Director of Youth Protection and Programming
The University of Southern California (USC) Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance is seeking an experienced Director of Youth Protection and Programming with demonstrated effective program development, leadership and collaborative relationship building capabilities to join its team!
About the Opportunity
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President-Office of Youth Protection and Clery Act Compliance, the Director of Youth Protection and Programming manages and supports the university’s efforts to protect minors and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in non-student, youth-centered programs. Directs the development, facilitation, monitoring, revision, and oversight of policies, protocols, training and compliance related activities for organizations and programs to provide safe and healthy environments when hosting minors both on- and off-campus. Fosters a culture of compliance and serves as subject matter expert for establishing and maintaining best practices consistent with Federal Sentencing Guidelines elements of effective compliance policies and programs. Establishes and maintains a database of information on all university programs involving participation of minors and manages the content of a “protection of minors” website and the renewal of program registrations.
Ideal candidates for the position of Director of Youth Protection and Programming will meet the following criteria:
- Master's degree; however, combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education (i.e. bachelor’s degree + additional experience).
- At least 7 years of related experience in youth protection programs.
- Demonstrated experience evaluating, coordinating and developing training on policy or procedural subject matter, with the ability to deliver training to various constituents.
- Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated experience serving productively and effectively as both a team leader and member, working with groups diverse in culture and background.
- Ability to effectively interact with stakeholders at all levels (including Sr. Leadership).
- Excellent organizational, planning and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects while developing and managing audit processes and reporting results.
- Strong customer service orientation.
- Ability to manage complex and extremely sensitive issues with professionalism while understanding the legal privacy and confidentiality parameters.
- Valid California driver’s license (may require travel and working evenings and/or weekends, based on business necessity).
- Knowledge of American Camp Association standards.
- Praesidium Guardian certification (CPG) is a plus.
The Director of Youth Protection and Programming:
- Establishes and maintains a youth compliance program consistent with Federal Sentencing Guidelines elements of an effective compliance program. May include establishing and leading a university task force for this purpose. Collaborates with Office of General Counsel, Human Resources, Risk Management and Insurance, and other relevant departments and individuals (academic and/or administrative) on program risk assessments and updates/revisions to existing policies, rules and regulations that impact youth programs and protection.
- Creates or develops, shares, delivers, and implements appropriate training, educational programs, resources, presentations and other communications (template forms, instructional materials, etc.) to areas sponsoring youth programs to enhance safety and best practices. Educates and provides ongoing direction to youth program managers and leadership on compliance, programming efforts, and implementation of procedures and best practices. Tracks and monitors individuals requiring and participating in training in centralized database and troubleshoots online training issues with users. Manages and coordinates resources as the university implements the key elements of the safety of minors and molestation prevention program and provides appropriate education and training.
- Establishes and maintains a database of information on all university programs involving participation of minors, including university-sponsored activities off campus. Oversees retention of related records, forwards issues that may require investigation to the appropriate party, and participates in meetings with various stakeholders across the university to review compliance. Reports data, metrics, issues and incidents to appropriate stakeholders as necessary, including Risk Management and Insurance Executive Director, General Counsel, and the Board of Trustees’ Finance and Audit and Compliance committees.
- Manages the content of a “protection of minors” website and the renewal of program registrations and staff compliance, while regularly identifying any unregistered youth-serving programs and individuals. Monitors background clearance and training requirements for persons working within youth-centered programs, in collaboration with Central HR’s background check unit and program directors. Audits youth-centered programs for compliance with university policies. Refers and reports misconduct allegations to the appropriate office/department and university administrators.
- Fosters a culture of compliance through outreach and engagement with university programs involving the participation of minors, and ensures university policies, rules, and regulations governing them are followed, holding programs accountable. Monitors and reviews regulatory and legislative changes impacting youth programs, prepares the university’s response, and acts on appropriate changes to ensure implementation.
- Acts as subject matter expert to evaluate and resolve youth protection questions and issues with staff, faculty, volunteers and/or visitors. Provides consultation on reporting matters to Child Protective Services (CPS) to various stakeholders across the university. Participates and/or serves on university, regional, national and/or other committees and boards related to youth compliance, including the Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet). Represents the university and participates in youth compliance-related conferences.
- Acts as a Responsible Administrator for university policy and other regulations pertaining to the protection of minors, and is a Compliance Partner for university compliance with Title IX, Title VII, Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act, Campus SaVE Act, FERPA, and any other laws, rules and regulations as they relate to the protection of youth. General compliance responsibilities include compliance with state and federal laws and university policies and procedures as they may apply.
- Accountable for the development of team members by helping them set and achieve goals for their career growth. Fosters an inclusive environment that values differences and creates a sense of belonging and appreciation for team members. Leads by example, demonstrating strong ethics, high accountability, and actively drive the process of embedding organizational values and behaviors. Creates a culture of trust and transparency. Drives best-in-class customer service to USC through effective team member engagement.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
- This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act and must comply with the requirements of said designation.
About the Office for Youth Protection and Programming
Each year, thousands of minors interact with USC through a variety of youth programs and events held on and off campus. In its commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of minors participating in these programs and events, and in a move towards greater oversight and accountability, USC has established the Office for Youth Protection and Programming (OYPP). OYPP works to strengthen and support youth serving organizations throughout USC so they can operate safely and meet their responsibility of protecting youth from all forms of child abuse. OYPP establishes requirements aimed at promoting an environment where children can learn, grow, and thrive. Learn more about OYPP at https://protectingminors.usc.edu/about
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