Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center
Student Health Services 

.49 FTE= 19 hours/week


General Description

Oregon State University is enhancing its efforts to support the survivors of sexual and relationship assault and to educate the university community about survivor-centered, trauma informed responses to sexual and intimate partner violence.  In order to advance this work, OSU established the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC) in 2015.  The Center provides a survivor-centered and trauma informed approach to the way in which OSU members respond to acts of violence and support the survivors. By meeting with a confidential advocate, survivors are empowered to make informed choices as to how they wish to proceed in their recovery as well as decisions about reporting options.  This GTA position assists various staff involved in advocacy and sexual violence prevention work  in the development of programs designed to increase awareness of the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center in supporting survivors;  and in  providing training to the campus community on: the use of a trauma informed lens when interacting with survivors,  preventing violence through campaigns addressing the rape culture, and assisting in the creation of a safe and compassionate environment for those who have survived any form of sexual violence. This position provides some direct advocacy support for survivors, following completion of the required campus advocacy training, which is provided by the SARC.  This position of funded through the Office of the Provost.

Responsibilities Include

  • Assist in the development of student programs related to survivor support and violence prevention
  • Assist in the recruitment, training and supervision of student volunteers utilized at SARC events
  • Provide trainings and outreach related to survivor advocacy and ally support
  • Assist in the organization and delivery of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events
  • Assist in the creation of marketing and messaging related to SARC
  • Receive training as a campus advocate and provide advocacy services as needed
  • Interface and collaborate with Student Health Services staff
  • Participate in the advocacy subgroup with the Coalition

Dates of Service and Compensation

This graduate assistantship is being awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning September 2018 and ending June 2019.  This is a full-time graduate assistantship that requires 19 hours per week of service.  This graduate assistantship required being part of the Student Health Services in-service and additional training that will take place the week before classes begin in the Fall 2018.  Compensation includes tuition remission, health benefits and monthly stipend.  The successful applicant must complete a criminal background check prior to the hire.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Understanding of the role and importance of confidentiality within a health service environment
  • Understanding of sexual assault dynamics and trauma informed care
  • Understanding of the causes, consequences and related terminology
  • Ability to work effectively and compassionately with individuals who have experienced sexual violence and/or trauma
  • Commitment to diversity, social justice and creating inclusive environments
  • Accepted into an OSU graduate program
  • Demonstration of strong communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide outreach and training opportunities with high level of comfort presenting to groups
  • Strong listening skills
  • Ability to work afternoons, evenings and occasional weekend
  • Experience planning outreach events

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in advocacy or sexual violence prevention
  • Given the amount of training this position requires, preference will be given to those applicants who have the potential to serve in this position for more than one year.  This does not imply a multi-year contract.  All GTA positions are reviewed on an annual basis at SARC

How to Apply:

Submit your application to

Please include:

  1. A cover letter, current resume/CV, and name and contact information for three (3) references
  2. Responses to the following questions:
  • Please describe your current understanding of intersections of identity and how that impacts survivors’ experience and survivor support (500 words or less)
  • Please describe why you believe it is important to have a survivor advocacy center on the OSU campus (500 words or less)
  • Please describe how you would present to a group of students the best way to support a survivor. (500 words or less).

This position is open until filled.

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.