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1st Shift Advocate Northumberland County

The Counselor/Advocate (1st Shift) provides trauma-informed supportive and crisis counseling to adult, teen, and child victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes in the safe house and via the hotline. This position will facilitate support groups for adult victims residing in the safe house.


The Counselor/Advocate is a mandated reporter of suspected child abuse as defined by PA Child Protective Services Law.  This position is full-time, with primarily daytime hours. This position participates in on-call duties. The Counselor/Advocate works primarily in Shamokin but may have hours spent in other offices and other locations within Transitions’ service area where service provision is required.

Full-Time; Non-Exempt Position
Starting Salary: $15-$18/hr ($31,200 - $37,440)

*Starting salary determined based on education and experience. Click here to view our salary rubric. 


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  1. Promote interpersonal interactions and provide ongoing support for safe house guests.

  2. Admit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to the safe house following established intake procedures.

  3. Provide options and resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to encourage economic empowerment.

  4. Assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with issues surrounding housing, assistance, employment, education, and transportation.

  5. Explain and enforce agency safe house guidelines and policies.

  6. Facilitate support/educational groups for safe house guests.

  7. Assist Residential Services Coordinator in developing and implementing structured activities and social programs for safe house guests.

  8. Safe house upkeep and cleaning.

  9. Respond to hotline calls using established policy and procedure.

  10. By direction of Residential Services Coordinator, conduct monthly fire drills and keep necessary logs.

  11. In coordination with Residential Services Coordinator, annually review evacuation procedures and other safe house procedures to ensure they are up-to-date and effective.

  12. Collaborate with staff members about service provision and establishment of related policies and procedures.

  13. Complete and maintain required documentation, both in Efforts to Outcome (ETO) software and paper files.

  14. Attend staff meetings and in-service training.

  15. Participate in the on-call rotation.

  16. Perform other related duties as assigned as allowable by funders.


  1. Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services, or a related field and/or equivalent experience.

  2. Must be knowledgeable of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other serious crimes and their impact on victims.

  3. Must possess excellent communication skills and be computer literate.

  4. Must have demonstrated ability to counsel individuals in crisis and be skilled in support group facilitation.

  5. Must be familiar with community resources and knowledgeable about options available to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  6. Upon hire, must complete 80-hour Transitions Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor Training.

  7. Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and adequate motor vehicle insurance.

  8. Must have Act 34, Act 114, and Act 151 clearances.

Transitions is an EOE. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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