VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR / VIOLENCE PREVENTION SPECIALIST
Olmsted County, MN - Rochester, MN

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Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a major in Public Health, Social Work, Education, Women’s Studies or a closely related field and one (1) year experience in volunteer coordination.
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A combination of education and experience equivalent to three (3) years of full time work in a similar position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid Minnesota drivers license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.

Nature of Work:
Experience in working with victims preferred. Court advocacy experience preferred. Completion of 40 hour sexual assault advocacy course preferred.

Under the supervision of Victim Services Program, DFO Community Corrections, develops and coordinates programs for Victim Services volunteers and assist in conducting, planning, and evaluating violence prevention and health promotion projects and programs for students, parents, professionals and the general public. Recruits, selects, orients and trains volunteers; orients agency staff in the proper use of volunteers; schedules and makes assignments for volunteers; and performs related work as assigned. Must stay attuned to the best practice research in the field of violence prevention. Must be available to share on-call support nights and weekends for the 24 hour crisis line (approximately 6 weeks total on call each year).

Examples of Work:
Assists in developing best practice educational programs designed for the primary prevention of sexual violence, bullying and/or generalized violence prevention for Victim Services of DFO Community Corrections.
Collaborates with other organizations and professionals also involved with primary prevention to assure coordination and maximized results (i.e. public health, diversity council, Mayo clinic child advocacy center and youth groups).
Coordinates the Olmsted County SAVE (sexual abuse, violence and exploitation) committee and participates on internal and external committees and task forces as assigned.
Assures the volunteer training meets the 40 hour sexual assault advocacy training requirements as mandated by state statute.
Conducts presentations to public service groups, citizen groups or other agencies regarding volunteer opportunities or programs available.
Completes a monthly calendar scheduling volunteers for nightly and weekend shifts on the 24 hour sexual assault crisis line.
Delivers existing programs “And then it Changed” and “Know More” to elementary, middle and high school aged youth as scheduled.
Recruits, selects, orients and trains and evaluates volunteers for specific volunteer programs.
Assists with writing grants and monitoring grant funded programs.
Assists with the evaluation of programs delivered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Considerable knowledge of an individual response to victimization including trauma responses.
Considerable knowledge of forms of oppression and methods to increase cultural competency of volunteers.
Knowledge of effective methods of adult education and community engagement.
Knowledge of volunteer management
Knowledge of Primary Prevention and their application in the community
Knowledge of teaching and learning principles, principles of behavior change, and methods to influence the environment
Knowledge of community resources available in the area for dealing with violence and victimization
Basic knowledge of grant development and related programs
Skilled in the use of computer presentation software, such as Power Point
Skilled in using the Internet to send and retrieve up-to-date information for community and department staff
Ability to express ideas clearly, both written and verbal
Ability to maintain good working relationships with community groups, agency staff, and volunteer workers
Ability to exercise good judgment in determining assignments of volunteers
Ability to teach professional personnel
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and meaningful relationships with members of agency staff, representative of other agencies/departments, and the general public
Ability to effectively communicate with and direct a wide variety of individuals, including children and adults; citizens and visitors; professionals and non-professionals
Ability to use software packages to create brochures, reports, or newsletters Persons with disabilities: The above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical/Environmental Demands: This position requires a majority of time sitting. Objects to be lifted or carried are usually no more than ten (10) pounds. Work may involve some twisting, bending, stooping and reaching. Excellent sensory skills are important (sight, hearing and speech) as well as the ability to communicate effectively. Requires simultaneous use of hands for typing and data entry. Operation of a motor vehicle required. No adverse working conditions.