Policy Advocate (Sexual Assault Forensic Exams/Sexual Assault Response Teams & Prison Rape Elimination Act programs)

Website mcasaorg Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Working to end sexual assault in Maryland

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) provides technical assistance, training, outreach, education, and prevention in pursuit of our mission to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.

As a Policy Advocate for the SAFE/SART and PREA programs, you will provide planning, leadership and technical assistance & training in two interrelated program areas. This includes support for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) and their member agencies, sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) programs and forensic nurse examiners, advocates, and other allied professionals, as well as additional focus on the needs of a specific population:  incarcerated survivors.  Both SAFE/SART and PREA work involve establishing memoranda of understanding and typically include many of the same partners.  PREA-specific work will help ensure that incarcerated survivors of sexual violence receive appropriate services as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).  This position will work directly with Rape Crisis & Recovery Center Staff, Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinators, Maryland Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs), the Maryland Hospital Association, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Intelligence & Investigative Division, and the Department of Juvenile Services.  This work is closely coordinated with MCASA’s outreach, prevention, and training initiatives.

This is a grant-funded, full-time position that reports to the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Victim Notification Project Manager, with substantial input from the Chief of Programming.

This position, along with the rest of the agency, will entail significant virtual work and allows for flexible scheduling. Most staff are working virtually and laptops and supplies are provided.  MCASA does not anticipate resuming full-time in office work, however, there may be occasional meetings in person.

Classification: Non-Exempt

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] in Word or PDF.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide support and technical assistance to existing and emerging Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) to further their work and support establishment of SARTs in all jurisdictions in Maryland.
  • Participate in local (SART) meetings and case review procedures.
  • Collaborate with, and provide technical assistance to, Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers to develop and maintain a cadre of trained advocates to provide incarcerated sexual assault survivors with crisis intervention services, hospital accompaniment, support during investigative interviews, confidential counseling, and advocacy services, and other PREA services.
  • Assist in the development of service Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) between Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers and correctional facilities.
  • Provide trainings to staff at Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers, FNEs, SARTs, SART member agencies, and corrections personnel about issues related to SAFEs, SARTs, and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) such as investigations, law enforcement response, perpetrator behavior, cyberstalking, crisis intervention, drug facilitated sexual assault, PREA reporting requirements, dynamics of sexual assault in correctional facilities, appropriate responses to incarcerated survivors  and incarcerated survivor access to services. .
  • Produce materials and present trainings for professionals working with sexual assault survivors on trauma-informed response, including: the neurobiology of trauma (adult and childhood), adapting services to be trauma-responsive, survivor services in an incarceration setting, PREA standards, and vicarious trauma.
  • Develop, support, and present at trainings for sexual assault forensic nurse examiners (FNEs) by partnering with organizations or hospitals offering training and working with partners to increase and improve access to FNE trainings.
  • Provide technical assistance and advocate for policies that improve systemic responses to sexual assault survivors by ensuring best practices in institutional settings, SAFEs, SARTs, and SART member agencies including rape crisis centers, law enforcement agencies, FNEs, and prosecutors.
  • Represent MCASA as assigned by the Executive Director by participating in selected statewide committees and task forces.
  • Provide technical assistance to Maryland’s Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers regarding Maryland Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) programs, Sexual Assault Response Teams, PREA, and other matters.
  • Conduct targeted outreach to registered nurses employed in Maryland hospitals without Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) programs to advertise trainings in order to recruit potential forensic nurse examiners.
  • Provide input regarding regulations and policies applicable to FNEs to provide survivor-centered responses to sexual assault.
  • Coordinate with attorney(s) from MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) to attend SART meetings and identify and address legal questions and needs regarding SAFE, SART, PREA, and related issues.
  • Conduct community outreach and education as it relates to SAFE/SART/PREA activities.
  • Provide production assistance and present information at MCASA’s Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training.
  • Improve coordination and facilitate communication between SARTS, SAFE Programs, and medical facilities across the state.
  • Create and assist with effective communication between professionals with differing professional cultures, including communication between Rape Crisis and Recover Center staff, correctional facility staff, FNEs, and law enforcement personnel.

Responsibilities and Duties – Related to All Programmatic Duties

  • Assist in production of training and technical assistance materials.
  • Support effective agency communications including, for example, listservs, social media, e-newsletter, conference calls, etc.
  • Collect data needed for grant reports, assist in preparation of grant applications and grant reports.
  • Ensure compliance with grant objectives, goals, collection of data and reporting requirements.
  • Assist in recruiting, training, and working with program and legal interns.
  • Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements.
  • Comply with or assist others in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct (legal ethics).
  • Such other duties as assigned by the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Victim Notification Project Manager, Chief of Programming, or Executive Director & Counsel.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Women’s Studies, Education, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work of related field
  • Experience working with survivors of sexual assault or other power-based violence such as domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, or stalking preferred
  • Performing arts or debate experience preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Power Point, Excel), NEON, Mailchimp, and Adobe Connect preferred
  • Ability to use and communicate professionally and effectively through e-mail and social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms; able to learn and use new technology such as online databases and communication systems
  • Knowledge or previous work experience to include one or more of the following: writing, professional training, or community outreach
  • Strong oral and written communication, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills
  • Skilled and enthusiastic about developing ways to share legal and general information via technology, including social media and website.
    Ability to navigate different professional cultures within Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers and correctional facilities.
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license; this position requires travel within the State of Maryland.  Out of state travel required 1-3 times annually.

Physical Demands  

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  This job requires the ability to travel to and from different locations within the State of Maryland.

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Commitment to Diversity 

MCASA is an equal opportunity employer. Its policy of nondiscrimination means that all employment decisions will be based on merit and without regard to factors unrelated to job performance, such as ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental capacity.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@mcasa.org