VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE SPECIALIST

University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
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Posted on March 26, 2020
Req #: 177343
Department: SAFECAMPUS
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: Roosevelt Commons West 
Posting Date: 02/25/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

For priority consideration, apply by March 17, 2020.  

UW Human Resources (UWHR) strives to ensure that the University of Washington’s reputation as an employer parallels its reputation as a world-class university, allowing for individuals to achieve their full potential. We believe that every position at UW plays an important role in helping the University achieve its goals and that every employee brings unique value.

SafeCampus, a unit of UWHR, has TWO outstanding opportunities for Violence Prevention and Response Specialists.

SafeCampus’ mission is to foster a safe and supportive UW community. We strive to help faculty, staff and students prevent violence and be prepared to respond when it occurs by providing direct-support to individuals, triaging reported situations, managing the threat assessment process, and connecting individuals with supportive resources. SafeCampus is the UW’s central reporting office for concerning behaviors, Title IX disclosures, and suicide concerns across all UW campuses, three medical centers, and anywhere else the UW does business or provides study opportunities.

As one of the team’s violence prevention & response specialist, this position supports UW community members who have concerns about relationship violence, stalking, cyberstalking, harassment, threats, escalating conflicts at school or work, and suicidal indicators. Sometimes a caller doesn’t have a specific safety concern yet, but the witnessed behavior is concerning, erratic or just doesn’t feel right. The violence prevention & response specialist is key to successfully identifying risks and threats, connecting individuals with resources, applying UW protocols and policies, and collaborating with campus partners.

The violence prevention & response specialist also supports training, outreach and program management efforts by delivering SafeCamus trainings, participating on University committees, consulting with department managers and collaborating on reporting, communications and event scheduling.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

SafeCampus Case Intake & Management

Answer SafeCampus telephone lines during regular business hours (Monday – Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and alternate telephone coverage after regular business hours for elevated concerns. Clarify, assess and triage calls from members of the UW community with concerns regarding actual/potential violence and wellbeing concerns. Ensure that immediate/imminent threats of violence are properly triaged to the local police department. Provide high level, discrete support to callers.

Provide information, assistance in problem solving, and seamless referrals to University and community resources including law enforcement, student life, human resources, victim advocacy, counseling services, etc. Connect service requests with appropriate resources and ensure that appropriate follow-up occurs.

Exercise independent judgment in interpreting and applying policies, protocols, rules, and regulations related to violence prevention and response. Independently advise and communicate with students, faculty, staff, and/or the public regarding SafeCampus content, policies, procedures and activities.

Provide high level, confidential support to the SafeCampus manager and the Violence Prevention Assessment Team (VPAT). Follow up with assessment team participants as needed to verify implementation of risk mitigation action plans and to monitor situations over time. Reconvene the assessment team if needed.

Schedule VPAT meetings; organize case summaries and prepare information needed to support case reviews. Document VPAT Action Plans and send to participants.

Maintain records of SafeCampus calls including initial reports, action steps, and follow-up information.

Collaborate with UW Partners

Establish, cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with related UW partner units and organizations on all three campuses; e.g., Student Life, Academic Human Resources, UWPD, UWMC and Harborview Medical Center, etc.

Build relationships and collaborate with other UW and community programs to support university-wide violence prevention and wellness efforts.

Represent SafeCampus on UW committees and in other forums, occasionally on weekends or evenings.

Prevention, Training and Program Support (20%)

Manage SafeCampus email account--respond to individuals with safety concerns and training inquiries.

Enter situation notes of team members into Incident Database as needed.

Assist with SafecCampus trainings by provinding operational support in scheduling, logistics, marketing and tracking participaton.

Present SafeCampus trainings to the university community as needed.

Monitor program marketing supplies & distribute to departments.

Participate in the development process of monthly and quarterly reports and other communications efforts that support SafeCampus.

Perform related duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree in social work, public administration/health, gender women & sexuality studies, or related field. 

    A minimum of 3 years of related experience including responsibilities that demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of violence prevention & intervention and a strong theoretical/practical understanding of power-based violence (sexual assault/relationship violence/stalking).

  • Demonstrated ability to respond with empathy and support to individuals in crisis situations and with sensitivity and awareness to persons with a variety of socially defined identities and from diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds.

  • Trauma-informed approach to working with people impacted by violence.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with campus and community partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team with individuals from diverse identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.   

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize, multi-task, and be well organized with thorough attention to detail.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Comfort with public speaking and experience delivering presentations.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    DESIRED:

  • Primary prevention or response experience in the areas of sexual assault or relationship violence preferred, including experience in triaging concerns related to actual or potential violence.

  • Experience working on a crisis hotline, specific to calls about violence or suicide.

  • Experience in the field of threat assessment including knowledge of threat assessment concepts, models, and/or instruments.

    As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    Working conditions require adaptability and ability to work under pressure, with inflexible deadlines and requirements to see assignments through beyond established business hours. Must be willing and able to receive and respond to SafeCampus phone calls and consultations in (previously assigned) off-hours.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.