Assistant Director for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Response and Prevention
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 57024
Department: University Life
Assistant Director for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Response and Prevention
George Mason University's Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC), is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for the Assistant Director for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Response and Prevention position. 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.
About the Student Support and Advocacy Center:
The Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC) is committed to providing an empowering environment for all Mason students to seek support services and to explore healthy life choices. The Center offers educational programming, one-on-one consultations, and resources in the areas of sexual and interpersonal violence, financial well-being, substance use, and collegiate recovery. Staff also assist students encountering barriers to personal success.
SSAC staff members are committed to learning about the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and how these impact equity, access, and opportunity in higher education and the workplace. They recognize the importance of intersectionality and the lived experiences of diverse people and strive to offer programs and services welcoming to all students and relevant to their needs.
About the Position:
The Assistant Director for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Response and Prevention reports to the Associate Director of SSAC. The Assistant Director will primarily support student survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence via direct assistance and connection to University and local resources. The Assistant Director will assist in facilitating primary and secondary prevention to include workshops, bystander intervention training, and peer education. The Assistant Director is a professional who is committed to fostering the holistic growth of students while striving to maintain the well-being and safety of the University community.
Direct Survivor Support
Conduct intake and screenings with student survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, and stalking;
Provide case management of student survivors and occasionally students in distress;
Provide compassionate navigation of campus and community resources to student survivors;
Accompany student survivors to meetings with Title IX and George Mason University Police Department as requested by the student;
Support student survivors in developing options for maintaining safety and/or action plans in the event of an escalation of violence;
Ensure that student records are maintained in accordance with university policies and applicable laws and are readily available to internal staff; maintain confidentiality of student records in accordance with university policy, local, state and federal laws; and
Cultivate an understanding of campus approaches to supporting survivors and prevention efforts, including best practices and innovations.
Coordinate the George Mason University Bystander Intervention program;
Oversee the Relationship Peer Leaders program, including recruitment, training, workshop development, evaluation, and overall management;
Assist in the creation and delivery of workshops and other prevention programs on sexual and interpersonal violence, consent, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, boundaries, healing practices, and related topics;
Provide information, resources, and presentations to the Mason community on supporting survivors; and
Develop resources and materials, as needed, that focus on student survivor experiences and needs.
Collaboration with Mason and Community Entities
Identify, develop, and maintain strong working relationships with relevant University and community agencies. Assist in the development of resources and support options for student survivors within and outside of the University;
Provide support and consultation to SSAC staff and other Mason community members on topics relevant to area of responsibility, including case management, content, expertise, and trauma-informed practices;
As requested by the Director or Associate Director, serve on and participate in committees related to sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response; and
Assist the Director and Associate Director with special projects related to the field of sexual and interpersonal violence and other duties as assigned.
A master's degree in student personnel administration, higher education, counseling, social work or a related area, or equivalent combination of related education and experience.
Progressive work experience (typically obtained 1+ years) in a university setting within student affairs or equivalent relevant nonprofit work experience;
Demonstrated experience with direct support of survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence, including safety planning and screening for lethality;
Demonstrated experience developing and delivering educational programs, prevention efforts, and trainings; and
Salary: Salary range low to mid $60K's, commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
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Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
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We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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