• 06-Jan-2023 to 31-Jan-2023 (EST)
  • NSAH Hourly Staff
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Hourly
  • Other

Health/Dental/Vision; 403b(7); paid sick and vacation time; holidays; NO Cost Virtual Telemedicine and mental health coverage for employee and up to seven family members through First Stop Health -- effective first day of employment.

Department: Victim Services

Position: Support Specialist for National Sexual Assault Hotline

Reporting to: NSAH Shift Manager

As a member of RAINN's Victim Services team, the NSAH support specialist will be responsible for providing high-quality services to users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline and to users of university and other third-party hotlines that RAINN operates under contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilize crisis intervention best practices including safety planning, brainstorming, and listening skills to provide compassionate support to hotline users.
  • Complete regular training on serving NSAH users and users of hotlines RAINN operates for clients, staying up to date on the specific needs of each client.
  • Answer inbound crisis-intervention telephone calls and online chats to NSAH users and client hotlines.
  • Maintain knowledge regarding the specific needs of users of client hotlines, including, but not limited to: college populations, law enforcement, nurses and civilians.
  • Support NSAH users and provide accurate referral services.
  • Support fellow NSAH hotline staff and provide quality assurance of service delivery as needed.
  • Monitor NSAH sessions and provide support and guidance to staff as needed.
  • Maintain knowledge and adhere to RAINN's and NSAH's policies and protocols as well as those of client contracts.
  • Supervises inbound crisis-intervention telephone calls and online chats to NSAH users and client hotlines.
  • Facilitates online group chat services.
  • Assist with semi-annual call-throughs to audit resource databases.
  • Assist with NSAH specific data collection by completing session assessments during each shift.
  • Collect and enter client-specific data for all contract contacts.
  • Work a minimum of two (2) holidays per year.
  • Work a minimum of eight (8) shifts per month.
  • Attend monthly mandatory all-staff meetings.
  • Attend and participate in additional training for all NSAH staff.
  • All other duties as assigned.

A Note About Clients

In addition to providing services to users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline (NSAH), RAINN provides crisis intervention and sexual assault victim support services for a number of third parties. The support specialist will provide these services for clients including educational institutions such as colleges and boarding schools; allied organizations such as 1in6; and sexual assault service providers and rape crisis centers. They will also provide specialized services for government agencies such as the Peace Corps. Each client requires specialized initial training and continuing education. Support specialists will be required to successfully complete all such training and maintain expertise in the individual needs of each client.

Position Specification/Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

  • Must be both literate and fluent in English and able to pass a proficiency test given during the interview process.
  • Must be able to pass a typing test with at least 35 WPM score.
  • Must have minimum one year experience working in human resources, social services or customer service.
  • Complete initial 60 hours of sexual assault training.
  • Must complete initial 20 hours of client specific training and a minimum of 6 hours of continuing education on contracts yearly.
  • Possess the ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and small group situations with visitors, general public and other employees within the organization.
  • Must be familiar with instant messaging.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and maintain composure during stressful situations; ability to handle shifting and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to solve problems and deal with a wide range of situations.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions, both written and oral.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment when faced with complex decisions.
  • Resiliently positive and energetic attitude, with the ability to successfully work on a team and independently.
  • Willingness to work a non-traditional schedule, which will include evenings and/or weekends/holidays.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be comfortable discussing issues surrounding sexual violence.
  • Must be able to work in office.
  • Have a passion for RAINN's mission.
  • Upon hire must provide proof of vaccine (COVID-19).
  • Must complete and pass a criminal background check (administered by RAINN).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Veterans will be given priority.
  • At least 1-year crisis hotline/intervention experience (volunteer or paid position).
  • Experience using online learning platforms.
  • Survivors of sexual violence are encouraged to apply.

If you meet the qualifications, you will be sent the list of shifts available. Open shifts are based on the operational needs of the hotline.

Environmental Conditions

This position is based in Washington, DC. Please note that RAINN staff are temporarily working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Will be going back into the office in 2023.

In order to comply with new requirements for federal contractors, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption.

When you work at RAINN, you're joining a team of experts and professionals who stand up for survivors of sexual violence every day. Your job is important -- and so are you! RAINN will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. RAINN is committed to maximizing the diversity of its organization and depends on a diverse staff to carry out its mission, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of the essential functions, responsibilities and/or requirements.


Submit resume and cover letter outlining availability and preferred shift to https://rainn.applicantpro.com/jobs/

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