CEES Housing Advocate

At Cornerstone, we value a rich and diverse employee and volunteer base and are committed to recruiting and retaining individuals of underrepresented backgrounds. We are also committed to creating an inclusive environment and a sense of belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and an affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate based upon of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements and the work that we do at Cornerstone. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


Cornerstone is a $5.4 M agency with approximately 100 employees.  Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and general crime. We have office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.

Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. In addition, through Cornerstone’s statewide Day One Crisis and Crime Victim Support lines, we provided services to over 20,000 persons via phone, text and chat. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence. (www.cornerstonemn.org)

Position Summary

The CEES Housing Advocate is responsible for assisting victims/survivors in moving from homelessness to housing stability and services within Hennepin County. This position will support victims/survivors who are attempting to flee domestic violence and obtain safe housing through Cornerstone’s Rapid Re-Housing program. Participants must meet low-income eligibility guidelines, qualify under the Coordinated Entry process and homeless when seeking services. This position requires meeting eligible participants, at times, in homes and safe community settings in order to create access to services. Ability to work flexible hours including one or two evenings a week, as well as periodic weekends, in order to meet survivors needs.

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota

Salary: $18.03-21.75 Per Hour

Position Type: Full Time

Required Experience: 2 – 5 years

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Date Posted: September 2, 2021

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Direct Services

  • Provide individual eligibility and needs assessments for Cornerstone (CAS) rapid rehousing and/or other internal services for participants.
  • Assist participants with housing identification, Coordinated Entry system, and other assistance, such as rental and financial needs.
  • Assist clients in their search for housing, filling out rental applications, interpreting leases and understanding tenant rights and responsibilities.
  • Support participants in obtaining rental, credit and criminal background reports including possible remedies in repairing history reports.
  • Assist participants in enrolling in other CAS supportive services such as and not limited to Financial Coaching Financial Literacy/Economic Education, Job Search/Employment Planning, Personal Empowerment Training, Individual Development Accounts and childcare
  • Provide transportation for participants as needed either individually or through public methods of transportation.
  • Assist other CAS housing advocates with on-going case management including but not limited to safety planning, life skills and financial coaching.
  • Act as liaison with referring agencies and partners including other domestic violence providers, homeless services and county case workers.
  • Work closely with other CAS advocates to ensure a streamlined process of internal referrals for participants accessing other program services.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Assure data entry is completed accurately as assigned.
  • Complete accurate statistical reports as assigned.

Organizational Expectations

  • Promotes Cornerstone Advocacy Service’s (CAS) mission and philosophy
  • Displays high ethical and professional standards.
  • Participates in internal CAS committees and represents CAS on external committees as assigned.
  • Provides support to and attends CAS events, e.g. conference, volunteer recognition, or fundraisers – as requested Program Supervisor.
  • Attends and completes CAS 50+ hour training for new staff and volunteers within 6-months of employment.
  • Educates community members and professionals about the intersections of domestic violence, homelessness and poverty.
  • Attends and participate in regular supervision meetings with Program Supervisor.
  • Supports CAS marketing initiatives.
  • Attends all staff meetings and required trainings.


  • Experience providing direct services and advocacy to individuals and families experiencing domestic violence.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the interconnection between poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.
  • Strong understanding and demonstrated experience working in partnership with survivors as they begin to rebuild their lives.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience in working with diverse populations and marginalized communities with an understanding of and commitment to anti-oppression work.
  • Possess an understanding of the impact of interpersonal violence on a micro and macro level.
  • Broad knowledge of resources/systems which interface victims of domestic violence.
  • Preferably fluent in bi-lingual skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings.
  • Understanding of survivor-centered and trauma-informed care practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of and aptitude with Microsoft Office, web-based applications, and other related forms of technology.
  • Valid driver’s license, insurance and reliable vehicle.

Language Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common social science literature and journals, financial reports, and funding contracts. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from participants, community partners, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field. Minimum of 1-2 years of experience providing direct services, preferably assisting homeless individuals navigate the complexities of the social service system to address housing, financial, and other critical needs. Knowledge and experience in working with diverse, marginalized and underrepresented communities, and anti-oppression work.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employee’s abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.

Cornerstone offers generous wages and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Apply online by completing this employment application and uploading your resume and cover letter directly in this form.

You can also download Cornerstone’s employment application (PDF) and submit the completed application, resume and cover letter to Jobs@cornerstonemn.org with the job title in the email subject line. 

Only applications with a completed form, resume and cover letter will be reviewed.

No agencies; no walk-ins; and no phone calls please. The Jobs@cornerstonemn.org email is only for receiving resumes. No additional information is known about open positions. Qualified applicants will be contacted after resumes are reviewed.

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Mission & Services

Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime.

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Minnesota Day One®

A statewide program of Cornerstone, Day One® works to ensure that no call for help goes unanswered so that all in need can find safety and support. Day One connects people to experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking or general crime to help at agencies throughout the state.

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Call: 1.866.223.1111
Text: 612.399.9995

Please call 911 in an emergency.

Minnesota Crime Victims

Cornerstone’s General Crime Victim Advocacy program assists victims of assault, child abuse, impaired drivers, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, homicide and other crimes. We also can connect you to crime victim agencies through Minnesota via our statewide Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line.

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Call: 1.866.385.2699
Text: 612.399.9977

Please call 911 in an emergency.

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