SA/DV Prevention Specialist

Title:                    Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Prevention Specialist
 
Program:             Domestic Violence Shelter
 
Reports to:          Program Director
 
VALLEY OASIS incorporated in 1981 is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to eliminating social and domestic violence and homelessness through awareness, intervention, prevention, safe shelter and supportive services. Valley Oasis provides a variety of social services to the Antelope Valley, surrounding areas and throughout the United States supporting individuals experiencing Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and homelessness.

The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Prevention Specialist is responsible for educating the community about healthy relationships and developing a network of influencers to assist in altering stereotypic roles, values and rape culture within the community. The program will focus on addressing sexual assault/domestic violence in the Black/African American communities.
 
Essential Job Functions:
  • Responsible for taking the lead in the development, coordination, implementation and facilitation of a best practice, evidence-based domestic violence and sexual assault educational curriculum focusing on the Black/African American community
  • Assist in empowering the community to make a difference and understand the best practices and approaches for culturally appropriate services
  • Design, implement and conduct ongoing process and outcome evaluation for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program to demonstrate that prevention strategies reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for first time victimization
  • Provide training to other organizations and schools as needed to promote healthy relationship behaviors, teach best practices of domestic violence, and empower adults and youth to understand the dynamics of relationship harm and intimate partner violence
  • Increase capacity for prevention services: developing partnerships with key identified community partners and prevention allies to implement primary prevention programing in Los Angeles County
  • Support the Shelter and SARS Teams in implementing a primary prevention campaign targeting sexual assault/domestic violence/intimate partner violence victims
  • Problem solve with Supervisor on any issues or challenges that might inhibit from achieving program goals
  • Develop evaluation tools and track success of prevention projects
  • Develop and conduct community education on Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence in underrepresented populations
  • Develop public awareness and education presentations, brochures, public service announcements to be used at schools, community centers and other public forums that are designed to inform individuals of sexual assault/domestic violence prevention and victim’s specific rights and services of Black/African American people
  • Develop, coordinate, participate and assist in awareness campaigns during nationally recognized weeks and months, such as Domestic Violence Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness. Focusing on Black/African American men and boys
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with community partners
  • Identify resources within the community and maintain good working relationships with community programs aiding victims
  • Develop materials and resources to be distributed to community
  • Attend and support local, state, and national communities of practice related to the role as an agency liaison and to share and learn best practices
  • Attend community meetings, events and spaces, as permitted by agency
  • Participate in various committees, meetings, coalitions, and networks to learn of current trends and needs with the goal of expanding prevention work
  • Respond to requests from community groups requesting such prevention presentations
  • Provide crisis intervention services during educational presentations, group facilitation, and events as needed
  • Support the presence of survivors in community settings by modeling healthy boundaries; articulating boundaries of what you can do within your role and provide warm referrals, within agency and externally
  • Ensure relevant program training remains updated according to local, state and federal policy
  • Contribute to program development, grant application content, and grant reporting to ensure the continuation of programs and services
  • Prepare reports for management, board and funders regarding program performance, upon request
  • Achieve and maintain expertise in culturally humble, evidence-based, community-responsive prevention, education and community engagement programs in the areas of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, and bystander engagement
  • Attend training, seminars, workshops and classes to achieve continuing education on sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Act as a liaison to all community partners, community groups, educational institutions, hospitals, law enforcement and other prevention and outreach organizations
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures including confidentiality, child/elder abuse reporting, and code of ethics
  • Additional tasks, projects and or responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor that are not outlined but which  are an important part of the agency’s goals and/or program outcomes
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of trauma informed supportive services for sexual assault, domestic violence, teen dating violence and intimate partner violence
  • Knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care and the dynamics of domestic violence
  • Knowledge of issues facing sexual assault/domestic violence victims (e.g. substance abuse, mental health, sexual assault, human trafficking and immigration) in the Black/African American Community
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy, systems, and local programs that impact victims and  related public funding sources, regulations, requirements, and procedures
  • Knowledge of resources including legal, medical, housing, educational and social service agencies and other resources for People of Color in the community
  • Knowledge of best practice models for assisting victims with varying degrees of needs/conditions  and have a strong understanding of contractual requirements/compliance and applicable performance measures
  • Knowledge of community social service agencies and resources
  • Work effectively under conditions of limited supervision, high stress and rapidly changing situations and circumstances
  • Ability to handle common problems without supervisor intervention while knowing when supervisor participation is warranted
  • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision making
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and provide culturally competent advocacy
  • Ability to deescalate aggressive/agitated individuals
  • Actively promote positive, nurturing interactions between participants
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, adjust to changing; circumstances, and demonstrate confidence working with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrate the ability to research, develop and/or revise existing strategies that will be effective with the target population
  • Ability to identify and engage with community influencers to participate in Men and Boys as Allies Strategies
  • Project a professional demeanor and a high level of professionalism when dealing with sensitive matters
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral; must communicate professionally and positively with participants, co-workers, management, community partners, employers, landlords, and other service providers
  • Promote cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and objective; collaborate with team members, sharing ideas and differences openly; be receptive to new ideas and adapt to change as necessary
  • Strict confidentiality must be observed as it relates to participant information, agency business, program decisions and all other personal information
  • Considers impact of personal and professional choices. Consistently make decisions in keeping with organizational values and Supervisor’s direction
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to follow through from beginning to end on tasks
  • Proficient with office communication equipment and machines (telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, personal computer, laptop, computer printer and scanner).
  • Proficient in use of laptop/desktop computer, Microsoft Windows and Office software programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google drive
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment, while exercising sound judgment.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule; including nights, days, weekends and holidays when needed
  • Able to respond to emergencies some evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Use of a personal vehicle may be required to travel in and around Antelope Valley and/or Los Angeles County and periodically transport participants
  • Maintain professional boundaries and work collaboratively with participants, volunteers and staff
  • Accountability – be on time for scheduled shifts
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Bilingual Preferred but not required
Qualifications & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social/Human Services or related field, preferred
  • One year experience working with victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault
  • One year experience in working in the field of prevention
  • Experience conducting outreach and training events
  • Experience Developing, overseeing and evaluating the effectiveness of community benefit programs
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Education may be substituted by years of experience 
Agency Requirements:
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License
  • Reliable transportation
  • Auto Insurance
  • Clean driving record
  • Employee will be required to complete a TB test, fingerprinting, drug screen (employment pending on drug screen, background and Motor Vehicle Report review), 72-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault training and CPR/First Aid certification. 
Physical Demands & Work Conditions
An employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job must meet physical demands described:
  • May be in contact with individuals in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not be attentive to personal hygiene and safety for themselves
  • May experience unpleasant sensory demands associated with an individual’s use of alcohol and drugs, and lack of personal care
  • May experience crisis situations and potentially hostile situations, must be ready to respond quickly and effectively.
An employee is required to:
Walk and climb stairs; Handle, grasp and feel objects and equipment; Reach with hands and arms; extend both arms above the head and/or reach below the waist; Communicate ideas and information verbally and written word; Be able to move oneself quickly and easily from place to place; Repeat various motions with hands, wrists, fingers; Climb on stools, steps and/or ladders; Be subject to outside environmental conditions, including but not limited to: Rain, heat, wind.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. If accommodation(s) are required, employee must inform Human Resources by the first week of employment. If an accommodation is not required at the time of employment, but is later required, you must inform Human Resources at the time it is needed.
 
Benefits
  • Health
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid Sick
  • Dental
  • AFLAC
  • Paid Vacation
  • Vision
  • Cafeteria 125 Plan
  • Personal Days
  • Acupuncture/Chiropractic
  • Retirement Plan
 
  • Life Insurance
  • 14 Observed Holidays
 
 

Schedule
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm (may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends, holidays and/or on call status)
 
Salary Range:
$23.00 - $25.00 per hour

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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