Assistant Director of Training and Advocacy (17104)

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Under the direction and supervision of the Director of the Health Promotion & Advocacy Center, the Assistant Director for Training & Advocacy will oversee and lead major training programs for special student populations on campus and serve as the secondary victim advocate for our signature OASIS program. The AD will be successful in their role by working collaboratively with key on-campus and off-campus partners, building positive relationships with students and colleagues across campus, and by keeping the development & well-being of our students at their forefront. Their work will involve data collection and building sustainable and evidence-informed practices for the department using a culturally competent lens.

Essential Functions
  1. Training & Curriculum Development: Oversee curriculum development and updates for HPAC signature programs: Empower AU Consent Education & Step Up! Bystander Intervention. Oversee mandatory training requirements for special populations and serve as lead trainer for campus partner programs. Ensure HPAC trainings are culturally sensitive, inclusive, and address student populations from traditionally underserved communities.
  2. Direct Service/Advocacy: Serve as the secondary victim advocate by providing confidential and survivor-focused services, including post-crisis management and discussing options for counseling and advocacy referrals both on and off campus, to AU students who experience any form of sexual, gender-based and intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, or stalking. Implement brief interventions and recovery support referrals for students after an alcohol or drug transport or other high-risk situation involving substance use.
  3. Supervision: Assist with the supervision of 2-3 graduate assistants who will be focused on direct service health behavior change appointments, program evaluation, and marketing for the department.
  4. Policy Review: On an annual basis, work with Coordinator for Victim Advocacy Services to review and update policies and procedures regarding direct services work with student victims and looking for ways to improve service outcomes. Work closely with Director to review & revise campus wellness policies, as well as annual plans and department goals and then strategize how to effectively implement/assign tasks within the department.

Supervisory Responsibility
  • Supervision of graduate assistants and undergraduate student interns.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full time
  • Exempt
  • Sr Coordinator B

Required Education and Experience
  • Master’s Degree or Equivalent
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience

Preferred Education and Experience
  • 4-6 years relevant experience
  • Knowledge of substance use interventions is a plus.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department. Some evening and weekend hours required. Some travel possible.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, social justice, and cultural competence and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and demonstrated skills in a variety of educational methods including presentations, workshops, trainings, individual behavior change sessions, and small group discussion/facilitation.
  • Ability to quickly form positive working relationships across function areas and maintain communication with those areas.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills (e.g., research design, survey development, environmental assessment, focus group design and facilitation, data analysis and interpretation, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience with motivational interviewing.
  • Have experience with direct service and student support, especially in the areas of victim advocacy.
  • Knowledge of recovery programs and local organizations to help support on-campus programs.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, manage time efficiently, and prioritize tasks.
  • Flexibility to work in structured and unstructured learning environments and to interact as a team member with professional and administrative staff member.
  • Sensitivity to the confidential nature of health-related information.
  • Familiarity with social media, marketing, and health communications strategies.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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