Position Title: Support and Advocacy Coordinator
Department: AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)
Reports to: SASC Manager
Employment Status Permanent, full time, salaried
Hours per week: 35 (Monday to Friday, with some evening and weekend work)
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) student society, and works to improve the academic, social and personal lives of the 56,000 UBC students at its Vancouver campus. The AMS also runs nine food and beverage outlets, a catering and conference operation, and the AMS Student Nest, providing on-campus employment opportunities and generating revenue that goes directly back into supporting the students at UBC.
The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is a service for people of all genders and identities located at the UBC Vancouver campus. The SASC is committed to creating a safer campus community free from sexualized violence, which involves providing support services and education on campus. Run by full time staff and students since 2002, the SASC serves UBC students, staff, faculty, and people with a connection to the UBC campus through various community resources and services.
We are currently looking for an experienced individual for the position of Support & Advocacy Coordinator. Working within an anti-oppressive and feminist framework, the Support & Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and providing support services for people impacted by sexualized violence, and assisting the SASC Manager and Assistant Manager with the operations of the AMS SASC in the AMS Nest at UBC Vancouver.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide immediate and on-going support, advocacy, and client administration to people impacted by sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence, their family members, friends, and other support providers
- Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and assisted referrals to service users
- Provide medical, police, and campus-related advocacy and accompaniments for service users when appropriate
- Maintain, develop and update program and client files
- Develop support group curricula
- Promote and facilitate support groups
- Coordinates and oversees support worker roles, schedules, objectives and responsibilities with the SASC Manager and Assistant Manager’s direction
- Assist with community engagement, social media engagement, promotions and marketing to enhance support and advocacy and services
- Maintain and keep educational materials up to date including but not limited to community and legal resources, sexual health resources, and SASC pamphlets
- Work in collaboration with other campus resources or community resources to effectively support survivor’s needs
- Support a campus coordinated response to sexual assault and take part in case consultation meetings
- Act as subject matter expert on policies addressing sexualized violence
- Assist and participate in data collection, program reporting and inventory, and collaborate in grant applications
- Attend staff meetings and supervisory meetings
- Uphold the standards of confidentiality and respect
- Work collaboratively with all SASC staff and volunteers
- Represent the SASC within the AMS, UBC and greater community
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Experience:
- Relevant post-secondary education and/or combination of training/education/experience
- Specialized knowledge of sexual assault, including legal and medical systems and procedures
- Previous experience providing emotional and practical support to survivors of sexual assault and/or violence
- Experience overseeing staff and/or volunteers
- Excellent organizational skills, flexible, self-motivated and able to work and make decisions independently and collaboratively
- Outstanding communication skills
- Experience with community engagement and promotions
- Experience working with diverse communities
- Experience working within an educational context, and/or within the UBC campus community is an asset
- Experience with The SASC is considered an asset. Experiences with other feminist/anti-oppressive services may be considered.
The SASC provides support services to people of all genders and identities and operates from an intersectional and anti-oppressive approach. We view lived experience as expertise and consider it to be equally as valuable as academic and professional experience when reviewing applications. We strongly encourage candidates from marginalized communities and intersecting identities to apply, including Indigenous people, racialized/people of colour, poor and working class people and those on social assistance, people living with disabilities, and LGBT2QIA+ folk.