Director of Advocacy Services, CAPE

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver.

SAIE supports students in their holistic development through advocacy, collaboration, and education, and we strive to be full partners in students’ learning experience. SAIE values student centricity; diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaboration; adaptability; and accountability. The Division’s strategic priorities are:

  • Enrich the holistic student experience
  • Elevate & Embed diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Engage purposeful partnerships
  • Enhance staff development, learning & wellbeing
  • Enact sustainable practices & operations

SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education; Student Engagement; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Health and Counseling Center; Inclusion & Equity Education; Disability Services Program; The Cultural Center; Access & Transitions; Learning Effectiveness Program; Veterans and Military Resources; Student Outreach and Support; Student Rights & Responsibilities; Budget, Operations, and Division Resources; New Student Programs; Parent & Family Engagement; and Community and Driscoll Commons.
The mission of the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is to provide exceptional, inclusive, integrated health care. We promote student success and wellness through education, advocacy, and outreach to the University of Denver community. The HCC is an on-campus health facility open 8am-5pm M-F with evening hours until 7pm two to three evenings a week during the academic year and provides a wide range of on-site medical and mental health services. The University of Denver is deeply committed to Inclusive Excellence and seeks a mental health clinician who is committed to multiculturalism and can integrate that perspective into all their work.

Position Summary

The Director of Advocacy Services for the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) serves as the primary survivor advocate for the University, providing advocacy, support and case management services to any member of the DU community who is a victim/survivor of sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence and/or sexual harassment.. This position is responsible for training and supervising CAPE advocacy staff and trainees as well as working in collaboration with Health Promotion and Counseling Services to enhance current initiatives and develop new initiatives that increase awareness of and response to sexual assault and gender violence situations. This position is responsible for embedding inclusive excellence (equity and diversity) initiatives into advocacy work, treatment provision, and outreach initiatives. The Director of Advocacy Services reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health and Wellness. This is a 12-month, full-time position.

Essential Functions

Direct Victim Advocacy 

  • Provide advocacy, support, case management and consultation to survivors of gender and/or relationship violence on the DU campus including victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, and/or stalking.
  • Develop University collaborations to support survivors of gender violence.
  • Maintain awareness of DU climate and policies/practices on gender violence and provide systems level advocacy to create/maintain trauma informed and equitable polices/practices across campus.
  • Create and maintain ongoing relationships with local victim/survivor advocacy groups to enhance collaboration and inform advocacy services.
  • Oversee the CAPE Survivor Fund, ensuring the application and review processes are accurate and completed in a timely manner.
  • Oversee fundraising efforts for the CAPE Survivor Fund in collaboration with relevant departments on campus.
  • Maintain an awareness of current police and legal procedures relating to gender violence response and prosecution in the city and county of Denver.
  • In collaboration with HCC staff, maintain a comprehensive data system to provide Clery reportable data to the Department of Campus Safety and to provide University stakeholders with information on sexual assault and gender violence incidents.
  • Maintain and update confidential records that reflect the advocacy work that is being conducted.
  • Keep abreast of current research on sexual assault and gender violence and current state and federal legislation impacting advocacy work.

Administrative & Training 

  • Oversee the timely provision of advocacy services, develop appropriate policies and procedures, and adherence to national standards and Colorado statues regarding victim advocacy.
  • Create additional program evaluation and strategic planning for CAPE so that CAPE’s missions and goals align with the DU 4-D and DEI strategic plans while gathering on-going data regarding CAPE’s utilization and impact on DU community.
  • Participate in community-based advocacy support services’ meetings and collaborations in order to maintain strong community resources for DU IPV survivors.
  • Expand training around and service provision to students from marginalized populations.
  • Supervise other advocate(s) or advocate trainees on CAPE staff.
  • Provide victim/survivor advocacy trainings.
  • Assist with providing direct training and education on issues related to supporting survivors of gender-based violence.
  • In collaboration with the Department of Health Promotion, support and assist in educational efforts and campus wide events regarding sexual assault and gender violence.
  • Maintain adequate documentation that highlights the efforts in educational outreach.
  • Chair committees related to Gender Violence Prevention, write reports and sit on committees as directed by the Assistant Vice Chancellor.
  • Attend relevant meetings on campus, at the HCC, and in SAIC to fulfill the mission of the department and division.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience with crisis management/intervention and advocacy services.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of Inclusive Excellence.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work, gender studies, or related field.
  • Experience serving victims/survivors with multiple barriers and from diverse populations.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in gender violence and sexual assault response services.
  • Completed the Colorado state level 40-hour advocacy training for victim advocacy, or willing to complete within the first month of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on gender violence response in higher education.
  • Experience with and knowledge of Title IX legislation.
  • Experience providing clinical or advocacy supervision

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 9, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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