Community Prevention Coordinator

SARS (Sexual Assault Response Services) works with clients of all ages who have been victims of sexual or physical violence. Staff and trained advocates respond to the Antelope Valley Hospital, Palmdale Regional Medical Center or Kaiser Permanente 24 hours 7 days a week to assist victims of sexual and physical violence. Advocates respond to the victim and stays with the victim from entry to the emergency room, law enforcement and forensic interview, nurse exam and through recovery. The advocate provides: emotional support, resources and referrals, ensuring the victim’s rights are not violated, follow ups and one on one counseling. Advocates respond to approximately 300 emergency room calls each year.

SARS (Sexual Assault Response Services) works with clients of all ages who have been victims of sexual or physical violence. Staff and trained advocates respond to the Antelope Valley Hospital, Palmdale Regional Medical Center or Kaiser Permanente 24 hours 7 days a week to assist victims of sexual and physical violence. Advocates respond to the victim and stays with the victim from entry to the emergency room, law enforcement and forensic interview, nurse exam and through recovery. The advocate provides: emotional support, resources and referrals, ensuring the victim’s rights are not violated, follow ups and one on one counseling. Advocates respond to approximately 300 emergency room calls each year.

Qualifications:

  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • Minimum of two years of victim services and a knowledge and understanding of sexual violence
  • Minimum of two years of public speaking experience
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to the unique circumstances of underserved populations and to survivors of sexual assault
  • Experience with program development
  • Trained in Trauma Informed Care
  • Ability to work well in a crisis situation
  • Serve as a stable non-judgmental role model
  • Work independently and be able to make decisions when necessary
  • Able to maintain a supportive, calm and professional attitude at all times
  • Ability to be accountable to peers and community
  • Bilingual Preferred

Duties:

  • Utilize evidence-informed strategies to increase community awareness and knowledge on topics such as: sexual assault and interpersonal violence, healthy relationships, consent, respect, bystander intervention and supporting survivors
  • Provide oversight and coordination of identified grant objectives, including training programs for in-house programs, law enforcement and community resources to assure effective crisis prevention
  • Ensure that project objectives are met and outcomes are tracked within the guidelines of the grant
  • Maintain records of program progress and evaluate program activities
  • Design and implement workshops, presentations, guest speakers and other events for the community
  • Coordinate, participate, implement and assist in campaigns during nationally recognized weeks or months (ex. Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, etc.)
  • Coordinate and teach the prevention and education programs for community groups on sexual violence and related issues
  • Ensure that all trainings, workshops, special events and public advertisements are prevention-focused, evidence-based and based on best practices for sexual violence prevention messaging
  • Work directly with community to educate about sexual violence prevention
  • Assist in empowering the community to make a difference and understand the best practices and approaches for sexual violence prevention
  • Develop community relations and collaborative programs with other agencies
  • Create and maintain database with accurate information
  • Serve as an advocate one shift per week
  • Provide care, support and advocacy to those who report incidents of sexual assault or interpersonal violence
  • Make appropriate referrals and community resources to victims
  • Assist with safety planning and provide guidance
  • Inventory, track and order all educational materials as necessary
  • Co-facilitate presentations for organizations, community members or other groups as needed
  • Serve as primary staff for prevention activities, community fairs and other tabling activities
  • Complete all monthly, quarterly and annual reports related to program
 

Requirements:

  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License
  • Auto Insurance
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays
  • Employee will be required to complete a TB test, fingerprinting, drug screen (employment pending on drug screen), 40-hour Domestic Violence training and CPR/First Aid certification

Hours:

Friday 8am – 5pm (weekends or evenings may be needed) 
 
An Equal Opportunity Employer: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.
 

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