SafeSpace Rural Advocacy Coordinator

Pride Center of Vermont
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Location: Addison County, Bennington County, Caledonia County, Essex County, Franklin County, Grand Isle County, Lamoille County, Orange County, Orleans County, Rutland County, Washington County, Windham County, Windsor County,
About the Job

Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is seeking a dynamic and skilled SafeSpace Rural Advocacy Coordinator to join our Anti-Violence Program Team. We are looking for a direct service advocate to increase access to resources and support for rural LGBTQ+ Vermonters impacted by violence, as well as educate and train service providers on providing gender-affirming, survivor-centered care. The ideal candidate understands and is able to effectively communicate the complexities of LGBTQ+ identities and the various challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in rural Vermont.

Pride Center of Vermont celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, HIV-positive (LGBTQ+) individuals in Vermont. The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program of PCVT works in distinct and trauma-sensitive ways with LGBTQ+ people impacted by domestic and sexual violence, bias, hate, discrimination or harassment, and other types of systemic and community harms.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Services
This position is part of the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program team that provides individual and group support, advocacy, information, referrals, accompaniment, crisis intervention, and intakes for clients. These duties include:
Participate in at least 20+ hours of basic advocacy training to acquire Vermont Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege as a domestic and sexual violence victim advocate;
Ongoing professional development to support LGBTQ+ survivors of abuse, violence, and harm both within and outside systems;
Take regular on-call support line shifts during PCVT business hours;
Diligent and meticulous documentation in our confidential database of all client-related support;
Participate in SafeSpace Program meetings, supervision with the Director of the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program, and PCVT all-staff meetings.

This position is responsible for helping to uplift visibility, support, and connection with rural LGBTQ+ Vermonters impacted by violence and harm.
Design a needs assessment and implementation structure for rural Vermont LGBTQ+ survivor outreach initiatives;
Establish and foster relationships with rural LGBTQ+ affirming critical service providers;
Collaborate with PCVT staff to develop and distribute outreach materials specific to rural service providers and LGBTQ+ survivors;
Oversee the development of a LGBTQ+ Survivors Rural Resources web page on our Pride Center of VT website and update it as needed.

Training and Education
This position is a member of the PCVT Education Team and will facilitate workshops and trainings in accordance with grant requirements and community needs. These duties include:
Collaborate with PCVT’s Education Manager to create and facilitate training curricula specific to the needs of rural LGBTQ+ survivors and/or service providers;
Participate as a member of the PCVT Education Team to collaborate on our educational offerings and coordinate logistics;
Continually update trainings to reflect and address current language, climate and events.
Required Qualifications & Skills:
Ability to connect with diverse groups within, for, and beyond LGBTQ+ communities;
Lived experience within and/or knowledge of rural LGBTQ+ communities;
Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression work;
Experience with training facilitation and curriculum development;
Experience with volunteer and/or team coordination, restorative and/or transformative justice, and/or conflict mediation;
2+ years of anti-violence advocacy experience, relevant experience, and/or related degree;
Ability to multitask, problem-solve, prioritize and maintain boundaries effectively;
Internet access for virtual education, communications, and collaborations;
Valid driver’s license for statewide travel.

Preferred Qualifications & Skills:
Experience supporting survivors of violence as an advocate: (stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence which is often combined with emotional, discrimination, and/or hate violence);
Exceptional time management skills and follow-through, in addition to emotional self-awareness, compassion, healthy sense of humor, commitment to work/life balance, and a desire to be on a team that takes care of one another;
Working knowledge of Google Suite and Microsoft Word.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to by Friday, February 11th.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Pride Center of Vermont values the leadership of People of Color and LGBTQ+ individuals and strongly encourages people of all traditionally underrepresented identities to apply. No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

Wage or Salary
$42,640 annually