Employment Opportunities

Descriptions for the 2 open positions at PAVSA are listed below:

Employment Opportunity: Project Coordinator

Position Objective:

Provide training, crisis counseling, support groups and outreach for survivors involved in correctional systems.

 Duties:
Under the Supervision of the Executive Director

  • Provide short and long term crisis counseling and professional therapy to victims of sexual assault
  • Participate in case consultation of PAVSA clients with advocacy staff
  • Plan for and assist in implementation of support groups
  • Perform other related duties as required

Accountabilities:

Short and long term professional counseling to victims of sexual assault

  • Provide individual counseling for victim/survivors of sexual assault
  • Meet with victim/survivors who call for counseling to assess appropriate counseling needs
  • Provide crisis counseling or referral to victims.
  • Maintain appropriate professional supervision with a licensed counselor

Counseling case consultation with PAVSA staff

  • Meet with PAVSA staff monthly for case consultation on PAVSA clients
  • Meet with PAVSA therapist bi-weekly to review counseling cases
  • Assist in determining appropriate community referrals for clients
  • Provide case consultation with staff who are working with clients as crisis and support advocates
  • Assist in determining training needs for staff on adolescent issues

Plan for and assist in implementation of support groups.

Provide overall group coordination including scheduling, assignment of facilitators and monitoring group progress

  • Create specialized curriculum to address trauma for working with individuals involved in corrections
  • Facilitate groups and provide office hours at the Duluth Bethel
  • Provide training for front line staff at the Duluth Bethel and Arrowhead Juvenile Center regarding trauma-informed practices.
  • Provide professional training for members of the Duluth Specialty Drug Court.
  • Provide psychoeducation groups for participants of the Duluth Specialty Drug court.
  • Provide community education on support services for victims of sexual assault
  • Assist Executive Director with accessing information for grants and reports related to support groups and site visits with grantors
  • Provide case consultation on support group issues
  • Ensure evaluations of groups are conducted

Other related duties

  • Communicate and cooperate with other professionals and agencies in the community who may work with victims of sexual violence
  • Participate in Staff Backup and on-call advocacy shifts (crisis line and hospital), provide after hours crisis response as necessary
  • Serve as the representative of PAVSA at community and professional meetings as needed
  • Any other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Counseling or advanced degree in any related field
  • Experience with sexual assault, domestic violence, or work with trauma victims/advanced training on trauma counseling techniques
  • Experience working with culturally diverse and at-risk populations
  • Prior completion of Minnesota-approved Sexual Assault Advocacy training strongly preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience with sexual violence issues such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, same-sex assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and work with trauma victims
  • Trained as a sexual assault advocate
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision or direction, carry out directions carefully, and possess the ability to work independently and in complex team situations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish credibility and rapport with people from diverse backgrounds, including organizational leadership, staff, volunteers, community members, clients, funders, law enforcement, and many others
  • Experience, enthusiasm, initiative, creativity, passion, commitment, and proven track record of working on anti-poverty, race equity issues, and social justice issues impacting vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the progressive movement. Experience in the social justice field and knowledge of civil rights issues impacting low-income and vulnerable communities
  • Ability to work long hours as necessary and travel periodically, including the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment

Additional Information

  • Salary

$22-23/hour; 40 hours/week; full benefits

Grant funded for two years (future funding for the position will be pursued but cannot be guaranteed).

  • How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to Sara Niemi at pavsa@pavsa.org by February 25, 2019 for consideration. 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.

Employment Opportunity: Legal Advocate

Duties:

Under the supervision of the Managing Partner

  • Provide legal advocacy & services to clients
  • Provide outreach, training, & assist with events
  • Perform other related duties as required

Accountabilities:

  • Participate in Staff Backup and on-call advocacy shifts (crisis line and hospital), provide after hours crisis response as necessary
  • Work with Advocacy Coordinator and other staff to ensure appropriate support group planning and staffing in terms of location, size, topics, and materials for groups
  • Assist with ensuring that needs of survivors are being addressed through advocacy, including cultural considerations, accessibility, and by proactively removing barriers to service
  • Provide case consultation as needed
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and meetings related to Advocacy

Legal Advocacy & Services to Clients

  • Provide short and long term legal advocacy (and non-legal advocacy when necessary) and support to victim/survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence such as sexual harassment, trafficking/exploitation, intimate partner sexual violence, child abuse, etc. This type of advocacy and support will be offered by addressing crisis and trauma related to the legal process while performing intakes with clients, providing court accompaniment, assisting with legal paperwork, and offering information, resources, and referrals.
  • Assist clients with restraining orders (Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, DANCOs), court accompaniment, College or University campus conduct/administrative hearings, Crime Victim Rights enforcement, and other appropriate legal issues as needed.
  • Identify barriers, trends, gaps, and problems within the justice system and other systems encountered by survivors and work to address ways in which to alleviate or eliminate barriers and improve the systems-response to victims/survivors.
  • Respond to victim service and crisis calls when scheduled and when other staff are unavailable
  • Lead the legal advocacy response at PAVSA, ensuring a high-quality service to clients
  • Assist in the administrative aspects of operating are met, including maintaining filing systems, meeting the office’s technological and supply needs, recording statistical data, and ensuring funding obligations such as grant goal tracking and reporting are met.

Outreach, Training, & Events

  • Plan and provide outreach and training activities for law related curriculum
  • Participate in multidisciplinary meetings, community initiatives, and other relationship-building projects which improve systemic outcomes for victim/survivors
  • Lead the organization in various events, campaigns, and other tasks as needed

 Other Duties

  • Participate in short- and long-term staff planning sessions
  • Communicate and cooperate with other professionals and agencies in the community who may work with victim/survivors of sexual violence
  • Serve as the representative of PAVSA at community and professional meetings as needed
  • Any other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science preferred; or a minimum of five years of advocacy or direct service experience in a human service agency
  • Three years of previous legal advocacy experience required
  • Previous supervision experiences required
  • Prior completion of Minnesota-approved Sexual Assault Advocacy training strongly preferred
  • Experience working in non-profit or other law firm setting preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience with sexual violence issues such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, same-sex assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and work with trauma victims
  • Trained as a sexual assault advocate
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision or direction, carry out directions carefully, and possess the ability to work independently and in complex team situations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish credibility and rapport with people from diverse backgrounds, including organizational leadership, staff, volunteers, community members, clients, the Judiciary, funders, law enforcement, and many others
  • Experience, enthusiasm, initiative, creativity, passion, commitment, and proven track record of working on anti-poverty, race equity issues, and social justice issues impacting vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the progressive movement. Experience in the social justice field and knowledge of civil rights issues impacting low-income and vulnerable communities
  • Ability to work long hours as necessary and travel periodically, including the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment

Additional Information

  • Salary

$20-22/hour; 40 hours/week; full benefits

  • How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to Sara Niemi at pavsa@pavsa.org by February 25, 2019 for consideration. 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.