Evening Victim Advocate – UW M

Website RCC Sexual Violence Resource Center

Position Summary:
Founded in 1973, the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) is the only comprehensive sexual assault-specific center in Dane County. RCC works to support hope, help and healing for those harmed by sexual violence and strives, through education and outreach, to create social change to end sexual violence. RCC provides 24-hour helpline support, emotional-support, system advocacy, personal advocacy, short-term counseling and therapy, community education and outreach, youth programs centering sexual violence prevention, and programs promoting self-defense and by-stander intervention.

The Evening Victim Advocate for UW-Madison works as a part of the advocacy team, and is responsible for campus outreach, education, crisis intervention, emotional support, medical advocacy, legal advocacy and campus advocacy for survivors of sexual assault who are students or staff at UW-Madison or community members who have easier access to this downtown Madison office location. This position offers a supportive environment for clients to talk about experiences and feelings related to sexual assault and helps clients identify challenges and build on their strengths and abilities. Advocates do not offer psychological evaluation, diagnoses or testing. The position advocates for victims of sexual assault through campus and legal systems, medical systems, Title IX and other systems that are related to the survivors healing and/or justice. All RCC employees must be committed to providing services with and to a variety of cultures outside of one’s own with cultural awareness, sensitivity and humility. This position carefully coordinates with the additional Victim Advocates for Edgewood and UW-Madison and the Direct Service Supervision Coordinator, to whom the position reports.

Primary Position Duties:
Individual and Systems Advocacy
Provide crisis intervention through individual support to victims of sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse, as well as their support networks.
Provide accurate and up-to-date information and referrals to callers and clients.
Provide accompaniment and advocacy to victims of sexual assault who engage in the campus disciplinary proceedings.
Provide legal and medical advocacy to victims of sexual assault.
Remain informed on current laws, policies and procedures related to academic or campus response, as well as criminal and civil proceedings. This includes being informed on Title IX and the Federal Clery Act.
Collaborate with organizations and agencies such as law enforcement, District Attorney’s Office, Forensic Nurse Examiner program, the Dean of Students Offices at UW, the UW office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and community services to ensure full access to all services the survivor needs related to healing and justice related to sexual assault.

Maintain strong working relationships with staff and programs at UW-Madison, and ensure agency representation at appropriate campus-related events.
Participate in campus meetings and work groups as they pertain to sexual assault prevention and services.
Design, facilitate and present outreach, education, events, and professional trainings to faculty, staff, leadership and students at UW.

Program and General
Contribute to the development and implementation of short, mid and long range program goals that further RCC’s strategic plan.
Attend regular staff meetings and professional development, and maintain regular contact with staff and supervisor.
Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
Physical Requirements
The work environment and job specifications listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee, with or without accommodations, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Work is primarily performed in an office or UW campus environment.
Must be able to lift and move up to 20 pounds.
Ongoing daily movement around the office and access or use of computers, office equipment, telephone, and any other pertinent supplies, space or equipment used to perform the duties of the position.
Must be able to work with frequent interruption.
Low to moderate noise level.
Education or Skills:
Required Qualifications
Experience or education in social work, psychology or human services.
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.
Comfort and competence in working independently as well as part of a team.
Satisfactory criminal background check.
Commitment to maintaining client confidentiality.
Access to private transportation and appropriate insurance.
Flexible work hours.
Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated understanding of sexual violence and related issues.
Knowledge of UW campus resources, as well as local and national resources.
Experience and/or training in providing crisis intervention services, client advocacy, and emotional support, preferably to victims of sexual assault.
Bilingual in English/Spanish.

To apply for this job please visit www.thercc.org.

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