CARE Advocate

Position Overview

CAPS is a member of the Division of Student Affairs, where “We make learning possible.” In collaboration with our colleagues across campus, we prepare students to succeed through personal development, peer engagement, lifelong learning, and social responsibility.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is comprised of the Clinical Service, Campus Assistance, Resource, and Education (CARE) and the Testing Service. The goal of the Counseling Center is to provide students with clinical, educational and outreach-based services that benefit the mental health and well-being of all Jayhawks. Our services are primarily short-term in nature, and we make referrals to other helping professionals and community agencies as appropriate. Members of the counseling center are committed to:
  • A nurturing, supportive community
  • Cultural humility and inclusion
  • Growth oriented accountability
  • Embracing compassion in all situations
  • Using evidenced-based quality of care
This position works with the CARE Coordinator providing confidential support to students who have been affected by interpersonal violence. They will provide direct emotional support and education on options, resources, and resource acquisition on the KU campus and in the community. They will also provide advocacy services during the reporting process (both through KU and criminal processes). They provide a wide range of supportive measures (assisting with housing relocations, accessing medical care, etc.) and will also provide academic supportive measures to assist in improving the academic success of the student.

The Advocate will also work with the CARE Coordinator to help manage and create outreach material for these services (marketing on KU campus and the community, creation, and management of social media and website content). Will work with campus and community partners to coordinate programming, education, and outreach.

The ideal candidate will have experience in and commitment to promoting and enhancing inclusion and commitment to ongoing development of multicultural competence. Additionally, the candidate will have the ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively, to take initiative, and to be flexible in response to developing demands and challenges of the position.

The incumbent in this position will see, hear, and have access to confidential information that must be handled in accordance with all relevant state and federal laws and University policies and procedures regarding its use and disclosure.

This position also is authorized to review, create, and process information &/or data in accordance with established procedures in the performance of job duties.

This position is expected to be a 10 month position, active from August to May.

In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 8 hours of sick leave earned every month, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work! The University actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Job Description

50% - Direct Student Support
  • Provides support for individuals affected by interpersonal violence including incidents of sexual assault & abuse, sexual harassment, sexual battery, intimate partner violence, dating violence, and stalking. This includes immediate crisis intervention as well as individualized supportive counseling.
  • Accompanying and providing advocacy to survivors during medical and legal exams and processes as the student chooses.
  • Provides information on available resources and options, referring students to additional services when relevant.
20% - Marketing, Increase Community Awareness of Survivor Services
  • Works with CARE Coordinator to establish and maintain partnerships with the members of the campus and community to cultivate networks and systems that assist and educate students and others affected by interpersonal violence.
  • Works collaboratively to campus outreach and trauma-informed responses that address all forms of harm.
  • Provides consultative information applicable to student, staff, and faculty sexual violence trainings.
20% - Administrative: Including, but not limited to, submitting documentation, taking phone calls, and attending meetings.

10% - Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

This position may require working after-hours for programming purposes on a rare basis.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related degree.
  2. 3 years related experience. (sexual assault or domestic violence advocacy and/or prevention, crisis intervention, case management experience)
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage marketing material and social media content, as evidenced by application material.
  4. Strong written communication skills as evidenced by application material.
  5. Experience with training, education and adherence to privacy and confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related degree.
  2. Experience in higher education programming, teaching, and presenting.
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by application material and interview.
  4. Demonstrated foundational knowledge on interpersonal violence response and survivor support as evidenced by application material and work experience.

Additional Candidate Instructions

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:
  1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application review begins Friday, September 1, 2023 and will continue until a qualified pool of candidates has been identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Melissa Foree

Advertised Salary Range

$42,000 - $46,000

Application Review Begins

Friday September 1, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Monday September 25, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26094BR
  • Department:  Counseling/Psych Svcs
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  01-Sep-2023

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