Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Human Resources (HR) department's vision is to ensure the University of Washington's reputation as an employer parallels its reputation as a world-class university, allowing for individuals to achieve their full potential. HR's mission is to recruit, develop, and retain individuals whose work advances the vision and mission of the UW.
The mission of the University's SafeCampus program is to help prevent and address violence and its impact on campus through awareness, prevention, support, triage, outreach and education. The SafeCampus program is part of the UW Human Resources organization and serves as UW's coordinating office for violence prevention activities across the UW.
SafeCampus has an outstanding full time opportunity for a SafeCampus Response Specialist.
The Response Specialist has primary responsibility for answering and responding to calls to the SafeCampus telephone lines during regular business hours and provides high level confidential support to the Program Manager and the Violence Prevention Assessment Team.
Key services of the SafeCampus program include: -Serving students, staff, and faculty on all three UW campuses, the two medical centers, and anywhere else the UW does business -Responding to calls to the SafeCampus telephone line that provides for centralized reporting of Behaviors of Concern (behaviors which might indicate the propensity for future violence toward self or others) or UW Prohibited Behaviors, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week -Connecting individuals with appropriate UW or community resources -Coordinating and facilitating violence prevention assessment meetings that bring together a collaborative team to review a situation and develop a coordinated response -Conducting case management activities to assure implementation and to monitor effects of coordinated response plan and to inform plan modification -Supporting and coaching supervisors/administrators/faculty in their response to Behaviors of Concern or UW Prohibited Behaviors -Enhance partnerships among UW programs to maximize collaborative response measures and responsiveness to victims of violence and individuals with concerns regarding potential violence -Providing education and outreach to cultivate awareness and promote prevention efforts
Complexities: This position has primary responsibility for responding to the SafeCampus phone line during regular business hours including effective triaging of concerns and assisting callers in identifying immediate actions that can be taken to lessen or eliminate the risk of violence. This role requires the ability to conduct effective and complete intake of concerns, to assist callers in varying degrees of distress in identifying effective next steps, and in assessing threat level to determine the level of response needed. In addition, the individual in this position needs to establish effective working relationships at all levels of the University in order to credibly represent the program and cultivate cooperative and complete case follow up.
Dimensions and Impact: The success and effective operation of the SafeCampus Program is critical to the UW's reputation as a prepared and responsive educational institution. The unit was developed in response to a campus tragedy and strives to provide services that aim, to the extent possible at a public institution, to prevent or substantially contain the risk of similar tragedies in the future and to ensure that individuals with concerns about potential violence get connected with appropriate services and resources.
Answer SafeCampus telephone lines during regular business hours (Monday Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and alternate telephone coverage after regular business hours. Respond to, clarify, assess and triage telephone requests from members of the UW community (students, staff, faculty, teaching and research assistants, managers, etc.) with concerns regarding incidents of actual or potential violence. Ensure that emergency or immediate threats of violence are properly triaged to the local police department.
Provide information, assistance in problem solving, and seamless referrals to University and community resources including law enforcement, student life, human resources, medical and legal processes, relationship violence and sexual assault prevention and response services, and individual counseling. Connect service requests with appropriate resources and ensure that appropriate follow-up occurs.
Facilitate call coverage and follow-up with the after-hours coverage service provider.
Exercise independent judgment in interpreting and applying policies, protocols, rules, and regulations related to violence prevention and response. Independently advise and communicate with students, faculty, staff, managers and/or the public regarding SafeCampus content, policies, procedures and activities.
Provide high level, confidential support to the SafeCampus manager and the Violence Prevention Assessment Team (VPAT). Follow up with assessment team participants as needed to verify implementation of risk mitigation action plans and to monitor situations over time. Reconvene the assessment team if needed.
Schedule VPAT meetings; organize case summaries and prepare information needed to support case reviews. Serve as alternate facilitator for assessment and case review meetings as needed.
Maintain records of SafeCampus calls including initial reports, action steps, and follow-up information.
*SafeCampus Collaboration w/ Campus Partners:
Establish, cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with related UW partner units and organizations, e.g., Student Life, UW and Academic Human Resources, the UW Police Department, UW Bothell and Tacoma, UW and Harborview Medical Centers, and the Graduate School. Build relationships and collaborate with other UW and community programs to support violence prevention efforts.
Participate in the Student Life Consultation Assessment Team (CAT) weekly meetings.
Assist in developing materials to raise public awareness regarding violence prevention and response content, policies and activities.
Conduct presentations to the university community as needed.
*Professional Development & Threat Assessment Research:
Develop threat assessment and management skillset.
Conduct on-going research of trends and best practices in the overarching field of threat assessment/management, as well as violence prevention efforts at the national collegiate level.
Maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality at all times.
Perform related duties as required.
Bachelor's Degree in social work, public administration/health or related field.
A minimum of 3 years of related experience including responsibilities that demonstrate: Knowledge and understanding of violence prevention and intervention, including sexual assault/relationship violence issues, and strong theoretical and practical understanding of interpersonal violence.
Demonstrated ability to respond with empathy and support to individuals in crisis situations and with sensitivity and awareness to persons from diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, values, attitudes, and languages.
Ability to work collaboratively with campus and community organizations.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team with individuals and groups from diverse identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize, multi-task, and to be well organized with thorough attention to detail.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience in working with Word, Outlook and databases.
Experience and comfort with public speaking and ability to conduct presentations.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's degree in related field
Primary prevention or response experience in the areas of sexual assault or relationship violence preferred, including experience in triaging concerns related to actual or potential violence.
Experience working on a crisis hotline, specific to calls about violence or suicide.
Experience in the field of threat assessment including knowledge of threat assessment concepts, models, and/or instruments. Experience participating on a Threat Assessment Team or a university Behavioral Intervention Team.
Literacy across disciplines (threat assessment, mental health, criminal justice, legal, education) with an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and limitations of each discipline and how they work together during assessment processes.
Successful experience in working in a large, multifaceted institution of higher education.
Familiarity with human resources functions and UW programs and services.
General knowledge of national trends regarding sexual assault on college campuses, including Title IX.
General understanding of relevant privacy, education, and disability laws (FERPA, ADA, & the Public Records Act).
Working knowledge of the criminal justice system/processes and basics of criminal law and civil protection orders.
Experience in writing basic database queries and developing ad hoc reports.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Working conditions require adaptability and ability to work under pressure, with inflexible deadlines and requirements to see assignments through beyond established business hours. Must be willing and able to receive and respond to SafeCampus phone calls and consultations in off hours.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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