Bystander Intervention Project Manager
Main purpose of the job:
The overarching purpose of the Bystander Intervention Team is to support the University’s goal to provide all students with a safe environment to work, study and socialise leading to improved student satisfaction, student retention and the promotion of good citizenship.
The purpose of the Bystander Intervention Team is to reinforce the University’s Zero Tolerance stance on sexual harassment/assault and to raise awareness of positive sexual relationships. The role of the Bystander Intervention Project Manager is to manage the scheduling of the Bystander Intervention Leads and lead on impact assessment. Additionally, the Bystander Intervention Project Manager will work with the RSU to ensure effective management of the project through collaborations with RSU staff, Security teams, relevant student bodies and the Bystander Intervention Team.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Promote awareness of University’s Zero Tolerance stance on sexual harassment and assault by being present at events and during peak night-time hours
- Supervise the Bystander Leads during University events, ensuring their behaviour is appropriate and in line with the RSU’s expectations
- Under the guidance of the RSU staff and security, intervene where appropriate in problematic situations
- Manage scheduling for Bystander Intervention Leads and be main point of contact for Bystander Intervention Leads. Occasionally, this will include arranging cover for absent Bystander Leads at short notice
- Handle initial disclosures of sexual assault and harassment sensitively and signpost to Wellbeing Services for follow-up support
- Provide initial pastoral support to students affected by sexual assault and harassment
- Ensure that relevant incident reports are sent to the Head of Wellbeing when received to ensure students are accessing the correct support service
- Combat stigmatisations of sexual assault and harassment in everyday life
- Train others to intervene and to stand up to sexual harassment and assault
- Attend regular supervision meetings the Bystander Leads to ensure the project is continually improving
- Take an active role in promoting the project and its aims at university events, such as Fresher’s Fair and Consent Campaigns
- Train students in other leadership roles on how to be a bystander in the community
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. Please ensure that your application demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria. You will be assessed by your completed application form (A), at interview (I) and in some instances through an exercise (E).
Education and Qualifications
- A current Roehampton student, preferably but not exclusively aimed at Postgraduate students, Mature students or students in their third year
Knowledge and skills
- A good understanding of consent and the importance of bystander intervention
- Experience within an office environment and management of others
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- The ability to present confidently and in an engaging manner.
- The confidence to intervene and challenge others
- The confidence to liaise with key personnel for example, Welfare, Security and the RSU staff
- A demonstrable understanding of equality and diversity, and professional conduct and their practical application within a student support environment.
- Positive, resilient and determined attitude.
- Demonstrable commitment to own professional development.
- The ability to adapt to different situations
- The ability to handle sensitive information
- Experience of working in support or advising contexts or in a similar role.