other duties as assigned by the SOS Executive Director, include but are not limited to, complying with grant goals and objectives, informing crime victims of their statutory rights, and assisting crime victims in seeking available compensation.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Must possess a valid Kansas Driver’s License and auto insurance.

  2. EXPERIENCE:  Two years of community relations duties preferred. The Community Relations Coordinator is expected to perform in a satisfactory manner after twelve months on the job.

  3. EDUCATION:  Requires a bachelor’s degree in journalism, strategic communications, or a related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.

  4. KNOWLEDGE:  Knowledge of sexual and domestic violence and child abuse and neglect issues. Must have the ability to receive, interpret and follow verbal and written instructions. Required to read, write, and speak English fluently. The ability to speak Spanish is beneficial but not required.

  5. SKILLS: Desirable skills include but are not limited to:

    1. Communications: Possess good listening skills, strong writing, and oratory skills.

    2. Decision-Making: Frequent situations occur that are outside established policies and procedures and require astute judgment.

    3. Deductive Reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    4. Inductive Reasoning:  The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    5. Integrity & Ethics: Demonstrate personal and professional integrity. Ability to maintain confidentiality along with representing the agency in a positive and professional manner

    6. Interpersonal: Frequent contact with other departments, SOS employees, government agencies, and the public. Able to work with a diverse group of people, in a non-judgmental and empathetic manner especially those of other races, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds, and to be as inclusive as possible and as indicated in the SOS Employee Handbook.

    7. Office Technology: Operate personal computer with a proficient level use of Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook, copier, and fax machine.

    8. Problem Solving: Frequent problem solving occurs in this position. It requires the ability to evaluate alternatives to resolve disputes.

    9. Public Relations: An ability to network with community professionals and represent the agency in a positive and professional manner.

    10. Supervisory: None.

    11. Working Conditions: Subject to work after hours on occasions with hours flexed during the same pay period.

    12. Other: Mathematical, analytical, planning, organizational, and time management.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift up to 15 pounds occasionally and up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. May be assigned to a multilevel building with some floors accessible by stairs only. Requirements for moving about the office. Sit about 90% of the time.  Frequently express ideas by spoken words.  Frequently operate equipment requiring moderate ability.

TO APPLY: Send resume to cjcahoone@soskansas.com

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JOB TITLE: Shelter Manager

                                                                       

REPORTS TO: Crisis Services Director

 

PURPOSE: To provide safe shelter and basic needs such as food and clothing to victims of sexual or domestic violence in the SOS service area. Oversee all maintenance for the shelter, shelter grounds, and vehicles. Ensure the shelter is staffed properly with well-trained staff. Provide support to shelter residents, ensuring that they are comfortable in their surroundings and have a good understanding of shelter rules.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: An ability to work with a diverse group of people to be as inclusive as possible and as indicated in the SOS Employee Handbook. Demonstrate a client-focused environment that encourages the empowerment of all shelter residents. Good organizational and time management skills. Good communication skills and client-centered orientation. Ability to represent the agency outside the shelter in a positive and professional manner.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of sexual, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, and issues pertaining to the oppression of victims. Bilingual (English and Spanish) language preferred, but not necessary. Previous supervision of others or properties is preferred.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (minimum requirements):  Ability to lift up to 10 pounds occasionally and up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects on your own. Be able to coordinate moving furniture. May be assigned to a multilevel building with some floors accessible by stairs only. Requirements for moving about the office. Sit about 40% of the time.  Frequently express ideas by spoken words.  Frequently operate equipment requiring moderate ability.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Help shelter residents to maintain a safe clean and healthy environment for themselves.

  • Supervise the Shelter Support Advocate and Shelter Helpline Advocates/Shelter Support Staff.

  • Supervise all maintenance of the shelter, shelter grounds, and vehicles, including arranging needed repairs, making sure appliances, etc. are in good working condition.

  • Adhere to procedures and policies when coordinating repairs. 

  • Participate in weekly case staffing, monthly staff meetings, and supervision as arranged.

  • Document contacts and other imperative client information per agency policies and procedures for database and grant documentation.

  • Help with grant reporting as appropriate.

  • Assist the Volunteer Coordinator with arranging shelter intern coverage.

  • Provide support to shelter residents using an empowerment approach, maintaining professional boundaries, and encouraging an open dialogue of resident needs and concerns to the assigned advocate, Crisis Services Director, or Executive Director, as appropriate.

  • Provide on-call relief with other staff.

  • Ensure the shelter is staffed properly with well-trained staff.

  • Monitor helpline during scheduled work hours.

  • Assist in maintaining the storage and garage areas and help disperse furniture and items to clients when moving to permanent housing. 

  • Coordinate yearly shelter clean-up with Crisis Services staff.

  • Be a supportive and positive team player, offering solutions to challenges and shelter needs.

  • Attend professional training opportunities and conferences as well as participate in webinars to broaden knowledge on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

  • Participate in prevention programs and presentations.

  • Other duties as assigned by the SOS Executive Director, include complying with grant goals and objectives including, but not limited to, informing crime victims of their statutory rights and assisting crime victims in seeking available compensation.

 

STATUS:  Full time/Non-Exempt

TO APPLY: Send resume to cjcahoone@soskansas.com

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JOB TITLE: Child Visitation and Exchange Center Security                                             

REPORTS TO: CVEC Director

 

PURPOSE: To ensure a reasonable degree of safety and security for clients and staff.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Previous training in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.  Prefer certification in an accredited law enforcement program and/or experience in law enforcement.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Assisting with the check-in and check-out process;

  • Communicating information to agency staff;

  • Verifying proper car seat and restraints;

  • Coordinating other security measures;

  • Other duties assigned by the CVEC Director.

  • Other duties as assigned by the SOS Executive Director, include complying with grant goals and objectives including, but not limited to, informing crime victims of their statutory rights and assisting crime victims in seeking available compensation.

 

STATUS:  Part-time/Non-Exempt

TO APPLY: Send resume to Tschnakenberg@soskansas.com
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JOB TITLE: Helpline Advocate/Shelter Support Staff

REPORTS TO: Shelter Manager

PURPOSE: The Helpline Advocate is the immediate response to the helpline. The Helpline Advocate provides assistance to people in immediate crisis and/or danger.  They must quickly assess callers’ safety; provide immediate resources, support, information, and appropriate referrals. The Helpline Advocate obtains pertinent information from callers and relays information to the on-call advocate and/or Crisis Services Director. The Helpline Advocate has an understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

REQUIREMENTS: Availability to work on-site at the shelter location with shifts including evening, weekends, and holidays.  An ability to work with a variety of people, including those of different races, colors, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ability to respond empathetically and calmly in a crisis. Openness to new experiences and individuals, willingness to learn and to accept feedback constructively, and to adhere to agency philosophy, policies, and procedures.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

Work directly with clients:

  • Provide crisis and emergency support, information, and referrals to clients and their families, with follow-up support provided as appropriate.

  • Provide factual and unbiased information to clients regarding law enforcement, medical, and legal procedures.

  • Provide advocacy services for clients and inform clients and their families of available community resources.

  • When appropriate, participate in family (resident) meetings and or lead resident activities that promote communication, age-appropriate activities, and positive role modeling.

 

BASIC HELPLINE ADVOCATE SHIFT DUTIES:

  • If unable to work find a replacement.

  • Provide written report of activity on shift to the next shelter staff or Crisis Services Advocate on the next business day.

  • Provide a welcoming environment to victims entering the shelter. Assist Crisis Services Advocate with room preparations including hygiene materials, and intake/exit paperwork, as appropriate.

  • Maintain a clean, comfortable shelter.

MAINTAIN SHELTER SECURITY:

  • Must comply with all SOS policies and procedures, ensuring that they do not engage in activities that jeopardize their own integrity or safety, the integrity or safety of a client, or the integrity of any SOS program.

  • Advocates must refrain from giving legal or medical advice to clients and from representing themselves as psychological counselors.

 

OTHER DUTIES:

  • Attend all scheduled training and in-service sessions.

  • Attend monthly meetings.

  • Other duties as assigned by the SOS Executive Director, include complying with grant goals and objectives including, but not limited to, informing crime victims of their statutory rights and assisting crime victims in seeking available compensation.

 

STATUS:  Part-time/Non-Exempt

TO APPLY: Send resume to cjcahoone@soskansas.com

THE MISSION OF SOS

To empower and advocate for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect.

Please check back for other employment opportunities or consider an SOS volunteer position. 
Openings at SOS are also submitted to KansasWorks.

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24/7 Helpline

800-825-1295

or 620-342-1870

Admin Office

620-343-8799

CASA

620-343-2744

CAC

620-343-8742

CVEC

620-342-0076

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