Apply to be a SARA

Watch campus announcements to learn when the application period for SARA positions is open (in January each year). Find the link to download the application at the bottom of the job description on this page.

SARA (Sexual Assault Response Advocate) Job Description

 Student Requirements:

  1. Sophomore or Junior status at Simpson College preferred, but all are welcome to apply.
  2. Current cumulative grade point average of 2.5 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours preferred.
  3. Maintain full time status during duration of involvement in program (12 hours per semester; 3 hours during May Term)—some flexibility applied
  4. Student advocates are required to make a 1-2 year commitment to the program.
  5. Interest in promoting awareness of issues surrounding sexual assault.

 

Faculty/Staff Requirements:

  1. Part-time or full-time employment at Simpson College.
  2. Faculty/Staff advocates are asked to make a minimum of a 1 ½ year-2 year commitment to the program.
  3. Interest in promoting awareness of issues surrounding sexual assault.
  4. Time commitment from faculty and staff can be flexible. Please talk with another SARA member if you have questions.

 

Student Expectations:

ADVOCATE ROLE:

  1. Provide advocacy services as needed to survivors of sexual assault which includes, but is not limited to, phone support, provision of information and resources, immediate crisis response, accompanying the survivor to an exam site, assisting the survivor with the development of a “safe plan”, accompanying the survivor to on-campus and/or off-campus judicial meetings, and other additional appropriate follow-up.
  2. Be the “on-call” advocate on campus one to two weeks each semester.
  3. Complete the 30-hour required advocate training provided by Crisis Intervention Services in accordance with Iowa Code 915.20A Victim Counselor Privilege.

 

PROGRAMMING ROLE:

  1. Attend regular group meetings to create opportunities to increase campus sexual assault awareness.
  2. Plan, initiate, and evaluate a number of educational programs throughout the year.

 

Faculty/Staff Expectations

  1. Faculty and staff will not serve in an advocacy role, but instead are considered consultants to the SARA program.
    1. This means faculty and staff do not have on-call responsibilities and will not be a part of conversations about student’s on-call experiences.
  2. Faculty and staff members complete the 30-hour required advocate training provided by Crisis Intervention Services in accordance with Iowa Code 915.20A Victim Counselor Privilege.
  3. Faculty and staff assist student SARAs in coordination of campus events, in making decisions about group structure and functioning, and serve as a liaison between the SARA group and the faculty/staff community at Simpson.
  4. Faculty and staff attend regular SARA meetings as they are able.

 

Selection Process

  1. Complete a SARA Application/Volunteer Application for Crisis Intervention Services and pass the required criminal and child abuse registry background checks.
  2. Provide required references (students) or provide departmental head approval (faculty/staff)
  3. Interview with the Director of Counseling Services and/or the SARA interview team.
  4. Interview with the Crisis Intervention Services Campus Outreach Coordinator.

 

click here to download the SARA Application for STUDENTS

click here to download the SARA Application for FACULTY AND STAFF