Associate Director for Student Support and Interpersonal Violence
The George Mason University Division of University Life invites applications for an Associate Director for Student Support and Interpersonal Violence, reporting to the Director of the Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Associate Director will be charged with providing leadership and expertise in the area of prevention education programs and resource coordination for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence and stalking. This position will develop and sustain collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders in an effort to promote streamlined services and support for all victims of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Administrative duties will involve active participation in the coordination of services, providing guidance related to policy development, and initiating and assisting the Director with best practices and campus-wide awareness related to Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Assault. Additionally, the position is part of Student Support team, responsible for offering comprehensive services for students in an effort to foster the safety and well-being of the Mason community, and will help triage and conduct intake meetings as needed related to students in crisis/and or distress. The incumbent will provide supervision/and leadership to all staff in the absence of the Director and as needed. Additional responsibilities include:
1. Provide Divisional Leadership Related to Title IX and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Regularly consult with Director on proposed changes due to changes/and or revisions legally in services, policies and practices as needed. Provide subject matter expertise related to Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Assault issues.
2. Oversee and Comply with Grant Funded Awards: Hire staff as needed, monitor outcomes of the grant, and complete all mandatory record reviews and reports as necessary.
3. Provide Strategic Plan for Programming and Development: This includes designing and implementing a comprehensive package of cocurricular programs that address sexual misconduct prevention, including primary prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction; partnering with diversity-focused campus partners to implement prevention programming that is responsive to diversity; and oversight of workshops, public awareness campaigns, materials development and technology for a range of audiences (i.e., students, faculty, staff, and community members). Execute a plan to increase partners across campus to assist with Bystander Intervention.
4. Primary Liaison for Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): Coordinate and meet with all members of SART and provide input in the effort to work together with stakeholder and team members that continue to prioritize victims' needs, and promote public safety.
5. Supervise Victim Assistance: Oversee, schedule and monitor the hotline. This includes sharing responsibility for the 24-hour crisis hotline; and helping to provide crisis intervention, ongoing case management, and referral to the campus community. Manage referrals and student issues related to distress/crisis intervention and to implement developmentally appropriate interventions, coordinate resources and services, and monitor follow-up and progress of students of concern cases.
6. Supervision: This includes supervision of professional staff as assigned, graduate students and student volunteers. Oversee the recruitment of Victim Advocates and monitor the mandated training given to all serving the hotline.
7. Student Coordination and Leadership: This involves working closely with student leaders and student groups in coordinating programs and partnerships toward shared goals. This includes the recruitment, training and coordination of peer educators and peer advocates.
8. Assessment, Counseling and Referral: Individual students may need support or advice regarding issues involving incidents of interpersonal violence. This is designed as an immediate and short-term solution, with longer-term assistance referred to other professionals and agencies as deemed appropriate.
9. Oversee and Monitor Workshops, Seminars and Training Sessions: These workshops will be appropriate for a variety of groups including peer leaders, students, staff and faculty.
10. Public Awareness: This incorporates campaign materials, from initial conceptual design to final product development, in a range of formats (i.e., brochure, poster, flier, public service announcement, Microsoft PowerPoint, Web site and social media).
11. Policy Support and Development: This involves working with campus and community offices and agencies to implement and support current policies and procedures. It also includes identifying ways to further enhance meaningful and appropriate policies and procedures.
12. Preparation of Written Reports: This includes internal/external mandated reporting.
13. Management and Organization: Organizing the overall management of violence prevention education programs and services, including the supervision of consultants and student staff. This also includes an overall strategic plan with timelines and milestones and appropriate recordkeeping.
14. Funding and Institutionalization: This includes the preparation of applications for supplemental funding for specific programs, and services and strategies. It may include internal resource allocation as well as external grant funds.
15. Coordination with the Campus/Community Coordination Council and Other Related Community Coalitions: Linkages with these campus-based and community committees are essential for further promoting shared responsibilities for violence prevention and intervention. This will be particularly helpful with the strategic planning and resource allocation processes.
16. Internal Coordination and Cooperation: This involves close work with a range of university offices and personnel—with particular attention to University Life offices, academic departments, faculty and other staff. Serve as a member of the University CARE Team. Provide support and guidance to offices in matters pertaining to case management; consult with Director and Dean of Students staff when impact of a situation crosses functional boundaries, while maintaining confidential reporting status related to Title IX.
17. External Collaboration and Assistance: This includes work with community offices and agencies including local groups, state agencies and federal/national agencies.
18. Recordkeeping: Ensure that students of concern records and interpersonal violence and sexual assault records are maintained in accordance with university policies and applicable laws and are readily available to internal staff.
19. Standards of Practice for Violence Prevention and Intervention in Higher Education: This includes knowledge, awareness and support of the standards of practice for campus violence prevention and intervention health developed by a variety of organizations including the American College Health Association and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.
Master's degree is required; the department will consider a broad range of relevant backgrounds such as community health, health promotion, social work, criminal justice, public health, women's studies, community health education, higher education, community organizing and/or others as appropriate;
Ability to maintain and manage confidential information;
A strong attention to detail and accuracy; and
Previous experience in violence prevention.
Previous success in developing grant proposals and receiving grant awards related to violence prevention;
Previous experience working with college-aged individuals;
Previous experience developing and delivering education programs and training focused on sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence and stalking; and
Commitment to a collaborative approach to student wellness, including working with committees, coalitions, administration and community agencies.
Salary: High-$50,000s; commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA090z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
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