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Sexual Assault Advocacy Services

Thanks for your interest in working for DVIP’s Sexual Assault Services Department. Below you will find descriptions of our current job openings. 

  • Position: Director of Sexual Assault Services

    Reports to: Assistant Executive Director

    Job Summary: Direct and provide leadership for the Sexual Assault Services Programs of DVIP/RVAP including advocacy, crisis line, support groups, and educational programming. Responsible for supervision and oversight of staff providing sexual violence services. The DVIP/RVAP Program offers a comprehensive range of services including crisis response, advocacy, individual and group counseling services to individuals impacted directly or indirectly by sexual violence. The Director of Sexual Assault Services is responsible for the day-to-day operations of sexual assault services, including advocacy, counseling, and group activities in DVIP/RVAP’s service counties. The Director of Sexual Assault Services provides direct client services.

    Salary Range: $55,600-57,800 annually 

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate:  Victim counselor certification and Certified Victim Services Advocate required after appointment to position.

    Required Qualifications:

    1.   BA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (Two years of experience as a family or services case manager in a major social service program may be substituted for one year of college education).
    2.   Two years’ experience in the domestic or sexual violence field providing peer advocacy and crisis intervention work with youth and adults. 
    3. Demonstrated knowledge of domestic and sexual violence and systems advocacy.
    4.   A working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
    5.   Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to sexual violence intervention services.
    6.   Past supervisory experience and demonstrated leadership skills.
    7.   Be organized and detail-oriented.
    8.   Ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.
    9.   Valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation.
    10. Ability to pass an Iowa background, state of residency background, FBI, Child Abuse and Sex Offender Registry check.

    Desirable Qualifications:

    1.   Multilingual.
    2.   Public speaking skills and ability to provide training within scope of employment.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    1.   Responsible for fulfilling the overall mission of the DVIP/RVAP Program in the provision of services to program participants.
    2.   Victim/survivor focused activities to ensure that the safety and security of the victim are primary.
    3.   Managing and administering the outreach program included oversight of intake and departure, services, adherence to City and State rules and regulations, and client obligations;
    4.   Supervising, hiring/firing, evaluating, and developing staff and volunteers;
    5.   Set program and employee goals to ensure that client needs are being met.
    6.   Develop, review, and update daily procedures/protocols and recommend new programs to the Assistant Executive Director.
    7.   Train, and schedule outreach staff; Assist the Assistant Executive Director in hiring, managing, and supervising staff; conduct annual evaluations of direct services staff. Discipline staff as outlined in the DVIP Personnel Policies Handbook.
    8.   Supervise client and staff relationships in keeping with sound conflict resolution policies, personnel policies, and DVIP grievance procedures.
    9.   Developing collaborations with other community-based organizations, and acting as a liaison to other organizations.
    10. Developing programs for clients directly or indirectly impacted by sexual violence.
    11. Attend meetings and trainings as necessary
    12. Maintain working knowledge of the State of Iowa statutes and codes that have an impact on our services to victims of sexual violence mandating the requisite reporting mechanisms.
    13. Document services provided as required. Monitor and regularly report outcomes of RVAP programs and services to key stakeholders and grantors.
    14. Ensure DVIP/RVAP programs, services, and resources are inclusive, accurate, accessible, and aligned with current research and effective practices.
    15. Participate in agency speaking engagements.

    Related Duties:

    1.   On-Call.
    2.   Some travel required, with daytime, weekend, and evening work.
    3.   Other duties as assigned.

    Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Delaney Dixon at delaney@dvipiowa.org. The position is open until filled.

  • Position: Sexual Assault Services Campus Coordinator

    Reports to: Director of Sexual Assault Services

    Hours: Non-Exempt, Varied

    Salary Range: $39,000 – 43,400 annually 

    Job Summary:   Supervised by the Director of Sexual Assault Services, the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator assists people who are victims/survivors of sexual violence.  Provide crisis response, advocacy, individual and group counseling services to individuals impacted directly or indirectly by sexual violence. Provide tailored direct services, centering University of Iowa Students, Faculty, and Staff, including populations underserved and underrepresented. Represent DVIP/RVAP in collaborative community groups and organizations to further our agency’s mission and to reach and enhance service experiences for sexual assault victims/survivors.  Must be able to take on-call shifts on a rotational basis with other DVIP/RVAP professionals as needed and respond within 30 minutes to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate:  certification required after appointment to position.

    Qualifications – Required:

    1. AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (Two years of experience as a family or services case manager in a major social service program may be substituted for one year of college education).
    2. Demonstrated knowledge of sexual violence and systems advocacy.
    3. Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to sexual assault intervention services.
    4. Experience in peer advocacy and crisis intervention work.
    5. A working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
    6. Ability to provide confidential services.
    7. Be organized and detail-oriented.
    8. Ability to work in independent and self-directed manner.
    9. Valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation.
    10. Ability to pass an Iowa background, state of residency background, FBI, Child Abuse and Sex Offender Registry check.

     Qualifications – Desired:

    1.   Candidates with language skills and/or past experience working with survivors of domestic or sexual violence are preferred.
    2.   Strong writing and editing skills.
    3.   Public speaking skills and ability to provide training within the scope of employment.
    4.   Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic and sexual violence.
    5.   Multilingual.
    6.   Working proficiency and cultural understanding of barriers dealt with by groups other than mainstream.
    7.   IowaCASA or ICADV Victim Services Advocate Certification

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    1.   Responsible for fulfilling the overall mission of the DVIP/RVAP Program in the provision of services to program participants.
    2.   Victim/survivor focused activities to ensure the safety and security of the victim are primary.
    3.   Provide crisis intervention, individual and group counseling to individuals impacted directly or indirectly by sexual violence via phone or face-to-face contact, with a focus on the University of Iowa campus, Students, Staff, and Faculty.  Support may include diminishing barriers to safety, providing emotional and other supports (information and referral) as requested.
    4.   Provide advocacy support along with DVIP/RVAP colleagues in the community, medical, and academic settings as needed.
    5.   Connecting survivors/victims to mainstream resources.
    6.   Client assessment: background history, including housing assessment; determining cultural, economic, ethnic, health, and social factors involved; identifying special needs of victims, and gathering relevant information needed to develop a plan determined by and acceptable to the victim.
    7.   Work collaboratively with other University of Iowa campus entities to best meet the needs of survivors, and provide appropriate referral and follow-up services.
    8.   Provide mobile services on campus to better meet victims in their own community or where they may be more comfortable, including home visits when safe to do so.
    9.   Maintain working knowledge of the State of Iowa statutes and codes that have an impact on our services and victims of sexual violence.
    10. Participate in continued training as required and other related duties as assigned.
    11. Work locally to improve access to services for victim/survivors and knowledge of victim’s rights. Develop a working knowledge of University of Iowa procedures related to sexual violence reporting, campus judicial systems, and Title Nine compliance. When assigned, act as a liaison, representing the DVIP/RVAP when interfacing with police agencies, social service agencies, commissions, committees, and other groups.
    12. Document services provided as required.
    13. Assist with mentoring of new co-workers, volunteers, and interns, providing information about barriers faced by victim/survivors, general operating procedures, crisis intervention, advocacy, and community referrals.
    14. Actively participate in your own development of skills, self-reflection, and evaluation of inclusive work environment as well as direct services provided.
    15. Provide training and educational solutions to campus resources, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, and departments.

    Related Duties:

    1. On-Call.
    2. Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.
    3. Other duties as assigned.

    Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Delaney Dixon at delaney@dvipiowa.org. The position is open until filled.

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