Prevention Education Specialist

TITLE:              Prevention Education Specialist

REPORTS TO: Associate Director  

SUPERVISES:   Volunteers/Interns

DESCRIPTION:  Responsible for developing, managing, and executing the agency’s primary prevention, community awareness, and training programs for both domestic violence and sexual assault -platforms.  This person will actively pursue, represent the agency, plan and participate in community events and speaking engagements. 

Must be able to represent the mission, values and philosophy of Safe Harbor to program participants (especially youth participants, youth influencers and youth rights), employees, and to the general public. Model and promote attitudes of non-violence, anti-oppression, inclusiveness, and power-sharing in all facets of position responsibilities, especially when working with community partners.  Be an outspoken voice against violence against women and children, teen dating violence, sexual assault, rigid gender roles, and norms of masculinity within the community through conversation, trainings, social media, and one-on-one conversations. 

 

PRIMARY DUTIES:

 School-Based Prevention-

  • In accordance with the prevention education program plan, facilitate the agency's violence prevention programming at the middle and high schools throughout the school year. Topics covered include: cyber-safety, social networking, file-sharing, sexting, cyber-harassment and victimization; individual rights and corresponding responsibilities within interpersonal relationships, social norms, and causes and consequences of individual `; and a comprehensive overview of all forms of interpersonal, adolescent violence, including: dating and domestic violence, bullying and harassment, sexual assault, digital abuse, and suicide.
  • Lead efforts to establish on-going, classroom-based prevention education program within Sheboygan County Schools
  • Build, cultivate and maintain relationships with Sheboygan County schools and other agencies to assure ongoing training programs
  • Research and administer evidence/research based primary prevention program within Sheboygan County schools through classroom presentations to students
  • Reach out to teachers and school administration to support prevention program, schedule presentations, and build connections
  • Empower students and youth to become active bystanders and healthy communicators by modeling, teaching, and practicing interrupting hateful or bullying behavior
  • Engage students and youth in violence prevention and encourage and assist them with youth-led violence prevention education projects amongst their peers
  • Help students and youth evaluate their own life, relationships, and culture that supports violence through research and evidence-based curriculum and activities
  • Provide training and information to youth influencers -school administrators, counselors, clubs, teachers and involved parents -  about teen dating violence, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, primary prevention, and adequate school response

 

Community-Based Prevention -

  • Develop and implement a primary prevention education model for Safe Harbor.  This includes designing and implementation of a county assessment survey, primary prevention coalition and appropriate prevention strategies   
  • Develop an evaluation and tracking process to show prevention strategies and reduction in risk factors ▪
  • Identify, research, and evaluate prospective prevention programs based on needs and available funding sources.  Collaborate with Associate Director to develop, write and submit grant applications related to prevention.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with local prevention providers to create funding and operational efficiencies.

 

Direct Service

  • Provide support and crisis advocacy to Safe Harbor participants including resource, support, and information referrals, education, and advocacy, especially concerning sexual assault services when needed and available.  This includes days, nights and weekends as needed by the agency.
  • Accompanies victims to court and provides advocacy services, follow up and support as needed.
  • Assists clients in identifying and accessing appropriate community resources and services; Acts as liaison between client and community partners as needed.  
  • Facilitates, co-facilitates support groups for victims and survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Offers assistance with restraining orders, restitution, and crime victim compensation claims.
  • Provides daytime and after hours’ response to forensic exams, interviews and Law Enforcement Interviews. 
  • Provide scheduled Shelter and Helpline Support
    • Staff 24-hour hotline, shelter and walk-in services
    • Assist with shelter intakes, orientations and discharge of shelter residents. 
    • Facilitates cooperative living, support, and resident’s participation in shelter programming. 
    • Model and actively promote positive, nurturing interactions between adults and children in shelter.  
    • Respond to the needs of shelter residents by providing supplies as requested, supporting individual needs, mediating conflicts that arise, and supervising overall shelter activities. Promptly address difficulties or problems that arise and discharge in a timely manner. 

Administration

  • Attend all meetings as required
  • Maintain accurate statistics and monthly reports
  • Develop and maintain inventory of primary prevention and community outreach materials
  • Maintain database of current and prospective training contacts and locations

Other

  • Attend community and state forums or meetings as necessary, and directed by agency leadership
  • Support agency events through attendance as appropriate
  • Attend at least 2 networking meetings per month to raise awareness
  • Identify, train and utilize volunteers to maximize agencies prevention and outreach efforts in the community. 
  • Provide support and advocacy to Safe Harbor participants including resource, support, and information referrals, education, and advocacy, especially concerning youth services when needed and available.
  • Share on-call rotation with other advocates for SA/DV support

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • College degree in teaching, communication, marketing, sociology, psychology, social work or related field. 
  • At least two years’ experience in public speaking and/or training.
  • Employ creative thinking and active problem solving to revise, and implement prevention-based curriculum and protocols for prevention education programs.
  • Ability to multi-task and be thorough in activities and responsibilities
  • High degree of flexibility and the ability to problem solve and make decisions individually and /or within a team, in order to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Excellent judgment, an ability to exercise discretion and tact in difficult or confidential situations and an ability to project a positive, professional image to the public.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Ability to communicate articulately and interact comfortably and effectively with staff, funders, board, community partners and governmental agencies.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; ability to work with both youth and adults in a variety of settings with a commitment to and experience in working with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds and lifestyles.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Ability to work with people of varied backgrounds and beliefs
  • Able to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Must be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to primary prevention, community organizing and community planning.
  • Bilingual a plus