Advertised Summary Job Description: Under the leadership of the Assistant Director, Rape Crisis Anti-Violence Resource Center (RC/AVSC), the Survivor Advocate will provide confidential and comprehensive survivor-focused services and resources to survivors of sexual, gender-based and intimate partner violence; sexual and street harassment. The Survivor Advocate will provide direct crisis intervention, advocacy and support services; including rights and options, in accordance with New York penal law (civil and criminal) and campus policies. Serves as a general resource, advocate and referral agent for students seeking sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking information and services. Provides round-the-clock, on-call crisis support throughout the academic year and summer in a shared rotation amongst three Survivor Advocates. Coordinates campus and community resources to support students who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence and related abuse. Collaborates with other departmental colleagues to support the success of Sexual Violence Response activities including community education and outreach efforts.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Minimum of 3-5 years of related experience required. Demonstrated knowledge of support and reporting options for victims/survivors, including emergency department protocol and criminal justice system. Experience in providing effective crisis intervention, advocacy and referrals to primary and secondary survivors of violence, crime or abuse. Demonstrated ability to remain calm and respond to individuals in crisis and emergency situations; and handle graphic and sensitive situations. Ability to work independently and make decisions in accordance with established policies and regulations. Requires excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be well organized and detail oriented, with ability to multi-task and prioritize competing demands. Demonstrated ability to work in multi-racial environment with commitment to social justice. Ability to work a non-traditional schedule and respond to call outs when assigned to 24-hour on-call coverage. Required to work a 24/7 on-call response schedule every third week at minimum, in rotation with two other Survivor Advocates.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Physical Ability: tasks involve extended periods at work station or keyboard. Tasks involve commuting primarily, but not exclusively in Manhattan at various hours of the night or day. Tasks involve working a flexible schedule that will include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Sensory Requirements: verbal and written communication is required. Tasks may involve exposure via sight and smell of bodily fluids, evidence bearing clothing and visible injuries. Tasks involve listening and responding to intimate physical knowledge of violence, crime or abuse against a student. Environmental Factors: tasks may involve contact with angry or potentially violent individuals. Tasks may involve contact with individuals with known and unknown diseases. Tasks may include contact with individuals under the influence of either legal or illegal substances.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's or advanced degree preferred. Experience in victim/survivor advocacy, sexual assault first-responder, crisis intervention, crisis counseling, and maintaining the highest level of confidentiality strongly preferred.Training in sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Familiarity with on and off campus support, reporting/adjudication options and NYC service providers. Experience working in a complex organization and an understanding of larger institutional goals and objectives. Knowledge of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights/Title IX, VAWA/Clery Act, The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, and law enforcement and court procedures (criminal/civil). Ability to foster positive and productive relationships with all campus constituencies including students, administrators, and faculty. Experience working with college students and a strong interest in higher education.
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