Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate

Sonoma State University,

Counseling and Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Thu, Oct 5th, '17


First review of applications will be at 8:00 am on 10/12/17. Applications received on or after the first review date may not be considered.

Start Date:


Last Updated:

Thu, Oct 5th, '17

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  • Full Time

Under general supervision and reporting directly to the Director of Counseling & Psychological Services, the Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate provides the emergency and ongoing support services in order to ensure the well-being and safety of victims of sexual misconduct.  Services include confidential support and advocacy on behalf of the victims of sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and hate crimes; and to provide outreach, consultation, and education to parents, family, and the campus community regarding responding to and preventing sexual and other forms of violence, harassment, or discrimination.  This is a full time, exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.

Major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide crisis intervention, advocacy, and case management, including developing appropriate safety plans with clients to address the variability of victims' needs;
  • Assist with the filing of victim compensation forms;
  • Upon request and with permission, accompany victims as a support person throughout all stages of the University's investigation and discipline proceedings, including acting as an advisor at any related meeting or hearing; when giving reports to or meeting with University Police, local law enforcement, the Title IX coordinator, or any other University administrator related to a sexual misconduct complaint; when going to medical/counseling appointments and treatments (including medical-forensic evidentiary examinations by a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner; when going to legal appointments and hearings in court or with legal representatives, including assistance with obtaining a restraining or other protective order; when going to meetings and appointments with University personnel, including the Title IX Coordinator, regarding interim remedies (e.g. academic, employment, and housing);
  • Assist victims, with their permission, in seeking reasonable and available interim remedies from the University, even where the victim has elected not to file a complaint.  Such reasonable and available interim remedies may include but not be limited to academic support, adjustments/changes to course schedules, changes to University-based housing and work schedules, and stay away orders issues to the respondent and with other related reasonable and available on and off campus services that ensure their well-being and safety.

Regardless of whether victims wish to remain confidential, carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Ensure victims, with their consent, receive information about 24 hour-per-day sexual violence assistance services, including information on how to report to law enforcement and to the University's Title IX Coordinator; emergency medical care, including follow-up medical care as requested; and medical forensic or evidentiary examinations;
  • Ensure victims, with their consent, receive sexual assault assistance services, including a crisis intervention counseling and ongoing counseling; information on victim rights and options; including referrals to additional support services; information on legal services, and the availability of restraining and/or no-contact orders;
  • Guide those who request assistance through the reporting, counseling, administrative, medical, health, academic accommodation or legal processes of the University, University Police, and/or local law enforcement.
  • Upon request, attend, as an advisor, at any University adjudication proceeding related to the sexual misconduct.  Assist with arranging transportation services, as appropriate.  Maintain privacy and confidentiality.
  • Collaborate with campus Title IX Coordinator, to develop and provide outreach based on educational activities regarding violence to the campus community including engaging culturally diverse and underserved victims;
  • Plan, organize, and promote sexual assault awareness month activities;
  • Serve on campus' Sexual Misconduct Task Force task force committees/teams to provide general advice and consulting and to participate in prevention and awareness activities and programs;
  • Supervise student assistants and interns;
  • Collaborate with staff members with regards to service provision and establishment of related policies and procedures;
  • Build and maintain a referral resource database and coordinate Memorandums Of Understanding with off-campus providers to ensure 24/7 services for victims of sexual misconduct;
  • Design feedback instruments and conduct data collection, analysis, and reporting to assess client satisfaction and service efficacy;
  • Maintain current crisis advocacy information and resources on the department's website and print materials;
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Duties take place mostly in an office settling located at Sonoma State University.  The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday aligned with regular campus hours.  As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule but must be available during the regular campus hours Monday through Friday to meet the operational needs of the campus and department.  Evening and weekend hours may be required and will specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs.  The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator.  The position may require occasional travel by automobile and airplane and the incumbent must be able to work some night and weekend hours with overnight stays.


Sonoma State University is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University.  SSU is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students, located at the foot of the Sonoma Hills in northern California wine country.  

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This position requires the equivalent of graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution.  An advanced degree in Counseling, Student Affairs, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or any related field is preferred.  The incumbent must have a minimum of three years progressively responsible related work experience.  The incumbent must also have received a certificate evidencing completion of a training program in the counseling of sexual assault victims or has 40 hours of training as described below and must be supervised by an individual who qualifies as a psychotherapist or counselor.  The training, supervised by a person qualified, shall include but not be limited to the following areas:  law, medicine, societal attitudes, crisis intervention and counseling techniques, role playing, referral services, and sexuality.  

The incumbent must have demonstrated ability to interact with and guide students in an empathetic and supportive manner during crisis situations and be committed to social justice issues, multicultural competency/awareness, and experience working with diverse populations.  Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships among diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents.  Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.  Must demonstrate ability to think critically, problem solve, and actively advocate for students.  The incumbent must be able to collaborate with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator, and others to develop and implement comprehensive student and faculty training.  Ability to work collaboratively with campus and community law enforcement agencies, district attorney offices, and other entities of the criminal justice system is required.  Intermediate fluency in the use of standard office equipment (computers, copiers, phones, fax) and computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and database management software required.  Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills and experience as well as the ability to actively engage an audience.  Excellent organizational skills required.  This position also requires the ability to train, support, guide, and evaluate student interns as well as the ability to work some evening and weekend hours and to be on-call for crisis intervention.


The following experiences and skills are highly preferred:

  • Previous work experience in a university setting providing service to students
  • Previous experience as a confidential advocate on a college campus
  • Experience with Titanium and Dreamweaver software
  • Bilingual or multilingual Spanish speaker
  • Experience with event promotion and planning


The salary range for this position is $4288 to $6109 a month.  Starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience, and salary budget and will not exceed $4460 a month.  This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation, and sick leave.  In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a personal holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by request from SSU Human Resources.