The Senior Prevention Strategy Officer/Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Collaborative

North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 24, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Senior Prevention Strategy Officer/Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Collaborative

Position Summary
The Senior Prevention Strategy Officer/Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Collaborative, serves as UNC-Chapel Hill’s principal leader, collaborator, convener, and strategist related to the health, wellness, and safety topic of interpersonal violence (including sexual assault and harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking) prevention. The position requires a highly collaborative and visionary individual to provide direction for a pan-University prevention strategy that incorporates students, faculty, and staff. As the inaugural director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Interpersonal Violence Prevention Collaborative, this senior-level position requires an experienced and proven leader, thinker, and manager with demonstrated ability and effectiveness in developing, implementing, and assessing effective, evidence-informed, and campus-specific strategies for violence prevention. This position will also provide oversight for related prevention initiatives in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, campus well-being, and hazing prevention. To facilitate ongoing collaboration and integration across these functional areas, this position will oversee the Student Wellness department in Student Affairs. The Senior Prevention Strategy Officer/Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Collaborative reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team. Reflecting the role of broad campus leadership on prevention strategy and engagement with academic partners, this position will also be engaged with the Office of the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance.

  • Serve as UNC’s principal leader, collaborator, convener, and strategist related to interpersonal violence prevention; 
  • Serve as the inaugural Director of UNC’s Interpersonal Violence Prevention Collaborative, providing vision for a pan-University effort to build a program of national prominence in interpersonal violence prevention;
  • Engage in ongoing assessment of the developmental, social, and environmental factors, as well as root causes, that contribute to interpersonal violence in colleges and universities, and at UNC-Chapel Hill specifically;
  • Implement public health-oriented, evidence-informed interventions across the social ecology to promote a campus and community environment free from violence and harassment in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Create, implement, evaluate, and report outcomes related to University prevention initiatives;
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and research in the area of interpersonal and sexual violence and actively promote opportunities for that scholarship and research to inform campus prevention strategies;
  • Advise senior University leadership on policies, practices, and resources needed to sustain effective prevention initiatives;
  • In collaboration with other campus partners, contribute to a coordinated system of support for students impacted by interpersonal violence, both in immediate and short-term care and long-term support;
  • Provide supervision and senior leadership for related prevention and health promotion efforts, including supporting and coordinating the ongoing work of the Campus Alcohol Task Force, the Mental Health Implementation Group, and the UNC Hazing Coalition; and
  • Assist UNC Student Affairs and other campus partners in identifying and securing additional funding sources for prevention initiatives through grant writing and private development.

Educational Requirements
Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Higher Education Administration, Counseling Education, Women’s and/or Gender Studies, or a related field from an accredited college or institution. A PhD or other terminal degree preferred.

Qualifications and Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in public health, health/wellness promotion, prevention, health advocacy, or a related field, including administrative and supervisory experience. Demonstrated experience and expertise in interpersonal violence prevention, support, and/or research required. Previous experience in higher education and/or complex public organizations strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated evidence of sound judgment, leadership, and high-level problem-solving and strategic planning skills;
  • Demonstrated record of building and sustaining positive relationships with a wide array of internal and external colleagues and the ability to forge effective coalitions committed to effecting change, particularly in areas that are highly regulated by external authorities;
  • Understanding of and commitment to ongoing development of cultural competencies and support for University and Student Affairs values regarding equity, inclusion, and accessibility;
  • Exemplary record of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience working in confidential and sensitive situations, including supporting survivors of violence;
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations relating to interpersonal and sexual violence and support for impacted individuals (e.g., Title IX, VAWA, FERPA, etc.);
  • Commitment to contributing to a positive work environment; and
  • Ability to work independently, effectively manage multiple projects, prioritize appropriately, and meet deadlines.

Attributes of the Successful Candidate

  • A collegial, team-oriented professional who actively seeks to build community and who is able to influence others in the absence of positional authority;
  • Demonstrates a track record of working across units and sectors to promote holistic, root-cause approaches to address challenging problems related to safety, health, and wellbeing;
  • Has a proven history of effective management that includes the professional development of staff and volunteers, including the ability to provide clear expectations and timely feedback and the willingness to address practices, behaviors, or attitudes that are incongruous with institutional or divisional objectives;
  • Is professionally guided by trauma-informed public health approaches, evidence-informed practice, and social-ecological frameworks in violence prevention and related fields;
  • Is appropriately focused on the holistic wellbeing of the campus community, including recognizing the disproportionate impact that interpersonal violence has on underrepresented populations; and
  • Is committed to ensuring broad community representation in planning and implementation of interpersonal violence prevention initiatives, including deep understanding of the role of intersectionality in an effective prevention program.

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Special Instructions
Resume, cover letter, and a minimum of three (3) professional references are required.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.