SART Coordinator

Title:                    Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator         
Program:             Sexual Assault Response Services (SARS)
Reports to:          Director of Trauma Services
Valley Oasis is a community based organization dedicated to eliminating social and domestic violence and homelessness through community awareness, intervention, prevention, safe shelter and supportive services. SARS 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 is not only comprised of the sexual assault response service but the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) team, California Department of Health College Sexual Assault Prevention team (CDPH) and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Each program has their own niche yet is firm in the same foundation of the prevention of sexual assault. Each program works closely with Antelope Valley Hospital Forensic Services team, has a 24 hour 7 days a week hotline, participates in community education and offers 1-1 crisis counseling.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Serve as an advocate minimum one shift per week
  • Provide leadership and facilitation in the development and implementation of SART policies and protocols
  • Coordinate effective interagency collaboration to develop a coordinated response team to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors
  • Maintain regular communication with SART members to ensure consistent participation in activities
  • Coordinate and attend SART committee meetings, working to ensure a welcoming space for all members
  • Attend required trainings for all local coordinators and maintain communications with other SART coordinators
  • Coordinate outreach and orientation for new SART committee members
  • Network with local and community systems to promote the SART and its work (e.g.  community needs assessments, protocol, training)
  • Be a resource to members on effective SART functioning, available local, state, and national resources for sexual assault survivors
  • Support and assist in the coordination of community education, public outreach, and legislative support when appropriate to SART issues for the State
  • Maintain records for SART, such as data, list of members, meeting agendas and meeting minutes
  • Organize and maintain SART materials
  • Maintain inventory of emergency essential needs for survivors, including but not limited to clothing, undergarments, food, hygiene items, and resource information packets at the Forensic Services Unit
  • Promote a learning environment and work to ensure that members are aware of local resources, victims’ needs, and current best practices for sexual assault response and intervention
  • Monitor and follow up on grant objectives
  • Collect and report data as required
  • Develop and implement system for measuring impact and effectiveness of SART
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with representatives from law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, health care, forensics unit and other community partners
  • Collaborate with Advocate Coordinator to coordinate crisis response for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Provide support and advocacy to victim at hospital before, during and after the medical forensic examination and reporting process
  • Work with first responders (emergency room personnel, law enforcement, etc.), district attorney’s office and other outside agencies in ensuring that victims receive appropriate services
  • Refer victims to appropriate internal and external services to include: medical treatment, compensation assistance, legal support, therapeutic needs, shelter, social and educational needs
  • Ensure all victim documentation is submitted accurately and in a timely manner
  • Develop public awareness and education presentations, brochures, public service announcements to be used at hospitals, health care centers, community centers and other public forums that are designed to inform domestic violence and sexual assault victims of specific rights and services
  • Assists in assuring all safety and health standards are followed and responds to safety issues within the facility in a timely manner
  • Complete weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as requested by lead agency management and/or Supervisor
  • Engage effectively and constructively with the Program Director to make program refinements in the best interests of the program
  • Participate and assist outreach events
  • Enhance and build resources to meet the needs of sexual assault victims
  • Attend and actively participates in all team and staff meetings
  • Attend trainings and continuing education activities as assigned
  • Be open and flexible to assisting other departments as needed
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures including confidentiality, child 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 and domestic violence victims
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy, systems, and local programs that impact victims and related public funding sources, regulations, requirements, and procedures
  • 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 issues facing victims (e.g. chronic health, substance abuse, mental health, domestic abuse and resources for undocumented individuals)
  • Must have knowledge of the dynamics of sexual assault and victim advocacy and care
  • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision making
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, adjust to changing; circumstances, and demonstrate confidence working with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to handle common problems without Supervisor intervention while knowing when Supervisor participation is warranted
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to individuals who may be ill, using substances, lack of personal care, in crisis situations and/or potentially hostile situations
  • Work effectively under conditions of limited supervision, high stress and rapidly changing situations and circumstances
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and provide culturally competent advocacy
  • Ability to deescalate aggressive/agitated individuals
  • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision making
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize strong judgement and interpersonal skills to manage sensitive client interactions including with those who may be in distress with acute illness, substance use issues, co-morbidity of behavioral and physical health
  • Project a professional demeanor and a high level of professionalism when dealing with sensitive matters
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, adjust to changing; circumstances, and demonstrate confidence working with diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of resources including legal, medical, housing, educational and social service agencies and other resources in the community
  • 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
  • Considers impact of personal and professional choices. Consistently make decisions in keeping with organizational values and Supervisor’s direction
  • Strict confidentiality must be observed as it relates to client information, agency business, program decisions and all other personal information
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to follow through from beginning to end on tasks
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule; including nights, days, weekends and holidays
  • 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
  • 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:
  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • Bachelor degree in related field, strongly preferred
  • Experience with sexual assault response and knowledge of SART best practices preferred
  • Experience working with sexual assault trauma survivors
  • Experience in providing education on sexual assault issues
  • Experience in public speaking
  • One year experience working with victims of sexual assault or working in victim advocacy and victim advocacy services
  • One year experience in social services setting; preferably working as an employee or volunteer in domestic violence and/or sexual assault victim services
  • 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.
  • Health
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid Sick
  • Dental
  • Paid Vacation
  • Vision
  • Cafeteria 125 Plan
  • Personal Days
  • Acupuncture/Chiropractic
  • Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • 14 Observed Holidays
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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