Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in employment with PAVSA. Please consider that all PAVSA employees must complete our 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training. Watch our website for upcoming employment opportunities!

Descriptions for the open positions at PAVSA are listed below:

Position: Administrative Assistant

Position Overview: The Administrative Assistant is responsible for receptionist duties and clerical work in a busy, nonprofit setting.  They will assist in daily operations of the office and acts as point of contact for clients and the general public.

Duties:
Under direction and supervision of the Development and Operations Coordinator:

  • Reception Duties
  • Clerical Work
  • Facilities Management for the Building for Women
  • Data Entry
  • Routine Office Communications
  • General Duties As Assigned

Responsibilities:

Reception Duties

  • Open and close the office according to business hours
  • Greet clients and help them check-in for appointments and services
  • Triage phone calls to appropriate staff

Clerical Work

  • Process background and reference checks on volunteers, interns, and new employees
  • Assist in the preparation and assembly of mailings
  • Make copies and compile program materials as needed
  • Maintain office filing
  • Assist in the preparation for staff development trainings

Data Entry

  • Perform data entry for PAVSA mailing lists and donor database
  • Perform data entry for client records
  • Assist with data collection for reporting purposes

Routine Office Communications

  • Triage internship and volunteer inquiries
  • Perform routine office communications
  • Respond to general office emails/inquiries

Facilities Management

  • Help maintain reservations for Building for Women conference rooms
  • Set the schedule for the locks on the doors to the Building
  • Assist in keeping public spaces in the PAVSA office and Building for Women in order

General Duties As Assigned

  • Assist in clerical work related to events
  • Assist in general program support
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Serve as staff back up on rotating basis

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Clerical experience preferred
  • Experience working with the public preferred
  • High school diploma; some college experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction
  • Computer competency including Microsoft Office and data entry
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Additional Information:

Salary:

$15.00/hour; 40 hours/week; full benefits

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Sara Niemi at sniemi@pavsa.org by Friday, July 6, 2018. Offers of employment are contingent upon a complete and favorable background study. PAVSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

 

Position: Youth Advocate (Safe Harbor)

Position Overview:  The Youth Advocate (Safe Harbor) is a full time position. The Youth Advocate will provide crisis intervention, support services, outreach groups and counseling to victims and/or survivors of sexual assault with a focus on youth at-risk or involved in commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking

Duties/Responsibilities:

Direct Service:

  • Provide comprehensive, victim- and youth-centered, and trauma informed services to commercially sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked youth.
  • Provide crisis intervention, follow up, support, advocacy, information and referrals to commercially sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked youth in person or on crisis line; assesses for safety; safety planning; accompanies youth to appointments as needed; provides follow-up and/or support at the time of evidentiary exam
  • Facilitate youth-focused support and outreach groups at agencies that serve high risk adolescents
  • Works with advocates, volunteers and SANE nurses to ensure that crisis services are available for sex trafficked youth at all times.
  • Assists commercially sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked youth with protective and/or other civil orders; attends court proceedings; arranges safe, age appropriate transportation for victims if needed; provides victims with case updates.
  • Accompanies commercially sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked youth to appointments as needed, assists in securing legal or financial assistance; offers follow-up contact.
  • Work with Regional Navigator and project partners in providing services to commercially sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked youth.
  • Work with investigators to schedule/coordinate follow-up investigative interviews.
  • Work with PAVSA staff to ensure the presence of an advocate in all criminal justice proceedings

Education/Outreach :

The Youth Advocate will work closely with other trafficking and advocacy staff to:

  • Provide information to community members and the general public about the commercial sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking of youth and how to prevent it.
  • Provide or ensure provision of effective outreach and education throughout the region.
  • Provide information end education to youth about Safe Harbors and commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
  • Engage public and stakeholders in primary prevention efforts.
  • Educates and informs the community and systems through media, presentations, area events; serves on committees, boards, workgroups, etc. as assigned by supervisor.
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 Other Responsibilities:

  • Attend/facilitate meetings or other groups related to serving commercially sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked youth.
  • Keep accurate records of services provided; submits reports to Trafficking Program Coordinator and relevant staff as required or requested
  • Gathers data and feedback from commercially sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked youth to assist in developing effective strategies for response and access to resources; share information with partners as needed.
  • Serve as staff back up on rotating basis.
  • Assist in grant reports and evaluation for program.
  • Participate in fundraising, grant writing, agency and/or community events as directed by supervisor.
  • Other responsibilities as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Women’s /Gender Studies or related field or extensive work experience with child sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and/or homeless youth.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of youth commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking as well as sexual and domestic violence.
  • Understanding and commitment to implementation of the No Wrong Door/Safe Harbor Model
  • Experience as a sexual assault advocate or completion of 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, including individuals with disabilities, mental health issues, chemical dependency, those struggling with poverty and homelessness and people from various spiritual and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Training and experience in group facilitation skills
  • Experience working with the legal/criminal justice system and social services.
  • Motivated, self-directed, able to work independently, as a team leader and as a member of a team.
  • Possess valid driver’s license, car insurance and a vehicle; ability to travel within Northeastern MN.

Salary and Benefits: Full time position (40 hours/week) $21/hour; competitive benefits

 

Please email resume, letter of interest and names and contact information of three professional references to Sara Niemi, Executive Director at sniemi@pavsa.org by Friday, July 6, 2018. Offers of employment are contingent upon a complete and favorable background study. PAVSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status.