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POSITION/TITLE:      COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH SPECIALIST

ISLAND COUNTY

REPORTS TO:           DIRECTOR OF VICTIM SERVICES/TRAINING

 

POSITION STATUS: FULL TIME/NON-EXEMPT

 

JOB SUMMARY: The Community Education and Outreach Specialist is primarily responsible for connecting people to Victim Support Services (VSS) in the broader community by cultivating relationships with organizations, individuals, and other relevant agencies in Island County, Washington. VSS believes in providing compassionate and victim-centered services that are culturally competent and linguistically appropriate to all individuals. VSS is dedicated to ensuring that victims of crime and their loved ones are treated with respect and dignity, receive the best care from our staff and the highest quality information and referral assistance.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS        

Outreach:

  • Identify and coordinate functions (both internally and externally) for outreach including; providing community presentations to civic groups, churches, educational fairs, law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Design, implement and coordinate a Community Outreach Plan each fiscal year for the Island County program, adhering to Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) standards and requirements
  • Coordinate outreach events, tabling, and other special outreach events in conjunction with staff
  • Develop partnerships both external and internal for community outreach purposes to communicate the mission and purpose of the organization
  • Connect with stakeholders at events, in the community and via electronic communication
  • Attend networking meetings to expand agency awareness in the community, establish effective and supportive working relationships with diverse populations, attend agency meetings and events, and attend community meetings as appropriate
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for creating partnerships and referral mechanisms for community members to better access services
  • Work with board, staff, volunteers, and donors to promote Victim Support Services programs to ensure that community voices are heard through sustained collaboration
  • Build, maintain, and invigorate mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations, as well as other partner organizations to expand the reach of our programs through strategic partnerships
  • Develop and maintain relationships within the community
  • Other duties as assigned

Education:

 

  • Serve as a professional community resource educated on services provided by Victim Support Services
  • Partner with the Director of Victim Services/Training to help identify and execute selected training for agency advocates
  • Create, in partnership with Director of Victim Services/Training, training curriculum to be offered to other entities both within and outside of Washington State
  • Provide education classes to the community regarding issues related to victimization (examples: Identity Theft, Victim Rights, Understanding the Criminal Justice System, etc.)
  • Deliver public awareness and educational presentations, to the community about available victim services as well as victim rights
  • Participate in agency sponsored and external trainings on victimization issues including Core Training and other community workshops/trainings
  • Help maintain and update community workshops and trainings offered to the community and professionals
  • Other duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATION and SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in Social Work, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Outreach, Marketing, Education or related field required
  • Ability to perform public speaking and experience teaching adults in a variety of settings
  • Experience in establishing professional and well organized communication with partner agencies, community and business leaders
  • Work as effective team member
  • Demonstrate professionalism and represent the organization to the highest degree of excellence
  • Ability to build rapport with diverse population
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer skills, especially in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Must comply with agency requirement of strict client confidentiality, maintain professional ethics and follow agency policies and procedures

 

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

 

  • Valid Washington State driver’s license, insurance and automobile
  • Pass a Washington State Patrol Background Check
  • Complete 40-hour Core Advocacy Training
  • Participate in agency required annual training
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee will be required to sit for periods of time. Standing, walking and bending are required movements. The employee will occasionally need to lift approximately 10 lbs.

 

SALARY: $20 to $22 per hour DOE

 

Send cover letter and resume to: julie@victimsupportservices.org

 

This position is funded by a grant from the State of Washington. End date of this grant is 30 June 2020, with the possibility of renewal.

 

Apply by date: 10 September 2019

Please refer to the link below for a PDF of the job description.

Community Education and Outreach Specialist Island County

 

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