Assistant Director of Advocacy &
Wellness Center for Student Wellness
University of Utah
Job # PRN14732B
The Center for Student Wellness seeks an Assistant Director of Advocacy & Wellness who is committed to taking a holistic approach to support and empower victims of interpersonal violence (IPV). The Assistant Director will oversee IPV advocacy efforts and joins a dynamic team that is engaged in shaping the student experience. This position will supervise Sexual Assault Support Advocates to help victims navigate and receive resources, services, and support throughout their time at the University. The position will maintain an active caseload and provide direct advocacy services to clients. As needed, they will evaluate sexual violence response and prevention services and make recommendations for improving program effectiveness. Thus, we are seeking an Assistant Director who is student-focused, a strong communicator, and critical thinker who values working within a close team to support survivor success and resilience.
Mission of the Center for Student Wellness
Our mission is to create, nurture, and promote a University environment supportive of healthy life-long behaviors and enhance academic and personal success. We are here to assist students in skill development that will enhance their personal wellness and ability to succeed, not only in the classroom, but in all areas of life: intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional.
- Coordinate victim advocacy services, and serve as a victim advocate.
- Supervise a team dedicated to providing survivor support, including two full-time Sexual Assault Support Advocates (SASA).
- Provide guidance on client load and schedule management to adhere to service plan model.
- Assist with strategic planning and management of the CSW office.
- Lead weekly debrief meetings with SASA’s to discuss clients and cases.
- Aid in crisis intervention to de-escalate difficult situations and coordinate appropriate referrals and care to ensure a safe environment.
- Provide advocacy to clients on University systems (i.e., registrar, financial aid, academic affairs) and provide support with interim measures as required (i.e., changing classes, withdrawals, academic support).
- Provide advocacy for survivors through the reporting process (criminal and campus systems).
- Provide referrals to appropriate campus entities such as counseling and health services.
- Collaborate with campus and community organizations to meet survivors’ needs.
- Lead efforts to collaborate with key campus stakeholders (DOS, OEO, Campus Police) to ensure successful partnerships and referrals.
- Assist in fostering and maintaining relationships with multitudes of campus entities (i.e., HRE, Family Housing, ASUU, Deans of colleges.).
- Consult on the development of current campus policies and procedures on sexual violence in accordance with VAWA, Campus SAVE ACT and other federal and state guidelines.
- Intervene in situations where client needs exceed what CSW’s capabilities, including referrals to appropriate campus/community resources.
- Help evaluate the performance of SASA’s and develop individual plans for staff growth.
- Provide emotional support, and mentorship for SASA’s while advocating for their needs.
- Provide training to campus entities, partners & students related to advocacy services and trauma-informed care.
- Prepare various reports such as Clery data, and client utilization numbers.
- Provide/coordinate initial and on-going training (40 hr., etc.) for CSW that focuses on evidence-based practices for working with survivors to enhance their healing/success.
- Serve on campus and community committees related to interpersonal violence.
- Assist SASA’s with technological help to track clients and run reports in REDCap client database.
- Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of hiring department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of the department.
Department Specific Qualifications
Candidates will be screened based on the following department qualifications: Master’s degree in College Student Affairs, Public Health, Health Education, Social Work, or a related discipline. Minimum two years’ experience providing comprehensive sexual/intimate partner violence prevention education and/or advocacy for survivors. In-depth knowledge of current literature and best practices regarding sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Excellent writing and professional speaking skills. Demonstrated the ability to work with stakeholders on sensitive topics. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
- Administrative and supervisory experience working in higher education.
- Working knowledge of federal regulations related to campus (VAWA, Title IX, Campus Save Act).
- Utah State Certified Victim Advocate (40 Hour Trained) or willingness to complete training.
- Grant writing experience.
Monday-Friday with some evening and weekend hours.
$48,000-50,000 starting salary with an excellent benefits package. Click here for details.
The posting and application form can be viewed here.