Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Employment Opportunity: Community Advocate


Under the supervision of the Advocacy Coordinator

  • Provide crisis intervention and support services to clients (60%)
  • Build relationships with the under-served populations within the Duluth Community (15%)
  • Provide community education and outreach to a variety of community agencies, schools, and groups (15%)
  • Perform other related duties as assigned (10%)


Essential Functions
Crisis intervention and support services to clients:

  • Provide direct services to clients with particular emphasis on serving individuals from under-served communities
  • Refer clients to appropriate internal or external professionals as necessary
  • Advocate for clients with professionals and systems
  • Ensure that cultural needs and beliefs are considered when providing advocacy
  • Serve as a point of contact for on-call advocates and local hospitals during evening and weekend hours, on a rotating basis
  • Assist in planning and facilitating support groups for adults on a weekly basis including the biweekly Safe Spaces Support Group for LGBTQIA2S+ folks
  • Support victim-survivors during their sexual assault exam in local emergency departments


Build relationships with traditionally under-served communities: 

  • Collaborate with community partners, groups, and service providers to coordinate outreach services to traditionally underserved communities, including but not limited to, people with disabilities, Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and those with experiencing language accessibility barriers
  • Identify additional outreach goals for these populations in coordination with the Advocacy Team
  • Implement a survivor outreach program with emphasis on these populations


Community outreach to community agencies, schools and groups:

  • Participate in outreach activities to diverse populations and assist in ensuring that PAVSA is working to address diverse needs through assisting in creating outreach trainings and resource materials
  • Gather feedback at monthly staff-wide meetings to identify gaps and barriers for under-served communities 
  • Assist in developing culturally appropriate materials for outreach
  • Provide community education/awareness sessions to agencies, schools, and community groups


Other related work duties:

  • Work in collaboration with other PAVSA staff to gather feedback from victim-survivors we provide services to 
  • Assist in grant reporting for accessibility efforts (quarterly statistics and narrative report)
  • Participate in short and long term staff planning sessions including weekly staff and supervision meetings
  • Serve as a representative of PAVSA at community and professional meetings as needed
  • Participate in PAVSA’s Volunteer Advocacy training as needed 
  • Participate in annual fundraising events
  • Flexibility for the potential to work some evening and weekend hours

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 and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to complete a 40-hour training on sexual assault upon hire


  • Experience working with people who have trauma or mental health symptoms
  • Good listening skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • College degree or equivalent life experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving 
  • Ability to prioritize time
  • Group facilitation skills a plus

Compensation & Benefits

  • $22.00/hour, 40 hours per week;
  • Health insurance offered (employer covers 90%)
  • Dental, life and vision insurance covered 
  • Retirement account contribution after 1 year of service 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • 11 federal holidays, 2 personal days and 15 vacation days and sick time benefits included
  • Professional development funds 
  • Paid parking in the downtown area

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter discussing their interest in and qualifications for position to the email or address below. Position is open until filled. Initial round of application review will occur on July 17, 2024. 


Attn: Mary Faulkner
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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