VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM’S SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT INITIATIVE (SAKI) VICTIM ADVOCATE
Victim Assistance Program, the leading expert in crisis intervention for victims of crime and trauma in Northeast Ohio, is seeking a full- time, salaried, nonexempt, Victim Advocate, who will work Monday – Friday 8a – 4p in addition to having on call responsibilities.
Committed to diversity and to equal employment, Victim Assistance Program does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, veteran status, military obligations, HIV status, marital/familial status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Victim Assistance Program will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities.
The ideal candidate for this integral role will have a deep understanding of rape culture, have a desire to work side by side with police detectives, be a team player, and confidence to work independently to help survivors restore equilibrium in their lives.
As one of the first victim services agencies established in the United States, we are driven to expand the blueprint our founder established in 1972. We are always advancing, always changing, and always thinking of new ways to help victims of crime and trauma.
If you are passionate about using your expertise to help create a world where all victims are healed, please read on!
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The SAKI Victim Advocate provides trauma-informed services to victims, family members, and communities impacted by crisis, violence, or tragedy by offering immediate crisis intervention and short/long term advocacy via phone, or in person to address the aftermath of their victimization. Additionally, this advocate provides specialized services to survivors of sexual violence in conjunction with the Akron Police Department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Program.
Responding to the needs of victims on our hotline, at the scene of the crime, the hospital, the sexual assault survivor’s home, the Akron police department’s detective bureau, or at our main office in Akron.
- Respond to the scene within 30 minutes to provide crisis intervention in the immediate aftermath of a crisis
- Accompany SAKI police detectives to survivor’s homes for C.O.D.I.S hit notifications and witness interviews
- Assess and assist survivors with their immediate needs
- Engage survivors in the NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance) model of crisis intervention
- Determine when crisis intervention services have been exhausted to provide information and referrals
- Provide follow up support via phone or in the office as needed
- Participate in an on-call rotation with peers to provide crisis intervention at the scene of the crime or hospital during designated shifts between the hours of (4p – 8a) weekdays and all day on weekends/holidays
Just because we work closely with law enforcement, does not mean our knowledge of the justice system ends there. The Victim Advocate must help survivors navigate through the entire court system - both on the municipal level and the various branches of the County Court of Common Pleas.
- Educate survivors on their rights and the application of applying or waiving their rights as a victim of crime
- Maintain a knowledge of resources and refer clients to outside entities so they may accomplish goals/tasks
- Provide notification/status to survivors whose offenders were arrested, subpoenaed, and/or arraigned
- Provide criminal justice education and case information to survivors whose cases transition to other courts
- Coordination of services with local law enforcement and court personnel
- Navigate through victim, offender, and case files through various online court systems
The Victim Advocate will be responsible for maintaining documentation and fostering on-going and new relationships with collaborative partners to enhance survivors’ experiences.
- Foster a professional rapport with the Akron Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (ASAKI) Investigators, Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, and Rape Crisis Center employees
- Foster a professional rapport with all Summit County Law Enforcement agencies and detectives
- Foster a professional rapport with medical staff working in the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Emergency rooms and other local hospitals
- Create and update client’s electronic case files according to policy and procedure
- Disseminate paper and electronic Client Rights and victim outcome surveys to measure our program’s success
Victim Assistance Program strives to provide all our employees with the right tools for success, we just need you to come with a few things in your toolbox.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to Victim Assistance Program mission and services.
- Must reside within 25 miles of VAP’s main office.
- Pass and clear a state and federal background check.
- Possess a valid driver’s license, current auto insurance and a reliable vehicle.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE APPLYING
All employees of Victim Assistance Program must appreciate the potential physical and psychological impact VAP employment may have on their personal lives.
Employees may witness, observe, smell, and hear disturbing sights and sounds including but not limited to crime scenes, pictures of abuse, and recordings of violent incidents. Secondly, employees may be exposed to situations which could potentially result in physical harm from victims and/or aggressors. Both are concerns primarily of direct service victim advocates, but any employee can be exposed to these situations from time to time. In addition, all employees of Victim Assistance Program are required to respond 24/7/365 to the needs of victims of extreme and catastrophic incidents impacting Summit County.
As our goal is to respond to trauma, we do not engage in prevention, nor do we engage in activism. To ensure every victim is provided with unbiased support, our agency remains neutral on most social justice issues. We work extremely close with local law enforcement; we are a pro police agency and expect all our employees to strengthen our mission by respecting the work of law enforcement in our community.
TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN
We aim to ensure the needs of our employees are always identified. Employees are provided commensurate or greater compensation compared to similar Summit County nonprofits. We strive to provide employees with beautiful, trauma informed office settings, new furniture, up to date technology, security, extensive training programs, Verizon wireless cell phone discounts and an employee assistance program includes 6 free confidential counseling sessions.
Our newly renovated main office in downtown Akron is within walking distance to the courts, police station, restaurants, shops, and the towpath trails. The space includes an education training facility, trauma free room, a distraction free room, and two conference rooms.
A great benefit package is also provided to full time Victim Advocates. This includes 5 weeks of PTO, 12 paid holidays, medical coverage, dental & vision coverage, pet insurance, mileage reimbursement, generous bereavement days, 2 PTO volunteer days, and a 401k retirement plan with a matching contribution.
It is our belief that if employees are taken care of, then victims will receive superior services.
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Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $32,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $32,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year
- Akron, OH 44308 (Required)
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Retirement plan
- Paid time off
- Professional development assistance
- Bi weekly or Twice monthly
This Job Is:
- A job for which people with disabilities are encouraged to apply