Assistant Director, Office of Survivor Support

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 441107 - Survivor Support
Location: Oktibbeha County
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Assistant Director (AD) is responsible for the effective support of the Survivor Liaison Project including planning, implementation, and evaluation of required activities associated with the grant project. The position offers any assistant required to support victims in finding needed resources, filling out crime victim-related forms; and frequently accompanies victims and their family members through the criminal justice proceedings if necessary. The AD will develop and facilitate programs, workshops, and trainings to increase awareness and knowledge related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, provides supervision to student volunteers and peer mentor groups, assists the Director with responding to MSU students needing support as well as responding to all VAWA crimes, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Office of Survivor Support at Mississippi State University offers confidential, comprehensive support and advocacy services for students who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating/domestic violence, and other crimes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides direct advocacy at .40 FTE and educational and awareness programming and services related to the prevention of domestic violence, dating
violence, sexual assault, and stalking at .60 FTE. Ensure 24/7 service response for the Office of Survivor Support.
2. Develops safety plans, conducts risk assessments; provides emotional support, crisis intervention, prevention awareness and education to students.
3. Inform students of their rights, and options for available clinical/medical services.
4. Serves as support for students identifying as victims through the medical process, legal procedures, and MSU Code of Conduct processes.
5. Maintains contact with students through follow-up for ongoing applicable support.
6. Identify, develop, and facilitate programs to increase awareness and knowledge related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and
7. Prepares regular reports on outreach planning and implementation; research on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
awareness and prevention tactics being utilized on local, state, and national levels.
8. Assist Director with identifying, securing, and managing funding including grants.
9. Assists with data collection for grant requirements and research.
10. Assists with developing and implementing all training regarding the function of the Office of Survivor Support provided for staff, faculty, and other
11. Works closely with the Director and professional staff to develop a peer mentor group.
12. Collaborates with various campus and community entities to facilitate outreach events, networking opportunities, and resource connections for students.
13. Maintains accurate account of all services from onset through final documentation.
14. Assists in planning activities/trainings with the MSU Coordinate Community Response Team.
15. Assist in the development and implementation of the strategic plan and needs assessments.
16. Participates in meetings with the Victims Assault Response Team (VART) as needed.
17. Assists in planning and support to promotes agency program activities and services.
18. Collaborates with university cross-functional groups and external agencies in support of the mission of the Office of Survivor Support.
19. Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibility:
This position will have supervisory responsibility for student workers and volunteers.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree Psychology, Social work, or a related field

Experience: (years) 3; experience directly related to duties of the position

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Strong customer focus in a counseling or related field.
2. Experience working with grants.
3. General understanding of violence prevention work.
4. Previous experience with health education amongst university populations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. In-depth knowledge of providing customer assistance and support.
2. Excellent writing and professional speaking skills.
3. Demonstrated ability to work through sensitive topics with students/administrators.
4. Proficient use of PC and Microsoft suite is required.
5. Working knowledge of Title IX is required.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. Ninety-five percent of work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
2. External imposed deadlines; set beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities.
3. Difficult to anticipate the nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days.
4. Job requires frequent sitting, talking, listening, and attention to detail.
5. Job occasionally requires standing, walking, reaching, and handling objects.
with hands; lifting 10 pounds.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Position contingent upon funding availability

Please include a cover letter and resume along with the names, addresses, and telephone number of three references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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