Student Advocate for Gender Based Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy

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Position ID: #6756

Title: Student Advocate for Gender Based Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy

Department: University Health & Counseling Services


This position will provide advocacy for students affected by sexual and gender based violence and coordinate violence prevention education and programming for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Sexual and gender-based violence refers to any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationships. It encompasses threats of violence and coercion. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature. This position will provide appropriate clinical counseling and mental health services as needed to students within an integrated healthcare and wellness model. The Student Advocate is a confidential resource for students.


  1. Provide individual confidential advocacy to students affected by sexual or gender based violence including sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking. The Advocate will provide assistance navigating campus and community resources to ensure students affected by sexual violence can access campus and community resources. Provide support during formal reporting and response processes. (60%)
  2. Provide short-term (3 visits) clinical counseling and mental health services for students affected by sexual based or gender based violence. Coordinate referrals to University Health & Counseling clinicians as indicated on a case-by-case basis. (20%)
  3. Develop and coordinate campus-wide education, training, programming, and events related to sexual and gender based violence prevention in collaboration with the Office of Title IX and UH&CS Wellness and Health Promotion, including student orientations. Develop and oversee the campus Sexual Assault Response team (SART). (15%)


  1. Participate in conferences and listservs related to gender based violence prevention, education and advocacy to gain knowledge and best practice information. (2.5%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (2.5%)


Supervise Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) intern(s).



Department: Continuous contact with professional and support staff of the UH&CS for scheduling, clinical consultation and collaborative work in an integrated model. Continuous contact with the Associate Director of Wellness and Health Promotion in the development, planning and initiation of prevention education and programming.

University: Frequent contact with the Director and Staff of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in the development, planning and initiation of prevention education and programming. Frequent contact with the Office of Title IX to ensure compliance with Title IX standards. Regular contact with University deans, faculty, staff and administrators to advocate and coordinate support for students dealing with sexual and gender based violence issues as they intersect with academic issues. Occasional contact with the LGBT Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to support historically marginalized and underserved groups.

External:  Regular contact with community resources such as the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, SANE nurses, and Domestic Violence Center. Moderate contact with care providers outside the University to assist in the coordination of care for students being treated in the community.  

Students: Continuous contact with students to provide advocacy, counseling and mental health services to students affected by sexual and gender based violence. Regular


Experience: Minimum 2 years professional work experience in survivor advocacy, preferably in higher education, a rape crisis center, or related environment.

Education: Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work/Counseling with independent license or license eligible in the State of Ohio


  1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with intersection of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Experience working with diverse populations in a university or college setting.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of Title IX, Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA), and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery).
  3. Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including: respect for all aspects of an individual’s identity, ability to resolve conflict, clear personal and professional boundaries, and ability to work collegially and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team process.
  5. Dependability and good work habits.
  6. Experience using an electronic health record to document all clinical encounters. Maintain accurate and complete records; document patient condition, problems, treatments, and outcomes promptly.
  7. Knowledge of and adherence to relevant laws and professional standards regarding Title IX, Violence Against Womens Act (VAWA) and professional ethics and privacy.


Typical office locations and health and counseling clinic environment on a university campus. Full-time professional staff are exempt from overtime. The Advocate will participate in crisis response, outreach or psychoeducational programming outside of the usual schedule on occasion.


In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


CWRU offers a flexible benefits package including tuition waiver for employees and dependents; Respond in confidence, including salary history:, human resources job code #6756.




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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 5/28/2018
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