Posting: TURNING POINT - Director of Community Advocacy and Housing

August 20, 2021

REPORTS TO:                      

Chief Program Officer


Full Time Exempt


The Director of Community Advocacy and Housing is responsible for the delivery, development and evaluation of community advocacy and housing services provided to families who have experienced domestic violence. The Director of Community Advocacy and Housing is responsible for the training and supervision of interns and staff who provide a 12-week intervention often in home that includes,

advocacy, resource building, safety planning, crisis intervention and support for families becoming re- established after stay at shelter or placement in Turning Point housing.  Additionally, the Director of

Community Advocacy and Housing is responsible for assessing survivors of domestic violence in for housing services and making appropriate placements. The Director of Community Advocacy and

Housing works with landlords and other housing providers to ensure stable housing environments for rapid re-housing and transitional housing services. The Director of Community Advocacy and Housing must ensure accurate and thorough data collection for all program activities and timely reports for

evaluation and funders.

The ideal candidate must have knowledge of survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and advocacy-based interventions with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault that are rooted in anti-oppression values and the empowerment model. Specific knowledge in housing, crisis intervention, trauma-informed practices, suicidality, lethality assessments and safety planning are desired as are demonstrated success building teams, collaborating with peers, and solving problems.  Candidates must also have knowledge of advocacy with survivors in various systems including healthcare, criminal justice, family court, child welfare, education, and human services.  As we serve survivors of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds, candidates must demonstrate the ability to work with all survivors and understand the unique barriers that survivors with intersecting oppressed identities will encounter.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field is required. Travel between off site programs is required. Must have the ability to work with diverse populations. Must have reliable transportation, insurance, a valid Michigan Driver’s License, and a good driving record. Must pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment. Salary range: $45,000-$55,000.


  • Develop strengths-based individualized service plans with program participants, and regularly monitor to evaluate progress on the goals and activity plans of each participant.
  • Manage multiple service providers internal and external to Turning Point to ensure a coordinated service delivery plan for each participant and their family.
  • Create on-going positive relationships with employment and housing partners.
  • Responsible for hiring, training, development and evaluation of Community Advocacy and Housing staff and interns.
  • Investigate housing for compliance with Federal, State and Local requirements, including lead content.
  • Provide advocacy for participants with community organizations and transportation to residents in personal vehicle as needed.
  • Assess danger of client situation, provide families with information on domestic and sexual violence and help them develop a safety plan.
  • Assess lethality of suicidal clients and take appropriate action.
  • Provide a safe, comfortable, caring environment that focuses on the needs, and safety of the survivors and their children.
  • Follow Turning Point’s policy on reporting suspected/witnessed abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services.
  • Partner with families in their environment to provide support, crisis intervention and advocacy.
  • Cultivate knowledge of community referral base.
  • Maintain relationships with community agencies and systems that assist with family empowerment.
  • Implement agency and program mission, vision and anti-oppression and empowerment philosophies.
  • Administer and implement agency policies and procedures.
  • Maintain agency policy on confidentiality, record keeping and professional ethics.
  • Responsible for the hiring, supervision, and staff development of program staff, interns, and volunteers in collaboration with the Chief Program Officer.
  • Demonstrate self as a team leader working to solve problems across departments.
  • Meet regularly with staff, interns, and volunteers for purpose of staff development.
  • Demonstrate ability to provide confirming and corrective feedback for the goal of developing and enhancing staff skills.
  • Utilize program data for program improvement and staff education.
  • Knowledgeable about resources for staff development.
  • Review policies with staff and recommends updates and improvements when necessary.
  • Oversee the integrity of program data required for funding source’s program reports and program evaluation.
  • Report potentially dangerous situations to Chief Program Officer.
  • Monitor and ensure program purchases or use of petty cash by program staff, following finance policy and procedure.
  • Ability to set direction, delegate tasks and manage workflow to meet administrative needs.
  • Attend all departmental and agency staff meetings, and other meetings required by Turning Point.
  • Conduct relationships with colleagues to promote mutual respect, improvement of services, and problem solving.
  • Notify the Chief Program Officer or Chief Executive Officer of any emergency situations that may affect Turning Point staff and/or clients.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Chief Program Officer.


  • Must be able to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Allow for flexibility in schedule, work location and job function.
  • Must be able to drive to multiple sites.
  • Ability and willingness to be available for non-scheduled emergency call-in when necessary.
  • Ability to lift 20lbs.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment.

Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume to:

Or mail to: Turning Point

Attn: Vicki Putnam

P.O. Box 1123

Mt. Clemens, MI 48046

No phone calls will be accepted.

Turning Point, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

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