Hawaiian Advocate

Job Description:  Native Hawaiian Family Assistance Counselor
(Full-Time, Non-Exempt)

Goal: To work directly with Native Hawaiian domestic violence survivors and their families in providing support groups and advocacy services that are culturally appropriate and trauma informed.

Desired Qualifications: Understanding and awareness of domestic violence, community dynamics and strategies in the Hawaiian community.  Organized, good verbal and written communication skills; dependable and ability to meet deadlines.  Familiarity with social service agencies on the island of Oahu. 

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or equivalent and experience working with families who have experienced lived trauma, and endeavoring to overcome barriers, change life patterns, and improve living circumstances.  Understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. Knowledge and be culturally aligned with Native Hawaiian values, cultural traditions and practices.  Knowledge about the community resources.  Possess good interpersonal skills and critical thinking skills.  Flexibility with work schedule.


  • Attend and observe groups with close attention and sensitivity to document strengths and differences between participants along with the group process
  • Facilitate, when needed, to provide culturally grounded interventions and ensuring weekly lessons are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner according to the specialized curriculum.
  • Create and maintain a safe setting that is conducive to individual participation, healing and learning.
  • Present educational and trauma-informed materials that contribute to Hawaiian cultural group discussions relating to domestic violence.
  • Provide knowledge, skills and tools for participants to use in order to help them remain safe and move toward healing from past domestic violence.
  • Provide support of culturally long-term advocacy, as needed up to 20 cases
  • Provide crisis support and counseling, safety planning and accompaniments to court and community appointments with survivors referred by DVAC program or community allies.
  • Advocate will document and keep accurate case summary notes and case files on each client.
  • Advocate will cover a minimum of 1 shift per week on Helpline.
  • Must attend four (4) relevant training per year pertaining to job functions.
  • Will assume duties as assigned to meet program and agency objectives.
  • Reports directly to the O’hana Program Manager.

Non-Exempt Position
Salary: $41,500.00                     

Interested? Submit your cover letter, resume and 3 references to: jacquek@stoptheviolence.org