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Interim survivor advocate position posted

Ohio University is now seeking candidates for the position of interim survivor advocate on the Athens Campus. The position, which reports to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will fill the role left by the departure of OHIO’s previous Survivor Advocacy Program coordinator. The survivor advocate position was constructed following analysis of the program’s caseload, client needs and service as a University liaison. The survivor advocate is a confidential reporter and is not required to report allegations of sexual misconduct under Policy 03.004.

The interim position carries an appointment through June 30, 2016, and a search will take place for a permanent position. The responsibilities of the interim survivor advocate include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in outreach and providing survivor advocacy services, including referrals to students of Ohio University who have been impacted by stalking, dating violence, domestic violence and sexual assault on or off campus, as well as students who are dealing with past trauma.
  • At the request of survivors, participating in meetings with the Title IX office (the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance), Community Standards, law enforcement investigation and court proceedings.
  • Responding to crisis line phone calls.
  • Responding to referrals from O’Bleness Hospital to support survivors during sexual assault evidence collection.

Suitable candidates for the position will have a master’s degree in social work, counseling or a related field. They must be a licensed social worker or carry a counseling license, as well as three to five years of experience in their field and one to two years of management experience.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion requested a waiver in order to expedite hiring when an appropriate individual has been recognized. 

“With this new position description we are optimistic we will be able to find an individual who can fill this role and provide these very important services to our campus community,” said Shari Clarke, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion. “It was crucial to move forward with filling this position, while still evaluating the role and how it can best serve the needs of our student survivors.”

OUSAP temporarily closed during search

The Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program (OUSAP) is temporarily closed while the search for a credentialed Interim-Survivor Advocate is being conducted. This means that OUSAP’s offices and hotline are nonoperational,with no staff working out of those offices, until an Interim-Survivor Advocate is hired. Past OUSAP Peer Advocates and Graduate Assistants fully support this closure. During this interim period, individuals seeking confidential emotional support services can contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 740-593-1616. (This number becomes their Crisis Line after hours and on weekends.) Non-confidential inquiries regarding institutional accommodations can be directed to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance at 740-593- 9140. Those requiring emergency assistance with medical or safety concerns can contact the Ohio University Police Department at 740-593-1911 or the Athens Police Department at 9-1-1.