Employment Opportunities

Descriptions for the open positions at PAVSA are listed:

Outreach Advocate

Duties: Under the supervision of the Systems Advocate/Advocacy Coordinator
  • Provide outreach to specific populations within the Duluth Community with emphasis on West Duluth area
  • Provide crisis intervention and support services to clients
  • Provide community education and outreach to a variety of community agencies, schools and groups
  • Perform other related duties as required


Outreach to specific populations

  • Develop victim outreach plan for West Duluth with emphasis on underserved populations
  • At least once a week perform office hours in West Duluth
  • Coordinate outreach services with community agencies and resources in West Duluth
  • Provide education for staff at agencies where outreach is conducted

Crisis intervention and support services to clients

  • Provide direct services to clients with particular emphasis on serving individuals from West Duluth community
  • Refer clients to appropriate internal or community professionals as necessary
  • Advocate for clients with professionals and systems
  • Ensure that cultural needs of victims are being addressed in advocacy
  • Assist with providing staff back-up for crisis line and hospital advocates
  • Assist in planning and facilitating support/outreach groups in West Duluth community

Community outreach to community agencies, schools and groups

  • Conduct needs assessment for West Duluth community
  • Assist with development of resource materials for outreach to agencies, schools and groups in West Duluth
  • Coordinate outreach to diverse populations in West Duluth and assist in ensuring that PAVSA is working to address diverse needs
  • Assist in developing culturally appropriate materials for outreach
  • Coordinate with other PAVSA staff to ensure that outreach activities are staffed
  • Provide community education/awareness sessions to agencies, schools and community groups in West Duluth

Other related duties

  • Work in collaboration with other PAVSA staff to develop evaluation tool for outreach work
  • Assist with grant reporting for West Duluth outreach efforts (quarterly statistics and narrative report)
  • Participate in short and long term staff planning sessions including weekly staff meetings
  • Serve as a representative of PAVSA at community and professional meetings as needed
  • Participate in PAVSA’s Volunteer Advocate training as needed
  • Provide monthly staff report for Board of Directors
  • Attend and participate in PAVSA events

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in social work or related field and two years’ experience in advocacy or direct service in a human services agency; without bachelor’s degree, 3-5 years’ experience providing advocacy and/or direct services
  • Prior completion of Minnesota approved 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training strongly preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of resources and systems which interface with victims of sexual assault and intimate partner sexual violence
  • Understanding of survivor-centered and trauma-informed care
  • Understanding of the impact of sexual violence on adults and youth
  • Experience providing direct services in sexual violence or a related field
  • Experience working with diverse populations and marginalized communities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with persons from a variety of backgrounds
  • Experience working with staff and/or volunteers from a variety of backgrounds
  • Good written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge and aptitude of Microsoft Office and other related forms of technology

Additional Information


  • $19-21/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 June 7, 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.