Policy Advocate (SAFE SART)

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



P.O. Box 8782
Silver Spring

United States


Position Overview

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) is looking for a Policy Advocate (SAFE/SART)

with knowledge in the sexual assault arena to provide strategic planning and leadership, technical

assistance and training to Sexual Assault Response Teams, sexual assault forensic nurse examiners,

advocates and other allied professionals. This is a full‐time position that reports to the MCASA Program

Division Manager.

Classification: Non‐Exempt

Responsibilities and Duties


 Provide support and technical assistance to existing and emerging Sexual Assault Response Teams

(SARTs) to further their work and support establishment of SARTs in all jurisdictions in Maryland.

 Develop, support, and present at trainings for sexual assault forensic nurse examiners (FNEs) by

partnering with organizations or hospitals offering training, and working with partners to increase

and improve access to FNE trainings.

 Produce trainings to staff at Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers, FNEs, and SARTs, about issues related

to SAFEs and SARTs, such as investigation, law enforcement response, perpetrator behavior,

cyberstalking, crisis intervention, and drug facilitated sexual assault.

 Provide technical assistance and advocate for policies that improve systemic responses to sexual

assault survivors by ensuring best practices in SAFE/SART. Represent MCASA as assigned by the

Executive Director by participating in selected statewide committees and task forces.

 Provide technical assistance to Maryland’s Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers regarding Maryland

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) programs, Sexual Assault Response Teams, and other


 Conduct targeted outreach to registered nurses employed in Maryland hospitals without Sexual

Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) programs to advertise trainings in order to recruit potential

forensic nurse examiners.

 Provide input regarding regulations and policies applicable to FNEs to provide survivor‐centered

responses to sexual assault.

 Coordinate with attorney(s) from MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute to identify and address

legal questions and needs regarding to SAFE, SART, and related issues.

 Produce materials and present trainings for professionals working with sexual assault survivors on

trauma‐informed response, including: the neurobiology of trauma (adult and childhood), adapting

services to be trauma‐responsive, and vicarious trauma.

 Assist in the production of training and technical assistance materials and other resources to

support SAFE programs and SARTs.

 Support effective communications for SAFE programs, SARTs and Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers,

including the use of social networking/online communities.

 Conduct community outreach and education as it relates to SAFE/SART activities.

 Provide production assistance and present information at MCASA’s Sexual Assault Victim Advocate


 Improve coordination and facilitate communication between SARTS, SAFE Programs, and medical

facilities across the state.


 Collect data and prepare grant reports.

 Support effective agency communications including, for example, listservs, social media, e‐

newsletter, conference calls, etc.

 Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements.

 Produce, update and distribute electronic and tangible materials including announcements,

brochures, booklets, fact sheets, press releases and other outreach.

 Provide technical assistance to Maryland’s Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers, MCASA members and

professionals working with survivors.

 Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements.

 Other duties as assigned by Executive Director or Division Manager.


 Commitment to ending sexual violence.

 Master’s degree and relevant course work and/or experience addressing sexual violence, the

criminal justice system, victim services, women’s studies, or policy.

 Planning, technical assistance, and project management skills.

 Strong communication skills – verbal and written, with individuals and among groups, including

those with differing professional backgrounds such as law enforcement, medical professionals,

attorneys, counselors, and advocates. Ability to speak publically and to groups.

 Knowledge and/or previous work experience in one or more of the following preferred: facilitating

meetings, supporting different work styles (including collaborative and hierarchical), SART

membership or affiliation with profession typically found on SARTs.

 Common sense and the ability to work independently.

 Knowledge of Microsoft office applications, content management applications and social

networking/media, able to learn and use new technology such as online databases and

communication systems.

 Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; able to learn and use new technology

such as online databases and communication systems.

 Access to a car and valid driver’s license; this position requires travel within Maryland.

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 to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of

this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.

The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee

must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include

close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. This job

requires the ability to travel to and from different locations within the State of Maryland.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee

encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the

work environment is usually moderate.

Commitment to Diversity

MCASA is an equal opportunity employer. Its policy of nondiscrimination means that all employment

decisions will be based on merit and without regard to factors unrelated to job performance, such as

ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical,

emotional or mental capacity.

To apply: send resume and cover letter to jobs@mcasa.org. This position will remain open until it is filled. No phone calls, please.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply