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Office of the President - Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator

Office of the President - Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator


 Office of the President - Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator


Reporting to the Senior Director of Equity and Compliance, the Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator is an experienced professional who supports victims/survivors of interpersonal violence and develops, plans, organizes, delivers and assesses educational programs, including violence prevention education, classes and seminars, new student orientation, and outreach and awareness events related to sexual harassment; sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This is an 11-month position, working 40-hour weeks during the academic year and a slightly adjusted schedule (fewer hours) during the summer.

The Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator trains and supervises Students Teaching and Empowering Peers (STEP) Educators and coordinates opportunities for the peer educators to engage with other Hope College students and the greater Holland community. The Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator provides confidential and privileged assistance, advocacy, and accompaniment on behalf of victims of interpersonal violence. Advocacy includes assistance in coordinating services with campus departments and local agencies on behalf of the victim in all areas, including student, staff, and faculty services, academic adjustments/support, on-campus health and counseling resources, law enforcement, coordination of legal advocacy, medical advocacy, and other assistance/College services as needed. Given the intersection between interpersonal violence and substance use; the Victim Advocate/ Prevention Educator will also have oversight of the alcohol and drug prevention plan and education programs initiated on campus. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Victim Advocacy: 

  • Provide confidential, professional assistance and advocacy services to victims who have experienced sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, harassment; or stalking 
  • Interview victims/ survivors to assess needs, safety, risk and protective factors, and offer appropriate referrals to on and off- campus resources 
  • Assist victim/survivors with completing paperwork to file a personal protection order police report, or college-issued no-contact order/arrangement 
  • Accompany survivors through the campus investigation process and criminal justice system investigation process 
  • Coordinate academic, employment, and housing adjustments for survivors, as necessary 
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with referral sources to provide well-rounded survivor care 
  • Facilitate student survivor support group 

Prevention Education: 

  • Develop and implement primary and secondary interpersonal violence prevention programs for 3,400 students annually 
  • Facilitate educational training sessions for classes, small groups and large audiences 
  • Assist in conducting campus needs assessments and evaluation of current prevention initiatives; implement improvements and modifications as necessary 
  • Oversee alcohol and drug prevention plan and education programs initiated on campus 
  • Train and supervise STEP Peer Educators who disseminate educational training sessions to their peers and organize campus-wide events 
  • Meet weekly with STEP Student Directors to provide leadership and mentoring 
  • Serve on campus and community committees, such as Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (LAADSV). 
  • Contribute to revising relevant policies and procedures focusing on campus response and adjudication of reports of interpersonal violence 
  • Engage in continuing education specific to Title IX, trauma-informed care, campus prevention, and survivor support 
  • Maintain the annual budget


  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Public Health, or Higher Education preferred, or Bachelor's Degree with three years of progressive experience specific to the responsibilities above 
  • Knowledge of the issues and complexities related to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking 
  • Experience providing victim advocacy services or crisis counseling 
  • Understanding of Title IX, VAWA, the Clery Act, and state laws regarding forms of interpersonal violence
  • Experience developing, facilitating, and coordinating prevention or educational training programs on the topics of interpersonal violence, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, etc. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to present to racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a variety of departments on campus
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills and the ability to work cross campus
  • The ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations with diplomacy and sound judgement
  • Experience working in higher education preferred
  • Commitment to the mission of Hope College

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