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Advocate (4020U), PATH to Care Center - 22450
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 13, 2021
Title Advocate (4020U), PATH to Care Center - 22450
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Counseling Services
    Child and Social Services

Advocate (4020U), PATH to Care Center - 22450

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The PATH to Care Center leads the efforts to transform our campus into a community that is free of sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking through prevention, advocacy, training, and healing. We collaborate with the campus community to make social change with the goals of preventing, intervening in, and responding to harassment and violence, eliminating oppression, and creating the culture and environment we all aspire to and deserve. We envision a campus community free of violence and grounded in social justice. This vision will be realized when every member of our community is a beacon of support and respect for those around them.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Survivor Support Services of the PATH to Care Center, the Advocate position coordinate and implement survivor/victim support services, including 24/7 crisis response. This position will implement and improve essential functions of a confidential department focused on preventing and responding to sexual violence and harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence.

The Advocate will provide a coordinated response to victims/survivors of sexual violence and harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Major functions of the position include case management, crisis intervention, empowerment-based advocacy, and expertise with regards to all of the legal and administrative options, resources, and referrals for survivors/victims of these forms of violence. The advocate will evaluate summary data to identify trends to better inform outreach and response efforts.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 26, 2021


  • Administer confidential and privileged, comprehensive, empowerment-based and trauma-informed crisis intervention, on-going advocacy, and support services to those that experience sexual harassment and violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
  • Administer and develop survivor-centered advocacy.
  • Provide support to those who have experienced complex trauma.
  • Assist survivors in developing and maintaining a safety plan.
  • Provide immediate response (on-call, including nights and weekends) crisis intervention, resource information and referrals.
  • Manage multiple, complex cases and function as liaison between survivors/victims and campus and community resources.
  • Coordinate campus and community resources to support individuals.
  • Provides assistance with various campus entities to increase access to campus-based services, in various campus offices, including: the Office of the Dean for Students, the UC Police Department, other specialized counseling services within the University, and investigation and adjudication systems as appropriate.
  • Provide assistance accessing and navigating the court system, the District Attorney's office, medical care and may assist with other activities such as providing support, including emergency housing, food, clothing, transportation and referrals to local resources as necessary. Interviews related parties to obtain pertinent information.
  • Administer advocacy support and referrals for the survivor/victim's friends and family in order to support efforts towards recovery.
  • Implement culturally-relevant services, support, and resources.
  • Infuse social justice and multicultural competence into every aspect of the development and implementation of services.
  • Implement best practices and techniques in accordance with California law (civil and criminal) and campus policies in a non-judgmental manner, maintaining confidentiality as defined by applicable professional codes, laws and policies.
  • Maintain confidential case files.
  • Collect and maintain baseline statistics.
  • Review data and trends as determined; provide appropriate reports.
  • Uses reporting data to improve advocacy and outreach efforts.
  • Advise community on trauma-informed response skills.
  • Serve as a general resource and provide consultation to students, staff, and faculty seeking information and services.

Strategy and Support Services:
  • At the Direction of the Assistant Director for Survivor Support Services, develop and regularly improve protocols and procedures with regard to advocacy and survivor support services with key stakeholders, including: law enforcement, local survivor support agencies, residential programs, OPHD, counseling services, Gender Equity Resource Center and many more.
  • Assist with the development of workshops and training programs to educate various university.
  • Implement strategies to reach communities, particularly underserved communities, via prevention education and outreach opportunities.
  • Develop, facilitate, and participate in outreach efforts.
  • Develop, implement, and enhance healing services for survivors.
  • Develop and maintain positive, productive, and effective relationships with local, community-based organizations to assist with advocacy and referral efforts.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with broad and diverse groups, including: student organizations and student leaders, Office of Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD), University and local police departments, Gender Equity Resource Center, UHS Tang Center, Center for Student Conduct, Human Resources, Academic Personnel, and Residential and Student Services Program, Office of the Registrar, financial aid advisors, academic deans and more.
  • Collaborate with other campus departments, student organizations, student leaders, and community agencies to support the success of campus activities including education, prevention, outreach, and survivor support efforts.
  • Utilize student development, social change, and popular educations theories and practices to promote an effective learning community.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and effectively support individuals who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, sexual harassment, and/or stalking. Strong skills in assessing levels of emotional distress and responding appropriately Experience with crisis intervention, advising, peer counseling, trauma response, and/or advocacy to those harmed by violence. Broad knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression, gendered violence, and sexual and intimate partner violence, on a university campus. Demonstrated experience managing complex and difficult decisions when university policy is ambiguous, there is latitude for usage of judgment, or the client's reaction to advocacy methods may be less predictable. Ability to recognize complex cases that may require transferring to an advocate with more experience. Experience exercising professional judgment and the flexible use of advocacy skills; able to effectively use professional skills, objectivity and insight in effective advocacy services. Demonstrated experience effectively using independent judgment and making professional decisions and recommendations in situations that require highly individualized planning in effectively advocating for the survivor/victim. Demonstrated ability to work with people of various ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identities. Experience in speaking, training, and facilitating curriculum and services in front of diverse audiences. Experience working independently and as a collaborative team member. Interpersonal skills and political acumen to work effectively within and outside of the university system in developing relationships and programs to address programmatic issues and needs. Experience cultivating and sustaining ongoing collaborative relationships with a wide array of constituents (staff, faculty, students, community members, and with campus and community organizations) in order to accomplish goals. Ability to change focus and manage interruptions effectively; answer immediate victim/survivor requests. Interpersonal communication skills, including conflict management, assertiveness, consensus/team building, group facilitation, and cultural awareness and sensitivity. Communication skills to express ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing. Experience writing reports, manuals, protocols, and/or grant writing. Comprehension of group dynamics, facilitation of group participation, and problem solving. Ability to use listening skills and communication to involve others. Strong experience with computer programs used in the university such as word, excel, PowerPoint, case tracking systems and other key programs necessary to perform the requirements of the position.

  • Bachelor's degree in social work, counseling or related field OR equivalent work experience. As a sexual assault and domestic violence counselor who has at least 65 hours of state mandated training and is supervised by a qualified counselor.

Licenses or certification required, if any:
  • California Certification for Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor Training California Certification for Domestic Violence Advocate

Special Conditions:
  • Must be able to provide services, advocacy, and crisis intervention during non-business hours as appropriate. Incumbent must be able to respond and present to campus within 45 minutes. The ability to arrive at campus or other crises scene on- or off- campus is required. Must be able to maintain confidentiality within the bounds of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and professional codes. Incumbent must report to a qualified counselor as defined by California Evidence Code section 1035.2(a)(1).

Preferred Qualifications
  • A qualified psychotherapist with a master degree in counseling or has one year of counseling with six months rape crisis experience Fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese Demonstrated experience integrating theories of intersectionality and cultural competence in trauma response services. Demonstrated experience including, advocacy experience, working with people from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation, and gender identities and backgrounds in a multicultural college environment. Demonstrated experience providing culturally-relevant services to communities that have been historically underserved by anti-violence movements. Demonstrated history of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of advocacy skills. Analytical and intuitive skills to anticipate and identify concerns, issues and problems; to determine options for actions; and to initiate creative and timely responses. Ability to drive during the course of the role responsibilities, as necessary. Availability to work Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Salary & Benefits

This is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly rate is commensurate with experience within the range of $30.00 - $35.00/hour.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

We are hiring for 6 part-time (20-hours per week), contract positions, with an anticipated end date of December 2022

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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