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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:

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

Student Expectations:


  • 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.
  • Be the “on-call” advocate on campus one to two weeks each semester.
  • Complete the 30-hour required advocate training provided by Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services in accordance with Iowa Code 915.20A Victim Counselor Privilege.


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

Selection Process

  • Complete a SARA Application/Volunteer Application for Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services and pass the required criminal and child abuse registry background checks.
  • Provide required references (students).
  • Interview with the Director of Counseling Services and/or the SARA interview team.
  • Interview with the Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services liaison.

SARA Application