Assistant Director of Advocacy Services, CAPE

Job description

The Assistant Director of Advocacy Services for the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) serves as the primary victim advocate for the University, providing advocacy, support and case management services to any member of the DU community who is a victim/survivor of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and other gender violence. This position is responsible for training and supervising CAPE advocacy staff and trainees as well as working in collaboration with Health Promotion and Counseling Services to enhance current initiatives and develop new initiatives that increase awareness of and response to sexual assault and gender violence situations. This position is responsible for embedding inclusive excellence (equity and diversity) initiatives into advocacy work, treatment provision, and outreach initiatives. The Assistant Director of Advocacy Services reports to the Associate Director/Clinical Director of Counseling Services. This is a 12-month, full-time position.

Essential Functions

Direct Victim Advocacy

  • Provide advocacy, support, case management and consultation to survivors of gender and/or relationship violence on the DU campus including victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, and/or stalking.
  • Develop University collaborations to support survivors of gender violence.
  • Maintain awareness of DU climate and policies/practices on gender violence, and provide systems level advocacy to create/maintain trauma informed and equitable polices/practices across campus.
  • Create and maintain ongoing relationships with local victim advocacy groups to enhance collaboration and inform advocacy services.
  • Oversee the CAPE Survivor Fund, ensuring the application and review process are accurate and completed in a timely manner.
  • Oversee fundraising efforts for the CAPE Survivor Fund in collaboration with relevant departments on campus.
  • Maintain an awareness of current police and legal procedures relating to gender violence response and prosecution in the city and county of Denver.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of Counseling Services, maintain a comprehensive data system to provide Clery reportable data to the Department of Campus Safety and to provide University stakeholders with information on sexual assault and gender violence incidents.
  • Maintain and update confidential records that reflect the advocacy work that is being conducted.
  • Keep abreast of current research on sexual assault and gender violence and current legislation impacting advocacy work.

Administrative &Training

  • Oversee the timely provision of advocacy services, develop appropriate policies and procedures, and adherence to national standards and Colorado statues regarding victim advocacy.
  • Supervise other advocates or advocate trainees on CAPE staff.
  • Provide victim advocacy training and advocacy training updates.
  • Assist with providing direct training and education on issues related to supporting survivors of gender-based violence.
  • In collaboration with the Department of Health Promotion, support and assist in educational efforts and campus wide events regarding sexual assault and gender violence.
  • Maintain adequate documentation that highlights the efforts in educational outreach.
  • Attend relevant meetings on campus, at the HCC, and in SAIC to fulfill the mission of the department and division.
  • If the selected candidate has a clinical licensure or is in-process of licensure in a mental health related field, it is possible to adjust job duties to include 10% related to direct clinical work within Counseling Services. This includes individual therapy, group therapy, workshops, etc. if desired.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree in social work, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapist, or related field.
  • Experience serving victims/survivors with multiple barriers and from diverse populations.
  • A minimum of three years experience in gender violence and sexual assault response services.
  • Completed a 40 hour advocacy training for victims advocates.
  • Experience with crisis management/intervention and advocacy services.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of Inclusive Excellence.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Licensed mental health professional.
  • Experience working on gender violence response in higher education.
  • Experience with and knowledge of Title IX legislation.
  • Experience providing clinical or advocacy supervision.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:0 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend hours.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, September 25, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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Job No: 493254
Posted: 9/14/2020
Application Due: 9/28/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable