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Job Title

Program Intern

 

Position Overview

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) advocates for accessible, compassionate care for survivors, the prevention of sexual assault, and accountability for all offenders.  MCASA actively works to end sexual violence in the State of Maryland through professional training, public outreach, public policy advocacy,   technical assistance, and legal services.

Through hands-on learning responsibilities, MCASA’s program interns are engaged in the important effort to end rape, child sexual abuse, and the full continuum of sexual violence including campus sexual assault and human sex trafficking. They are exposed to the latest thinking in the field of sexual assault prevention and response through webinars and trainings, professional meetings, and written resource materials. Program interns also come away with practical knowledge about a statewide nonprofit organization’s strategies for office management, internal and external communications, professional training, and public outreach.  

A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required.  Interns are encouraged to work with their academic institutions to seek credit.

This internship located at our metro-accessible Silver Spring, MD office.

 

Intern Objectives

  • Develop and expand knowledge regarding sexual violence and policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and abuse.
  • Develop ability to write and format professional documents such as letters, fact sheets, website content, and newsletter articles
  • Expand professional speaking skills by answering and making telephone calls
  • Become familiar with client referrals by providing information about MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute and Maryland rape crisis and recovery centers to survivors who call the office
  • Learn about event management by assisting with logistics coordination for professional training sessions and fundraising events
  • Enhance research skills by completing written projects regarding sexual violence
  • Develop an understanding of nonprofit membership development and engagement by updating and maintaining electronic database records
  • Participate in public outreach by attending events, staffing community information fairs, and fulfilling orders for resource brochures.
  • Become familiar with a varied-pace office environment that juggles both immediate and longer-term projects
  • Contribute to development of office resources on specific topics.   

 

Qualifications 

  • Be genuinely concerned about sexual violence issues and have a passion and desire to make a difference
  • Have a desire to learn about non-profit organizations and practices
  • Be organized, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to complete projects independently
  • Be computer and internet savvy: experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred
  • Be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

This internship is particularly relevant for students pursuing degrees in communications, social sciences, criminal justice, or Women’s Studies, but we welcome applications from those in any field.

 

Commitment to Diversity 

MCASA is an equal opportunity agency and is committed to diversity.  MCASA does not discriminate based on ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental disability. 

 

Compensation

This internship is unpaid.  We encourage interns to seek academic credit or stipends when possible.

 

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to [email protected]  Applications are accepted at any time; however, we encourage applicants for fall internships to apply by early August, for spring internships by mid-December, and for summer internships by mid-April. The start date is flexible; we require a minimum commitment of three months at 15 hours per week.

The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) of Maryland is seeking applications for legal interns for academic year and summer internships. SALI is one of the only programs in the country devoted solely to providing direct legal services to victims of sexual assault. The Institute is a state wide program that provides legal services in civil cases for victims of sexual assault in cases such as: college administration hearings, privacy issues, peace and protective orders, family law matters, employment, housing, and any other civil issue related to sexual assault. SALI also provides technical assistance and training for attorneys, rape recovery center staff, and other professionals working with survivors. The Institute is part of the Maryland Coalition against Sexual Assault (MCASA). MCASA is a non-profit membership organization that includes the state’s nineteen rape recovery crisis centers, law enforcement, mental health and health care providers, attorneys, educators, survivors of sexual violence and other concerned individuals. MCASA represents the unified voice and combined energy of all of its members working to eliminate sexual violence in the state of Maryland.

Legal interns in the office provide information to victims of sexual assault and help attorneys who are working on college administration hearings, privacy issues, peace and protective orders, family law matters, employment, housing, and any other civil matter relating to sexual assault. Interns are expected to commit to work a minimum of fifteen hours per week for at least one academic semester, or ten weeks (split summers possible) during the summer. Specific duties vary according with caseload, but generally include telephone and in-person intakes and referrals (with direct client contact), and some legal research. Interns are given the opportunity to accompany attorneys to court when possible. Other intern responsibilities may include: assisting attorneys in preparing cases for trial and/ or witness interviews; helping victims to create their own safety plans; and other administrative duties as assigned.

Legal Institute Responsibilities

The Institute will provide training on the dynamics of sexual assault and the Maryland statues. Written feedback will be provided if desired (or required for academic reasons). Constructive criticism and guidance will also be provided. Applicants should feel free to bring research proposals, or issues they are interested in the attention of the Institute; every effort will be made to accommodate individual interests. Some flexibility regarding hours may be given to allow for other commitments.

Intern Qualifications

Students of any academic discipline will be considered. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in women’s issues, the American legal system, or working in the non-profit sector. Some academic background in on or more of these areas is preferred. Applicants must have common sense, and the ability to work independently.
Applications are accepted throughout the year for academic year internships. Please email, mail or fax a resume and cover letter detailing your interest, work experience, and availability to:

Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI)
Post Office Box 8782
Silver Spring, Maryland 20907
301-565-3619 (Fax)
[email protected] (Email)

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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

SART/SAFE and FNE

  • 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 matters.
  • 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 Training. 
  • Improve coordination and facilitate communication between SARTS, SAFE Programs, and medical facilities across the state.

 

General

  • 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.

 

Qualifications

  • 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 applysend resume and cover letter to [email protected].  No phone calls, please.

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Position Overview

If your goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of sexual assault survivors, especially those whose voices have been under-represented, then this paid fellowship is a perfect opportunity to embark on your professional journey. Part of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (MCASA) mission is to provide technical assistance, training, outreach, education, and prevention.  Our team works together to produce trainings, address system change, and increase public awareness.  Our staff uses a multicultural, multidisciplinary approach including use of social media, in person, and internet communications.  Through this fellowship, you will be meeting the needs of underserved populations by providing outreach and training to the communities and professionals that serve them and developing your own professional skills and experience.   This is a full-time position that reports to the Division Manager.  This position requires a one year commitment. Start Date June 1, 2018.

 

Classification:  Non-Exempt

 

Responsibilities and Duties

 

General:

  • Produce, update and distribute electronic and tangible materials including announcements, brochures, booklets, fact sheets, press releases and other outreach.
  • Assist with website revisions and redesign.
  • Provide technical assistance to Maryland’s Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers, MCASA members and professionals working with survivors.
  • Assist with distribution and creation of public information and other communications requiring quick turnaround; this can range from press releases to funding notices for programs.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director or Division Manager.

 

Focus Area - Training:

  • Produce and develop MCASA training programs for professionals working with survivors of sexual violence.  These include annual 32-40 hour sexual assault victim advocate trainings; trainings on individual topics such as college sexual assault; professional development for Rape Crisis & Recovery Center staff and others working with survivors; and working closely with other staff to develop trainings for Maryland Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members.
  • Direct and manage migration of selected MCASA training to an on-line format to increase access to information.
  • Participate in pre- and post- training activities, including preparatory meetings, training debriefs, data entry and analysis of formal evaluation forms, and follow-up surveys of FNEs, advocates, or others who have attended MCASA trainings.
  • Assist in the production of training and technical assistance materials and other resources.
  • Coordinate with MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute to respond to legal training and technical assistance issues. 

 

Focus Area -- Underserved Populations:

  • Coordinate, develop, and maintain MCASA’s work to ensure underserved populations have access to services and justice.  Underserved populations may include but are not limited to women of color, economically challenged, incarcerated, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, victims of human sex trafficking, people in later life, and allies of these populations.
  • Support Maryland’s rape crisis and recovery centers in improving response to underserved populations.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to various professionals regarding underserved populations, including dissemination of recent research findings or policy changes.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working with survivors of sexual assault or other personal violence such as domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, or stalking preferred.
  • Knowledge and/or previous work experience to include one or more of the following: writing, professional training, community outreach, website development.
  • Strong oral and written communication, organizational, problem solving and planning skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Power Point, Excel), Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), and NEON and Wordpress preferred. 
  • Design sense and creativity helpful.
  • Ability to use and communicate professionally and effectively through e-mail and social media including Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms; able to learn and use new technology such as online databases and communication systems.
  • Commitment to ending sexual violence.
  • Access to a car and valid drivers 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. 

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Position Overview

SALI provides legal services to survivors of sexual violence, and technical assistance and training to professionals working with survivors.  The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) is part of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA).  MCASA’s SALI is looking for a full-time staff attorney that will provide legal services to victims of sexual assault and assist them in development and administration of SALI services, outreach, and training.  Casework may include a substantial immigration caseload. This position reports to the Managing Attorney.

 

THIS POSITION REQUIRES ADMISSION TO PRACTICE LAW.

 

Classification:  Exempt

 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide legal services to victims of sexual assault, including assessment and referral, legal consultation, and representation in protective and peace order proceedings, family law cases, college administrative proceedings, victim compensation proceedings, victim/witness representation in criminal cases, and other matters. 
  • Develop and utilize skills to provide high quality and sensitive legal services to victims of sexual assault
  • Provide or assure provision of safety planning for victims
  • Maintain reasonable caseload in compliance with grant requirements and needs of office
  • Review cases with SALI managing attorney and seek assistance when needed
  • Conduct legal research
  • Provide community outreach, technical assistance and training
  • Assist in production of training and technical assistance materials
  • Assist in coordination and development of low bono/pro bono attorney network
  • Collect data needed for grant reports or other reasons; assist in report preparation
  • Assist in recruiting and supervision of legal interns and other SALI staff
  • Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements
  • Comply with Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Such other duties as assigned by the managing attorney or executive director

 

Qualifications

  • J.D. from accredited law school
  • Must be admitted to Maryland bar.  Attorneys currently licensed in another State may be eligible for admission under Maryland Rule 19-215 (temporary admission for public interest attorneys licensed out of state)
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license; this position requires some travel within the State of Maryland
  • 3 years litigation experience and/or judicial clerkship preferred
  • Knowledge and/or previous work experience with sexual assault related issues preferred
  • Family law or immigration experience preferred

 

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 10 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 cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected].  Please include your name and position title in the subject.