Position Summary The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is hiring a Community Organizer to work with members of the Adams County community to develop plans for opening a new center to provide both intervention and prevention services related to sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. Working with community leaders and organizations the Community Organizer will conduct an assessment of the needs related to direct services and prevention services. The Community Organizer will also seek an established organization within Adams County to use as a base of operations and potential location for a center. As an organization or group of individuals expresses intent to open a center, the Community Organizer and PCAR will work with the organization or group to develop a Board of Directors and acquire nonprofit status. This is a 12-18 month position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Establish and build working relationships with community members and leaders. • Coordinate and implement a public awareness campaign regarding sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. • Conduct community needs assessment to determine community’s interest and commitment to the opening of a rape crisis center. • Conduct focus groups regarding the types of services the community would like to have available to victims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. • Facilitate mentoring relationship between the organization or group identified to open a rape crisis center and centers currently providing service in neighboring counties. • Act as liaison between PCAR and the group or organization identified to open a rape crisis center for the purpose of provision of technical assistance.
Qualifications The Community Organizer should have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as project management, organizational, problem solving, and negotiation skills. A bachelor’s degree in a social science or community development related field or a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in community development is preferred. A working knowledge of Adams County is also preferred.
About Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape PCAR
The mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is to work to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.
Founded in 1975, PCAR works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of all sexual assault victims. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope, and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PCAR:
Ensures that communities have access to quality victim services and prevention education by providing funding, training, materials and assistance to a network of rape crisis centers that serve all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
Provides resources and training on sexual assault-related issues to professionals across the Commonwealth.
Promotes public policies that provide protections and services to victims of sexual violence, hold offenders accountable, and enhance community safety.
Launched the Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project in 2018 to provide holistic legal services to survivors of sexual violence.
Works with media to increase public awareness, access to accurate information, and ethical ...reporting practices.
Operates the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), which identifies, develops and disseminates resources regarding all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention. The NSVRC also is a partner in a collaborative effort with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)–PreventConnect to operate Raliance. Raliance was founded in 2015 through a multimillion dollar seed investment by the National Football League with a mission of ending sexual violence in one generation. Raliance promotes prevention by awarding grants, advancing research, policymaking, and more.
Operated AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women from 2009 until the organization became an independent 501(c)(3) on October 1, 2015. PCAR founded AEquitas and was responsible for its financial management while AEquitas project staff implemented training, case consultation, technical assistance and the development of practical resources for prosecutors and justice professionals around the world. PCAR and AEquitas will continue to work closely together as collaborative partners to help identify emerging issues and strategies that could affect investigations and prosecutions of sexual violence and related cases.