Employment Opportunity: Regional Sexual Assault Capacity Coordinator


Avalon Sexual Assault Centre offers specialized, multi-disciplinary professional services to victims of sexualized violence. It also empowers individuals and communities to both prevent and respond to sexualized violence.

Avalon works to understand root causes of sexualized violence and commits to changing the social and political culture that creates and condones it. Avalon then applies that understanding and commitment in all its planning, decision-making and actions.

Avalon works to find solutions for preventing sexualized violence while focusing on moving away from victim blaming toward making sexualized violence a community responsibility. Using a feminist holistic approach that is open, transparent, trauma informed, community-based and flexible, Avalon responds to community needs, builds on assets, forms partnerships and collaborates to effect social and systemic change.

Job Description

The Regional Sexual Assault Capacity Coordinator will be a member of Avalon Centre staff team. They will have the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate and develop specialized sexualized violence training workshops/modules and they must possess specialized knowledge of sexualized violence and other forms of oppressions, as well as existing knowledge of and partnerships with other organizations that work with diverse and/or marginalized populations in the region. The Capacity Coordinator will receive supervision from and work closely with the Executive Director with direction and collaboration from the project steering committee and other project partners.


Key Responsibilities


  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and the steering committee for the Halifax Region Community Support Network and other project partners to develop a project work plan and process to enhance/improve response/support to victims/survivors of sexualized violence/abuse that is trauma informed/specific and culturally appropriate.
  • Collaborate with identified priority communities within the region (ie: Francophones, Acadians, African Nova Scotians, Aboriginals, Sex workers, Youth, Immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and people living with disabilities etc.) to develop and deliver training modules regarding specific issues faced by and competencies needed to support members of those communities as they navigate sexual assault services.
  • Coordinate logistics regarding delivery of these training to a broad audience of service providers and community partners and deliver supported knowledge exchange between 5 funded service delivery groups. Support broad based service providers in enhancing their capacity to expand sexual assault service delivery to diverse populations and to increase appropriate referrals/access to services.
  • Initiate contact with and respond to service providers to assist in the assessment of their professional and education training needs and in the design, delivery and evaluation of customized educational/training programs.


Administrative roles and other duties:

  • Maintains records of evaluation plan and data for use in future education program planning and reporting purposes.
  • Assist with collecting/maintaining current information, statistics, and resources in order to respond to agency/community requests and to enable the Executive Director to respond to media requests.
  • Assist with research, collect, develop, and revise educational, training, and promotional resource materials, the website, and social networking sites,
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual program reports, and project interim/year-end
  • Develop/maintain a systematic method of recording program data and statistics for Submit quarterly statistical program reviews.
  • Assist with preparation of newsletters, event promotions, annual reports, development of funding proposals,
  • Other duties as required



  • Demonstrate a commitment to Avalon Sexual Assault Centre’s mission and philosophy by acting in congruence with stated beliefs. Collaborates with other Avalon staff in the identification and accomplishment of program goals and
  • Contribute to a climate that fosters co‐operation, collaboration and teamwork by consistently using the principles of effective
  • Influence specialized and professional practice in the field of anti‐sexualized violence within a feminist gendered lens/anti-oppressive/trauma informed framework through critical analysis in collaboration with Avalon staff as well as other service providers/community partners, to promote collaboration, research, activity, and knowledge
  • The Coordinator provides support for, and works closely with the Youth Outreach/Community Educator as related to the Community/Legal Education and Training Provides support and is a resource for other Avalon staff, contract staff, students, and volunteers involved in education, training, and resource development.  Supports and is a resource to other Avalon staff in support of general day to day service delivery.
  • As approved by Executive Director, represent Avalon Centre on various committees, working groups and advisory
  • Provide consultation to other service providers, and/or other Develop and maintain working partnerships/collaborations with community, institutional, and government organizations.



  • Communicate effectively with other staff, service providers/community partners/project partners, clients, workshop participants, and the general
  • Conveys written  and  verbal  messages  in  an  appropriate and timely   manner  using  clear,  concise,  logical  and understandable terms  and a wide variety of media.
  • Listens actively, seeking feedback at every
  • Maintains written/electronic records in accordance with Avalon policies/best practices



  • Maintains expertise through the integration of practice, education and
  • Identifies learning needs and areas of improvement so they can be addressed and consult with the E.D. and other staff as necessary.
  • Demonstrates independent  practice  by  taking  initiative,  being  self‐directed,  meeting  deadlines  and recognizing strengths and
  • Demonstrates ability  to  work  collectively  by  participating  in  staff  meetings, yearly agency planning meetings,  internal  and  external collaborations/partnerships, working closely with other staff and community partners in day to day service delivery, as well as being open to input from
  • Ability to deal with various types of people/organizations, diverse, sensitive, complex issues, and occasional tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work confidentially since all the work is confidential/sensitive in nature and requires discretion.




  • Internal Education and Training: In collaboration with other Avalon staff, provide/support orientation, consultation, education and training for new Avalon Board and staff members, contract and project staff; student placements/summer students; and
  • External Education and Training:
    • Provide professional training workshops, information/orientation sessions, participate in/present during conferences, public events, and other training mediums and develop/distribute educational/training materials for service providers to enhance/improve their knowledge of sexual violence issues and their response to victims/survivors.
    • Enhance pubic knowledge of sexualized violence and promote Avalon Sexual Assault Centre through public education/awareness campaigns, resource displays/distribution, social networking, and the website




  • University degree in Social Sciences, Adult Education, Health Promotion, or Social Work
  • Additional diploma or certificate in related areas an asset
  • Bilingual (English & French) an asset
  • Working knowledge of adult and community educational methods and principles; specifically needs assessment, learning objectives, evaluations strategies, program design, and instructional
  • Strong public speaking, presentation/facilitation and writing skills, training and experience in group facilitation important.


  • Research skills and knowledge
  • Knowledge and working experience of basic computers programs; strong typing skills; social networking; and using the Internet
  • Experience providing general information/support/referral, and crisis intervention.
  • Feminist analysis of issues relating to inequality, justice issues, violence against women, and sexualized violence, and other forms of
  • Experience working in a non‐profit, community based feminist
  • Demonstrated advanced  practice  skills  and  competence  in  interpersonal  relations,  problem  solving, communication, negotiation, assertiveness and
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated organizational, conceptual and leadership
  • A Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Search and/or Child Abuse Registry Check required


Terms of the Position

This position is a full-time one year term position.


  • Must be available to work a minimum of 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00pm) with flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as required.



If you want to make a difference for those in our community who have experienced sexualized violence, consider joining the team at Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.

To apply for this position, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations, no later than September 20th, 2016 to:

Attention Janis Blaine, Office Manager


No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted