Website Monterey County Rape Crisis Center

Crisis Intervention Specialist (Salinas and Monterey)

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Reports to: Crisis Intervention Services Director
Hours: 40 hours / week, non-exempt
Compensation: $20-$24/hour

Benefits: Eligible for Medical for employee, vacation, sick leave, holidays

About the Agency

The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide ongoing advocacy, support and healing for all victims and survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse; and to prevent sexual violence in our community through education.

Overview
Reporting to the Crisis Intervention Director, the Crisis Intervention Specialist accompanies survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse to Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations and provides direct advocacy, crisis counseling, case management, and appropriate referrals to individuals and families impacted by sexual violence.

The Crisis Intervention Specialist conveys empathy, respect, and compassion when delivering services to the community in general and survivors of sexual violence, specifically. The Crisis Intervention Specialist is a member of a high-performing team who supports all activities related to outreach to survivors of sexual violence, case coordination, case management, and daily program operations, including but not limited to, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) response, survivor accompaniment to court and law enforcement interviews and legal advocacy.

The Crisis Intervention Specialist must effectively communicate survivor needs and/or any requests by community partners to the Crisis Intervention Team. Forensic medical exams for both children and adults take place at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey and Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. Forensic interviews are conducted at the Archer Child Advocacy Center (ACAC) at Natividad Medical Center and, occasionally, at law enforcement departments or the District Attorney’s Office. The Crisis Intervention Specialist may respond to any of these locations.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS

● Keep in constant communication with the ACAC Coordinator and other SART and CART representatives about upcoming forensic medical exams and interviews;

● Provide for confidential crisis intervention, peer-counseling, information and referral, and accompaniment to medical and legal services as requested to ensure the well-being and safety of the survivor;

● Accompany survivors to Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations and Interviews at Monterey County hospitals during regular business hours and, occasionally, after business hours;

● Provide direct client services including phone and in-person peer counseling, accompaniment, advocacy, and support;

● Offer and provide follow-up with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office;

● Track and monitor client calls, assess needs, provide or arrange client follow-ups and make referrals when appropriate;

● Document all client contact, advocacy, and any other important information in MCRCC’s client management software;

● Provide follow-up peer counseling at schools as requested by prevention educators;

● Work closely with crisis intervention program staff to maintain and strengthen MCRCC relationships with community partners;

● Communicate with the ACAC Treatment Collaborative (ACAC Coordinator, District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s’ Behavioral Health) about client’s needs and any mental health concerns/behaviors

● Collaborate with CHAT Program Manager to provide information regarding new cases to coordinate ongoing case management and counseling services

● Fill out release of information when necessary

● Offer support to other staff members in the implementation of MCRCC’s program objectives in the fulfillment of its mission;

● Attend meetings, conferences, agency functions, fundraisers, events, and other job-related events as required;

● Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information;

● Perform agency and program administrative and operational tasks, as needed;

● Assist with translation of agency materials (e.g. website, flyers, brochures, etc.)

● Assist with advocate trainings, board and staff training, fundraising events and monthly advocate meetings

● Assist with Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities (April);

● Assist in conducting client satisfaction surveys;

● Uphold and adhere to the policies and bylaws of the organization;

● Remain current with news, new legislation, reporting laws, child abuse and sexual violence research in general;

● Report regularly to the Crisis Intervention Director and otherwise to insure that s/he is
fully informed of all program activities;

● Carry out other duties as assigned by the Executive Director/Deputy Director/Crisis Intervention Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

● BA/BS in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or related field or two year minimum relevant experience, MFT/MSW (or intern) a plus

● Thorough knowledge of crisis intervention and trauma response (specifically sexual
assault/PTSD)

● Experience with a community based organization or non-profit

● Familiarity with Monterey County and community resources

● Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to manage multiple tasks

● Excellent oral and written communication skills

● Certified Sexual Assault Counselor, or willingness to complete training

● Capacity to work independently and maintain working relationships with co-workers

● Ability to use relevant technology

● Ability and willingness to work with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, political backgrounds and sexual orientation

● Willing to work flexible hours including some evenings, early mornings and weekends as needed

● Willing to serve as a staff backup resource person after hours for advocates as needed on a rotational basis

● Ability to lift up to 30 lbs, climb stairs, and sit for the duration of SART/CART exams
(4+ hours)

● Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and carry vehicle insurance

● Bilingual (English and Spanish) required
Application process:

Please complete the form below to apply for the Crisis Intervention Specialist position
with MCRCC:
https://form.jotform.com/MCRCC/job-application-2021

Position open until filled and first round of applications will be reviewed 11/19/21.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email jobs@mtryrapecrisis.org.

A small team is responsible for hiring, so we ask no inquiry or follow-up phone calls please, but we are happy to correspond via email.

The MCRCC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in regard to race, age, cultural or religious background, disability, gender or sexual identity or orientation. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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