Victim Advocate - Hutchinson

Position: Administrative Assistant
Sexual Assualt/Domestic Violence Center, Inc.
Location: Hutchinson, KS

Posted: 10-7-2016

Responsible to: Executive Director or designee

Position Type: Full-time, non-exempt


The sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy program at the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center (SA/DVC) in Hutchinson, KS seeks qualified applicants for Victim Advocate. SA/DVC serves Reno, Rice, Kingman, Harper, McPherson and Marion counties. This position involves providing direct advocacy services to victims/survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence by providing support and assisting with resources and options regarding safety. This position is a member of the SA/DVC advocacy team, participating in staff meetings, in-service or other training, crisis call response, and shelter meetings as necessary. This position also works with community members and organizations to provide direct advocacy services, as well as public presentations regarding domestic violence and sexual assault to identify victims and provide or refer them to needed services.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide victim-centered, trauma-informed advocacy services, including court/legal, law enforcement, medical, crisis hotline, safe shelter, child/youth, and others.
  • Provide personal advocacy and supportive peer counseling to victims/survivors.
  • Assist with the facilitation of support groups for victims/survivors.
  • Provide victims/survivors with a safe, supportive, confidential, and respectful environment.
  • Communicate effectively with victims/survivors to understand their needs and identify appropriate resources.
  • Work closely with other members of the SA/DVC team to ensure client needs are met.
  • Participate in a rotating on-call schedule for after business hours crisis response, as needed.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community members, organizations, and others to increase awareness of services and referrals to SA/DVC.
  • Provide public presentations, as needed.
  • Maintain and complete accurate paperwork and statistical data.  Assist with other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED; Ability to work in nonjudgmental way with victims/survivors of violence and treat all people with dignity and respect; Ability to work with minimal supervision; Knowledge of a variety of computer applications; Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills; Demonstrate ability to maintain strict confidentiality; Must live within 20 miles of Hutchinson business office; Must have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish and English or experience in working with multi-lingual client base. Prior experience with victims/survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.

Physical Qualifications: Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.

Benefits: Vacation/Sick Leave; Holiday Leave; Health Insurance; Life Insurance

To Apply:
Complete and submit the SADVC employment application with a current resume, and cover letter to:
SADVC Victim Advocate
Attn: Lisa Hayes
335 N. Washington Suite 240
Hutchinson, KS 67501

SADVC Application Form

PART TIME Shelter Relief Staff - Hutchinson

Position: PART TIME Shelter Relief Staff
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center
Hutchinson, KS

Posted: 8-20-2016

This is a part time (25-50%) position.

This employee has non-exempt status.


This employee plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the daily operation of the shelter in lieu of the shelter manager. This includes performing client intake duties, participation in shelter activities, purchasing groceries and household supplies, and maintaining a healthy safe environment. This employee will be available to communicate and provide support to shelter residents, maintain a log of shift activities, complete shelter duties assigned by the shelter manager, and provide transportation for shelter residents when able to do so. The shelter is staffed twenty-four hours a day, including holidays. shifts are adjusted to ensure coverage and consideration is given to accommodate individual staff scheduling needs.

This position is directly responsible to the Shelter Manager.


  1. Assures shelter is maintained as a healthy and safe environment in accordance with shelter policy.
  2. Inventories donated items and shelter property.
  3. Reviews shift notes and makes additions to shift notes as necessary.
  4. Client intake completed on each client admitted to the shelter during an assigned shift.
  5. Provides non-judgmental support, advocacy and resource information regarding legal, medical, mental health, and social service agencies to shelter residents.
  6. Supervise and encourage shelter residents to participate in activities at the shelter, including the performance of household duties and parenting.
  7. Enforces shelter policies to provide a "peaceful homelike" atmosphere for shelter residents.
  8. Answers the Crisis Line between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday (week nights) and from Friday 5:00 p.m. to Monday 9:00 a.m. (weekends). Calls are forwarded to volunteers or agency advocates.
  9. Attend shelter staff meetings, program meetings, training, and educational events that are relevant to the shelter.
  10. Strict confidentiality will be maintained at all times.
  11. Ensures the safety and security of shelter residents by monitoring activity in the shelter, perform safety checks of the building, and reporting all problems in a timely manner.
  12. Is responsible for providing documentation of time worked by 9:00 on Monday of the following workweek.
  13. Any other duties deemed necessary by the Shelter Manager or Executive Director.


  1. High school graduate.
  2. Education or experience in the sexual assault/domestic violence field with additional education in psychology, sociology, social work or a related field is preferred.
  3. Valid Kansas drivers license and good driving record are required.
  4. Knowledge of psychological, social, medical, and legal aspects of sexual assault/domestic violence.
  5. Ability to work independently and with little direct supervision during normal work hours.
  6. Basic knowledge of personal health issues, nutrition, budgeting concepts and home management are needed.
  7. Good problem solving and decision making skills.
  8. Team building skills and the ability to work as a team member to accomplish shelter goals.
  9. Good listening and communicating skills.
  10. Flexibility around scheduling work hours.


Workers Compensation
Holiday Pay (time and a half)
Social Security Employer Contribution


$8.00 - $10.00 per hour

To Apply:
Complete the employment application, and submit a current resume, cover letter, and professional references to:
Child Visitation and Exchange Center (CVEC) Observer
634 SW Harrison
Topeka, KS 66603

SADVC Application Form

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