Legal Advocacy Diversity Coor

University Of Minnesota Minneapolis , MN 55415

Posted 2 weeks ago

Special Notice for COVID-19

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time.

Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in related field

At least four years of experience working with victim/survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking

Completion of 40 hour State Certified Sexual Assault Training Program

Demonstrated ability to work with students, faculty, staff and community people from diverse cultural and identity-specific backgrounds (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability)

Demonstrated experience providing services to underserved/marginalized communities

Knowledge of the legal rights of victim/survivors and the civil and criminal legal systems in Minnesota

Trained by an anti-violence agency to write Order for Protection/Harassment Restraining Order form

Effective oral and written communication skills to work collaboratively with clients, co-workers, and University and community partners

Experience working in environments where confidentiality is required

Excellent organizational skills

Demonstrated judgment and ability to identify and prioritize high risk situations and inform appropriate channels

Preferred Requirements:

Understanding of anti-oppression work and its role in addressing gender-based violence

Experience facilitating support groups

Experience supervising or mentoring volunteers

Experience working with college students and faculty/staff

Understanding of University/college systems and resources

Knowledge or willingness to learn Titanium database program; computer literacy

About the Job

The Legal Advocacy Diversity Coordinator provides support, information, and academic and legal/court advocacy to victim/survivors/concerned persons of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment for the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Augsburg University with a focus on providing awareness and victim services to underserved/marginalized communities on campus. This includes providing crisis counseling, resources, referrals, and support to students, staff, faculty and visitors of The Aurora Center. The Legal Advocacy Diversity Coordinator also writes protective orders, assists clients through police, medical, criminal justice, and university systems, facilitates support groups, and oversees direct service advocate volunteers.

Detailed job responsibilities (include, but are not limited to, the following):

Advocacy: (55%)

Answer helpline/business line and provide services to walk-in clients during office hours

Provide advocacy for clients through systems including but not limited to academic, housing, police, hospital/medical, legal, and University processes

Provide cultural and identity specific (i.e. disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, sexuality) outreach, office hours, advocacy, crisis counseling, referrals, and resources to underserved/marginalized communities

Collaborate with campus offices and service that serve underserved/marginalized communities (i.e. Gender & Sexuality Center, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, International Student and Scholar Services, Disability Resource Center, student cultural centers, etc.)

Provide information and referrals about legal, campus, and other community resources

Assist clients in safety planning, identifying options, and problem-solving

Provide information and assist clients in filling out, filing, and attending hearings related to restraining orders, family court, criminal court, and legal procedures

Co-facilitate cultural and identity-specific support groups (survivors of color, LGBTIQ survivors, survivors w/ disabilities) with Student Counseling Services - manage intake process, maintain meeting schedule, and coordinate additional needs for the support group

Provide high level support, consultation, and training to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, academic departments, medical staff, and law enforcement regarding cultural and identity-specific trauma-informed practices and policy/legal enforcement of sexual misconduct

Communicate and assist faculty, staff, Title IX investigators, university and community attorneys and law enforcement on the needs concerns, questions, and best practices of working with trauma survivors

Provide policy and protocol information about legal, university, and community resources

Provide procedural options and assistance to clients through systems including academic, housing, police, hospital/medical, legal, Office for Community Standards, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action, etc.

Keep supervisor informed of high-risk clients situations

Participate as 24-hour helpline advocate back-up if needed

Serve in weekly rotation as professional back-up staff for helpline advocates

Provide direct service training, client consultation, and case management and functionally supervise helpline or office advocates

Adhere to agency and university policies, including but not limited to confidentiality and the code of conduct/ethics

Maintain professional boundaries with agency clients and co-workers

Outreach and Agency Representation: (20%)

Provide outreach, build relationships, and create innovative direct service solutions for underrepresented/marginalized communities/student cultural organizations impacted by gender-based violence

Host advocacy office hours in spaces accessible to marginalized communities around campus

Speak at various meetings, functions, to explain Aurora's mission and services and recruit new volunteers

Attend partner agency meetings as assigned to address issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking

Provide professional training to groups such as law enforcement, university hearing panels, and other partner agencies like cultural and identity-specific organizations and services

Administrative: (15%)

Supervise office advocates and direct service student staff

Attend annual training and webinars related to victim advocacy and marginalized communities

Manage, coordinate, schedule, and assist with helpline call center system and technology and helpline advocates

Provide client case management to advocates, interns, and staff

Provide on-call orientation to direct service advocates and office orientation to office advocates

Consult with supervisor at weekly meetings about client concerns, workload management, professional development, and other areas

Facilitate weekly direct service student staff meetings

Participate in weekly team meetings about client needs, scheduling, and other team issues

Attend trainings and continuing education activities as assigned

Record-Keeping and Data Coordination: (10%)

Maintain, supervise, and input client records into departmental database

Complete all required service documentation in a thorough and timely manner

Participate in agency grant and data reporting as directed by supervisor

Adhere to agency policies and work rules

Provide statistical reports for Clery Act and other departmental purposes

Other duties as assigned

Report to:

  • Director of The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education

This is a full-time, 100%, 12-month appointment with benefits.

About the Department

The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education, a unit within the Office for Student Affairs, offers services for students, faculty and staff regarding sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking through a 24-hour helpline and weekly 8-4:30 walk-in services as well as training and education for peer leaders and the University Community.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

If you have questions regarding the position, contact Katie Eichele,

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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Legal Advocacy Diversity Coor

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