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The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion
are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are concerned uniquely with
the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just university.
Toward that end, Student Affairs invites applications for the Survivor Advocate & Case Manager
position within the Gender Equity Center (GenEq)
Penn State’s Gender Equity Center (GenEq) supports students who have been impacted by
sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, harassment, and other campus climate issues.
GenEq staff provides education, advocacy, referrals, and crisis intervention/support. All services
are confidential and are provided free to our student communities.
The Survivor Advocate & Case Manager provides support and advocacy to students impacted by
power-based personal violence including sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, and sexual
and/or gender-based harassment.
This position will/may:
▪ Provide survivors with trauma-informed support and advocacy, including assisting them
in navigating medical, Title IX, legal, judicial, academic, and other support systems.
▪ Provide information, options, and resources to survivors as appropriate.
▪ Function as a liaison between survivors, the broader Penn State community, and local
▪ Coordinate campus and community resources to support survivors.
▪ Work closely with other campus partners and resources as needed.
▪ Develop and maintain relationships with community organizations supporting the needs
of students navigating sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, and sexual and/or
▪ Maintain an up-to-date inventory of on and off-campus services for survivors.
Case Management (30%)
▪ Provide ongoing support, advocacy, and case management for students as needed.
▪ Collaborate on the intake & case management process with the Director.
▪ Monitor follow-up and progress for ongoing cases and meet with those seeking support.
▪ Complete accurate and timely case notes as appropriate.
▪ Demonstrate a commitment to prioritizing survivor wellbeing.
▪ Support the mission, vision, & broader engagement of the Center and its staff.
▪ Serve on committees, assist with reception responsibilities, and respond to requests from
those visiting the Center as needed. ▪ Have other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of the Gender Equity Center.
Necessary Skills and Knowledge
▪ Knowledge of Title IX, sexual misconduct, dating violence, and other power-based
personal violence and applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
▪ Empower the survivor to feel in control and navigate processes at their own pace with
their safety and overall wellness as a priority.
▪ Knowledge of trauma-informed practices and modalities.
▪ Must be able to change focus, answer immediate client demands, work with students who
have had traumatic experiences, and deal well with interruptions.
▪ Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak to a wide range of audiences and
communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, identities, and life experiences.
▪ Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
▪ Demonstrated ability to provide culturally competent and inclusive support services for
students from historically underrepresented communities.
▪ Knowledge of the challenges facing students from historically underrepresented
communities, including people with disabilities, people of color, queer, transgender,
gender non-conforming, first-generation, low-income, international, immigrant,
undocumented, tribal, and indigenous communities.
▪ Ability to maintain highly personal information in a confidential manner.
▪ Comply with child abuse reporting laws and other requirements as appropriate.
▪ Must be reliable and able to work evenings/weekends as needed to fulfill the mission of
▪ Excellent writing and communication skills and a high level of organizational and
▪ Ability to work independently and as part of a team; Ability to foster collegiality, develop
relationships and build capacity for equity and inclusion work across constituent groups
Education & Experience
▪ Typically requires a Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field (Counseling,
Social Work, Law, and Policy, etc.) and one year of related experience (or an equivalent
combination of education and experience). Other preferred certifications and/or
licensures: Juris Doctorate (JD), Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),
Clinical Social Work (CSW), and/or other related certifications and/or licensures.
▪ Demonstrated knowledge of interpersonal violence and victim advocacy with a
commitment to student well being preferred
The Pennsylvania State University and Student Affairs are committed to and accountable for
advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness,
foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage
the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them
thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service
mission. Student Affairs upholds that mission through our commitment to developing an equity-minded community that fosters students’ academic, social, cultural, and personal growth.
Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its
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