Position Title: Justice Systems Advocate
Reports To: Director of Client Services
Salary Range: Starting salary $44,000. Commensurate with experience and existing pay/benefits scales at SARA, exempt position
Position Summary: Provides advocacy, case management, court accompaniment, psycho-educational services, and other direct services to adult victims of sexual violence who are currently or have a history of incarceration. Responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of services to victims of sexual violence with an emphasis on systems connected populations and other underserved communities.
To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Lindsay@saracville.org
· Provide supportive services to systems involved adults, primarily individuals currently incarcerated or recently released from incarceration settings, who have experienced sexual violence. This may include individuals on specialty court dockets, referred from probation and parole, or are at risk of incarceration.
· Services include crisis intervention, individual advocacy and resilience focused psycho-education groups, information and referrals, and advocacy with allied professionals.
· Identifying needs, providing appropriate services and/or referrals, and monitoring client progress.
· Respond to any requests for services related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in coordination with the PREA Coordinator of detention facilities.
· Review, evaluate, and revise and/or expand services to ensure effective response to underserved populations in SARA’s service area.
· Prepare statistical reports for sexual assault program requirements.
Training and Advocacy
· Maintain a positive, professional communication flow with individual allied professionals as appropriate regarding response to people who have experienced sexual violence, including those who are incarcerated or at risk of incarceration.
· Establish and nurture relationships with allied professionals, jail or prison officials, and community organizations instrumental in facilitating connections with people who have experienced sexual violence.
· Serve as SARA’s representative at any PREA-related meetings and other pertinent meetings related to serving incarcerated individuals.
· Contribute to on-going community-driven initiatives to address the needs of traditionally underserved victims of sexual violence in each of SARA’s service areas.
· Provide education and training to allied professionals on the impact of sexual violence, developing an effective response, and available community resources.
· Provide crisis intervention, support and referral services on the hotline as needed throughout the day, in collaboration with the rest of the staff.
· Participate in on-call rotation to advocate for crisis clients in the Emergency Department. This includes day-time availability and on-call hours from 5 pm – 9 am.
· Document activities in VAdata.
· Pursue professional development opportunities as needed.
· Participate in staff meetings.
· Collaborate with staff on collective projects.
· Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Client Services or Executive Director.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
· Knowledge of and/or sensitivity to issues of sexual violence.
· Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities working with incarcerated individuals.
· Basic understanding of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) - (Training available for right candidate).
· Knowledge of community resources.
· Demonstrated skills in oral and written communications.
· Demonstrated computer skills.
· The ability to work cooperatively with different personalities and individuals of diverse racial/economic/cultural backgrounds.
· Ability to adapt to stressful situations.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree and/or two years of relevant working experience preferred.
This position may include occasional evening and weekend hours. Employee must have access to a vehicle, possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Employee must submit to a criminal and child abuse background check at least every three years and must demonstrate proof of legal ability to work in the United States. Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel is required.
Disclaimer - This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Employees may be required to perform other duties as assigned.