Special Victims Advocate

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Posting Details

Job TitleSpecial Victims AdvocateRequisition NumberRE24361Working TitleSpecial Victims AdvocateDepartment Name3HL00:UK PoliceWork LocationLexington, KYGrade Level43Salary Range$37,773-60,466/yearType of PositionStaffPosition Time Status Full-TimeRequired Education


Click here for more information about equivalencies:http://www.uky.edu/hr/employment/working-uk/equivalenciesRequired Related Experience

3 yrs

Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Lifting, pushing, or pulling light weight objects, sitting and/or standing for long periods of time, and viewing computer screens for extended periods of time without difficulty.


Primarily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday; and occasional evenings and weekends.

Job Summary

The Special Victims Advocate serves in the newly formed Special Victims Unit (SVU) which is a division of the University of Kentucky Police Department.

“The mission of the Special Victims Unit is to provide compassionate support services to survivors of interpersonal violence while removing barriers of reporting. We are committed to holding offenders accountable within the criminal justice system by maintaining quality police services with timely, thorough, and trauma-informed investigative techniques.”

Reporting to the SVU Lieutenant, the Special Victims Advocate provides services and support to victims who have been impacted by interpersonal violence including sexual assault, partner violence, and stalking by assessing their needs, identifying appropriate referrals and creating plans of action. This position serves all victims of crime within University of Kentucky Police Department’s jurisdiction (University of Kentucky students, faculty, and staff; hospital personnel, patients and campus visitors).

Duties include but are not limited to:
• Perform needs assessment for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking.
• Develop action plan to provide individual advocacy services and resources to victims. Services include crisis intervention, hospital response and medical advocacy, legal advocacy, safety planning, campus and community services referrals, informing victim of their rights and accommodations, assistance with academic, housing, and employment accommodations, case management, and assistance and accompaniment throughout administrative and criminal reporting process.
• Build and maintain campus and community partnerships enhance and support victim centered responses to interpersonal violence. Partnerships include, but are not limited to, the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) center, Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity, Office of Student Conduct, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Housing, Human Resources, etc.
• Represent UKPD at various meetings or on committees.
• Plan and participate in campus and community education, training, awareness, and outreach events to provide information about interpersonal violence and victim services.
• Maintain daily written, verbal and electronic communication
• Timely completion of required paperwork and documentation
• Collect statistics and compile data as required
• Continually develop and maintain current knowledge of domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma informed services through ongoing training, books, videos, and consultations in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, cultural awareness, and other related areas to reduce barriers for victims and decrease the possibility for re-victimization.
• Earn and maintain Threat Assessment certification.

Annual salary is determined based on years of education and related experience with a potential salary around $49,000.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

• Strong experience working within the field of interpersonal violence prevention and response.
• Strong experience providing crisis intervention and advocacy to individuals who have experienced interpersonal violence.
• Experience providing crisis intervention and advocacy services to people of various ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identities.
• Experience identifying, handling, and protecting highly confidential, personal, and sensitive information.
• Experience using professional judgment and the flexible use of advocacy skills.
• Strong skills in assessing levels of emotional distress and reacting appropriately.
• Interpersonal skills and political acumen to clearly and effectively interact with individuals and groups of varying ages, genders, sexualities, abilities, religions, and cultural backgrounds and perspectives.
• Skills to communicate professionally and effectively, verbally and in writing.
• Strong computer skills to use word processing and presentation programs, data collection and analysis, electronic mail, social media, Zoom and/or other tele-advocacy tools, and web browsing.

• Familiarity with legislation related to sexual harassment and violence, including Title IX, VAWA, the Clery Act, and their application to campus environments.
• Familiarity with the criminal justice system and experience collaborating with various law enforcement agencies, including police and prosecutors.
• Knowledge of University policies, procedures, and resources related to interpersonal violence.

This position will require candidates to take a polygraph examination as part of the University Police Department’s employment process.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? NoPreferred Education/ExperienceDeadline to Apply09/30/2020University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your experience working with victims of violence and coordinating services.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What do you believe are unique needs and/or challenges facing a survivor on a college campus?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of experience do you have in victim assistance, outreach, social services, student services, and/or training?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 2 years
    • More than 2 years, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years
  4. * This position requires you to take a polygraph examination as part of the University of Kentucky Police Department employment process. This requirement was stated in the posting within the skills/knowledge/abilities section. Are you aware of this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Diverseeducation.com (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • HERCjobs.org (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • InsightIntoDiversity.com
    • Latinosinhighered.com
    • Indeed.com
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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    Job No:
    Posted: 9/9/2020
    Application Due: 12/8/2020
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