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School Based Services Educator/Advocate

Cornerstone Advocacy Service



 

Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $4.8M agency with approximately 90 employees. We provide specialized services within eleven cities, including Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis. Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center. Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence.
(www.cornerstonemn.org)

 
Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Human Services and/or Youth Development
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Full Time Salary: DOQ
 

Primary Duties:

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The School Based Services Educator/Advocate spends the school year in Northwest Hennepin County middle and high schools working on violence prevention and intervention directly with youth. The advocacy portion of the position requires 3 days/week in various schools in the Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Osseo communities providing advocacy sessions for youth impacted by family violence, teen dating abuse, sexual violence, human trafficking/exploitation. Additionally, the Educator portion consists of creating and facilitating classroom presentations on such topics as Teen Dating Abuse, Sexual Violence, and Gender Stereotypes, among others. Presentations will occur throughout our entire Hennepin County service area. This is a full-time position and summer is spent building and enhancing the quality and scope of the program. Experience working with African-American and/or African youth preferred. ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES Direct Service 40% Presentation Creation/ Facilitation 40% Administrative 10% Outreach/ Collaboration 5% HR/ Professional Development 5% Direct Service: * Provide individual support/ brief intervention/ education/ advocacy with adolescents referred for dating violence, bullying, human trafficking, harassment, family violence issues, anger awareness and related issues. * Facilitate various school support groups: conduct anger awareness, harassment education, mentorship groups and gender specific discussion groups with referred students at various schools. * Maintain a level of expertise surrounding bullying, relationship violence, harassment, cyber bullying, sexual violence and human trafficking issues. * Maintain general understanding of community resources for youth. * Provide assistance and/or leadership with school based student advisory leadership committees and corresponding events. Presentation Creation/Facilitation: * Facilitate violence prevention classroom presentations in elementary, middle, and high school students and staff. * Provide training, education, and discussion group facilitation for various small groups: parents, teachers, peer mediators, athletic groups, and volunteers. * Actively participate in creating and evaluating School-Based Curriculum and presentations to ensure it is relevant and aligns with best practices. * Assist with outreach efforts in the form of awareness campaigns, and collaborate with community organizations or community partners. Administrative Responsibilities: * Participate in program meetings. Meetings are held at our Minneapolis and Bloomington office locations. * Maintain consistent communication with colleagues while working from various locations. * Complete data entry in a timely manner. * Accurately document critical incidents or mandated reporting situations. * Familiarity with and ensures adherence to NASW Code of Ethics, HIPAA standards, as well as state professional and ethical standards for mental health. * Must be able to work early mornings based on school schedules. * Attend all-staff meetings and trainings. * Any and all duties as assigned. Outreach / Collaboration Duties: * Reach out community organizations to engage in opportunities for collaboration. * Attend community meetings and initiatives, as assigned. * Assist in program public relations and marketing for the program and the agency. Human Resources/ Professional Development: * Report continuing education as requested. * Attend workshops and trainings (as negotiated with supervisor) for increasing professional skills. Organizational Expectations: * Must complete the required sexual violence/domestic violence training within the first 6 months of employment. * Must provide own transportation to and from assigned schools. Mileage reimbursement provided. * Participate on internal committees as assigned. * Attend all-staff meetings and trainings. * Promote Cornerstone mission and philosophy. * Display high ethical/professional standards.

Experience:

QUALIFICATIONS AAP/EEO Statement Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Must have a strong interest in violence prevention and intervention and a passion for working with young people. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and 2-4 years of experience working within an educational/school based setting or providing violence prevention services to children and youth. Experience in providing educational services or violence prevention programming to children, youth, and their parents. Knowledgeable about violence prevention, dating violence, bullying, anger, family violence, and crisis intervention, preferably regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking victims/survivors. Knowledge of resources and how to access them. Ability to work collaboratively with school administrators and staff; work independently and make decisions under pressure. Experience working with diverse populations. Must have access to a reliable car and possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license and provide proof of ongoing automobile insurance.

 

Additional Info:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employee’s abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way. Cornerstone offers a generous salary and benefits package.

How To Apply:

RESUMES without COVER LETTERS will not be reviewed or considered for employment at Cornerstone Advocacy Service. Please e-mail your COVER LETTER AND RESUME to jobs@cornerstonemn.org. No agencies; No walk-ins; No phone calls please.

 

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