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Bates CollegeLocation: Lewiston, ME 04240 Document ID: AB453-35ZL Posted on: 2017-11-1711/17/2017 Job Type: Regular
Coord, Health Ed & Sexual Assault Victim Advocate
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.
Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.
Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.
The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.
The Bates College Offices of Title IX and Residence Life and Health Education is searching for a dynamic, creative, and personable individual to join our team as Coordinator of Health Education and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA). The Coordinator of Health Education and SAVA will report to the Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance and the Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life and Health Education. The offices are committed to creating communities that celebrate and honor difference, engage people of all backgrounds, and ensure all students have access to community resources. This position joins a vibrant and engaging professional and student team. The Coordinator of Health Education and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) is a ten month, live-in staff member responsible for providing confidential advocacy and also for coordinating campus wide health education initiatives and programs.
As the primary resource for confidential advocacy for those affected by sexual violence, the SAVA serves as a resource both to those pursuing formal reporting processes and those who choose not to report instances of sexual violence to the institution. This position provides advocacy related to navigating institutional, legal, and medical processes available to survivors and takes an active role in connecting individuals to appropriate long term resources for recovery. Harnessing the positive energy of Bates’ interconnected community environment, the Coordinator for Health Education is responsible for building, facilitating, and assessing health education and violence prevention initiatives across campus. Frequently working with student leaders on campus, this position has the opportunity to meaningfully impact the Bates community.
This role requires a Bachelor’s degree in public health, social, psychology, higher education administration or relevant field, Master’s degree preferred.
A successful candidate for the position must have:
- 1-2 years of experience in residence life or higher education (including professional or student experience in residence life, student government, student activities, student or outdoor leadership positions, other campus offices, etc.)
- Green Dot Bystander Intervention College Facilitator trained by Alteristic Inc./Green Dot Inc. preferred
- Previous training in supporting survivors, crisis response, legal advocacy, or equivalent relevant frameworks preferred
- Experience supporting survivors of sexual violence through reporting and/or accessing resources
- Experience working in residence life, health education, or advocacy/support at a four year, residential, institution
- Experience working in collaborative and dynamic office environments
- Ability to effectively engage with diverse personalities and manage difficult situations.
- Demonstrated success in supporting students from underrepresented groups, including students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation-to-college students, LGBTQ+ identified individuals, and low-income students
- Experience working within a complex office environment with frequently shifting tasks and priorities with minimal supervision
- Excellent skills for advocacy and survivor support in within small and interconnected communities
- Excellent judgement and awareness for interpersonal dynamics
- Excellent communication (written, verbal and listening) skills
- Proficiency in basic data management systems and assessment practices (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel, Power Point, WordPress [website], Google docs, email and calendaring.)
- Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
- Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity and commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 24 days of vacation, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff.