Sexual Violence Victim Advocate provides professional and confidential crisis response, advocacy, accompaniment, and referral services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in an effort to facilitate and promote individual recovery and success. Empowers individuals by providing clear and timely information and access to resources so individuals may make informed decisions that reflect their unique needs. Responsible for complying with federal and state regulations, such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Title IX, and Clery Act. The advocate will report directly to the DOJ Campus Program Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Serves as a point of contact for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking seeking confidential support, crisis response, advocacy services, referrals, and/or information.
- Independently assesses high-risk situations to determine immediate needs of survivors including shelter, medical/psychological referrals for evaluation, and safety planning.
- Assists individuals with navigating college resources and systems, as well as identifying resources and options for reporting crimes, seeking medical attention, and/or obtaining additional support services.
- Accompanies individuals to court, medical/investigative procedures, on-campus administrative proceedings, meetings with law enforcement officials, and/or other related processes, as requested by the affected individual.
- Provides referrals to resources available on- and off-campus; assists individuals in obtaining emergency support, including housing, food, clothing, transportation, and counseling.
- Fosters collaboration with internal and external constituencies to raise awareness about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and maintains rapport with partners in the community and across campus.
- Maintains strict confidentiality of clients and records.
- Assists with campus campaigns to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking including prevention and awareness, bystander intervention, and risk reduction.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
- Associate’s degree in sociology, psychology, social work, education, or criminal justice; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Relevant experience will be considered in lieu of degree.
- Valid Arkansas driver’s license
- Clean background check
- Must complete certification training through Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault following hire
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
- Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with emergencies and other stresses.
- Ability to operate calmly and effectively under stressful conditions.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Knowledge of crisis intervention and advocacy principles and practices.
- Knowledge of community resources and referral options for people in crisis.
- Ability to provide resources, referrals, education, and advocacy related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
- Strong listening, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Knowledge of programs/services available to college constituents.
- Knowledge of laws, regulations, methods, and techniques in area of specialty.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
- Skilled in facilitating problem solving with individuals regarding personal, professional and/or academic priorities.
- Ability to effectively interpret needs and act as an advocate for a specified client population.
- Ability to respond with sensitivity and understanding to experiences and expressions of trauma caused by violent crimes.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
- No or very limited physical effort required.
- Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment with frequent work outside the office environment within the local area, as needed.
- No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
This position is 100% grant funded.
APPLICATION PROCESS (PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY)
Applicants must complete the South Arkansas Community College application form available at www.southark.edu or from the Human Resources Office. Resumes, transcripts, and reference list may accompany, but will not replace the application. Official Transcripts must be on file with the Human resources Office before an offer is made to the successful candidate. Return application to the South Arkansas Community College Human Resources Office, P. O. Box 7010, 300 South West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010. Telephone (870) 862-8131 ext. 146.
Fill out application located at this link: http://www.southark.edu/app
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. AA/EOE. Applications are subject to the Arkansas FOIA.
Chosen Candidate will be required to submit to a criminal background check and have acceptable background results, provide any certificates of training (if the candidates possess any) or Licenses, Official Transcripts (for positions requiring undergraduate or graduate education), must have a clean driving record, and must complete all new hire paperwork prior to starting work.