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Victim Advocate

Job Summary
About Us
The Center for Student Wellness (CSW) is a confidential and comprehensive wellness office that provides wellness education; victim-survivor advocacy services and support; safer sex services; a collegiate recovery program, student involvement opportunities; and more. 

We prioritize our team’s well-being and actively support each other in professional development efforts and engaging in self-care practices. We strive to create a positive and supportive team atmosphere that fosters growth, equity, inclusivity, and diversity. We operate with a hybrid work schedule which includes the possibility of 1-2 days for remote work pending job duties and approval from the direct supervisor. At various times of the year, remote working days may not be approved if on-campus priorities and programs require in-person participation. 
Our mission: We support student well-being and success through holistic and inclusive programs that center on wellness, safety, and healing. 
 

Job Summary
This office seeks a Victim-Survivor Advocate who is committed to taking a holistic approach to support and empower students, faculty, and staff who have experienced relationship, sexual, gender-based, and family violence; stalking; or sexual harassment. Advocacy support services will be in compliance with VAWA Federal Campus Security ACT, Title IX regulations, and the Clery Act. The advocate will be responsible for assessment and ongoing individual case management to identify both immediate and long-term needs, rights, options, and appropriate referrals for survivors. These services include but are not limited to: safety planning; academic support; medical and mental health referrals; legal and criminal justice support; reporting assistance; and crisis response to their clients.

The successful candidate will be an active participant in serving the mission of the Center for Student Wellness through campus and community education, advocacy, outreach, and special events. We seek applicants who are committed to creating and implementing equitable, inclusive, and accessible programs and services. Applicants should be committed to working with a diverse campus community whose experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives may be different from their own.

This position will report directly to the Associate Director of Advocacy Services.

An excellent benefits package is included (see here for a full description of the benefits package):
    • 14.2% employer retirement contribution in addition to employee contributions (automatic and immediately vested)
    • Paid parental leave (in addition to FMLA)
    • 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation accruals each month
    • Excellent health insurance options that are both affordable and allow access to care through the University of Utah health system
    • Tuition reduction for employees and family members
    • Options for short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and HSA/FSA savings plans are available
    • Free public transportation pass (see here for more information)

 

 
About Student Affairs
CSW is an office located within the Student Affairs division. Student Affairs is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners.

Student Affairs is committed to the grounding of our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be fully incorporated into university life. 
Responsibilities
    1. Serves as a general resource, advocate, case manager, and referral agent for students, faculty, and staff seeking information and services for experience(s) of sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and family violence.
    2. Provides direct advocacy and case management services for clients
    3. Maintains accurate and timely records of services and referrals to ensure comprehensive quality care for survivors
    4. Understands and complies with campus policy for support and reporting procedures, i.e., University of Utah policy, Campus SAVE Act, The Clery Act, and Title IX
    5. Understands and complies with confidentiality-related policy and procedure, i.e., Utah Confidential Communications Act, FERPA
    6. Trains faculty, staff, and students in responding to students who report incidents of sexual assault or gender-based violence.
    7. Fosters positive and productive relationships with campus and community stakeholders, colleagues, and constituents on sensitive topics
    8. Serves on campus and community committees and task forces related to interpersonal violence
    9. Collaborates with campus and community partners to support campus-wide initiatives and activities that relate to the mission of the Center for Student Wellness
    10. Other duties as assigned

 


Disclaimer
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Problem Solving
The problems and solutions encountered in this position vary depending on the area and structure of the department. This position frequently addresses problematic situations and often acts as a mediator or negotiator. A major task for this position is to understand the needs of the campus community and determine what products and services should be provided to meet those needs.

Comments
The incumbent must be proficient in making daily operational decisions in the assigned area to ensure compliance with current regulations and guidelines.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or related field or equivalency. Two years’ experience providing direct service case management and crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault and/or interpersonal violence. Utah State Certified Victim Advocate (40 Hour Trained). In-depth knowledge of current literature and best practices regarding sexual assault and inter-personal violence. Excellent writing and professional speaking skills. Demonstrated ability to work with students and administrators on sensitive topics.

Master’s degree (MSW or related field), working knowledge of federal regulations related to campus (VAWA, Title IX, Campus Security ACT), grant writing experience, and student affairs experience are preferred.

* One year of education is equivalent to two years of relevant experience.” This is University policy. This means that a bachelor’s degree (which this job code requires) also counts toward the 6 years of progressively more responsible management experience (4-year degree = 8 years of relevant experience).
Preferences
  • Bilingual or multilingual speaking and/or writing skills
  • Working knowledge of federal regulations related to campus (VAWA, Title IX, Campus Security ACT)

 

For more information or to apply, visit https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/137825

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Last Updated: 9/2/22