Support for Sexual Assault Survivors (SSAS) Technical Assistance Specialist

Website mcasaorg Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Working to end sexual assault in Maryland

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) is the federally recognized state coalition and includes the State’s rape crisis centers and others concerned with ending sexual violence. Our mission is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.

The Support for Sexual Assault Survivors (SSAS) TA Specialist will manage a project that addresses the immediate and future needs for sexual assault survivors during the next phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a unique position at MCASA that will support ongoing efforts to ensure survivors of sexual assault have the resources they need for recovery and healing by providing support and technical assistance to Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers (RCCs) and Culturally Specific Organizations (CSO).  Responsibilities of this position will include technical assistance and training regarding serving sexual assault survivors, accessing funding for survivor’s emergency needs, and using funding for recruiting and retaining service providers.

This position will work closely with MCASAs Finance & Operations Manager, Associate Director, Grants and Data Specialist, and the SA ARP Fiscal Specialist to ensure excellence in grant applications and reporting and accuracy in program evaluations and data collection. In addition, and more generally, the TA Specialist will work towards preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus pandemic by increasing the capacity of MCASA, its Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI), Maryland RCCs, and CSOs to provide the services sexual assault survivors need, including virtual services.  On a more continual basis, the TA Specialist will have the opportunity to coordinate with current MCASA staff members to identify and develop proper strategies, resources, and materials for emerging needs across the state related to preventing, preparing for, and response to sexual assault.

At MCASA, we believe we cannot successfully serve others if we do not take care of ourselves. MCASA staff are encouraged to practice self-care and are supported in finding a positive work-life balance. This position, along with the rest of the agency, will entail significant virtual work and allow 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 will be occasional meetings in person.

Classification: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: Starting at $48,500, annually

Responsibilities and Duties

●      Provide support and technical assistance to Maryland grantees of the Sexual Assault American Rescue Plan (SA ARP) grant. This grant provides funding to RCCs and CSO to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic

●      Produce and assist in the distribution of resource materials to RCCs, CSOs, and professionals working with survivors

●      Provide information to RCCs and CSOs on strategies, emerging trends, and best practices for serving survivors

●      Assist grantees with reporting and data collection efforts and work with MCASA staff to prepare and submit quarterly grant reporting documents to the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services

●      Support effective agency communications including, for example, listservs, social media, e-newsletter, conference calls, Zoom meetings, etc.

●      Ensure compliance with grant objectives, goals, collection of data, and reporting requirements

●      Prepare MCASA grant reports and assist with development of grant applications

●      Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements

●      Such other duties as assigned by Executive Director & Counsel and Associate Director

Qualifications 

●      Bachelor or master’s degree in Women’s Studies, Education, Public Health, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work or related degree required

●      Experience working with survivors of sexual assault or other power-based violence such as domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, human trafficking, or stalking is preferred

●      Knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas: writing, grant management, data collection, technical assistance, professional training, and community outreach

●      Grant writing experience is an asset

●      Strong oral and written communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills

●      Proficiency in project management and experience collaborating with partners strongly preferred

●      Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Power Point, Excel), NEON and MailChip or equivalent software is preferred

●      Ability to learn and use new technology such as online databases and communication systems preferred

●      Strong oral and written communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills

●      Performing arts and debate experience preferred

●      Commitment to ending sexual violence

●      Access to a car and valid driver’s license. This position may require travel within Maryland

●      Telework location must be primarily located in DC, Maryland, or Virginia

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 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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
Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to [email protected] Please include your name and position title in the subject. No phone calls, please.

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