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Sexual Assault Advocate
New Directions – Mount Vernon, OH

New Directions, the Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Knox County, seeks a full-time sexual assault advocate. This is a newly-created position, concurrent with New Directions’ commitment to expanding its role as Knox County’s rape crisis center. Core responsibilities will include: providing individual advocacy for sexual assault survivors; accompanying survivors for sexual assault forensic examinations; convening a support group for sexual assault survivors; maintaining local statistics; facilitating the county’s sexual assault response team; and, providing prevention education at the local colleges and universities. The advocate will also assist in answering New Directions’ crisis hotline and participate in the on-call rotation.

Candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or a related field. A master’s degree and/or social work licensure and/or previous training and experience in sexual violence intervention or prevention are preferred. A current or previous connection to Knox County is also desirable, though not mandatory.

New Directions is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting diversity in its professional staff. Individuals with varied backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. Candidates should also support New Directions’ commitment to serving underserved and at-risk populations, including male victims, individuals who identify as LGBT, and persons who are disabled, elderly and/or have mental health issues.

New Directions is a small, collaborative agency. The five full-time staff problem-solve and share ideas on a regular basis. Also, while staff members have areas for which they are primarily responsible, they also cross-support each other in a number of ways. Within the community, New Directions is a well-respected organization that partners with various agencies, groups and individuals on areas of shared concern. Candidates should be comfortable in this type of environment.

Salary is commensurate with experience. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Questions can be directed to Executive Director, Matt Hellman, by phone (740) 397-4357 or by email The due date for receipt of materials is Monday, August 3, 2015.

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