MiddSafe Summer Advocate

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Classification Number 900276 Classification Title Summer MiddSafe Advocate Department Dean of Students Level Level C (Specialist) Job Description


Summer advocates will provide crisis intervention, information and referral, and ongoing advocacy to students enrolled in Middlebury’s global and Vermont-based summer programs affected by sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, as requested by the students. When not supporting students, summer advocates will: provide administrative support for the program office; build upon the existing program resources; review program data; assist with developing advocate trainings and corresponding curricula; and, support Health and Wellness Education staff with other duties as assigned. Advocates must be amenable to continued professional development and cross-training opportunities. This position is for 30 active hours per week. Students in this position qualify for the summer student employee housing and meal plan.

Move in for on-campus housing will begin on Wednesday June 19, 2019 and the position begins on Friday June 21, 2019. The position ends on Friday August 16, 2019 and move out must be completed by Sunday August 18, 2019. Requests for accommodations to move in and move out dates must be made in advance.


Essential Function

•Assist students requesting advocacy services during assigned shifts by assessing the safety needs of the student(s) and providing immediate safety planning as necessary.
oDepending upon the remaining immediate needs of the student(s), the advocate will:
provide crisis intervention
provide information and referral
engage campus and community resources as requested
•Provide technical assistance in-person or via phone to other summer advocates and/or Middlebury Schools and Programs faculty and staff requesting services. This includes any skills building, problem solving, and/or referral-based assistance requested.
•Assist in the review and development of MiddSafe trainings including on-campus, regional and statewide, or via online learning platforms. Topics to include, but not limited to, hotline crisis intervention, safety planning, relationship violence and technology, and empathic listening.
•Assist in the review and editing of current and applicable program resources and information including print materials, program web presence, and social media strategies.
•Research and review materials related to advocacy program functions and responsibilities.
•Analyze data including, but not limited to, reports generated from call and contact accounting procedures.

General Responsibilities

•Frequently communicate with program contacts and campus and community partners, who have inquiries, require assistance, or are contributing to program assets. Advocates must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
•Assist the program office (Health and Wellness Education) with administrative support including, but not limited to, updating training materials, proofing materials such as curricula and/or awareness materials, and performing general office task for wellness programs, initiatives, and media.
•Other duties as assigned.


•Completion of a Vermont-based confidential rape crisis worker training (in accordance with Vermont state law) through the MiddSafe program for the required number of hours within the last three years from date of application
•Active work as, and having received supervision as a confidential rape crisis worker in the state of Vermont through the MiddSafe program within the last three years from the date of application
•Demonstrated additional professional development in advocacy after completion of a Vermont-based confidential rape crisis worker training

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
•Excellent command / highly proficient in spoken and written English (CEF proficient user C1 equivalent)
•Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
•Computer literacy
•Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects/tasks and to work collaboratively
•Extensive knowledge of the dynamics of sexual and relationship violence (including but not limited to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking)
•Comprehensive understanding of the services and programs of Middlebury College, Addison County, the state of Vermont, and national resources related to sexual and relationship violence
•Appropriate and effective intervention skills in order to effectively assist persons in crisis
•Strong ability to discern between complex priorities and make appropriate decisions and consultations, when necessary, during a crisis

•Demonstrated cultural competency and willingness to support diverse communities.
•Demonstrated history of successful hotline-based (or on-demand) and in-person advocacy on behalf of survivors of sexual and relationship violence.

Physical Demands
•Regularly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
•Regularly operates a handheld smartphone with touchscreen.
•Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50%-75% of the time.
•Will need to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. and across campus to access resources and personnel in other buildings.
•May require limited and infrequent in-state trips; however, work may include meetings and/or trips that are assigned with minimal notice.
•During deadlines or the provision of on-call advocacy services, the work environment may become stressful.

Posting Number STU00738 Location Middlebury, VT Campus Posting Information

Is this an academic year or summer position? Summer Position Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants Quicklink for Posting http://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/18787 Supplemental Questions for Posting

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This posting is only open to students. Are you a current Middlebury College undergraduate student?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Document Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/C V
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    Posted: 3/6/2019
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