Connect and Protect Coordinator – Grant

January 25, 2024

Connect and Protect Coordinator – Grant
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) was awarded a three-year Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus grant to implement the Connect & Protect prevention program. The Connect and Protect program seeks to better coordinate the multiple entry points in which students and campus community members can access domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (DVDVSAS) services through the development of a Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT). The Coordinator of Connect & Protect will implement a range of prevention and intervention programs for students and staff related to DVDVSAS.

• Create and lead the Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT). The CCRT will be instrumental in coordinating all activities of Connect &Protect among internal actors and between partnering agencies. Team meetings will serve as a primary location for sharing of information and cross-training, allowing each individual and department to educate others on its area of expertise.
• Coordinate and implement comprehensive educational programming around DVDVSAS and gender-based violence for the entire student body and campus community. Trainings will include essential topics, such as: defining and identifying DVDVSAS, bystander intervention, reporting (confidential and non-confidential), the impact of alcohol on gender-based violence, the breadth of available services for victims, and myths about gender-based violence. Programs connected to nationally recognized activities (e.g., Take Back the Night, Sexual Assault Awareness Month) will be included as well.
• Oversee the daily operations for the peer education program. Duties will include recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of four peer wellness coaches per year (paid student employees). Maintain all relevant ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice. Evaluate peer educator and provide feedback, as appropriate.
• In partnership with Title IX Coordinator and Dean of Students, conduct training for campus police and hearing boards on trauma-informed approaches, and the university resolution process.
• Develop strategic marketing and communications related to DVDVSAS and gender-based violence resources, including, the University’s website and that is presented in non-technical, non-legal language. Materials developed will also include print material that can be easily posted across campus, in community gathering spots (e.g., coffee shops, libraries), and in common areas of the apartment complexes near the USC Upstate campus where many “resi-commuters” live.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in health education/promotion, public health, psychology, social work or related field with 3 years experience. A successful background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working in a college-setting. Experience working with a Grant. Supervisory experience. Master’s degree in health education/promotion, higher education, social work or like field and 1 year experience is preferred.

$41,258 – $45,000; Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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The University of South Carolina is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

USC Upstate offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

• Health and Life Insurance
• Retirement Programs
• Paid Tuition Program
• Dependent Scholarships
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Annual Leave
• Sick Leave
• 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
• Paid Parental Leave
• Professional Development Opportunities