Associate Director, Prevention Education – Muhlenberg College

Organization: Muhlenberg College

Date Posted: 6/24/2024

Apply By Date: As soon as possible

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The Position: Associate Director, Prevention Education

Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of Institutional Equity, Compliance & Title IX, the Associate Director of Prevention Education is primarily responsible for training, coordinating, and facilitating prevention education for students on healthy relationships, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, bystander intervention, implicit and explicit bias, and other student health and wellness-related training and/or response efforts on campus with an intersectional lens. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to issues of gender equity and sexual violence prevention, a blend of knowledge and experiences related to prevention models and practices, experience working in a college setting, a strong understanding of cultural competency and cultural and identity-based differences to successfully implement prevention strategies and education across a diverse student body.

Schedule & Benefits: At Muhlenberg, we value your work-life balance, and are pleased to offer this full-time opportunity with four weeks off in July. Muhlenberg offers a highly competitive benefits package, including but not limited to, generous holidays (including three days off for Thanksgiving and an extended winter break between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day), vacation (22 days per year), sick leave, eight weeks paid parental leave, Life Sports Center membership, tuition opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending plans, College-provided short-and long-term disability, life insurance, and retirement. Waiting periods may apply. Relocation assistance is available for this position. In addition, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, Muhlenberg is a qualifying employer under the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

The College & Surrounding Area: Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering baccalaureate and graduate programs. At Muhlenberg, we are committed to a campus community that ensures students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, respected, valued and included. Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, business, natural sciences and social sciences; as well as pre-professional programs in law, health and theology; and progressive workforce-focused post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees.

As part of eastern Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, Allentown is a diverse city of 125,000, located just 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. As the third largest city in the state, and along with neighboring Bethlehem and Easton, the region is home to a vibrant arts scene, extensive parks and recreational opportunities, and a rich blend of diverse cuisine. For more information, visit Life in the Lehigh Valley | Muhlenberg College and check out Allentown here.

Characteristic Responsibilities:

Using an intersectional framework, provide strategic direction, develop and implement evidence-based prevention education programs, conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation based on the needs of the College community for the Office of Prevention Education.

  • Utilize the socio-ecological model of public health and other important prevention frameworks to analyze the Muhlenberg culture in order to inform all work with students and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure programs, strategies, and reports meet compliance requirements under VAWA (Violence Against Women Act, Clery Act and Title IX Regulations.
  • Serve as part of the Health and Wellness Advisory Board that reviews data, discusses campus-wide needs and strategies, and oversees the utilization of financial resources to meet those needs.
  • Identify and lead key strategies for the campus around sexual and gender violence prevention issues annually.
  • Partner with faculty across many disciplines to support prevention education strategy to students.
  • Develop communication strategies and leverage technology to educate students through multiple mediums on important health and safety information.
  • Strategically assess prevention efforts, share findings and progress with the campus community, and continually make adjustments to College prevention strategies based on national research and College specific assessment data.
  • Continuously review practices, policies, and initiatives associated with the department to ensure that they promote an intersectional lens regarding the culture of diversity and inclusion and meet the needs of diverse student populations.
  • Regularly identify critical elements of the department that require assessment of learning or evaluation of services/needs, conduct those assessments, share findings with appropriate audiences, and make adjustments to internal programs and practices based on data and evidence.
  • Work with supervisor to develop an annual professional development plan that will ensure awareness of trends, best practices, new information, etc. related to student life, prevention education, gender-based violence, healthy relationships and/or mental health.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity within higher education.
  • Assist in drafting new and revised policies and procedures for consideration by Divisional and College stakeholders related to areas of focus (EO and Nondiscrimination policy, etc.) when needed; Serve on Division and College committees as assigned.
  • Familiarity with and ability to incorporate Restorative Practices programming into all areas.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Develop, deliver, and/or coordinate training curriculum primarily for students, but may also include other community members, on gender violence and healthy relationships, mental health, bystander intervention, alcohol and other drugs, and general health and well-being, etc.

  • Serve as a primary trainer on the above-mentioned topics for groups that are in need of a high level of facilitation and discussion.
  • Employ train-the-trainer opportunities to teach other faculty/staff to assist in implementing education around prevention topics.
  • Develop, coordinate and provide content during first year student Orientation and the Foundations in Student Success seminar that aligns specifically to the needs and education of first year students.
  • Tailor educational offerings to the specific needs and cultural backgrounds of a diverse student populations.
  • Oversee the enhancement and expansion of all Bystander Intervention efforts.
  • Coordinate with key departments (i.e. Health & Counseling Services, Campus Safety, Student Conduct, Title IX, etc.) to develop training content that is holistic in approach and connects students to these primary resources appropriately.

Develop and advise peer education groups and efforts with regard to key health and wellness topics based on student need and student interest.

  • Supervise, provide training to, and serve as advisor for Voices of Strength.
  • Co-advise and provide training to Peer Health Advocates and other peer educators groups as needed.
  • Analyze student need and interest to develop additional peer education efforts around critical topics.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of effectiveness of these efforts and adjust internal practices and initiatives accordingly.

    Develop programing to ensure the identification, responsibility and education of bias-related conduct and trends.

    • Collaborate with the Office of MultiCultural Life and other College Life departments to co-create training, programming and resources.

    Serve as key member of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Committee.

    • Attend meetings and participate in programming efforts for alcohol and other drugs prevention work, particularly as it relates to sexual and gender violence.

    While no one person may possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will have many of the following professional experiences and characteristics:

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Public Health, Student Affairs or related field preferred.
    • Minimum three years’ related work experience required.
    • Experience with strategic planning and implementation, research and assessment, training curriculum writing, advising and mentoring, and in-depth knowledge with regard to critical health and well-being issues including but not limited to gender and sexual violence, bystander intervention work, and alcohol and other drugs prevention.
    • Demonstrated and proven working knowledge of topics related to prevention models and practices primarily in sexual and gender violence, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention.
    • Working knowledge in mental health, and alcohol and other drugs preferred.
    • Relevant certifications (for example, Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES), sexual assault survivor support and advocacy, StepUp!/GreenDot/bystander intervention training, gender violence training) a plus.
    • Clear commitment to and understanding of issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity and bias and the ability to integrate this into all aspects of the position.
    • Ability to handle confidential situations with compassion, sensitivity and diplomacy required.
    • Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication and public speaking skills required. Experience coordinating and providing training on prevention education topics.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
    • Strong ability to assess student needs and connect with students in ways that are engaging and encourage them to participate in prevention education and training.
    • Ability to understand the needs of the College and to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff.
    • Computer skills with ability in desktop publishing required; understanding of web-based and social media focused interventions desired.
    • Successful completion of satisfactory background checks.

    To apply, upload your complete application package as a single PDF document. A complete application package includes: 1) cover letter; 2) resume; 3) separate diversity statement summarizing professional experiences and capacities that prepare you to contribute to our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals; and 4) names/contact information for three professional references. Application review will continue until the position is filled. To initiate your application, use the APPLY button.

    An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff from racial and ethnic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page for additional information about Muhlenberg’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive community.

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