Sexual Assault Advocate, Probation Department Facilities
40 hours a week: hourly, non-exempt
SALARY & BENEFITS:
$19.50 an hour until completion of 90 day probation period, at which point pay will increase to $20.00 an hour. There are generous sick and vacation time accruals, and medical benefits will begin after the 90-day introductory period.
This position is grant-funded through September 2019 with the possibility of grant renewal for an additional two years. Reporting to the Intervention Manager, the Sexual Assault Advocate (SAA) provides client-centered crisis intervention & intake assessment, ongoing advocacy, intensive ongoing case management for survivors of sexual assault who are detained at Probation Camp or Juvenile Hall of Sonoma County. The SAA may also occasionally provide these services to survivors staying at Valley of the Moon Children’s Home. This position will coordinate all activities related to case management and program operations, including but not limited to, in-person CSEC/SART exams and/or interviews, accompaniment throughout all stages of the legal and/or immigration processes, accompaniment and advocacy with social services, court, and local law enforcement. The SAA provides confidential services, informing survivors and their families of their legal rights and options and supporting them in their choices as part of ongoing case management. The SAA maintains partnerships with other community agencies and providers to coordinate and advocate all service needs. The SAA will be knowledgeable about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA.) They will work closely with in-house detention programs, medical teams, and mental health teams. The SAA also serves on committees and workgroups related to incarceration to advocate for survivors’ needs and will be expected to work closely with Juvenile Probation officers and community organizations working with probation aged youth. This position necessitates a motivated self-starter capable of developing and maintaining relationships focused on the clients.
Any offer of a position is contingent upon completion of Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department Background Check. Upon initial review of the background packet, if all appears to be in order, then the paid training period of this position can begin. Once the background is cleared, the individual will be immediately working in the detention facility.
- Provides in-person and telephone crisis intervention & advocacy for clients affected by incarceration or detention
- Completes initial needs assessment for clients and their family members
- Provides ongoing and intensive case management expanding on initial needs assessment, including comprehensive follow-up contact & ongoing advocacy services via phone and in person
- Provides a high level of confidentiality and privacy for clients who may be victimized or unheard by other staff
- Works with clients to create individualized case plans from a client-centered, empowerment model that supports survivors to reintegrate into society
- Supports victims through the criminal justice systems by providing case status information, explaining detention and prosecution processes, advocating for clients’ best interests while incarcerated, and accompanying victims to related appointments
- Works as a team player, collaborating effectively with other staff members and community agencies
- Collects, maintains, and inputs confidential client information, assessments, and services provided into Verity’s database systems
- Relevant life or work experience
- Motivated, self-starter capable of working independently and creating effective relationships focused on youth either currently in custody or on probation
- Experience with “at-risk” or otherwise disenfranchised populations
- Experience working with youth and ability to connect and establish trust with youth
- Ability to work at varying hours due to the need to be available for emergency “call out” for victims
- Ability to maintain a high level of client confidentiality
- Proficiency with Google applications and Microsoft Office
State certification as a sexual assault counselor/advocate — if not currently certified, a candidate must be able to complete Verity’s Crisis Line Counselor training. The offer of any position is contingent upon completion of DOJ fingerprint check.
- Bilingualism in English and Spanish is strongly preferred
- Case management experience is strongly preferred
- Experience with databases or county government is strongly desirable
- Experience working with incarcerated folks is strongly desirable
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and Verity application. The Verity application can be downloaded at ourverity.org/apply. All materials must be received by 5 PM on Wednesday, November 21st.
You can submit materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 707-545-8136, or in-person/by mail to 835 Piner Road, Suite D, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (attn: comms.)
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