Advocacy Specialist

Oregon State University

Survivor's Advocacy and Resource Center

The Student Health Service’s (SHS) mission is to provide leadership for the health and well-being of the university community. SHS provides a comprehensive primary care clinic and extensive prevention and health promotion services to students and limited services to faculty and staff. SHS is part of the Division of Student Affairs.

The newly created Oregon State University Survivor’s Advocacy Resource Center (SARC) is seeking a full-time Advocacy Specialist. The Advocate will provide confidential and privileged support, assistance and advocacy to members of the University community who have experienced sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, sexual harassment and stalking. SARC provides assistance in a trauma informed manner, addressing the complex impact of violence on the person and the community. The Advocate would be collaborating with the university and the community to formulate strategies to best serve the survivor’s interest in immediate and long-term resolution of their situation.

The Advocacy Specialist will assist the Associate Director of SARC in efforts to influence campus change by providing leadership in policy, training, and provision of services directed at supporting survivors. This position will also educate the campus community about the vital role that each of us has in ending interpersonal violence and providing survivor centered responses to disclosures of violence.

Minimum requirements:
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as social work, counseling, psychology, or related fields
  • Minimum of 2 years professional experience in sexual violence/interpersonal trauma or counseling related field  
  • Possess or obtain within one year of hire relevant state wide certifications regarding advocacy training
  • Demonstrated understanding of current best practices in responding to interpersonal trauma and campus-related sexual violence
  • Strong ability to work effectively within and outside of the university system in developing relationships and programs to address programmatic issues and needs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of various ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identities
Preferred qualifications:
  • Licensed or license eligible in Oregon in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field
  • Experience in speaking in front of diverse audiences and the ability to adapt materials quickly so that the audience can understand the concepts being presented.
  • Experience and competency serving in advocacy or counseling to underserved and traditionally marginalized student groups such as but not limited to LGBTQ, domestic students of color and international students.
Application and contact information:

For information, please contact

Judy Neighbours, PhD,
Associate Director- OSU Survivors Advocacy Resource Center  

For complete position description and requirements, please see the announcement and apply at; search for posting # P01336UF or key word ADVOCATE. Posting closes 6/30/2017.

OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who share our vision of an inclusive community.