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OVERVIEW: The Lead Sexual Assault Advocate is responsible for providing medical advocacy and case management to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence across the Center for Women and Families service region.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide trauma-informed advocacy services to clients affected by sexual assault and intimate partner violence, including:
    • Accompany survivors during forensic exams.
    • Assess client needs and concerns and provide case management through practical assistance and coordination of services.
    • Provide brief supportive counseling, safety planning, and information on coping to survivors and their loved ones.
    • Provide referrals and follow-up services.
    • Crisis counseling by phone and walk-in counseling.
    • Develop and maintain professional relationships with hospital staff.
  • Collaborate within CWF and with other coalitions, agencies, networks, organizations, and community partners, particularly in healthcare settings, in order to:
    • Develop and maintain accessibility of CWF services to sexual abuse survivors.
    • Evaluate, enhance, and promote the sexual assault advocacy work of CWF.
    • Serve as a resource to other staff, volunteers, and agencies serving sexual assault clients.
    • Participate in CWF’s awareness and education efforts related to sexual assault.
  • Fulfill ongoing assigned programmatic duties such as:
    • Active participation in staff, team, committee, agency, and assigned community meetings.
    • Maintain timely case records and statistics per agency and funder guidelines.
    • Provide outreach services and community collaboration as assigned.
    • Participate in on-call rotation for hospital advocacy.
    • Support the ongoing operation of CWF by assisting in occasional coverage for groups, crisis line, shelter staffing, client desk, and other client services as assigned.
    • Comply with State reporting guidelines for abuse and neglect.
    • Provide leadership as needed for committees, to facilitate trainings, to advance CWF initiatives, to support volunteers, etc.
  • Maintain job-related knowledge, expertise, and skills by:
    • Actively engaging in supervision.
    • Staying current on job-related research and publications.
    • Successfully completing KCADV Level I Certification within first year of CWF employment and maintaining certification for duration of employment with CWF.
    • Participating in agency or external trainings in order to maintain a minimum of 12 hours of annual continued education (CE), of which 6 hours must include training relevant to the provision of Rape/Sexual Abuse services.
    • Attaining CPR/First Aid certification within first year of employment and kept current thereafter.
    • Completing a training on Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens within the first 30 days of employment and keep current thereafter.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by:
    • Participate in special projects as needed.
    • Participate in interviewing and hiring processes.
    • Participate in cross-team collaboration efforts to promote skill sharing, communication about programming, etc.
    • Develop and administer trainings with staff at partner organizations, keeping them up to date with policy change, and the growing need in our service area for Sexual Assault Survivors.
    • Lead New Hire Training for new staff and volunteers at CWF.
    • Regularly review and make recommendations to training curriculum to ensure it stays current with Center processes and policies.
  • Oversee daily advocacy services:
    • Take lead on supporting peers with challenging advocacy scenarios.
    • Ensure follow-up calls are distributed among the team and completed in a timely manner.
    • Update resource and phone lists that are utilized on a daily basis.
    • Participate in conflict resolution with peers and clients as needed.
    • Lead weekly case review meeting and prepare agenda items when supervisor is unable to attend.
    • Provide partner hospitals with center material as needed.

REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Bachelors degree. A minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field may be substituted for a degree.

Competencies:

  • Developed sense of empathy
  • Attitude of growth and learning
  • Self-starter
  • Confidence in decision making
  • Conflict mediation skills
  • De-escalation skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to set and maintain boundaries
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to remain calm during challenges
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to identify problems and offer creative solutions
  • Ability to facilitate cooperation among individual and groups

Other:

  • Must have a valid drivers license and maintain a driving record that meets CWF automobile insurance requirements.
  • Fluency in languages other than English are a plus.

The Center requires vaccination, but as an alternative, allows for those partially or unvaccinated to test weekly for COVID-19. The Center requires masks to be worn always.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Center for Women and Families is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is our policy to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected status.

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