Counselor


STAR (Standing Together Against Rape) is a dynamic nonprofit full of terrific people dedicated to its mission:  Prevent sexual trauma and provide comprehensive, collaborative crisis intervention, advocacy and support to victims/survivors, their families and our communities.  All services to survivors are offered free of charge. 

STAR employees come from diverse backgrounds with varying experience.  STAR provides comprehensive orientation, training and continuing opportunities to learn about various aspects of responding to trauma.

STAR is a founding member of the Anchorage Sexual Assault Response Team, an example of the best national standard of response to sexual trauma victims, along with the Anchorage Police Department and Forensic Nursing Services of Providence.

Medical, dental, vision and life insurance is available to all regular employees along with SIMPLE IRA retirement program with 3% employer match and immediate vesting, plus a minimum of three weeks paid leave the first year of employment and 11 paid holidays.  STAR offers a vibrant office environment, and employees frequently bring their pets to work.  STAR prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of its staff and offers a free third party Employee Assistance Program to assist with matters related to various life events and challenges.

 

Job Title: Counselor

Reports to: Program Director

Key Relationships:  STAR Advocates, Direct Service Manager

Position Summary:  Provide therapeutic counseling and supports to clients who have experienced sexual trauma. 

Qualifications: 

  • Education:  Master’s degree in Counseling or equivalent, ability to complete state licensure within 12 months of hire.
  • Experience:
    • Experience working with victims of sexual violence.
    • Deal effectively with a variety of personalities and situations requiring tact, judgment and poise.  Incumbent should have the diplomatic skills to work effectively and efficiently as a team member under stressful situations.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to type 45 wpm. 
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks. 
  • Must be organized and detail oriented. 
  • Must be able to work with team-based decision making processes, and have the ability to identify and problem solve. 
  • Must posses the ability to work with culturally diverse clients and staff. 
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Special note:
  • Must be able to work independently and be self-directed. 
  • Must have a valid Alaska driver’s license and insured vehicle. 
  • Attend a 40-hour crisis line training within 6 months of hire.
  • Provide Administrative Back Up function on a rotating schedule with other Administrative staff, once per week and on scheduled weekends (approximately every seventh weekend) and holidays.  (See Administrative Backup job description for additional information).

Level of Responsibility:

Maintains contacts of a confidential nature throughout the agency and outside the agency.

May be required to use independent judgment in interpreting agency rules and policies.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Practice as an interdependent member of the STAR advocacy team and provide important components of care through consultation, collaboration, referral, teaching, and advocacy.
  • Provide counseling to clients and family in matters directly related to clients’ adjustment to trauma.
  • With the STAR Advocates and Case Manager, develop follow-up care and linkages to other care providers.
  • Coordinates with the STAR Direct Services Manager to compile client data as needed.
  • Attend STAR staff meetings and weekly STAR case reviews to discuss cases and case management services provided.

Hours:  40 hours a week.      Status: Exempt          Flexible to meet the needs of the agency.

Pay Range:  $55,00 - $70,000 depending on licensure and experience, plus full benefits

 

This position is also required to fulfill the rotating position of Administrative Backup (described below):

 

Job Title: Administrative Backup

Reports to: Executive Director

Key Relationships:

STAR staff and Crisis Line Responders, callers on the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis Line, Forensic Nursing Services of Providence, and Law Enforcement partners.

Position Summary:

In order to support critical service needs on a 24/7/365 basis, STAR is required to have three levels of staffing on call 24 hours a day during the workweek and four levels of staffing available on weekends.  Eight full time Advocates, 10 on-call Advocates and a seven member Administrative team cover 24 hour rotating shifts every day of the year, as well as providing backup to STAR's crisis line.

Level of Responsibility:

Maintains contacts of a confidential nature throughout the agency and outside the agency. 

Required to use independent judgment in interpreting agency rules and policies.

 

Job Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Provide Administrative Back Up function on a rotating schedule with other Administrative staff, once per week and on scheduled weekends (approximately every seventh weekend) and holidays.
  • As the lead staff member in charge after hours, Administrative Backup must be prepared to respond to all questions or concerns from Crisis Line Responders, Advocates, law enforcement and forensic nursing.
  • Responsible for covering any open crisis line shifts during their scheduled rotation.
  • Required to be available for any questions or concerns 24 hours a day while on their scheduled rotation.
  • Responsible for finding coverage for their scheduled rotation if they are unable to take it, and responsible to relay that information in a timely manner and allow plenty of time for coverage to be arranged.
  • Responsible for any payment or arrangements necessary for clients’ temporary shelter, food and transportation needs, until a Case Manager can respond during regular working hours. Must maintain all agency contract numbers, PIN codes, passwords in a confidential manner for use for emergent circumstances. 
  • Must clearly understand all reporting options available to survivors of sexual trauma and do everything in their power to advance those rights.
  • Must check in with Crisis Line Responders regularly during their shifts to make sure they feel supported and to see if they have any questions; also thank them for volunteering to provide this service to the community.
  • Represent STAR in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Stay current on issues relating to sexual assault.

Anchorage, AK

8 day(s) ago

Tribal Affiliation(s)
Any Affiliation