Under the supervision of the Director of Equity & Title IX Coordinator, the Associate Director of Prevention Education (Associate Director) is primarily responsible for training, coordinating, and facilitating prevention education for students on healthy relationships, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, bystander intervention, and other student health and wellness-related training and/or response efforts on campus. The Associate Director will work in collaboration with a number of key departments including Campus Safety, Health & Counseling Services, Housing and Residence Life, Student Conduct, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Athletics to meet the needs of Muhlenberg students.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to issues of gender equity and sexual violence prevention, a blend of knowledge and experiences related to prevention models and practices, and experience working in a college setting. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of cultural competency and cultural and identity-based differences that must be accounted for in successfully implementing prevention strategies and education across a diverse student body.
The position requires strong interpersonal skills, effective communication and public speaking, strategic planning and implementation, research and assessment, training curriculum writing, advising and mentoring, and in-depth knowledge with regard to critical health and well-being issues including but not limited to gender and sexual violence, bystander intervention work, and alcohol and other drugs prevention.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide strategic direction, develop and implement evidence-based prevention education programs, conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation based on the needs of the College community.
- Utilize the socio-ecological model of public health and other important prevention frameworks to analyze the Muhlenberg culture in order to inform all work with students and other stakeholders.
- Ensure programs, strategies, and reports meet compliance requirements for sexual and gender violence.
- Serve as part of the Health and Wellness Advisory Board that reviews data, discusses campus-wide needs and strategies, and oversees the utilization of financial resources to meet those needs.
- Identify and lead key strategies for the campus around sexual and gender violence prevention issues annually.
- Partner with faculty across many disciplines to support prevention education.
- Develop communication strategies and leverage technology to educate students through multiple media on important health and safety information.
- Strategically assess prevention efforts, share findings and progress with the campus community, and continually make adjustments to College prevention strategies based on national research and College specific assessment data.
- Continuously review practices, policies, and initiatives associated with prevention education to ensure that they promote a culture of diversity and inclusion and meet the needs of diverse student populations.
- Regularly identify critical elements of the department that require assessment of learning or evaluation of services/needs, conduct those assessments, share findings with appropriate audiences, and make adjustments to internal programs and practices based on data and evidence.
- Work with supervisor to develop an annual professional development plan that will ensure awareness of trends, best practices, new information, etc. related to student life, prevention education, gender-based violence, healthy relationships and/or mental health.
- Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity within higher education.
- Assist in drafting new and revised policies and procedures for consideration by Divisional and College stakeholders related to areas of focus (EO and Nondiscrimination policy, etc.) when needed.
- Serve on Division and College committees as assigned.
- Perform other duties for the Division of Student Affairs as assigned.
- Develop, deliver, and/or coordinate training curriculum (primarily for students, but may also include other community members) on gender violence and healthy relationships, mental health, bystander intervention, alcohol and other drugs, general health and well-being, etc.
- Serve as a primary trainer on the above mentioned topics for groups that are in need of a high level of facilitation and discussion.
- Employ train-the-trainer opportunities to teach other faculty/staff to assist in implementing education around prevention topics.
- Develop, coordinate and provide content during first year student Orientation and the Foundations in Student Success seminar that aligns specifically to the needs and education of first year students.
- Tailor educational offerings to the specific needs and cultural backgrounds of diverse student populations.
- Oversee the enhancement and expansion of all Bystander Intervention efforts.
- Coordinate with key departments (i.e. Health & Counseling Services, Campus Safety, Student Conduct, etc.) to develop training content that is holistic in approach and connects students to these primary resources appropriately.
- Develop and advise peer education groups and efforts with regard to key health and wellness topics based on student need and student interest.
- Supervise, provide training to, and serve as advisor for the Sexual and Gender Violence Peer Educators.
- Co-advise and provide training to Peer Health Advocates and other peer educators groups as needed.
- Analyze student need and interest to develop additional peer education efforts around critical topics.
- Provide ongoing assessment of effectiveness of these efforts and adjust internal practices and initiatives accordingly.
- Oversee faculty and staff sexual and gender violence advocates
Supervise and provide training to the Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) so that they can serve as a resource to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence appropriately.
Serve as key member of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Committee
Attend meetings and participate in programming efforts for alcohol and other drugs prevention work, particularly as it relates to sexual and gender violence.
- Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years related work experience required; Master’s degree in Public Health, Student Affairs or related field, and related work experience strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated and proven working knowledge of topics related to prevention models and practices primarily in sexual and gender violence, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention. Working knowledge in mental health, and alcohol and other drugs preferred.
- Relevant certifications (for example, Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES) ,sexual assault survivor support and advocacy, StepUp!/GreenDot/bystander intervention training, gender violence training) a plus.
- Clear commitment to and understanding of issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity and bias and the ability to integrate this into all aspects of the position.
- Ability to handle confidential situations with compassion, sensitivity and diplomacy required.
- Strong organizational and communication skills required.
- Experience coordinating and providing training on prevention education topics.
- Strong ability to assess student needs and connect with students in ways that are engaging and encourage them to participate in prevention education and training.
- Ability to understand the needs of the College and to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff.
- Computer skills with ability in desktop publishing required; understanding of web-based and social media focused interventions desired.
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