|About the Department
Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) facilitates individual and community health and well-being, nurturing students' self-care and social responsibility so that they may maximize their academic and personal success and engage in the creation of a safe and healthy community.
PWS offers Western students opportunities to get involved in improving their own health and the health of their community. PWS provides numerous professional and peer-facilitated health promotion initiatives that can help students achieve optimal well-being and specific services to those who may face challenges to their well-being. PWS programs comprise topic areas of sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence prevention, physical health (sleep, nutrition, activity and stress management) and resiliency.
To find out more please refer to the Western Washington University website and the Prevention and Wellness Services website, or Bellingham, WA.
|About the Position
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and passionate educator/advocate to lead sexual violence prevention awareness and education outreach and mentor enthusiastic Peer Health Educators in a dynamic university environment. You will collaborate with interdisciplinary partners to develop and implement evidence-informed sexual violence prevention services and outreach initiatives designed to provide advocacy services for survivors of sexual violence, and to create and sustain a safe environment where sexual violence does not occur. Prevention & Wellness Services recognizes the power of a diverse community and strongly encourages applications form individuals with varied experience, perspectives, and backgrounds to apply.
You will work to increase and support the health and safety of the Western community by planning and implementing sexual violence prevention awareness and education campus-wide, and co-management of advocacy services for students with diverse social identities who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
You will apply best practice and evidence based methods as well as creative and innovative approaches to reach and engage a diverse student population. You will be responsible for addressing the continuum of education through awareness, prevention, advocacy, support, and referral to additional campus and community support services. You work as a collaborative team member of Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) to achieve department and University goals.
This is a full-time, 12-month professional staff position which reports to the Director of Prevention & Wellness Services.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Direct Service
- Manage the CASAS services (Consultation and Sexual Assault Support), with the close collaboration of the Men's Violence Prevention Specialist, within a brief and focused intervention model, support, and referral services for Western students who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking; or for students who are concerned about a friend, roommate or family member who has experienced sexual violence.
- Ensure all support (law enforcement, Title IX Coordinator, medical, psychological, legal, academic, and student support services) and reporting options are fully explained and made maximally accessible to the student, and their significant others, friends or family (if so requested by the student), and facilitate connection to these services to ensure that the University has maximized its support and assistance to victims of sexual violence.
- Professional Collaboration
- Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with on-campus service providers and departments whose assistance may be needed to ensure the academic support and personal healing of survivors and the development and implementation of campus-wide sexual violence prevention campaigns.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships (including training on WWU services) with off-campus service providers to facilitate reciprocal referral for WWU students. These services include, but are not limited to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County, city and county law enforcement, and other key community services.
- Departmental Objectives and Prevention Outreach Initiatives
- Work collaboratively with the PWS Communication and Health Promotion Specialist and PWS Health Educator to promote targeted and campus-wide sexual violence prevention services through the development of marketing campaigns that widely and effectively publicizes victim services throughout out the university community.
- Such promotion maximizes the recognition of services offered by PWS staff as student-centered, visible, and accessible to Western students. Promotion includes special emphasis on reaching non-traditional, older students; commuting students; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students with disabilities; male identified students; and students from racial, ethnic, or religious minority groups who may be reluctant to seek services because of cultural barriers or fear of discrimination.
- Collaborate in periodic review of the sexual violence prevention interventions for all incoming students.
- Collaborate with other identified departments in the design and implementation, of on-going, comprehensive sexual violence prevention and awareness campaigns for all students.
- Work collaboratively with the Men's Violence Prevention Specialist. Collaboration includes the management of CASAS (Consultation and Sexual Assault Support) services, training and supervision of peer advocates, providing professional advocacy services for Western students, and the development of innovative sexual violence prevention projects and creation of sexual violence prevention web material designed to maximize inclusion and to research and engage Western's diverse student population.
- Selection, Training & Supervision of Peer Health Educators
- Work collaboratively with other PWS staff to recruit, train, and supervise PWS Peer Health Educators in the foundation information pertaining to college student health, core concepts, principles of information and service delivery, and knowledge of PWS service areas, Information and environmental risk reduction strategies. The Sexual Violence Prevention specialist also has responsibility for specialty training and ongoing supervision for peer educators working specifically in sexual violence prevention.
- Training Initiatives
- Design and implement training for students, faculty, staff, and parents about sexual violence prevention, behavioral indicators, how to identify and effectively intervene in potential sexual violence situations, how to help/support survivors of sexual violence and maximize referral to campus assistance and professional support resources.
- Design and implement training for key student, faculty, and staff groups whose work may involve being a first-responder to survivors of sexual violence. Identify and develop connection with these groups and offer training as appropriate to the role of the group or department.
- Develop and facilitate sexual violence prevention training in collaboration with the Title IX Coordinator and other key university staff for all WWU athletic teams and other identified student, staff an faculty groups.
- Programmatic Components - Records and Service/Program Analysis
- Maintain confidential records of all formal and informal CASAS-related contacts
- Maintain records and create departmental reports detailing CASAS service utilization, professional training, prevention/education events and programs offered, and all activities of peer health educators assisting with sexual violence prevention events/programs.
- Ensure provision of effective and quality service to Western students by conducting regular program and procedures review and evaluation, identifying areas for review or revision, developing a plan and implementing revision as needed.
- Establish and maintain high standards for student service, education and prevention practice pertaining to sexual violence prevention within parameters set by relevant professional standards, professional groups, and pertinent state and federal regulations.