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The University of British Columbia
Director, Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office

Consistently ranking amongst the top 20 public universities and amongst the best 40 public and private universities in the world, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. With two main campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan) located on the traditional territories of the Musqueam Coast Salish, and Okanagan peoples, UBC’s entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to define ideas that change the world. 

UBC has a responsibility to maintain an environment where its community members can study, work, and live free from concerns of sexual violence and misconduct. The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention & Response is the primary point of contact for survivors/victims of sexual violence and misconduct, as well as for their faculty, supervisors, friends, colleagues and family. This office supports UBC Community members on the Vancouver Campus, including Point Grey, Robson Square and the hospital sites.

The newly created position of Director of the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office is the University’s specialist on issues related to the prevention of and response to incidents of sexual assault, sexualized violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. The Director will lead the University in proactive and effective implementation of Policy 131: Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct. They will be responsible for ensuring comprehensive, holistic support for faculty, staff, and students who have experienced such trauma by providing a safer environment for both disclosure and making informed decisions regarding reporting, as well as access to support and resources. This includes providing access to the legal, academic accommodation and health supports they choose. In addition, the Director and her team will build upon UBC’s various sexual violence prevention and education activities, and will have a mandate to deliver programming that elevates the discussion and is proven to reduce the incidences of sexual violence and misconduct.

As the ideal candidate, your experience in working with survivors and victims of sexual assault, sexual violence and crises has been gleaned in a large, complex, multi-stakeholder environment. This experience includes taking a trauma informed approach to responding to complex scenarios with limited information, and a demonstrated ability to make sound decisions in these situations. You are familiar with and have implemented effective sexual violence prevention and education initiatives, and you have seen demonstrated success from those initiatives. You have a reputation for being able to work with a diverse group of stakeholders to gain trust and respect, and credibility for programs and services. Your 10+ years of experience is complemented by a graduate degree in a related field.

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