Commander, Navy Installations SAPR Victim Advocate in Oak Harbor, Washington
Summary This position is that of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate (VA) and serves as the primary initial point of contact for victims of sexual assault. Provides 24/7 support for victims’ immediate needs. Assesses all safety concerns, provides victim information on resources that are available; serves as an advocate for the expressed interests of victims with all intervening agencies. Responsibilities II. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Victim Advocacy/Support duties comprise 75%of incumbent’s time and include but are not limited to: - Provides 24/7 support for victims’ immediate needs: assesses safety concerns, provides reporting options, provides information on available resources, and facilitates referrals. - Serves as an advocate for the expressed interests of victims with all intervening agencies to include law enforcement, medical, and legal. - Maintains follow-up contact with the victim as requested by the victim and accompanies the victim to appointments and civilian and military court proceedings, as appropriate and when requested by the victim. - Supports victims in advocating on his/her behalf and provides assistance with prioritizing actions and establishing short- and long-term goals related to recovery from sexual assault. - Assists victims with contacting appropriate military and civilian legal offices for personal legal advice and assistance specific to the victim’s circumstances or case, including the filing for civilian or military protective orders. - Serves on the SAPR watch bill. - Ensures timely notification of the SARC and provides the necessary demographic and/or incident detail to allow for comprehensive documentation in the Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID). - Ensures the victim understands that speaking with the SAPR VA is voluntary. - Attends sexual assault Case Management Group (CMG) meetings when a case is presented involving a victim with whom the SAPR VA is assigned in order to advocate on behalf of the victim and to ensure the victim’s needs are met. - Reports victim’s support services and response information to the SARC and consults with the SARC on an ongoing basis to ensure comprehensive care for victims throughout the care process. - Travels to different locations for training and to coordinate tasks/actions with clients, command, military and civilian agencies within the local area of the installation. Program Support/Training duties comprise 25% of incumbent’s time and include but are not limited to: - Assists the installation SARC with interfacing with military and civilian agencies to identify relevant resources and means of accessing appropriate services to promote availability of victim advocacy services and support systems. - Assists the SARC with the development and coordination of installation SAPR prevention and public awareness campaigns and local events. - Ensures marketing materials and 24/7 contact information is prominently displayed across the installation. - Assists the SARC with maintaining a cadre of trained, certified unit SAPR VAs. - Assists the SARC with incident data collection and reporting requirements. - Captures service delivery outputs in the Fleet and Family Services Management Information System (FFSMIS). - Trains commands, SAPR VAs, Unit Victim Advocates (UVA), and others as requested utilizing standardized curriculum provided by CNIC Headquarters (HQ) SAPR. - Ensures command SAPR personnel are properly trained to provide briefings to commands that include proper reporting procedures, maintaining victim confidentiality, and available victim support services. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Specific experience working with victims of sexual assault or working in victim advocacy and victim advocacy services is necessary. A bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, criminal justice or related social or behavioral science field preferred. Must have analytical ability and skill in interpersonal relationships Must have knowledge of the dynamics of sexual assault and victim advocacy and care Knowledge of the military, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Navy (DON) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program is preferred Must have the ability to understand, be sensitive to, and have empathy for victims; must have the ability to develop trusting helping relationships and to work effectively with individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds Must have the ability to intervene in crisis situations, using sound professional judgment, ethical practice and common sense Must have the ability to work cooperatively with military and civilian medical, social service, law enforcement and legal personnel on behalf of victims Must be skilled in written and verbal communication Must have demonstrated the ability to provide effective trainings and briefings. Candidate must successfully complete a formal background check and maintain security suitability requirements. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Position requires employee to obtain/maintain eligibility for a Secret Security Clearance. Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a current state driver’s license. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. OTHER INFORMATION: Participation in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States. The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. Education All transcripts, certifications and licensure must be uploaded with application to be considered. Additional Information Some positions have special requirements. Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education. DON is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. The DON provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.