Director of Student Advocacy

Massachusetts, United States
24 Jul 2020
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24 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture and benefits that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future then take a look at this opportunity.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ADVOCACY FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE (VPR), Violence Prevention and Response, to provide leadership and oversight of the advocacy service that addresses the support needs of students who have experienced sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, stalking and/or sexual harassment. Will be responsible for developing and managing campus and community resources to support students who have experienced gender-based violence; oversee the advocacy service within VPR including supervising the lead advocate and a shared administrative assistant; build trusted relationships with key stakeholders and champion cross-organizational, multiple stakeholders initiatives; and communicate directly on matters concerning sexual and relationship violence with the appropriate Institute resources, including the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR), MIT and local police departments, Student Mental Health and Counseling, and many others.  Working with campus partners, VPR is committed to eliminating the inequities that threaten the lives of communities of color who are disproportionately affected by sexual and domestic violence.

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Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred), preferably in education, social work, or related field; at least five years’ experience in higher education or closely related setting; demonstrated knowledge of interpersonal violence and victim advocacy; ability to balance student advocacy while attending to institutional priorities, risk, and liability; experience working with and building diverse communities; commitment to student wellbeing; excellent managerial, speaking, writing, interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills; success compiling, managing, and communicating highly confidential information; flexibility; initiative; demonstrated computer proficiency; and knowledge and understanding of Title IX. Must be able to work independently; plan, develop, organize, and follow through on projects and plans in a dynamic, high pressure environment; change focus, answer immediate client demands, and deal well with frequent interruptions; and identify students in crisis and respond appropriately.  Job #18797-9

Must be able and willing to perform on-call responsibilities. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

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