Assistant Director for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Washington, DC
Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Director plays a critical role in a coordinated community response to sexual assault and sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Primary role is to support the student community by: (1) initiating and directing confidential student advocacy and case management following a report or incident and (2) developing, implementing, and overseeing educational outreach on these topics for students, staff, and faculty. May also provide expert support to cases involving GW employees.

The Assistant Director brings expert knowledge to the task of creating and maintaining important campus and local community partnerships to, among other things, develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs and protocols. Partners include, for example, student organizations and leaders, the Office of Victim Services, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, University Health Services and Counseling Center, campus and local police departments, Division of Student Affairs, EEO Office, the Global Women's Institute, and community organizations addressing sexual assault.

-Initiate and direct case management to provide assistance, including corrective measures, to student survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking and others impacted by an incident; coordinate communication and response among University offices; maintain proactive outreach and follow up with survivors.
-Serve as a member of the Title IX working group to ensure GW response, support and judicial policies comply with DC, VA and federal legislation and enforcement guidance.
-Advise and provide consultation to assist additional personnel and departments that may serve as first responders for survivors.
-Support and advise student survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking throughout the various stages of reporting and adjudicating complaints.
-Refer survivors to appropriate resources for healthcare and ongoing support services.
-Use evidence-based approaches to identify and enhance incident response.

-Develop an infrastructure for planning, directing, and evaluating educational programming for students in the areas of sexual assault prevention, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
-Identify and vet online tools and resources; gather feedback regarding the benefits of selected products.
-Deliver educational programming, sometimes in collaboration with other presenters.
-Maintain central web-based resource.
-Work closely with student leaders and groups to design and implement innovative mechanisms to raise awareness, better equip bystanders, encourage reporting, transform the culture, and improve the climate.
-Train adjudication boards/panels, as well as personnel in departments that may serve as first responders for survivors.
-Keep abreast of federal and state laws relating to student safety and identify good practices used by higher education institutions or other groups.

-Develop and evaluate a strategic plan and vision for the newly-established position that improves services to students and the university.
-Recruit, hire, train, and supervise staff and student volunteers.
-Supervise and train the 24-hour Sexual Assault Response Crisis Team.
-Co-lead the campus-wide Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.
-Revise, enhance, and expand training content as a result of periodic surveys.
-Serve as primary liaison to internal and external partners to better coordinate efforts to support survivors, including student advocacy organizations, university counseling and health services, academic departments, GWPD and the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning additional responsibilities that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in domestic violence and sexual violence research and best practices; experience in working with sexual assault and relationship abuse victims.

Demonstrated experience and skill to effectively hire, train, and supervise volunteers and staff.

Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion, sensitivity, and neutrality.

Expertise in training models in sexual violence and trauma services.

Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Commitment to and understanding of environmental prevention strategies in violence prevention.

Partnership management skills including: collaboration skills; program design and implementation skills and experience; community mapping skills; and resource development.

Prior experience as a counselor and trainer.

LCSW, Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, or equivalent.

Familiarity with violence prevention, counseling, and advocacy services offered within a university context.

Demonstrated skill in grant writing.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Academic Affairs Family Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Family Multiple Functions Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40+ Work Schedule: M-F w/some nights and weekends Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006042 Job Open Date: 01/05/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * What is your expected salary range?
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Are you a Licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW), Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
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