Community Services 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. (

Position Summary

Provides intensive individual advocacy and case management services including financial literacy training and coaching, employment readiness and job search assistance, housing search and advocacy in a knowledgeable, empathetic manner to victims of violence and abuse. The focus of the position is on assisting participants with increasing financial capability through accessing/maintaining stable housing and income supports, building assets, retaining or advancing in employment, building assets, and increasing safety. Services are provided in office, in the participant’s residence or in the community. Work schedule is flexible including days, evenings and weekends to accommodate the participants scheduling needs. A minimum of one evening per week is required.

Necessary Qualities:

  • Passion for Ending Poverty, Violence and Abuse
  • Enthusiastic and Positive Team Member
  • Ability to Engage and Develop Rapport Easily
  • Strong Interest in Growing Professionally and Developing New skills

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

  • Implement financial literacy curriculum at various locations that serve survivors of violence and abuse.
  • Provide individual economic advocacy and support to survivors as they attempt to resolve the practical problems of living that have resulted from poverty and/or violence.
  • Establish weekly meetings with survivors in order to assist with the development of an individual goal plan, credit action plan, cost of living plan, and safety plan – and to evaluate progress and celebrate successes.
  • Meet with emergency services participants prior to program exit to describe and offer on-going community services programming. Complete initial assessments, developing necessary linkages, and resource referrals as appropriate.
  • Provide documentation of all services delivered, through ongoing charting and completing monthly service reports.
  • Act as liaison with referring agencies.
  • Group and educational workshop facilitation
  • Provide transportation as needed to facilitate goal attainment for participants
  • Keep accurate records of phone calls and in-person contacts.
  • Use assessment tools on a pre-determined basis to track participant progress and address barriers.
  • Maintain participant program file including safety plan, completion of workshops/educational programming and progress on goals.
  • All other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Completes data entry in a timely manner.

Organizational Expectations

Works collaboratively as a team member and across all CAS programs; attends departmental staff meetings as scheduled; participates on internal CAS committees as assigned; attends staff meetings and trainings as assigned; provides support and attends CAS events (i.e. Volunteer Recognition, DVAM activities, etc.) as assigned or as able; and supports CAS marketing initiatives and promotes CAS Mission and Philosophy. Displays high ethical/professional standards; represents CAS on external committees as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field, Master’s Degree preferred. Minimum of three years of experience working with families impacted by interpersonal violence and abuse. In-depth knowledge of the intersection of poverty and family violence, safety planning, dynamics of abuse and economic advocacy, and demonstrates the ability to maximize family strengths in a culturally competent way. Preference given to persons who are bilingual, English-Spanish. Reliable car, valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.

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 employees 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 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 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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

Call: 1.866.385.2699
Text: 612.399.9977

Please call 911 in an emergency.

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