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Advocacy & Wellness Coordinator

University of Illinois, Women's Resources Center

Job description

Primary Position Function/Summary:

Reporting to the Director of the Women’s Resources Center, the Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator position is a 100%, full-time, staff member who serves as a leader in the development and implementation of survivor/victim support services. As a designated campus Confidential Advisor, the Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator serves students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, and/or dating/domestic violence), as required by Illinois state law.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Advocacy and Support Service Coordination:

  • Provides and coordinates trauma-informed case management, crisis intervention, and survivor-centered advocacy for student, staff, and faculty survivors of sexual misconduct with regards to all of the legal and administrative options, rights, resources, and referrals for survivors/victims of these forms of harm.
  • Provides and navigates survivor rights and options with systems of the University (ex: Office of Student Conflict Resolution, Office of Access and Equity, Residence Life, financial aid, Title IX and Disability Office, McKinley Health Center, Counseling Center, etc.) and community partners.
  • Serves as an advisor for those choosing to participate in campus disciplinary processes, and appeals, when requested.
  • Evaluates summary data to identify trends to better inform outreach and response efforts.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations and written reports, correspondence, proposals, program assessments and updates, email and other materials for a variety of audiences ensuring compliance with departmental and university guidelines, practices, and principles.

Campus and Partner Capacity Building:

  • Evaluates sexual misconduct response and prevention/outreach initiatives and makes recommendations for improving initiative effectiveness. Collaborates with campus partners to develop and implement campus-wide trainings, products/resources, and healing services for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Assist other staff with publicizing the services, programs and events of the Women’s Resources Center through written and electronic means.
  • Serves on relevant committees, task forces, and development groups on campus and in the community.
  • Consults on the development of current campus policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct in accordance with VAWA, Title IX, Clery Act, and other federal and state guidelines.
  • Cultivates and sustains collaborative relationships with a wide array of constituents (staff, faculty, students, community members, and community organizations) in order to accomplish division and departmental goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements and Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree.


  • Master’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, gender and women’s students, public/community health, or a related field.


  • One year of experience with crisis intervention or peer counseling/advocacy to college students harmed by sexual assault.
  • Demonstrated experience providing culturally-relevant services to a diverse array of sexual assault survivors, particularly those that have been historically under-served by anti-violence movements.


  • Demonstrated experience integrating theories of intersectionality and cultural relevance in trauma response services.
  • Broad knowledge of student development theories and experience working with college students and/or in a college setting.
  • Experience developing services and programs for historically underrepresented and under-served communities.
  • Experience developing community and public engagement programs, and public speaking.


Training, Licenses or Certifications:


  • Successful completion of a standalone Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training (40 hours minimum), recognized by the state sexual violence coalition in the candidate’s state of practice as an advocate.


  • Successful completion of a standalone Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Training (40 hours minimum), recognized by the state sexual violence coalition in the candidate’s state of practice as an advocate.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to make independent judgments, apply discretion, maintain confidentiality, and consult when appropriate in complex and difficult situations that require highly individualized planning.
  • Broad knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression, gendered violence, and sexual and relationship violence.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including conflict management, assertiveness, consensus/team building, group and relationship violence.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including conflict management, assertiveness, consensus/team building, group facilitation, and cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Organizational and planning skills to achieve progress on multiple, simultaneous projects, to meet deadlines and to maintain a high level of productivity in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.


Environmental Demands:

  • Office position that includes some overtime and weekend work.


Salary and Appointment Information:

This is a full-time 100%, benefit eligible, civil service Program Coordinator position appointment on a 12 month basis. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after August 1, 2021. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To Apply:

Applications must be received by June 20,2021. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below.  If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at  If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification.  To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload the following documents:

  • cover letter
  • resume (months and years of employment must be included)
  • academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or copy of diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained
  • names/contact information for three references

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Keri Collins – Office Manager for Administrative Services at  For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

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