Healthy Relationship Advocate

The Healthy Relationship Advocate (HRA) will work with clients with developmental disabilities to help them navigate and better understand safe and healthy relationships and sexuality. You will be responsible for providing support, advocacy, and education around safe and healthy relationships. Heart Consulting will provide training upon starting the position and training opportunities to increase skills and knowledge throughout the year. Following a period of on-the-job training, which will last 1-2 months, the caseload and number of hours per week will increase. The job will start around 10 hours per week, and increase to a salaried 30 hour per week position within 1-2 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The HRA will educate individual clients about safe and healthy relationships and sexuality. This will include creating resources, planning activities for each client that reflect their learning style, and providing resources and education to caregivers. Additionally, case management is needed.

  • Create individualized goals and plans for each client
  • Collaborate with other team members to achieve those goals
  • Meet with clients weekly to provide education and resources around healthy relationships and sexuality
  • Report any questions or concerns to the director
  • Work within each client’s budgeted amount of services
  • Case note each communication with clients and their teams thoroughly and promptly

About Heart

At Heart, our mission is to reduce sexual and domestic violence against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We do this by educating individuals with developmental disabilities to know their rights in relationships and providing advocacy with teams and caregiver training on the best ways to support meaningful and safe relationships. In addition, we provide therapy to survivors with developmental disabilities, trauma-informed yoga, presentations and training to professionals, and consulting with organizations. We believe that everyone deserves and can have safe and meaningful relationships, and our work is grounded in neurodiverse affirmative values.


  • Flexible schedule
  • Ability to work from home outside of client meetings
  • Ability to do virtual sessions with clients during times of increased COVID concerns/safety concerns
  • Once staff work at least 30 hours per week, they will be salaried and receive benefits including paid vacation and sick leave; medical, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Opportunities to increase knowledge through training and conferences some CEU opportunities may be covered.
  • Opportunity to create new programs, services, and workshops with approval from the director


Training will be provided. We will train to ensure that the HRA’s values align with Heart’s mission. We will offer various online training materials, in addition to shadowing the director and staff through intakes and sessions. The HRA will gradually build a caseload to allow for time to learn on the job and be observed by the director for the first few sessions to allow the director to provide feedback and insight.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in rehabilitation psychology, social work, gender studies, or related field
  • Ability to work with kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt materials and teaching style based on each client’s needs
  • Ability to build rapport and trust with clients
  • Ability to transport self throughout Dane County to meet with clients (most client meetings will take place at the office on the East side of Madison)
  • At least one year of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities/Autism
  • At least one year of experience working around issues of dating, relationships, trauma, and sexuality
  • Experience and/or training in providing services to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse
  • Experience in case noting and management, and team collaboration
  • A respectful, strengths-based, and sex-positive attitude toward all clients
  • Complete a background check
  • Neurodiversity affirmative

Physical Requirements

These physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.

  • Work is primarily performed at Heart’s office and staff’s home (admin work completed from home)
  • A valid driver’s license is required to accommodate the occasional need to drive to team meetings or meet clients in other locations, or ability to use public transportation.
  • Ongoing daily use of computers and the telephone are required to complete case notes and communications.
  • The ability to read and write in professional manners.
  • Low to moderate noise levels would be expected during this work.

Salary: 30 hours per week, $29,000-32,000 annually
Start Date: June 20, 2022
Supervisor: Executive Director
Application Deadline: May 20, 2022
To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to the director, Ellen Merker, at Applications are due by May 20, 2022.


Organization: Heart Consulting

Job Location: Madison, WI