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Victim Advocate

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC Full-time
Posted on September 28, 2018

East Carolina University 

Victim Advocate
Vacancy #:  923013
Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview

The Division of Student Affairs actively supports the University’s missions of education, research, and service by providing comprehensive programs and services to assist each student in developing intellectually, socially, morally, and culturally. The Division anticipates students’ developmental needs throughout their collegiate experiences and promotes students development by fostering a community of learning, which encourages individual student involvement and participation. The Division of Student Affairs provides a broad range of support services, activities, and programs that seek to: Assist students in developing respect and appreciation for individual differences, interpersonal civility, and human rights. Enhance the learning environment, facilitate retention, and optimize the student experience. Accommodate the diverse needs of all students. Support a community environment that is welcoming, safe, and secure. Assist students in meeting their basic needs for housing, nutrition, and physical and emotional well-being. Provide the means for students to become active participants and leaders in their own learning. Assist students in developing logical thought processes and sound decision-making skills. Assist students in developing an appreciation of the arts. Moreover, the division seeks to contribute to the development of the whole individual by fostering in each student a deeper appreciation of the importance of life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. Through collaboration, the division provides programs and services that are grounded in theory, assessment, and sound practice.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development is part of the Division of Student Affairs and is the primary Counseling Center for the ECU student community. The Center for Counseling and Student Development is staffed by generalists who work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) is an accredited counseling service (by IACS – International Association of Counseling Services) that provides free, confidential short-term counseling to currently enrolled ECU students. The Center also staffs psychiatrists and psychiatric residents who provide medication consultation and treatment.

Services include individual, group, and crisis counseling. The most common presenting issues are adjustment concerns, depression, anxiety, alcohol and other drug concerns, and relationship issues. The Counseling Center also routinely provides consultation to faculty, staff, family, and friends who are concerned about the well-being of an ECU student. CCSD also facilitates approximately 200 educational presentations each year to classrooms, residence halls, and student groups on topics such as alcohol and other drug safety, stress management, and emotional health. 

Job Duties

The primary responsibilities of the Victim Advocate are to provide case management, advocacy, referrals, counseling, and crisis intervention, to victims/survivors of sexual assault, rape, harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of crime. Additional responsibilities include educational programming and accompanying victims to the hospital, police department, court and/or relevant university offices.

This position will provide leadership within Student Affairs and the ECU campus community regarding interventions and programming relating to sexual assault and violence prevention. The Victim Advocate will work collaboratively with fellow Victim Advocacy staff and other university offices and will be well-versed in issues associated with the Clery Act, Title IX, and Campus SaVE Act.

Specific Duties:

Provide case management and follow up services for identified victims/survivors.

  • Determine a treatment plan which may involve: crisis management, educational interventions, possible hospitalizations, adjunctive psychopharmacological services and referrals on and off campus. 
  • Conduct crisis assessments of students who are victims of crimes such as assaults, rape, abuse, harassment, or stalking. 
  • Consult with appropriate staff or committees to ensure that students’ rights and safety needs are being met.

Consult with other university offices regarding violence prevention. 

  • Be available for consultations to university faculty, staff, administrators, and visitors.
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Health Services, Campus Living, and the Title IX Coordinator or designee. 
  • Coordinate services and programming with the ECU Police, particularly the Community Affairs officers. 
  • Serve on university committees addressing the psycho-social aspects of students’ university experience.

Provide campus-wide programming related to interpersonal violence, including prevention programs. 

  • Take a leadership role within the division for all programming, services, and referrals related to violence prevention. 
  • Provide training to RA’s, judicial conduct board members and other staff and student groups. 
  • Implement comprehensive educational programs that include bystander intervention training and reaches the campus community through various means.

Provide counseling, information, and referrals to victims/survivors relevant to their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, as well as their academic performance.

Provide rotating after hours and emergency on call coverage for the ECU community related to victim advocacy. 

  • Act as an on-call responder to students who are victims of violence. Response may be in person or via phone and will typically entail crisis intervention, accompanying students to the hospital, informing the student of resources, arranging for next day interventions, and appropriate follow-up. 

Provide critical follow-up services with victims/survivors 

  • Consult with significant others of the victim/survivor with permission to offer information, resources and referrals.

Supervise graduate-level counseling practicum and internship students as relevant.

Perform related duties as required. 

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related human service field. One year direct experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence. Must possess a working knowledge of crisis and/or trauma-related interventions appropriate for late adolescent and adult development. Eligible for licensure within NC as a clinical social worker, counselor or psychologist.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation

Eligible for licensure within NC as a clinical social worker, counselor or psychologist. 

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Three years of experience working in a higher education setting and/or as a victim’s advocate. Current licensure as a clinical social worker, counselor, or psychologist. Demonstrated interest in and experience working with college students including diverse and/or underrepresented college student populations. Demonstrated ability in outreach and program development. Demonstrated knowledge of criminal processes and legal issues relevant to informing and assisting victims of crime. Excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills, strong presentation and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to thoroughly document conversations and actions regarding case management. Ability to build positive and effective relationships across the campus and community. Commitment to diversity. Ability to work both collaboratively and independently with minimal supervision. Ability to manage multiple tasks. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Ability to provide exemplary customer service. 

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Additionally, original official transcripts, a criminal background check, and two signed letters of reference will be required upon offer of employment. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.

East Carolina University seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. In order to promote the university’s diversity goal, Student Affairs strongly encourages applicants from women, minorities, and historically underrepresented groups. 

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable. 

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 923013 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

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