Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate

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Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate | Position Description

YWCA Dayton, dedicated to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women, seeks an energetic, dedicated person to be an integral part of our team. The Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate, as part of the Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence at YWCA Dayton (which is part of the Rural Strategy and Violence Against Women team), is responsible for providing professional knowledge of evidenced based concepts, principles, procedures and practices for survivors of sexual violence. This person supports the vision, mission, and values of YWCA Dayton.


  • Develops methods, approaches, and procedures to meet program requirements and survivors’ needs.
  • Responsible for crisis intervention, assessment and implementation of services for sexual violence survivors.
  • Oversees advocacy and case management of sexual violence cases, assign cases, and works closely with supervisor to assure appropriate services to clients.
  • Coordinates scheduling of requested Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations (SANE) from community partners, survivor, medical team staff, etc.
  • Attends SANE exams and provides support throughout duration of exam.
  • Provides client support and advocacy through the medical, judicial and criminal justice processes.
  • Responsible for referring individuals to appropriate community resources for additional assistance and counseling.
  • Assist with support groups, HelpRooms and psychoeducational classes for sexual violence survivors.
  • Act as a YWCA Dayton liaison and collaborate with law enforcement and community organizations to meet survivor needs.
  • Maintain and review required documentation and data collection.
  • Follow state and federal laws on survivor confidentiality.
  • Monitor and update advocacy training course as needed for staff (OAESV compliance).
  • Collect needed service statistics for grant reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Group counseling and facilitation skills essential; ability to communicate effectively, provide conflict resolution, problem solve and crisis manage.
  • Excellent ability to assess and intervene with appropriate and effective intervention.
  • Must be able to relate positively to persons who are diverse in age, ethnicity, socioeconomic levels, beliefs and lifestyles.
  • Understand the importance of YWCA Dayton’s Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence and its role in the community.
  • Must communicate clearly in both verbal and written formats.
  • Support the mission and vision of YWCA Dayton and its Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence.
  • Good organizational, communication, and computer skills desired (Microsoft Office, Excel).
  • Effectively listen to and understand information and ideas as presented verbally.
  • Must complete the 40-hour Sexual Violence Advocate Training course provided by YWCA Dayton in accordance with OAESV accreditation within six months.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license due to transporting individuals by motor vehicle.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences or related field required.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in direct social service with knowledge in sexual violence, domestic violence, women’s issues, human and child development, and working with families in crisis.


  • $41,000 – 42,436 annually
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Generous PTO and holiday pay
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • YWCA Retirement Fund
    • Automatic enrollment in the YWCA National Retirement Fund upon completion of two years of employment (1,000 hours or more worked per year). Employer contributes 7.5% and YWCA USA contributes 3% to contribute a total of 10.5% of gross pay.
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YWCA Dayton Culture and Values
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism
YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include:

  • Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence
  • Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking
  • Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse
  • Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness
  • Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.