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Project Empower Advocate (Department of Surgery)

Richmond

Project Empower Advocate (Department of Surgery)

  • req1298
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298
  • Department of Surgery
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Description

To provide direct advocacy services for a multi-disciplinary, hospital based sexual and domestic violence program, dedicated to enhancing prevention and intervention services to victims and families experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic violence (DV), sexual assault (SA), and Human Trafficking (HT). Provide training of medical providers on screening and intervention to victims of crime.

Typical Duties
  • Under the direction of the Project Empower Manager, Assistant Director and Director of Injury and Violence Prevention under the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services and will provide hospital and community-based services to patients within the VCU Health System who have experienced IPV/DV/SA/HT through assessment, crisis intervention, case management, and advocacy
  • Will work with hospital and community providers to participate in connecting patients to appropriate services
  • Will assist in administering and tracking the use of a crisis fund serving patient, employees, and student victims of IPV/DV/SA/HT
  • Will facilitate communication and networking amongst service providers to increase efficiency and effectiveness of direct services to victims
  • Will provide accompaniment for victims of IPV/DV/SA/HT within the hospital, criminal justice system, and other systems as needed
  • Will provide on-going case management and follow up services post discharge for as long as needed/requested by the patient or until securely handed off to a local provider for additional services
  • Will participate in training interns and volunteers and supporting the internship and volunteer program
  • Will be responsible for working with the team to ensure is maintained during all scheduled working hours
  • Will be responsible for providing training to medical providers and hospital staff across VCU Health Systems and identified community partners on screening, identification, and referral of victims of violence to Empower or other appropriate
  • Will complete all program goals and grant funded goals as assigned within due dates
  • Will complete all data and documentation requirements within 24 hours of each response/case management/training event


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in a human services related field with a minimum of two years related experience working with a sexual, domestic, intimate partner, and/or human trafficking violence.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary hospital program team, individuals and families experiencing IPV/DV/SA/HT, and community providers
  • Ability to provide assessment, advocacy/case management and supportive mental health services to patients
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Must agree to CPS and criminal background check
  • Dependable transportation required
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree with a minimum of one-year related experience working with a sexual, domestic, intimate partner, and/or human trafficking violence.
  • Bilingual spanish-english, experience with maternal health.
  • 3 years of experience and training working with the IPV/DV/SA/HT population in hospital-based, community-linked programs
  • Knowledge of IPV/DV/SA/HT service system
  • Prior knowledge and training in trauma-informed care for victims of IPV/DV/SA/HT


University Title: Case Manager, HS (1-3)

This is a restricted position with no set end date and continued employment is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine is a premier academic medical center located in the heart of Richmond. Accounting for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research, the School of Medicine is internationally recognized for patient care and education. VCU School of Medicine comprises 18 clinical departments, eight basic health science departments, and 11 affiliated institutes and centers, and provides preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of healthcare for humanity. All full-time university staff are eligible for our generous benefits package that includes choices for health, vision, and dental coverage, life-insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, retirement planning, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, significant paid-time off,12 paid holidays, and more. Explore our benefits further here: https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/benefits/university-and-academic-professional-benefits/

The School of Medicine continuously strives for our workplace and learning environment to reflect the demographic and social milieu of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

 

Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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