Sexual Assault Advocate for Outreach/Prevention and Medical/Legal Services
Pillars Community Health
August 1, 2018
Full Time - Entry Level
4 Year Degree
Coordinates and facilitates outreach/awareness activities and prevention education about sexual assault and/or domestic and dating violence. Facilitate implementation of strategies to prevent sexual assault and/or domestic and dating violence and engage the community in systemic change. Advocate on behalf of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors with law enforcement, criminal justice and emergency department personnel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.
Facilitate community education presentations about sexual assault and domestic violence in schools and with employees and/or consumers of other lay and professional organizations.
Engage male allies to address male responsibility in eliminating sexual assault and domestic violence.
Represent Pillars Community Health and promote its programs at community health fairs and other similar venues.
Coordinate and facilitate professional training events with law enforcement, criminal justice system personnel and hospital personnel and interested social service organizations/providers.
In collaboration with the advancement department, cultivate media contacts in order to establish additional forums in which to enhance awareness of domestic and sexual violence in the community.
Cultivate and develop relationships with local religious leaders and their congregations in order to engage diverse religious communities in conversations about bullying, gender harassment, dating violence, domestic and sexual violence.
Facilitate psycho-educational groups for survivors in order to promote empowerment.
Participate on committees of community based networks and groups likely to increase awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence issues.
Facilitate referrals and linkages of victims to community resources as appropriate.
Comply with program funding, administrative and statistical reporting which includes documenting activities and client services and submitting reimbursement reports and time cards on time.
Facilitates the 40-hour and 60-hour sexual and domestic violence trainings.
Provide crisis intervention to sexual assault and domestic violence victims and their significant others as needed.
Provide back-up to 24-hour volunteer hotline on a rotating basis with the other advocacy staff. When selecting back-up shifts for the hotline each month, the Community Outreach Advocate will ensure the back-up shifts do not coincide with community education presentations.
Participate in department, line of service and agency meetings, as required.
Act as liaison between victim and person(s) involved in the investigatory process, i.e., police, DCFS, state’s attorney, ER nurse or physician. Coordinate services to reduce the number of investigative interviews victims are expected to participate in.
Prepare victims and significant others for court proceedings to ensure their full participation.
Facilitate victim in court to obtain a civil protective order.
Accompany victims and significant others to court hearings in order to provide support and to act as liaison between victim and state’s attorneys office, as warranted.
Represent the victim at her/his request with service institutions, including court, police, DCFS, hospital.
Advocate on behalf of the survivor with law enforcement officers, criminal justice personnel (assistant state’s attorneys, judges, court clerks), civil court personnel (attorneys, clerks), medical personnel (nurses, physicians, ER, health center, and billing staff), and other advocacy personnel. Cultivate and maintain relationships with these providers in order to coordinate services in the best interest of the survivor and the non-offending family member.
Provide support, crisis intervention and individual advocacy through to the disposition of the case in court.
Document and maintain service statistics and client files and case notes in compliance with policies, procedures, and funding requirements of the programs. Turn in service statistics and case notes to data entry worker on a weekly basis.
Co-coordinate and implement activities during Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness Months.
Assist co-workers as needed, in answering the 24 hour sexual assault and domestic violence hotlines and in responding to the needs of the programs.
Support volunteers in the work they do on behalf of the programs.
Other duties as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in public relations, marketing, human services, criminal justice, or related field required. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of degree. Illinois 40 hour Sexual Assault training certificate required. Completion of Domestic Violence 40 hour training to be completed within the first 6 months of hire. Public speaking experience required. A special interest in women’s issues is desirable. Must be able to collaborate with people from diverse community and religious institutions. Ability to perform competently in a crisis situation is recommended.
Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing in English is required. Ability to present information effectively and interact appropriately with managers, line staff, victims, adolescents, volunteers, group leaders, pastors, social workers, hospital personnel is essential.
Ability to communicate in a logical, balanced manner, when others do not agree with you is necessary. Capacity for prioritizing demands of the job, where concern for victim safety and confidentiality are the top priorities. Ability to interpret and document events that are written and spoken and/or appear in diagram or schedule form.
While performing this job, the employee must sit, talk and listen to adults, teenagers and children. The employee must be able to travel to different locations in the course of a work day.
Employee must travel between event/presentation locations and the Pillars Community Health Site several times a week, including some weekend days. Dress is professional while representing the Program and Agency in the community. The dress code at Pillars Community Health is business casual. Employee must perform their duties in a professional, respectful manner as guests of the host presentation site and as a representative of Pillars Community Health. At the same time, employee is expected to adhere to the philosophy and mission of the domestic and sexual violence line of service programs. This includes upholding the confidentiality of the site and identifying information about clients.
While performing in this job, the employee might be exposed to disturbing descriptions of physical and sexual violence and emotional abuse as well as to women and children with visible injuries and bruises resulting from the violence.
About Pillars Community Health
Pillars Community Health is an innovative health and social services agency, one of only a few nonprofits in the state of Illinois to integrate primary medical and dental care with behavioral health, social, and educational services. The organization is the result of a merger between Community Nurse Health Center and Pillars on January 1, 2018.
Pillars Community Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.