24-hour crisis hotline 330.376.0040

VAP Log w. tag

Open Position: Victim Advocate

Victim Assistance Program 501(c)(3) located in Akron, Ohio, has been serving Summit County victims of crime and trauma since 1972. The organization is home to a team of energetic and compassionate workers, interns, and volunteers. The team is looking for one individual to fill the open full time (M-F 8a-4p) position of Victim Advocate who will also assume on-call responsibilities on a rotating schedule.

This position is expected to offer immediate crisis intervention and long term victim advocacy to support individuals and family members effected by crime and/or trauma. Victim Advocates will provide our core crisis intervention services while using a trauma-informed care model to Summit County residents and employees. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, responding to crime scenes, assisting clients of all ages, serving as a liaison between law enforcement the court system and the client, provide education about the criminal justice system & victim's rights, assist with victim’s compensation paperwork and/or protection order paperwork in an effort to provide victims with resources and options to make their own informed decisions.

The Victim Advocate must have the ability to engage in active listening skills, be empathetic, nonjudgmental, professional, mature, have organizational skills, maintain a working knowledge of any and all services that would benefit victims, and participate in continuing education to enhance victim advocacy skills.  In addition, the Victim Advocate is responsible for providing guidance and supervision to interns and volunteers throughout the year.


Applicants must possess a minimum Bachelor's Degree in social work, criminal justice, or related field, or  experience in victim advocacy, possess a valid driver’s license, maintain reliable transportation, pass a state and federal criminal background check, live within 30 minutes of Akron, be available to respond upon request from law enforcement between during non buisness hours on some hoidays and rotating weeks.

Victim Assistance Program offers a competitive nonprofit salary ($26,500 - $37,400), Summa Healthcare benefits, 401k matching retirement plan and a generous holiday/vacation/sick day package. Eligible candidates who are interested in working in a fast-paced environment where every day is unique should:


Victim Assistance Program is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.