Survivor Advocate

Dean College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time
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Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations. A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning. Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.

Recognized as a Top Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for eleven consecutive years and named a College of Distinction for six consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 400 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies, EMT and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 87 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on hands-on engagement and exceptional teaching. This community-wide commitment of always going the extra mile for students is known as The Dean Difference.  Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

What is The Dean Difference?
The Dean Difference isn't any one thing. It's not a program or a professor. It's not a single class or a club. It's the way our academics support networks and community overlap, interweave and magnify each other. Our difference unites us. It's our secret formula. It's the nucleus around which we orbit. It isn't one thing, it's everything

Job Description:

This is a part-time position that will work 10-12 hours per week. These hours will fall between Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00 pm, are flexible based on availability and need. This is a grant funded position and is contingent upon the continuation of grant funds and the need of the institution. The current grant cycle ends in September 2024. This position is supervised by The Director of Counseling and is confidential in nature.  Some travel may be required for semi-annual professional development. Due to COVID-19 there may be adjustments made to how this position functions, for example utilizing tele-advocacy while working remotely.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Survivor Advocate 40%

  • Provides support to students who report incidents of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking regarding institutional policies and procedures, resources, services, and support available in the community.
  • Enhances the safety of victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking by conducting risk assessments, and provide safety planning.
  • Supports students, faculty and staff during informal and formal institutional sexual misconduct procedures and processes.
  • Makes appropriate referrals for students, faculty, and staff to resources, services and support offered by on-campus as well as off-campus providers and conducts follow up regarding such referrals to ensure that appropriate services and support are being received.
  • Documents and maintains all case related information including referrals and follow-up in a manner that protects individual privacy and confidentiality.
  • Builds rapport with students, faculty, and staff outside of incident related concerns.


Prevention Specialist 60%

  • Utilize cultural humility and equity-mindedness to assist with the research, design, and execution of programs and events centered on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking [DVDVSAS] awareness months.
  • Assist the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention with the design and content for social media platform
  • Be available to support and collaborate on programming with student organizations, student leaders, and campus partners
  • Conduct research and assess data analytics to provide appropriate and reasonable recommendations
  • Exercise a power-conscious and trauma-informed framework
  • Contribute to establishing sustainable framework for comprehensive prevention, intervention, and education efforts for incoming and upper-class students students as well as faculty and staff
  • Attend weekly supervision one-on-ones, various departmental or divisional events and meetings, and serve on the CCRT (Coordinate Community Response Team)
  • Other Duties as Assigned



Minimum Qualifications:

  • A  baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in counseling, social work, gender studies or social sciences and 2 years of progressively responsible professional experience in direct advocacy and/or crisis counseling in the field of sexual violence response (including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking); or any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills, and abilities as indicated.
  • Knowledge of power, privilege, and oppression. Recognition that oppression and gender-based violence as linked and supportive measures must be crafted and approached with a dedication to creating inclusive materials, prevention, and education accordingly.
  • Demonstrate an interest in centering and exploring equity, inclusion, and accessibility in gender-based violence work
  • Functional knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques in the delivery of advocacy services for victims and survivors of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking demonstrated by knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply concepts, and terminology.
  • Functional knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and systems associated with Title IX and VAWA compliance for educational institutions receiving federal assistance.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize problems, identify barriers  and resolve the full range of problems that may commonly occur in the delivery of advocacy services for victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team members, and individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated skills in advocacy, advising, and interpersonal counseling.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster required.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience providing direct advocacy and/or crisis counseling at a university, college, or community college campus.
  • Familiarity with a university/college's obligations under Title IX and VAWA.
  • Experience with tele-advocacy as well as proficiency in the use of technology to provide services.
  • Experience with Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, Bystander Intervention, Victim Services, or related fields in a college setting

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis.

Dean College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

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