Rural Outreach Assistant

Job Type



Retirement, Health Insurance Allocation, Paid Holidays, Vacation Time and Sick TIme

Responsible to 

Rural Outreach Coordinator

General Purpose of Position

To create a network of support for persons who are victims of or affected by domestic violence or sexual assault, provide support to sheltered and non-sheltered clients, and provide community education and outreach.

  • Bachelor's degree preferred in social sciences (psychology, social work, human services)

  • Experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault required.

  • Experience in public speaking, providing educational programs preferred

  • Knowledge and experience with rural issues needed.

  • Must be able to travel a five-county area. Must possess a valid driver's license, a safe driving record, and pass a background check

  • Computer literacy is required (Google Workspace, Word, Excel, Website Maintainance, Creative/Graphic Design, Social Media Management - Hootsuite, Facebook, Instagram)

  • Travel to a five-county area

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrate active listening skills, social perceptiveness, and interpersonal skills

  • Plan and organize work for maximum effectiveness and efficiency

  • Be a team member

  • Demonstrate effective public communications and public relations skills

  • Think logically and make practical decisions

  • Be welcoming and accepting to clients and the public, by telephone and in person.

  • Respond to a high degree of activity, keeping composure and self-control

  • Demonstrate initiative, accept responsibility, and participate in active problem solving

  • Be a positive role model

  • Demonstrate physical and emotional stamina to handle job-related issues and stress effectively

  • Demonstrate empathy and be non-judgemental in assisting clients.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, personal energy, and endurance

  • Possess an awareness of cross-cultural diversity

First Response

  • Respond to crisis telephone calls, law enforcement calls, crisis counseling requests, and emergency medical needs

  • Make appropriate referrals to other service agencies

Education, Outreach, and Advocacy

  • Partner and lead in the development of community services and satellite Beacon Center offices in Hamlin, Codington, Deuel, Grant, and Clark counties

  • Participate and lead in the development of sexual assault response teams as well as continuing CCR teams.

  • Lead and/or assist with training and supervision of the team, interns, and volunteers

  • Provide education and training on issues of abuse (including but not limited to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking) through outreach activities

  • Provides and participates in outreach to underserved populations

  • Work in cooperation with grant coordinators

  • Attend community functions relevant to domestic violence issues

  • Represent Beacon Center at community functions

Client Support/Advocacy

  • Complete shelter intakes

  • Complete client orientations and assessments

  • Develop ongoing client case service plans with all sheltered and appropriate clients.

  • Provide and model client advocacy

  • Respond to clients by providing essential and emergency services, transportation, and safety planning

  • Assist clients with legal advocacy, including protection orders

  • Provide clients with information and education about domestic violence and sexual assault

  • Complete exit survey with sheltered clients

Team Member Responsibilities

  • Articulate and adhere to the mission and vision of Beacon Center

  • Know and consistently follow Beacon Center policies, procedures, and code of ethics

  • Attend assigned meetings and training

  • Work hours as scheduled

  • Answer the door and phone

  • Perform other duties deemed necessary and appropriate by the Rural Outreach Coordinator or designee

  • Provide ancillary services

  • Complete paperwork on time



Job Responsibilities