Confidential Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate (Student Services Professional III)
Sonoma State University
October 3, 2017
Rohnert Park, California
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Application Deadline First review of applications will be at 8 am on October 12, 2017. Applications received on or after the first review date may not be considered.
Conditions of Employment This is a full time, exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.
Responsibilities Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with the Seawolf Commitment, our values include respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.
Under general supervision and reporting directly to the Director of Counseling & Psychological Services, the Confidential Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate provides the emergency and ongoing support services in order to ensure the well-being and safety of victims of sexual misconduct. Services include confidential support and advocacy on behalf of the victims of sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and hate crimes; and to provide outreach, consultation, and education to parents, family, and the campus community regarding responding to and preventing sexual and other forms of violence, harassment or discrimination.
Major duties of this position includes, but are not limited to, the following: Provide crisis intervention, advocacy, and case management, including developing appropriate safety plans with clients, to address the variability of victims' needs; Assist with the filing of victim compensation forms; Upon request and with permission, accompany victims as a support person: - Throughout all stages of the University's investigation and discipline proceedings, including acting as an Advisor at any related meeting or hearing. - When giving reports to or meeting with University Police, local law enforcement, the Title IX Coordinator, and any other University administrator related to a Sexual Misconduct complaint. - When going to medical/counseling appointments and treatments (including medical-forensic evidentiary examinations by a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner). - When going to legal appointments and hearings in court or with legal representatives, including assistance with obtaining a restraining or other protective order. - When going to meetings and appointments with University personnel, including the Title IX Coordinator, regarding Interim Remedies (e.g., academic, employment, and housing). Assist victims, with their permission: - In seeking reasonable and available Interim Remedies from the University, even where the victim has elected not to file a Complaint. Such reasonable and available Interim Remedies may include but not be limited to: academic support, adjustments/changes to course schedules, changes to University-based housing and work schedules, and stay away orders issued to the Respondent. - With other related reasonable and available on and off Campus services that ensure their well-being and safety. Regardless of whether victims wish to remain confidential, carry out the following responsibilities: - Ensure victims, with their consent, receive information about 24 hour-a-day sexual violence assistance services, including Information on how to report to law enforcement and to the University's Title IX Coordinator; emergency medical care, including follow-up medical care, as requested; and medical forensic or evidentiary examinations. - Ensure victims, with their consent, receive sexual assault assistance services, including crisis intervention counseling and ongoing counseling; information on victim rights and options, including referrals to additional support services; and Information on legal services, and the availability of restraining and/or no-contact orders. - Guide those who request assistance through the reporting, counseling, administrative, medical and health, academic accommodation, or legal processes of the University, University Police, and/or local law enforcement. Upon request, attend as an Advisor at any University adjudication proceeding related to the Sexual Misconduct. Assist with arranging transportation services, as appropriate. Maintain privacy and confidentiality; Collaborate with campus Title IX Coordinator to develop and provide outreach based educational activities regarding violence to the campus community including engaging culturally diverse and underserved victims; Plan, organize, and promote sexual assault awareness month activities; Serve on Campus-based Sexual Misconduct task force committees/teams to provide general advice and consulting, and to participate in prevention and awareness activities and programs Supervise student assistants and interns; Collaborate with staff members with regards to service provision and establishment of related policies and procedures; Build and maintain a referral resource database; and coordinate MOUs with off-campus providers to ensure 24/7 services for victims of sexual misconduct; Design feedback instruments and conduct data collection, analysis and reporting to assess client satisfaction and service efficacy; Maintain current crisis advocacy information and resources on the department's website and in print materials
Perform all other secondary duties as assigned.
Duties take place mostly in an office setting located at Sonoma State University. The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday aligned with regular campus hours. As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule however must be available during the regular campus hours Monday through Friday to meet the operational needs of the campus and department. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. The position may require occasional travel, by automobile and airplane, and the incumbent must be able to work some night and weekend hours with overnight stays.
Qualifications This position requires the equivalent of graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related. An advanced degree, in Counseling, Student Affairs, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or any related field, is preferred. The incumbent must have a minimum of three years progressively responsible related work experience. The Advocate must also have received a certificate evidencing completion of a training program in the counseling of Sexual Assault victims or has 40 hours of training as described below and must be supervised by an individual who qualifies as a psychotherapist or counselor. The training, supervised by a person qualified, shall include but not be limited to the following areas: law, medicine, societal attitudes, crisis intervention and counseling techniques, role playing, referral services and sexuality.
Additionally, the incumbent must have demonstrated ability to interact with and guide students in an empathetic and supportive manner during crisis situations and be commitment to social justice issues, multicultural competency/awareness, and experience working with diverse populations. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations. Must demonstrate ability to think critically, problem solve and actively advocate for students. The incumbent must be able to collaborate with Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator and others to develop and implement comprehensive student and faculty trainings. Ability to work collaboratively with campus and community law enforcement agencies, district attorney offices, and other entities of the criminal justice system is required. Intermediate fluency in the use of standard office equipment (computers, copiers, phones, fax) and computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and database management software required. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills and experience as well as the ability to actively engage an audience. Excellent organizational skills required. This position also require the ability to train, support, guide and evaluate student interns as well as the ability to work some evening and weekend hours and to be on call for crisis intervention.
The following experience and skills are highly preferred: Experience with Titanium and Dreamweaver software Bilingual or multilingual Spanish speaker Experience with event promotion and planning Previous work experience in a university setting providing services to students Previous experience as a confidential advocate on a college campus
Qualification Note Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.
Application Process Click the 'Apply Now' to apply to this position. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. The ADA Coordinator is available, at 707/664-2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered: 1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
In your cover letter, please identify the three most important things in your opinion to consider when working with those who have been sexually assaulted.
1. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
Other Information Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
About Sonoma State University Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.
Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.
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Contact Information Sonoma State University Human Resources Main (707) 664-3100 Fax (707) 664-3196 1801 East Cotati Avenue Rohnert Park, CA 94928 firstname.lastname@example.org
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