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Sexual Assault Accompaniment Specialist- On-Call

Sexual Assault Accompaniment Specialist

SAFE’s Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Program seeks a PRN (on-call) Sexual Assault Accompaniment Specialist to provide medical accompaniment to survivors of sexual assault during their forensic exam for evidence collection.

 

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.

 

About this position:

  • We need you to fill the role of Sexual Assault Accompaniment Specialist. This is a PRN (on-call), NON-EXEMPT position primarily based at our Grove Blvd campus, but you can be dispatched to any facility in Travis County. We will pay you $15/hour plus 60¢/hour on-call compensation.

Key duties:

  • Provide face-to-face crisis intervention and support, discuss medical and legal options and explain SAFE Alliance support services (such as counseling, legal advocacy and follow-up medical treatment).
  • Back-up and support volunteer sexual assault advocates (SAAs) and check-in with them prior to start of shift.
  • Upon reaching senior status, train and mentor new SAAs. 
  • Commit to a minimum of 6 shifts (48 hours) per month. Specialists are not onsite while on-call; you may or may not be dispatched during your shift.

** Accompaniments vary in length and can go past the end of a shift. Although rare, an accompaniment can last the duration of an 8-hour shift. At our onsite forensic clinic, Eloise House, you must stay in the building with the forensic nurse examiner until the exam concludes and the survivor leaves. Specialists cannot do hand-offs from one staff to another, therefore, it’s recommended that you clear your calendar for a few hours after your shifts in case you’re still with a survivor. Full-time staff is always available for guidance and assistance.

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Must have and maintain a reliable vehicle with state-required insurance and be able to arrive at any Travis County medical facility in less than 60 minutes.
  • Must have and maintain a working smartphone with internet access in order to communicate by phone and access on-call rosters 24/7.
  • Work is in fast-paced, medical environments – must be able to think on your feet.
  • Emergency Departments recommend annual flu shot; working in clinical/medical environments may include exposure to patients with a multitude of medical conditions.
  • Ability to pull and/or push in excess of 10 lbs of force.
  • Specialist needs to be sighted and hearing, with reasonable accommodations, and able to stand in small spaces for 2 or more hours.

Qualifications:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in social or behavioral sciences. Sufficient relevant work experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Minimum 1 year experience providing crisis stabilization support and advocacy services to sexual assault survivors required. Can be waived for current senior volunteer sexual assault advocates in program.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.
  • Knowledge of issues related to gender-based violence, sexual assault and domestic violence required
  • Ability to work pro-actively and autonomously in medical settings and interact with a variety of people, including sexual assault survivors and their loved ones, forensic nurse examiners, medical staff, law enforcement, victim services, hospital social workers, DFPS caseworkers, etc.
  • Must be comfortable in your role as an expert while interfacing with other first responders.
  • Impeccable integrity and judgment; work cooperatively with external partners.
  • Presence and maturity to represent the organization positively in the community.
  • Excellent written, verbal and communication skills.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.

About us:

  • The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
  • With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
  • The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English. 
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