* Campus Sexual Assault Advocate
Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, Inc. is seeking to fill a part-time, grant funded Campus Sexual Assault Advocate. The Campus Sexual Assault Advocate will provide direct service advocacy to survivors of sexual violence through the Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven. This includes, but not limited to crisis intervention, safety planning, hospital advocacy, Title IX advocacy, court and law enforcement advocacy, and provide appropriate support, resources and referrals. This position often works autonomously but also as a member of a team, under the direct supervision of the Outreach and Prevention Coordinator. The Campus Sexual Assault Advocate must work with victims in a one-on-one setting and as a co-facilitator/facilitator of support group(s) for survivors as well as keep accurate records of direct services provided. Having a sexual assault advocate easily accessible provides an enriched trauma informed response in crisis intervention, safety planning, recovery resources, and offers the consistent support needed to make it through the criminal justice process. The advocate will provide victims with information concerning their rights and ongoing long-term advocacy to enhance trauma informed comprehensive victim services.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide (short and long term) direct confidential advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault, particularly university student’s ages 18-24 years, on and off campus. Including, but not limited to;
- Crisis intervention
- Safety planning for survivors and secondary survivors
- Hospital advocacy
- Title IX advocacy
- Law enforcement advocacy
- Court advocacy
- Educate victims regarding additional community resources
- Connect survivors to internal resources such as crisis therapy, 24/7 crisis line, support groups, emergency shelter, Victims of Crime Compensation application process, etc.
- Provide appropriate resources and referrals for on-going services
- Provide crisis intervention and stabilization services to adult victims and secondary victims of sexual assault
- Assess client’s emotional and physical needs
- Empower survivors to make their own informed decision on the next steps they would like to take without mandatory involvement of one specific course of action
- Offers information about survivor rights
- Facilitates the provision of services or other forms of assistance
- Assists in dealing with survivor's feelings as a result of the crime
- Communicates as a liaison within the system
- Facilitate/co-facilitate Support Group(s)
- Data Collection, record maintenance
- Provide support services at events
- Development and review of victim resources and marketing materials for service accessibility
- Report to Outreach and Prevention Coordinator (weekly reports and supervision)
Must be able:
- To work in a non-judgmental manner with individuals of all races, ages, gender identities, economic status and backgrounds, promoting inclusivity.
- To handle emergency situations and multiple priorities which need immediate decisions.
- To work calmly and effectively in a stressful environment.
- To maintain professional and ethical boundaries.
- To work as a team player with other staff.
- Familiarity with community resources.
- Initiative, integrity and a strong sense of professionalism.
- Ability to have empathy and be an effective active listener.
- A dedicated interest in serving survivors.
- Excellent organizational skills and be self-motivated.
Education: Required GED, preferred Associates or Bachelor’s degree.
Licenses or other requirements: Must obtain and maintain a Registered Advocacy Status in the state of Ohio within 2 years of employment. Must complete company orientation and 40 hour Staff and Volunteer Training. Must have personal car available during working hours, carry and maintain automobile insurance that included a payable liability of $100,000/300,000, as well as the ability to legally drive a car. Must pass a background and driving record check
Experience: Knowledge of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crisis issues or experience in social work, advocacy, or a relevant victim services field preferred.
Specialized Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:
- Crisis response and de-escalation skills
- Ability to promote inclusivity, confidentiality, and accessibility of services
- Knowledge and understanding of Title IX.
- Knowledge of the effects of trauma and a trauma informed care approach
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, outside agencies, institutions and the general public.
- Ability to plan and organize work, prepare adequate records and reports, and set priorities.
- Familiarity with regulations concerning Confidentiality and Regulations concerning Mandated Child Abuse Reporting.
- Ability to understand and implement federal, state and county laws, and regulations.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule with willingness to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
- Willing to travel for trainings and conferences.
- Have reliable transportation and phone or voice mail service.
If you are interested in joining our team of professionals, please forward your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org Please mention “Campus Sexual Assault Advocate “in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you. Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, Inc. is committed to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all people. Employment decisions are made based on each person’s performance, qualifications, and abilities. The Agency does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.