Survivor Advocate (Student Life Specialist) at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana

Posted in Other 2 days ago.

Job Description:



Department Information


The successful candidate must be student centered, collaborative, data informed, committed, and equity minded, in alignment with the values of the division of student affairs.


The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to intentionally build an engaged, inclusive, and healthy campus community through hands-on learning experiences and holistic student support.


To support, empower, and prepare every student for success.


Student Centered

We center what is best for students in our decision-making.


We understand that working together is what is best for students.

Data Informed

We use national and IU research and data to improve and evolve. Being informed communicates our credibility and our impact.


We are all in. We aim to deliver consistent, high-quality experiences for students.

Equity Minded

We center equity and inclusion and incorporate historically silenced voices in the work we do.

Job Summary

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Serves as a confidential advocate for victims/survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

  • Conducts safety planning, assessment of survivor needs, referral to campus and community resources, advocacy in securing campus-based academic and financial considerations, and support through University and legal processes.

  • Provides culturally-relevant services using the lenses of social justice, intersectionality of identities, and trauma-informed practices.

  • Works with CAPS clinical staff to make referrals and support the mental health needs of survivors.

  • Assists in the development and implementation of campus- wide educational programming focused on prevention, reporting options, and support services.

  • Provides service to the campus community through contribution to committees and task forces, support of department and division activities, and contribution to crisis response.

General Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements programs and initiatives geared at improving student engagement and involvement outcomes at the program, department/division, or campus level.
    Interfaces directly with students, attending student life events and programs and gathering satisfaction feedback from student participants to implement into future student life initiatives and objectives.

  • Collaborates with staff in own department and other departments, as well as student organization leaders, on shared student life goals, often coordinating funding to sponsor student life initiatives.

  • Measures and evaluates effectiveness of student life initiatives against projected outcomes; regularly prepares reports and presents to stakeholders on effectiveness and to secure funding for initiatives moving forward.

  • Provides guidance to student organizations regarding operations, budget, leadership, activities, recruitment, registration, policies, and compliance. Promotes leadership and student development through advising of individual student leaders and volunteers. Contributes to formation, interpretation, and implementation of student organization policies.

  • Plans and coordinates communications for student life initiatives to ensure student participation and inclusion.

  • May provide guidance to other Student Life Specialists; makes process recommendations to manager for improved delivery of service.


Combinations of related education and experience may be considered. Education beyond the minimum required may be substituted for work experience. Work experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted for education.



  • Bachelor's degree in public affairs, public health, counseling, social work, education, business, or related field.


  • Master's degree in higher education student affairs or related field.



  • 2 years in student services, higher education, or related field.



  • Proficient communication skills.

  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.

  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.

  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.

  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.

  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.

  • Highly thorough and dependable.

  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information.

  • Demonstrated customer service skills.

  • Commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated cultural competency.

  • Ability to build strong partnerships with students and other university departments.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Additional Information

$49,000 - $51,000 per year based on experience.

Work Location

IU Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution

  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options

  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting

  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options

  • Tuition benefit for IU classes

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Generous Paid Time Off

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Student Services

Job Family: Student Life

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Posting Disclaimer

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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