Sexually Exploited Youth Advocate/Community Liaison

Cornerstone is a $5M agency with approximately 90 employees.  Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.

Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. In addition, through Cornerstone’s statewide Day One Crisis and Crime Victim Support lines, we provided services to over 20,000 persons via phone, text and chat. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence. 

Position Summary

The Community Liaison/Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy and supportive services for at-risk or survivors of sexual exploitation, as well as providing outreach, training, and education to key community partners (law enforcement, non-profits, schools, etc.). While a portion of time will be spent providing individual advocacy services, serving as a liaison with organizations who have contact with sexually exploited youth will also be a significant part of the position. Individual advocacy may include one to one supportive sessions, group facilitation, phone triage, information and referral, and case management services. This position is expected to work throughout all of Cornerstone’s target cities and provide services in the office, community, and homes of participants.

Hours/Schedule: This full-time position has a regular schedule, however based on participant and program needs at times, this position may require flexibility or schedule adjustments.

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota

Salary: $18.03 – $21.75 Per Hour

Position Type: Full Time

Required Experience: 2 – 5 years

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Date Posted: September 1, 2021

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Direct Service:

  • Provide phone or in-person support for at-risk or survivors of sexual exploitation and triage for appropriate services if needed.
  • Conduct intake with survivors of sexual exploitation and their families, assess needs and implement appropriate services or make referrals for services
  • Complete safety plans
  • Collaborate with School-Based Services to provide prevention services that includes classroom presentation, one to one support for students, or staff training as needed
  • Facilitate support groups for at-risk or survivors of sexual exploitation at Cornerstone or in the community
  • With Supervisor co-facilitate a monthly SEY/HT staff meeting to integrate knowledge and services throughout Cornerstone programming

Community Coordination:

  • Develop professional relationships and maintain a practical understanding of available community resources
  • Provide outreach to law enforcement and schools within our service area with a focus on developing relationships that build knowledge around identification, intervention, and referral for sexually exploited youth or young adult
  • Serve as a liaison to non-profit partners serving sexually exploited youth or young adults, providing support, education, and interagency referrals.
  • Collaborating with training coordinator to provide educational presentation or trainings to students, educators, community partners, law enforcements, etc. regarding screening or signs of exploitation
  • Provide outreach to various locations i.e. literature drop, resource fairs, panel discussions, faith based communities about sexual exploitation
  • Create outreach, marketing, and educational materials about sexual exploitation
  • Work collaboratively with Safe Harbor grantees to serve at-risk or survivors of exploitation
  • Participate in relevant community committees and/or task force
  • Provide relevant supportive services to youth and youth adults who are at-risk or survivors of sexual exploitation
  • Advocate on behalf of participants with community organizations, schools, or human services system in order to coordinate care
  • Perform other responsibilities requested or approved by supervisor

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Properly document all incidents, follow accident prevention policies to ensure that clients are not unduly exposed to preventable injuries
  • Work in compliance with all Cornerstone policies and procedures
  • Maintain accurate, complete, confidential participant information in files and data base in a timely manner
  • Enter all required participant information into Apricot and submit necessary information for grant reports
  • Maintain confidentiality of records in accordance with current HIPAA standards

Human Resources:

  • Report continuing education as requested

Organizational Expectations:

  • Promotes Cornerstone Advocacy Service’s (CAS) mission & philosophy. 
  • Displays high ethical and professional standards. 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through learning, training, and dialog.
  • Attends supervision, staff meetings, and trainings as required.
  • Participates in internal CAS committees and represents CAS on external committees based on interest/assignment and approval by supervisor.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and / or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other qualifications include

  • Ability to remain calm and survivor-centered with those experiencing crisis and trauma.
  • Broad knowledge of resources and systems which interface with victims/survivors (v/s) of violence and the skills to work in both a team and individual setting.
  • Understanding of trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and culturally responsive care practices comprehensive of the impact of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking/sexual exploitation, and general crime.
  • Understanding of the human services delivery system with an emphasis on serving diverse, marginalized and/or underrepresented communities.
  • Ability to develop working relationships with community organizations, schools, law enforcements, hospitals, etc.
  • Good written and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with v/s, concerned persons, and community partners in a friendly, cooperative, and professional manner.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and commitment to enhancing skills through training, and coaching.
  • Preferred 40-hour sexual assault certification or the ability to complete training within 6 months.
  • Knowledge and aptitude with Microsoft Office, databases, and other forms of technology.
  • Valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and reliable vehicle (Valid Driver’s License and auto insurance must be on file with HR).
  • Multilingual candidates preferred.

Education/Experience

A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, or social sciences and experience working with at-risk or survivors of sexual exploitation. Understanding of Safe Harbor laws. Length of experience in a social service field may be considered in lieu of some educational requirements. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual skills are 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 and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employees abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.

Additional Information

Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Cornerstone offers generous wages and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Apply online by completing this employment application and uploading your resume and cover letter directly in this form.

You can also download Cornerstone’s employment application (PDF) and submit the completed application, resume and cover letter to Jobs@cornerstonemn.org with the job title in the email subject line. 

Only applications with a completed form, resume and cover letter will be reviewed.

No agencies; no walk-ins; and no phone calls please. The Jobs@cornerstonemn.org email is only for receiving resumes. No additional information is known about open positions. Qualified applicants will be contacted after resumes are reviewed.

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Mission & Services

Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime.

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Minnesota Day One®

A statewide program of Cornerstone, Day One® works to ensure that no call for help goes unanswered so that all in need can find safety and support. Day One connects people to experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking or general crime to help at agencies throughout the state.

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Call: 1.866.223.1111
Text: 612.399.9995

Please call 911 in an emergency.

Minnesota Crime Victims

Cornerstone’s General Crime Victim Advocacy program assists victims of assault, child abuse, impaired drivers, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, homicide and other crimes. We also can connect you to crime victim agencies through Minnesota via our statewide Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line.

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Call: 1.866.385.2699
Text: 612.399.9977

Please call 911 in an emergency.

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