The Training and Outreach Coordinator position at Rape Victim Advocates is focused on organizing RVA’s professional training and community outreach opportunities. This position will primarily work on coordinating 40-60 hour sexual assault crisis intervention trainings, smaller workshops featuring RVA’s expertise, and community events raising RVA’s visibility. The Training and Outreach Coordinator must manage speakers, track and analyze evaluation data, and implement creative strategies for increased community awareness.
Specific responsibilities include:
Initial point of contact for training, responsible for responding to inquiries regarding professional and volunteer education and delegating to appropriate departments
Manage internal and external coordination of speakers for RVA training purposes
Supervise maintenance of training certification including but not limited to managing and coordinating professional Continuing Education Credits
Work in coordination with Advocacy Volunteer Manager to provide a minimum of four sexual assault crisis intervention trainings for new volunteers each year. Execute on-going volunteer training through volunteer in-services, in accordance with standards set by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault and in collaboration with the RVA Training Committee. Coordinate additional volunteer trainings on an as-needed basis.
Work in coordination with Director of Education and Training to organize professional trainings, in-services, both on and off-site (University professionals, teachers, etc.)
Work in coordination with Marketing and Communications Associate and Director of Education and Training to implement outreach strategies in effort to increase RVA visibility, training opportunities and sexual assault expertise
Attend and manage resource fairs in the community
Track and document outreach activities and volunteer outreach efforts
Create, enter, and analyze all training evaluation data to ensure agency-wide efficacy in coordination with program directors
Update the volunteer training manual and other written resource materials with the RVA Training Committee
Perform other duties as assigned
Prior completion of a minimum 40-hour sexual assault training provided by an ICASA-certified rape crisis program strongly preferred; completion of a minimum of 40-hour sexual assault training within 90 days of hire is required.
BA/BS or equivalent in a related field
Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as with a team
Positive attitude and proactive approach to problem solving a must
Previous training management experience required
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Exceptional documentation and data tracking skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to implement and analyze evaluations
Previous experience working with diverse populations encouraged
Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends
Persons of color and LGBTQ persons are encouraged to apply. RVA is an equal opportunity employer.
Please send your cover letter and resume to the following:
Megan Blomquist, Director of Education and Training
Please note that resumes received without cover letters will not be considered.
No phone calls, please.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience. HMO, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance fully covered by employer. Generous Holiday, Vacation and Sick time.
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) has been providing crisis intervention for sexual assault victims since 1974 in Chicago. RVA was founded by Natalie Stephens MD., an OB/GYN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and 10 medical and nursing students and other staff. They had witnessed too many victims leaving the emergency room in an emotionally worsened state than when they arrived, and they set out to prov...ide victims with the support necessary to start recovering. Decades later, RVA remains true to its founding principles and the following mission statement:
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. RVA provides public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect positive change in policies and public attitudes toward sexual assault.
For 12 years, RVA was run entirely by volunteers. In 1986, the agency hired its first executive director. Volunteers remain key to RVA's ability to offer quality, 24-hour services. At present, more than 200 volunteer advocates provide 24-hour crisis intervention in 14 Chicago area hospitals, including the area’s 5 trauma centers. RVA volunteers donate over 20,000 hours to the agency each year.
RVA currently employs 18 staff at our three community-based offices and our main office downtown. RVA staff further provides counseling services to more than 250 individuals each year, and prevention education to more than 4,500 individuals, 3,600 of which are between the ages of 11-20. Over 90% of RVA’s clients are women and girls.
RVA recognizes the diversity of Chicago and is committed to being accessible for services, employment and volunteer opportunities to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability and economic status.
Delivery of these services makes RVA one of the most comprehensive crisis intervention programs for rape victims in Chicago, and the only rape crisis center in Chicago that is a full-service agency with the single focus of sexual violence. RVA will serve anyone -- at no cost to the victim -- who seeks treatment for sexual assault at one of our hospitals. And RVA's advocacy efforts do not stop at the individual level; the experience and information gained from providing direct services informs and strengthens our participation in institutional change.