Sexual Assault Centre of Brant Sexual Violence Counsellor and Advocate Contract in Hamilton, ON

Sexual Assault Centre of Brant

Branch Hamilton ON CA

Sexual Violence Counsellor and Advocate
Hamilton, ON

The Counsellor will also have a team of peers at the Wellness Centre on campus. Sexual Assault Centre of Brant….

Sexual Assault Centre of Brant

Part-time Contract Position

Sexual Violence Counsellor and Advocate for Laurier Brantford Students

The Sexual Assault Centre of Brant (SAC) is a feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive organization which provides multiple services to the community including counselling and systemic advocacy for female survivors of sexual violence. The Centre boasts a strong relationship with Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford (WLU) and is now honored to be invited to provide services and resources specifically designed to meet the needs of its female students.

This position will be 20 hours per week commencing immediately and ending May 31 st , 2016. This is a pilot project. The Sexual Violence Counsellor and Advocate will provide service both on campus and at the Sexual Assault Centre’s community based location. The schedule will follow a predictable pattern including some evening hours. Flexibility and the ability to occasional attend weekend events is also required.

The Counsellor is supervised by the Executive Director of SAC Brant and will participate in peer supervision and debriefing at SAC. The Counsellor will also have a team of peers at the Wellness Centre on campus.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual counselling for students from Laurier Brantford for any and all matters related to sexual violence (including but not limited to survivors of historical sexual abuse or sexual assault, recent sexual abuse or assault, dating, sex, consent, sexual harassment and discrimination and harassment based on gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation)

  • Accompany survivors to appointments relating to sexual violence (including but not limited to police, court and hospital)
  • Provide safety planning
  • Provide individual and systemic advocacy with the primary responsibility for advocacy in non-university systems and work in close collaboration with Laurier staff charged with related mandates
  • Provide facilitated referrals and Transfers of Care to other SAC programming including but not limited to the Male Survivors’ Program, the Young Women’s Program, the Adult Women’s Counselling Program and the Crisis and Support Line
  • Establish and expand collaborative relationships to further the goals of the Gendered Violence Task Force as they relate to direct service provision
  • Work collaboratively with key university stakeholders, including the Gendered Violence Faculty Colleague, and community partners to develop tools for program assessment and to facilitate the appropriate assessment measures that would best record and reflect the impact of the position
  • Assist with the collection of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Contribute to analyzing data and developing recommendations for future programming
  • Develop and deliver education and awareness programs at Laurier on sexual and gendered violence, including workshops and orientation programs

  • Develop, acquire and disseminate resources as required by the students who access service
  • Be a resource for University faculty and Student Affairs staff for advice and information on gendered and sexual violence issues


  • A feminist analysis of sexual violence and its differential impact on men, women, and children

  • Significant experience providing one-on-one counselling to female survivors of sexual violence
  • Proven experience in providing both systemic and individual advocacy, and inter-agency liaison on behalf of clients
  • A demonstrated commitment to working within an anti-oppressive and anti-racist framework
  • Completed post-secondary education in a related discipline; post-graduate education a definite asset
  • The ability to communicate and sustain a gender-based analysis in an academic setting; familiarity with university and/or higher education systems an asset
  • Familiarity with the concerns and perspectives of our Aboriginal Communities
  • Familiarity with the community of Brantford and Brant County and the relevant social, medical and legal services
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, a second language is an asset
  • Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle required
  • The ability to respond to multi-faceted demands, to rely upon own initiative and to work with minimum supervision in a crisis-driven environment

Women who reflect the diverse communities of our community are particularly encouraged to apply. The hiring team would be especially delighted to accept applications from Aboriginal women, racialized women, women who were not born in Canada, women who have a first language other than English, women who have disAbilities and LBTTQ+ women.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and a covering letter by email, including SAC/WLU Position in the subject line. Your covering letter should outline your suitability for the position and include some of the challenges that you anticipate with providing gender-based sexual violence counselling and advocacy in the setting described above, with examples of suggested remedies.

Interviews will be held October 9 th , 2015.

Applications must be received by October 2 nd at 12 noon.

We hope the successful candidate will be able to start immediately.

All applications are appreciated, but only those candidates accepted for an interview will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Hamilton, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-09-23
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