Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Employment Opportunity: Advocate / Volunteer Coordinator

Duties: Under the supervision of the Systems Advocate/Advocacy Coordinator

  • Provide crisis intervention and support services (30%)
  • Assist with recruitment, coordination and supervision of advocates (50%)
  • Collaboration with campus partners (15%)
  • Perform other related duties as required (5%)

Essential Functions:

Crisis intervention and support services (30%)

  • Respond to victim service and crisis calls coming into the office 
  • Refer clients to appropriate community resources
  • Consult with other professionals and staff on cases as necessary
  • Advocate for clients with professionals and systems
  • Assist with ensuring that the cultural needs of victims are being addressed in advocacy and in volunteer training
  • Serve as a point of contact for on-call advocates and local hospitals during evening and weekend hours, on a rotating basis
  • Support victim-survivors during their sexual assault exam in local emergency departments
  • Assist in planning for support groups as needs arise

Recruitment, coordination, and supervision of volunteer advocates (50%)

  • Manage recruitment and coordination of volunteer advocates
  • Build relationships with community partners to expand our volunteer pool
  • Create and manage volunteer calendar for hospital advocacy and helpline shifts
  • Provide communication between PAVSA and after hours call center regarding scheduling and issues that arise
  • Coordinate two 40 hour sexual assault advocacy trainings per year
  • Assist with training volunteers on sexual assault advocacy and related topics
  • Provide case consultation and debriefing  to volunteer advocates
  • Provide monthly supervision meetings to volunteers
  • Collaborate with the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St Scholastica to provide volunteer opportunities and supervision of on-campus advocates

 Collaboration with Campus Partners (15%)

  • Communicate with stakeholders at local private and community colleges for providing training and education to staff and students
  • Collaborate with college faculty and students and engage on-campus events to spread awareness of our services and recruit a diverse pool of volunteers 
  • Assist in developing materials volunteer training and recruitment
  • Work with other PAVSA staff to ensure that community activities and education opportunities are staffed 

Perform other related duties (5%)

  • Participate in weekly staff and advocacy meetings
  • Communicate and cooperate with other professionals and agencies in the community who may work with victims of sexual violence
  • Serve as the representative of PAVSA at community and professional meetings as needed
  • Attend annual fundraising events

Special Requirements

  • Must be able to sit in a stationary position or stand for prolonged periods of time (75%)
  • Position is based out of an office in downtown Duluth but must be able to travel around the Duluth area to meet with clients
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Constantly operates a computer, Google Suite and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine, fax and printer.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human services field; OR a minimum of 3 years of advocacy or direct service experience in a human service agency
  • Prior completion of Minnesota approved sexual assault advocacy training strongly preferred
  • Lived or professional experience with communities put at risk heavily preferred
  • Comfortable with public speaking and/or experience with facilitating training sessions
  • Good organization skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with persons from variety of backgrounds
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work flexible hours when needed
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


  • $21.50-$23.00, based on experience
  • Full time position, 40 hours/week
  • Health insurance offered, employer covers 90%
  • Dental, life and vision insurance offered, employer covers 100%
  • Paid parking in Downtown Duluth
  • 403(b) non-matching employer 3% contribution following 1 year of employment
  • 11 paid holidays + vacation, sick and personal time off
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Professional Development allowance

To Apply:

This position will be open until filled with an initial review happening May 15, 2024. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter discussing their interest in and qualifications for position to the email or address below:

Attn: Sara Niemi
32 E 1st St #200
Duluth, MN 55802


Sexual violence impacts many people – disclosing personal experiences is not expected and does not impact your application status or process. PAVSA  is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from BIPOC, people of all genders, veterans, and people with disabilities. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg. 

Employment Opportunity: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Employment Opportunity: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Position, Casual Position
  • Perform forensic medical exams with patients (13 and older) who have experienced sexual violence within the last fourteen days, includes offering STI and pregnancy prevention medications, head to toe exam, photography, anogenital exam, and evidence collection. (40%)
  • Document the patient’s responses to examination questions in the Forensic electronic Medical Record (FeMR). (45%)
  • Attend mandatory monthly team meetings on the first Tuesday of the month from 9am-12pm. (10%)
  • Perform other related duties as required (5%)
 Participating Hospitals
  • Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center – Duluth, MN;
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Duluth, MN;
  • Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior – Superior, WI;
  • Lake View Hospital – Two Harbors, MN;
  • Registered Nurse with current Minnesota license and the ability to become licensed in Wisconsin
  • Completion of the 41-hour Adolescent/Adult IAFN approved Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) didactic training (connection to free training opportunities can be made)
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Sensitivity in working with victim-survivors of sexual assault
Desired Qualifications
  • 1 year experience as an RN and/or a prior SANE position
  • Preference to RN working 0.7 or less FTE at primary job
  • Completion of IAFN approved Clinical Skills Lab
  • Trauma informed approach to patient care
  • Self-driven
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Strong interdisciplinary collaboration skills
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Sensitivity in working with victims of sexual assault
  • Medical Director and SANE Program Nurse Manager provide clinical consultation and peer review
  • SANE Program Coordinator provides daily supervision and administration of the program
 Hours & On-Call Expectations
  • 60 hours on-call per 4-week scheduling cycle
  • Requirement of one holiday shift per year
  • Carry a cell phone while on-call
  • Immediate response to calls and texts while on-call
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • 45-minute response time to hospital
  • $400/exam
  • $90 Stipend for mandatory monthly team meetings
  • $30/hour for mandatory skills training and hospital orientation
  • $7.50/hour on-call pay (when active SANE)
  • On-call time is unpaid during orientation
 Memberships & Benefits
  • IAFN Membership (International, MN, and WI Chapters)
  • $1000/year of Education Funds after 6 months of employment*
  • Reimbursements for WI license and liability insurance after 6 months of employment*
  • Employee Assistance Program for SANEs and their families
  • Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) available after 90 days of employment
  • No medical, dental, life, or retirement benefits
    *if average of 60 hours on-call per 4-week scheduling cycle is maintained
How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter discussing their interest in and qualification for this position to pavsa@pavsa.org

Sexual violence impacts many people – disclosing personal experiences is not expected and does not impact you application status or process. PAVSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from BIPOC, people of all genders, veterans, and people with disabilities. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg.

Board of Directors

Join Our Board of Directors

PAVSA is dedicated to the elimination of sexual violence in southern St. Louis County through supporting victims, educating the community, and advocating for change. Our core values include confidentiality, inclusivity, resiliency, and community-mindedness. We are committed to providing support services for victim-survivors of sexual violence and their support people, educating and building awareness in the community, and advocating for social change in the many systems that interact with victim-survivors following sexual violence. We are seeking community members who are committed to our mission and values to serve on our Board of Directors. The Board needs a diverse set of skills and backgrounds to ensure broad, relevant, diverse ideas and representation. Prior board experience is a plus but not required. This is a volunteer opportunity and no compensation will be paid. 

Primary Duties

  • Responsible for the purpose, programs and public accountability of the nonprofit organization
  • Engage in a strategic planning session when needed
  • Monitor management
  • Represent the organization to the community and enhance the public image
  • Attend monthly board meetings, read background information and reports provided prior to Board meetings
  • Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Membership on one committee of the Board, either Internal or External committee
  • Attend our annual fall fundraiser

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Over the age of 18
  • Reside or work within our direct service area, Southern St. Louis County, with the ability to attend monthly in-person meetings
  • Not currently connected to PAVSA services or the volunteer program

Our Board application is available here. Questions can be emailed to Sara at sniemi@pavsa.org.


Volunteer Opportunities at PAVSA

PAVSA’s volunteers are critical to supporting victim-survivors in our community. Our dedicated volunteers assist with facilitating our helpline and provide advocacy in the hospital setting, both services are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Volunteers help to cover our overnight and weekend hours. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of one shift a month for a year. 

Volunteering with PAVSA is a great way to support survivors in our community, cultivate your crisis intervention and de-escalation skills, and build knowledge of community resources. All volunteers must complete a state-mandated 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training. PAVSA provides the training at no cost to you and the training will equip you with the skills to be a great advocate!

Volunteers are required to have a phone to take calls and transportation to get to and from the hospital. 

If you have questions about volunteering or want to know the next training dates, please contact us. A brief application can be found here.


Internship Opportunities at PAVSA

PAVSA offers excellent internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Interns can be involved in many of our programs based on their interests and availability. These opportunities include, but are not limited to: crisis line and hospital advocacy, support groups, outreach groups, community education, legal advocacy, youth advocacy, and organizing events and awareness campaigns. All interns are required to complete our state-mandated 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to victim/survivors and the cause of PAVSA
  • Proactive attitude in finding work when unassigned and volunteering for duties when opportunities are provided
  • Experience and/or skill working in an administrative position
  • Experience and/or skill working with crisis situations
  • Flexibility in scheduling and attitude.

Before applying please consider:

  • PAVSA does not offer any hourly compensation for internships.
  • Much of our work is crisis and/or needs based and available 24/7. Needs regarding coverage may be last minute, will require quick action, and will be on evenings/weekends.
  • Because of the nature of our work, some interns may find themselves triggered by the things we encounter. It is important for interns to consider their tolerance of such topics before accepting a position.
  • Sexual trauma history is not considered in acceptance of interns.
  • If you have any concerns about your ability to fulfill any of the above duties it is recommended that you discuss the matter with your school internship supervisors prior to agreeing to the internship.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Sam at smadsen@pavsa.org. In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • What are the requirements for your internship? (ex: hours, timeline)
  • What would you bring to an internship at PAVSA?
  • What would you hope to learn at PAVSA?

Keep in mind that we have limited spots available, so get your resume and cover letter to us early!

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