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Program Director, Advocacy

Bentley University
Waltham, MA 02452
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Program Director, Sexual Assault Resource and Advocacy

Bentley University

Job Description Summary
The Program Director, Sexual Assault Resource and Advocacy is responsible for being a campus-wide resource for Bentley students in a number of essential ways. The position will offer strategic leadership toward a community-wide understanding of the impact of sexual violence and effective ways to respond and refer. They will have "policy-based confidentiality" (as opposed to statutory confidentiality regarding disclosures of student sexual misconduct). The successful candidate will be able to assist students In obtaining needed accommodations (e.g., room changes, academic services, etc.) and will work closely with the Office of Institutional Equity on ensuring students who have experienced sexual misconduct are aware of the different options open to them should they consider formal reporting. This individual 's work - including training and campus wide collaboration efforts -- will contribute to a healthy and safer campus using a socio-ecological approach to build individual skill sets and collective capacity in order to shift attitudes, community norms, and prepare individuals for responding to disclosures with care. They will also serve as a support person to community members seeking information if they have received disclosures of trauma related interpersonal violence. This person will report to the Associate Dean of Health, Wellness and Counseling and work closely with a variety of campus partners. A deep awareness and understanding of the different issues related to sexual misconduct for students is essential, as well as an understanding and sensitivity to the variety of populations that experience sexual assault.

This is a 12-month, full-time position based in Waltham, MA. Please see the university's Flexible Work Arrangements policy to learn more about Bentley's workplace flexibility- https://www.bentley.edu/offices/human-resources/flexible-work-arrangements

Essential Duties
  • Assist Bentley in the development of internal structures to address, respond to and prevent gender-based violence in a way that respects the unique needs of each student.
  • Meet with students or community members who are seeking information, resources and options for care and reporting related to experiences of interpersonal violence.
  • Work collaboratively with the Department of Health Promotion in implementing education programs for the prevention of sexual misconduct as well as promoting healthy sexual communication and behavior as a community norm with attention to the needs of Bentley's diverse communities and particular attention to at-risk communities.
  • Convene the campus coordinated community response team that reviews and promotes trauma informed approaches to support survivors and allies on campus including the management and content creation for this website www.bentley.edu/sarvresources
  • Work with campus partners - included but not limited to: Health Center, Counseling, University Police, University Chaplains, Residential Staff, Office of the Provost - on ensuring regular training on trauma informed care and disclosures and ensure that the entire staff and faculty community understand the resources available for sexual assault response
  • Recruit, train and provide oversight to peer educators focused on relationship and sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention and healthy sexual communication.
  • Work closely with student organizations addressing issues of sexual misconduct, sexual health, healthy relationships, and responding to disclosures.
  • Create, maintain, and promote survivor resources. Provide training to faculty and staff regarding the impact of trauma on students and ways to effectively respond and refer after disclosures.

Additional Duties
  • Work with campus organizations, staff and students to ensure traditionally under-represented students have their needs addressed and that all aspects of this position -whether policy development, programming, response, training or advocacy respects and responds to difference.
  • Work with Director of OIE to develop training for staff and faculty who will function as advocates in an adjudication process if a complainant or respondent requests the support.
  • Collaborate as requested with the Office of Institutional Equity on identifying campus risk, norms and needs through a variety of assessment tools.
  • Work directly with key campus personnel across the university, student victims/survivors as well as respondents/accused students in accessing resources, information, processes and procedures, including but not limited to: serving as a resource/referral for students seeking both on and off campus sexual misconduct resources/information.
  • Work closely with various campus organizations on awareness of available resources, responding to a friend's disclosures, referring to resources effectively. Key partners include Student Programs and Engagement, Athletics, Office of Residential Life, Study Abroad, Academic Services, and comparable graduate organizations.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Education, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience providing direct services to survivors of sexual violence or related experience in social service or advocacy based positions. Graduate assistant experience may be considered as years of experience.
  • Experience in training and knowledge of trauma-informed programs
  • Proven record of developing and implementing evidence-informed primary prevention programming (e.g., bystander intervention, healthy relationships) targeting risk and protective factors pertaining to sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking
  • Understanding of the role of OEO and Title IX work on college campuses

Preferred Qualifications
  • Sophisticated theoretical understanding of the cultural, social and intersectional causes of and responses to sexual and other gender-based violence and a deep understanding of cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, sexual and gender diversity.
  • Experience working with college-aged or young adult population.
  • Strong awareness of social, emotional and personal boundaries and how to set and maintain them in clear and respectful ways.
  • Ability to assess and refer students to a range of services and departments both internal and external to Bentley.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with a wide-range of campus constituents, including students, staff, faculty, health promotion, academic affairs, campus police, student health professionals, and other campus partners.

Work Environment
  • Travel around campus for meetings and other work-related events required
  • Typical office environment with extensive sitting and computer work
  • Flexible office placement - perhaps working in more than one office every day

Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.


Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.



Posted: 2022-04-18 Expires: 2022-05-19

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