Advocacy Specialist (Focus on Underserved Populations)
We are committed to serving all survivors and working toward the prevention of sexual violence. KASAP and its member programs do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of disability, sexual orientation, gender, religion, race, color, national origin, immigration status, incarceration, age, socioeconomic status, level of education, language proficiency, veteran status, political affiliations, or type of sexual victimization. Whether the violence occurred recently, years ago, or is still happening, we are here to help. All are welcome.
We acknowledge that sexual violence does not happen in a vacuum; it impacts different groups in different ways. We also recognize that each individual survivor and community member come to our programs with diverse backgrounds and multi-layered identities that affect their access to medical and sexual assault services, experience with the Justice system, needs, and feelings of safety. As service providers, we are committed to meeting people where they are and working to ensure that our services are inclusive and responsive to the real needs of survivors.
We are committed to creating an environment in which staff members from diverse backgrounds can get what they need to thrive. We offer medical and dental benefits, flexible holidays (PTO), vacation days, 1 work from home day per week, and other benefits. A new employee can expect to work with minimal supervision independently and within a team structure.
KASAP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment policies and procedures assuring all qualified persons are afforded equal opportunity for employment, promotion, and training. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse groups to apply including, but not limited to African American, Latina/o/x, Indigenous Americans, Asian/Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ+ persons. We also welcome people from different national origins, religions, ages, and ability status.
Overall charge to Advocacy Specialist: Increase knowledge of intersectionality and anti-oppressive practice among coalition and rape crisis center staff to foster more comprehensive and supportive outreach to underserved populations.
Reports to: Executive Director
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Facilitate access to services for incarcerated victims of sexual assault through state level collaboration, training, and technical assistance to regional rape crisis centers and corrections facilities
- Maintain memoranda of understanding with corrections agencies and ensure that provisions continue to be met
- Serve as agency point of contact and representative for Project SAFE initiatives and meetings
- Assist in the development and support of a strategic paradigm shift from an anti-sexual assault framework to a more comprehensive anti-oppression framework through:
- Identification of and collaboration with community leaders and experts in the area of
- anti-oppressive work
- Facilitation of board and member program staff training
- Service as staff to KASAP’s Anti-Oppression Work Group
- Identification of gaps in sexual assault services, both internally and externally, and
- working to eradicate barriers to services for marginalized communities
- Continuous evaluation of project impact
- Manage agency’s online presence:
- Create posts and manage KASAP Facebook account
- Compile newsletter content with input from other staff members
- Assist with upkeep of website, paying special attention to use of inclusive language and
- Updating of Culturally-Specific Resources section
- Resource and training development on sexual assault, trauma, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), intersectionality, and other pertinent issues as requested
- Commitment to ending sexual violence and a demonstrated ability to incorporate a multi-cultural and anti-oppression perspective into all levels of their work
- 3-5 years experience working on community outreach and engagement of underserved populations
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Computer literate
- Ability to professionally represent the Coalition, handle sensitive information, and maintain high levels of confidentiality
- Ability to meet deadlines and respond in a timely manner
- Ability to work independently within a flexible work structure
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to travel statewide and countrywide with some overnights
Additional Qualifications (preferred):
- Knowledge in the area of sexual violence
- Experience with community collaboration
- Experience with victim services
- Understanding of the Kentucky sexual assault program service delivery system
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Expected start date of this position is 8/13/18.