Rural Youth Advocate

Supervisor: Director of Client Services

FTE: 1.0

Compensation: $38,833 – $43,700

Benefits: Generous paid time off policy, health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending account, short-term disability policy, life insurance, 401(k)


Position Summary

The Rural Youth Advocate works as a part of the Direct Services team, and is responsible for providing individual and group support for adults and youth ages 12 and older who have been sexually assaulted or who have been impacted by sexual assault, and provides medical and legal advocacy for adults and children of any age who have been sexually assaulted.  This position would be focused on growing support for youth survivors ages 12-18 in schools outside of the Madison Metropolitan area.  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

Support and Referrals

  • Provide crisis intervention, individual and group support to adolescent victims of sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse, as well as their caretakers and supports.
  • Provide accurate and up-to-date information and referrals to callers on our Helpline and clients, and guide them to appropriate services as needed.
  • Work in collaboration with other service providers and as a multidisciplinary team when appropriate.
  • Provide trauma-informed response and best practices to support victims in immediate and long-term recovery.
  • Provide support, information and referrals to callers on the RCC Helpline.
  • Provide occasional phone support to On-call Advocates during non-business.


  • Provide medical, law enforcement, legal system, and campus accompaniment and advocacy to victims of sexual assault.
  • Provide advocacy as needed in order to stabilize survivors.
  • Maintain strong, working knowledge of current laws, policies and procedures related to academic oversight groups as well as criminal and civil proceedings.
  • Collaborate with school personnel and organizations and agencies in Dane County including but not limited to law enforcement, District Attorney’s Office, school Title IX coordinators, area police departments, and the Forensic Nurse Examiner program, to ensure high quality services.

Outreach and Professional Trainings

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with rural Dane County schools and area service providers, and represent the agency at appropriate Coordinated Community Response groups, and other meetings and events related to the provision of sexual assault victim services in Dane County.
  • Design, facilitate and present community education and professional trainings as appropriate for school personnel and other youth-serving agencies.

Program and General

  • Regularly and in a timely manner brief Senior Director of Client Services on client services trends, RCC programs and activities on campuses and school community relationships.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Client Services to develop and implement short and long range program goals that further RCC’s strategic plan.
  • Participate in staff meetings and in-services, maintain regular contact with staff and supervisor, and document services provided.
  • Actively engage as a member of the direct services team by providing technical support to other members of the team.
  • Accurately and promptly document services provided.
  • Provide professional trainings and presentations to other service providers, law enforcement personnel, and other groups as requested by supervisor.
  • Participate in the general upkeep of office space.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Equivalent experience or bachelor’s degree in social work or related field.
  • Understanding of sexual violence and related issues.
  • 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 such 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.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable working as a part of a team as well as independently.
  • Commitment to serving people affected by sexual violence through a client-centered, trauma-informed service approach.
  • Comfort and skill providing presentations and trainings.
  • Access to private transportation.
  • Flexible work schedule.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and/or training in providing crisis intervention services, client advocacy, and support, preferably to victims of sexual assault.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • Knowledge of Dane County resources.

Physical Requirements
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.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 20 pounds.
  • 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.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
  • 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, submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references with thorough contact information to Erin Thornley Parisi, Executive Director at [email protected]. Application deadline is Monday, September 2.


RCC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and highly encourage people of color, women and non-binary individuals, bilingual candidates and all individuals with marginalized identities to apply.