Assistant Director, Safe Office

Winston Salem, NC
Aug 03, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Director, Safe Office

*Cover letter, resume and 3 professional references are required with application.*

Summary: The Assistant Director for the Safe Office oversees comprehensive response and prevention efforts related to issues of sexual and relationship violence affecting students of the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University. The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Director include leading the coordination of the University’s response systems related to sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking, providing confidential crisis response and case management to students, and facilitating the University’s comprehensive sexual and relationship violence prevention program focusing on prevention of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking. The Assistant Director works closely with campus constituents including University Police and Title IX Office to facilitate a variety of violence prevention initiatives and promote healthy behaviors related to these issues among students.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversees office’s provision of counseling, case management, and consultation for students who have been affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking.
  • Coordinates 24-hour crisis response to all Reynolda Campus students who may have experienced sexual or relationship violence, serving as part of on-call rotation.
  • Provides individual advocacy (e.g., offering information about the different available options while supporting each person’s decision-making) for students affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking.
  • Leads university’s efforts in the coordinated prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking including creation of tailored programming.
  • Facilitates referrals and connections to campus resources (e.g., Student Health Service, University Counseling Center, University Police, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Academic Advising, etc.) and community resources (e.g., city police, emergency department medical professionals, etc.) as appropriate to address safety, healthcare, mental health, housing, academic, and other needs.
  • Collaborates with individual students regarding reporting options for students who have experienced sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking, and provides ongoing assistance through reporting, judicial, and/or legal processes as requested.
  • Closely collaborates with the University’s Title IX Office and other relevant campus groups/professionals around both individual and community-based response and prevention regarding sexual and relationship violence and stalking.
  • Advises, trains, and mentors student groups (e.g., PREPARE) and leaders invested in sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking prevention efforts.
  • Trains and supervises staff including Safe Office counselor/advocate and on-call professional responders.
  • Conducts confidential practice, including record keeping and clinical consultation, consistent with state law and relevant ethical code(s).
  • Creates and delivers relevant evaluations and reports related to services provided by Safe Office.
  • Supervises, evaluates, and provides feedback for direct reports.
  • Develops and implements operational and strategic plans for the office.
  • Develops and monitors the Safe Office budget.
  • Develops, forecasts, and reports on budget status, if requested.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Public Health, Social Work, Student Services or related field with expertise in sexual assault and domestic/relationship violence prevention and response, and a minimum of four years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender related issues and other cultural influences of sexual and relationship violence and stalking.
  • Initiated state licensure process in relevant mental health profession within six months of hiring date.
  • Understanding of applicable privileged communication laws, and the ability to manage confidential information and to use sound judgment in responding to crisis situations.
  • Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, administration, parents, and external agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion related to sexual assault and domestic/intimate partner violence prevention and stalking with college-age populations.
  • Excellent written/verbal/digital communication skills including public speaking, internet communications, and use of relevant technologies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work and think independently and contribute to a team oriented work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and program for a diverse student population.
  • Skilled in conducting research and program evaluation.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Oversight of comprehensive response and prevention
  • Crisis intervention and health promotion experience on a college campus.
  • State licensed in a mental health discipline


  • Responsible for own work.
  • Manages staff/student workers.
  • Budgetary responsibilities.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States