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Bilingual Senior Rape Crisis Advocate

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Center for Women and Community
Union: PSU
Categories: Student Affairs & Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Co-Director for Rape Crisis and Violence Prevention Services, the Bilingual Senior Rape Crisis Advocate will work with the Center for Women and Community (CWC) counseling team and provide short term peer counseling, crisis intervention, and medical and legal advocacy to survivors, non-offending family members, and significant others. Supervise 1-10 students.

This is a grant-funded position with reappointment beyond 6/30/2020 dependent on funding availability.


Essential Functions

  • Provide short term peer counseling; crisis intervention; medical, legal and academic advocacy; safety planning and, case management for survivors. Responsibilities include meeting and communicating with other service providers about clients. Provide counseling services off site at community partner agencies.
  • Organize and facilitate support and discussion groups with campus and community partners.
  • Develop and maintain outreach on behalf of the CWC Rape Crisis Services. Establish and maintain working relationships with range of campus and community stakeholders. Provide consultation and training to partners on issues of direct service for survivors.
  • Prepare, analyze and maintain administrative and program records and statistics; participate in site visits and program reviews.
  • Participate in CWC organizational and departmental staff and clinical meetings and trainings. Assist CWC counseling staff in training and supervision of CWC volunteers. Participate on relevant campus and community committees and task forces, as assigned.


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years experience providing counseling including working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Demonstrated experience providing culturally responsive services for diverse cultural and linguistic populations.
  • Bilingual required.
  • Driver’s license and access to car required.
  • Position may require evening/weekend hours.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree in related field (psychology, social work, human services, criminal justice, sociology, women's studies, education, anthropology.)
  • Completion of Rape Crisis Counselor or Domestic Violence Counselor training through recognized sexual assault or domestic violence program.
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or Portuguese preferred.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to travel to other work related sites. Work in a noisy, crisis response environment.


Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week, M-F.


Salary Information



Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of 01-24-2020 in order to ensure consideration.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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