* Campus Advocate

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center has an immediate need for staffing for the Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter. The Campus Advocate provides Trauma Informed crisis intervention, education, and outreach to stalking, intimate partner violence, and/or sexual violence survivors and secondary survivors on campus. This is a part-time (20 hours per week), hourly non-exempt position, with the possibility of moving to full time in the future, with varying hours based on client need and campus hours. Will provide training in sexual violence and domestic violence and must have the ability to relate effectively with a diverse population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adheres to the Trauma Informed Care model and follows ODVN’s Standards for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs and OAESV’s Core Standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio
  • Provides confidential and timely supportive services to survivors and secondary survivors on campus (over the phone, in-person, support groups, outreach, Title IX complaints and hearings, hospital advocacy, and other services as needed) as well provide 24-hour crisis hotline and/or in-person crisis intervention, hospital advocacy, individualized safety planning, follow-ups, resources and information, and other services as needed
  • Ensures a safe, confidential, supportive, non-judgmental environment for student survivors on campus to explore feelings resulting from their victimization and the recovery process
  • Responsible to adhering to and understanding both Title IX and the Clery Act
  • Demonstrates knowledge of procedure for utilizing Language Line, video phone, etc. for callers who are Limited English Proficient and/or Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • In collaboration with the Outreach and Prevention Coordinator, develop educational curriculums, teaches and educates the campus students on rape and sexual assault related issues while assuring that information is delivered in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner
  • Networks and collaborates with other campus faculty, administration, and student groups to discover gaps in services, duplication of services, and positive collaborative efforts in serving survivors of sexual violence, stalking, and/or intimate partner violence on campus
  • Assesses campus needs and provide a proactive response
  • Arranges for follow-up services for Title IX committee members, hospital, law enforcement, mental health, criminal justice, and other social services, as needed. 
  • Completes documentation and maintains accurate data collection on clients and other services as provided in a timely manner (e.g., case notes, stats, resources, etc.).
  • Performs other duties, as determined appropriate by Director and/or agency

Qualifications

Must be able:

  • to work in a non-judgmental manner with individuals of all races, ages, and economic levels who are in crisis situations;
  • to handle emergency situations and multiple priorities which necessitate 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.

Must have:

  • familiarity with community and campus resources;
  • initiative, integrity and strong sense of professionalism;
  • ability to have empathy and be an effective active listener;
  • a dedicated interest in issues affecting persons experiencing trauma due to stalking, intimate partner violence, and/or sexual violence and other emotionally traumatizing events and concerns.
  • excellent organizational skills and be self-motivated.

 Job Requirements

Education: Preferred Bachelor’s degree or an Associate’s degree in liberal arts, social services, women’s studies or related field with 1 years’ experience working with victims of sexual violence, stalking, and/or intimate partner violence.  Must have knowledge of violence against women’s issues and sexual violence, stalking, and/or intimate partner violence.

Experience:  Prefer at least two years of college with classes in social services, justice studies, women’s studies or related field or equivalent work experience with a human service agency.

Specialized knowledge, skills, or abilities: 

  • Knowledge of violence against women, stalking, intimate partner, and/or sexual violence issues, and emotional wellness
  • Ability to develop education and outreach projects
  • Good verbal and written communication, computer skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to relate to diverse populations
  • Crisis-related and de-escalation skills.
  • Knowledge of individual development and behavior and ways of working effectively with college-aged students who have experienced trauma.
  • Ability to conduct client interviews and identify and address individual needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, campus faculty and administration, other staff, outside agencies and institutions and the general public.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, prepare adequate records and reports, and set priorities.
  • Familiarity with Regulations concerning Confidentiality
  • Ability to understand and implement federal, state and county laws, and regulations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule.

Must have a car available during working hours, carry and maintain automobile insurance that includes a payable liability of $100,000/$300,000, as well as the ability to legally drive a car. Must pass background and driving record checks.

If you are interested in joining our team of professionals, please forward your resume and a cover letter to bbarone@appleseedcmhc.org. Please mention "Campus 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.

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