Shelter/Community Advocate

Based in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston and nearly 200 years old, the UU Urban Ministry is one of the oldest social service organizations in the country. The mission of the UU Urban Ministry is to unite communities and transform individuals through education, service, and advocacy. We engage communities and congregations in social action and change, with programs that empower youth and adults to realize their full potential.

Renewal House, a program of the UU Urban Ministry, is a temporary emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence and abuse. We provide individual and group advocacy and support, as well as referrals and guidance in the areas of housing, education, employment and the legal system. We are committed to social justice by working closely with individuals and families as they move forward in their lives. We do this by utilizing a restorative circle model of education, advocacy and personal/communal support.

Renewal House, which provides advocacy for survivors of all genders and sexual orientations, is looking to hire a Shelter/Community Advocate to join our team. This position is partially funded by a grant from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) specifically supporting work with LGBQ/T communities of color (specifically Latin@ and Black).

We are looking for someone with strong interpersonal skills, experience in social service settings, especially in domestic violence issues, as well as a commitment to continued personal and professional growth. Ours is a supportive multi-cultural staff team.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing supportive advocacy to individuals/families in the shelter
  • Answering and assisting callers on the hotline
  • Compiling monthly statistics required by grants and state contracts
  • Facilitating support group meetings, events and gatherings with LGBQ/T individuals (specifically those who identify as Black and/or Latin@ or of color)
  • Assisting in managing the maintenance, organizing and cleanliness of the shelter
  • Co-facilitating community outreach/education trainings with youth and adults
  • Supervising and training volunteers and interns
  • Attending community networking and training meetings
  • Continuing education in issues related to advocacy work

Preferred hours: Monday-Friday day and evening hours, flexibility required

Salary range: 40,000 – 45,000

Start date: March 6, 2017

Application deadline: February 3, 2017


Commitment to social justice, excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of restorative justice philosophy in working with individuals who have experienced trauma; computer aptitude (Microsoft office, outlook), experience with databases and data management; B.A. in social work or related field and/or comparable work experience with individuals in crisis (specifically LGBQ/T individuals of color); commitment to working towards non-violence; team player; ability to take initiative and take responsibility for one’s own professional development.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to Rev. Susan Chorley, Associate Director and Minister of Programs, at schorley @

or mail to

Renewal House
P.O. Box 919
Boston, MA 02120
Attention: Rev. Susan Chorley, Director