Sexual Violence Advocate

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Sexual Violence 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 Advocate, as part of the Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence 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.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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 psycho educational 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.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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 YWCA Dayton’s (CSSV) mission and vision.
  • 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.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • 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.

COMMITMENT TO SERVICE:

  • Must be responsive to the needs and requests of clients, residents, staff and Board of Directors.
  • Must extend courtesy, friendliness and overall respect to all of the above.
  • Will collaborate with other staff and/or departments to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Will be available to times and events when evenings and weekends will be required to fulfill duties.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION/TEAMWORK:

  • Listens well, shares work-related information, is open to others’ perspectives, work styles and
    methods.
  • Willingly collaborates and cooperates with others in the organization.
  • Develops effective working relationships at all levels and values these relationships as critical to
    effective work.
  • Ability to address conflict in a respectful manner.
  • Expresses ideas clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

DEPENDABILITY/PUNCTUALITY:

  • Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Consistently follows through on projects and issues.
  • Flexible, adaptable and responsive to change.
  • Ability to adequately respond to requests and demands in a timely manner.
  • Adept at modifying plans/strategies as needed to best meet the needs of those involved.

ANTICIPATED SALARY & BENEFITS:

  • $41,200 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
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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.

Need help? It starts with a call.

If you are in immediate need of assistance, call 911.

24/7 Crisis & Domestic Violence Hotline: 937-222-SAFE (7233)