Sexual Violence Support Advisor, Student Wellness Centre, Student and Enrolment Services University of Calgary, Student Wellness Centre Canada

Sexual Violence Support Advisor, Student Wellness Centre, Student and Enrolment Services


Job ID: 17595

Updated: March 1, 2019

Location: Main Campus


Position Overview

The Student Wellness Centre within the Student and Enrolment Services is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Sexual Violence Support Advisor for approximately 1 year.


The Sexual Violence Support Advisor positions reports to the Senior Director, Student Wellness, Access and Support. The Advisor will work closely with the Advocate in providing support to those student members of the University community who have experienced or been impacted by sexual violence.  The successful applicant is required to have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, in addition to 2 years’ experience working in the mental health/crisis intervention.

The Advisor is responsible for supporting education, awareness and programming efforts related to sexual violence prevention as well as education on the impact of sexual violence, rape myths, rape culture etc. The incumbent will provide training on topics including responding to disclosures, reporting options/procedures and available resources.

This position serves as an additional point of contact for student members of the University community who are impacted by sexual violence, and advocates for those community members by providing independent, impartial and confidential emotional support including effective referrals to resources on and off campus, navigating and negotiating necessary accommodations on behalf of the impacted individual (if requested), developing safety plans, and facilitating formal reporting on or off-campus when requested by the impacted individual. 

This position is predominately located at the U of C Main Campus; however, travel to the other campuses may also be required. Work is complex, with peak periods and short time lines for completion. This position works Monday to Friday, including early evenings, with occasional requirement to work outside of regular hours.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Support and Case Management

  • Provide a warm, supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere for all community members who access service

  • Assist victims/survivors with initial appointment and follow up including but not limited to: documentation, filing reports, developing safety plans, accompanying individuals to meetings, or serving as an advocate (at the request of victim/survivor)

  • Assess emergent nature of intakes and prioritize appointments accordingly

  • Maintain expertise in Sexual Violence Policy and procedures and refer impacted individuals to relevant department for investigation/response should victim/survivor opt to file a Formal Report

  • Connect victims/survivors with internal and external resources as appropriate and follow-up with clients to ensure successful referral

  • Maintain relationships with faculties, student services, residence services, Wellness Centre staff and physician's, clubs and student associations to facilitate communication and awareness on sexual violence and healthy relationships



  • Establish collaborative relationships with key stakeholders on and off-campus to ensure effective wrap-around support for impacted individuals and to facilitate knowledge/understanding of supports in place should a disclosure be received

  • Offer scheduled presentations to the campus community to further understanding and knowledge of critical topics related to sexual violence and to increase knowledge of the sexual violence policy and service roles with in the office of sexual violence prevention and education

  • Providing appropriate referrals to internal and external resources

  • Supporting community members through advocacy to be able to remain at work or in school in a healthy, safe, and supportive manner



  • Review and respond to email communication sent to the Sexual Violence Support Advocate disclosure mailbox

  • Triage requests and schedule appointments in a timely and responsive manner

  • Assist the Sexual Violence Support Advocate in daily operations and administration duties of the office

  • Assist the Sexual Violence Support Advocate in program planning, editing and research, ensuring best practice at all times

  • Conduct presentations on behalf of the sexual violence prevention and education office, its resources and programs

  • Representation at promotional booths on and off campus

  • Collaborate with the Sexual Violence Support Advocate and marketing and communications team to evaluate and keep the sexual violence website current

  • Maintain client files according to retention rules and confidentiality protocols in accordance with standards established with the Access and Privacy Office (University Legal Services) and ensures files are updated in a timely, thorough and ethical manner

  • Ensure all analysis and reporting efforts are compliant with university processes and FOIP

  • Manage own time to effectively accomplish tasks and to ensure deadlines are met

  • Exercise sound judgment and decision making following outlined procedures and guidelines

  • Ensure that Sexual Violence Support Advocate is kept informed of activities and progress of work

  • Ensure that the work assigned is completed, in compliance with all departmental and University of Calgary policies and procedures

  • Other duties as required


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in social work or related field, current and maintenance of professional registration is required if applicable (RSW)

  • 2 years' experience working with victims/survivors of sexual violence

  • 2 years' experience working in mental health and crisis intervention

  • Understanding of the impact of trauma caused by sexual violence

  • Effective decision making and independent judgment

  • Knowledge of multiple and intersectional theory which grounds work (e.g. feminist, critical race, anti-oppression, marginalized identity, student development)

  • High degree of intercultural competence

  • Knowledge of community-based resources and ability to foster and maintain effective working relationships with community-based partners

  • Demonstrated strong regard to the adherence of professional boundaries and for issues of confidentiality and dealing with highly sensitive material

  • Strong understanding of privacy and human rights legislation

  • Experience with outreach, advocacy, and collaborative approaches

  • Passionate and committed to ensuring a safe support for people of all genders, sexualities and backgrounds and authentic empathy skills

  • Proven ability to work effectively with multiple departments, organizations and people in sensitive and complex situations

  • Strong presentation and group facilitation skills

  • Advanced knowledge about patriarchy, sexual violence and systems thinking

  • Provide a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector search dated within 6 months


Application Deadline:  March 22, 2019

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist / Advisor Job Family, Phase II .

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website .


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit .


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada

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