Project Director-Project S.A.F.E.
Project Director - Project S.A.F.E.
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges. We provide more than 80,000 students each year access to a quality, affordable education. CCC supports students in meeting their goals – whether that is in pursuit of a credential to head into or advance in the workforce, an associate degree with the intention to transfer to a four-year college, free GED or ESL courses, or continuing education. CCC seeks candidates committed to our students' success and offers a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to have a lasting impact in our students' lives.
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) has been awarded a three-year grant through the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus (SDDVS). Grant oversight is administered by OVW's Campus Program Unit.
Under the grant, CCC will implement and execute Project S.A.F.E (Securing a Fear-Free Environment) through its seven independently accredited community colleges. The project is based on a three-fold strategy of developing a comprehensive, coordinated community approach to enhancing victim safety through: 1. training and education; 2. direct services and support; and 3. community collaboration for survivor recovery.
The project will provide a specialized response to victims and ensure access to safety planning, counseling, advocacy, explanation of legal rights and remedies, representation in protective order cases, and family law matters.
- Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Advising & Student Success, the Project Director S.A.F.E. serves as the project manager, responsible for implementing and overseeing the planning phase of the project during the grant's first year, followed by the full implementation of the grant program requirements and activities.
- As part of the planning phase, the Project Director has primary accountability for:
- Development of a campus needs assessment;
- Development of a strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap to project implementation throughout the grant period.
- Compliance by staff with attendance requirements at orientation, training and technical assistance institutes and events;
- Maintaining regular communication and reporting requirements with grant's Campus Program staff.
- Designs and facilitate focus groups to inform program design.
- Implements campus activities, policies, and protocols to include coordination of efforts as needed by all appropriate parties.
- Coordinates awareness of needed compliance initiatives that includes education and training for the entire campus community.
- Collaborates with campus Title IX Coordinators Life Span, and Chicago Police Department as needed to coordinate, identify, and execute opportunities for improvement in the grievance procedures and for resolving complaints
- Hires and trains peer educators in concert with campus
- Acts as liaison between internal (IMOU) and external (EMOU) partners, staff, faculty, and students regarding OVW related matters.
- Plans and coordinates guest speakers, training sessions, meetings, and marketing strategies/tools with guidance and input from the coordinated community response (CCR) team.
- Oversees grant budget and all associated reporting requirements.
- Oversees and monitors students' completion of mandatory prevention and education programs
- Assists in monitoring legislation and rules related to essential job functions and help to modify protocols and procedures as necessary.
- Coordinates and attends all coordinated community response (CCR) team meetings. Will attend the required Training and Technical Assistance Activities over the three-year award period.
- Assists in the reporting and maintenance of all activities as outlined in the guidelines provided by the DOJ Grant guidance.
- A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. Master's Degree preferred
- A minimum of one year of experience working with survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking and have knowledge of best practices for gender-based violence prevention training, victim services, and the criminal legal process
- Project management experience
- Experience in program design and development, and leading focus groups
- Experience managing projects that engage multiple partners and stakeholders
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
- Excellent organizational, management, and decision-making skills
- Ability to work well with employees at all levels of the organization, including internal and external customers
- Ability to handle situations with tact, persuasiveness, and diplomacy. Must possess a high level of confidentiality
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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