Bilingual/Bicultural Sexual Assault Victim Advocate
Supervised by: Senior Director of Client Services
FTE: 1.0 FTE
Benefits: Generous paid time off policy, health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending account, short-term disability policy, life insurance, 401(k)
Advocates are not counselors or therapists. Advocates are responsible for providing crisis intervention services during regular day-time office hours. Services include providing emotional support and resources over the Helpline and in person, accompanying clients to forensic nurse examinations, accompanying clients to law enforcement reports if the client so chooses to report, accompanying clients through court procedures while providing information and clarification of victim rights, advocating for clients through barriers that may reduce their ability to focus on their healing, and coordinating with RCC’s therapists to address potential mental health needs. All RCC employees must be committed to providing services with and to a variety of cultures with cultural awareness, sensitivity and humility.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Crisis Intervention and Referrals
- Provide short-term crisis intervention services by phone and in-person to survivors across the spectrum of sexual violence, as well as their support people and other community members.
- Provide accurate and up-to-date information and referrals to callers and clients.
- Provide legal (reports to police and detectives, assistance with applying for restraining orders, support at court hearings and trials), medical (at Forensic Nurse Exams) and campus-based (Title IX) advocacy and accompaniments to victims of sexual assault.
- Empower sexual assault survivors with all options and accurate information regarding involvement with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, Crime Victim’s Compensation and SAFE funds, restraining orders, forensic medical exams, and other healing-related resources and information following a sexual assault.
- Work collaboratively with community organizations and agencies such as law enforcement, District Attorney’s office, the Forensic Nurse Examiner program, and other community partners.
- Provide clients with emotional support.
- Maintain appropriate client-advocate boundaries.
- Seek advice and coordinate with Trauma Care Supervisor to meet client’s potential mental health needs.
Program and General
- Ensure Senior Director of Client Service is regularly briefed in a timely manner on advocacy work.
- Attend regular Direct Services meetings, in-services and agency-wide staff meetings, maintain regular contact with staff and supervisor and assist in office operations.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Strong verbal communication skills in both English and Spanish.
- Experience providing services with and to a variety of cultures with cultural awareness, sensitivity and humility or a desire and commitment to learn and implement appropriate practices.
- Commitment to supporting RCC’s values of serving all survivors in Dane County, and an understanding of privilege and oppression and its impact on client needs and services.
- Possess a client-centered, empowerment approach to working with survivors.
- Commitment to serving people affected by sexual violence and trauma.
- Experience equivalent to or degree in Social Work or related field.
- An understanding of sexual violence and related issues.
- Experience and/or training in providing advocacy to victims of sexual assault.
- Knowledge of Dane County community resources.
- Experience working within diverse communities.
These physical demands 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 an individual with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.
- Work is primarily performed in an office environment with minimal exposure to injury.
- Ongoing daily use of computers and telephone.
- Walk, sit, stand, bend, climb, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk, hear, read, count, and write.
- Must be able to work with frequent interruption.
- Low to moderate noise level.
- Travel as needed to perform the duties of the job.
To apply, e-mail a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position, along with your resume, to Dana Pellebon, Senior Director of Client Services, at [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
RCC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and highly encourage racial minorities, women, other minorities, bilingual candidates and individuals with disabilities to apply.