This position reports directly to and assists the Director of the Gender Relations Center (GRC), and works closely with the entire staff in developing and supporting an environment at Notre Dame that fosters safe and healthy relationships while promoting the moral formation of undergraduate and graduate students consistent with the University’s Catholic identity, mission, and values. The Assistant Director of the Gender Relations Center promotes the GRC mission by spearheading educational initiatives particularly as they relate to sexual violence prevention, healthy relationships, authenticity, and identity formation; providing mentorship to student leaders who help design and implement programs on campus; and collaborating with other departments within Student Affairs, academic departments, and other university units.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Programming – Develop, coordinate, and execute a significant portion of the educational and social programming on behalf of the office, particularly in the areas of violence prevention, healthy relationships, authenticity, and identity formation (including programs such as Relationship Violence Awareness Month, Take Back the Night, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and programs on friendship, healthy dating culture, marriage, consent, survivor healing, identity formation and intersectionality, and healthy sense of self).
Student Engagement and Development – Supervise up to two student Program Assistants for Violence Prevention Initiatives and Relationships and Authenticity as needed; Mentor up to two teams of peer educators (called FIRE Starters) for Relationships & Authenticity and Violence Prevention Initiatives; Supervise, as needed, student Senior Fellows who provide training in the residence halls and indirectly supervise, as needed, graduate student interns. Advise student organizations with missions similar to the GRC by providing budgetary, event coordination, and implementation advice as needed.
Training – Facilitate student training on issues related to consent education, healthy relationships, and violence prevention across the University (e.g. Residence Hall Staff, First Year of Studies, and Moreau First Year Experience Course instructors); Implement ongoing consent education for all students, including developing content for Building Community the Notre Dame way and the Moreau First Year Experience Course as needed; Develop targeted educational programs and/or simulation exercises to raise awareness around issues related to the GRC’s mission. Serve as the primary collaborator from the GRC with the University’s Green Dot bystander intervention program.
Student Affairs Collaboration – Participate as integral member of a large, multifaceted Student Development team interacting daily with colleagues in the Student Activities Office, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Office of Student Enrichment, Office of Community Standards, RecSports, University Bands, Family Resource Center and student media groups; Regularly collaborate with other departments within the Division of Student Affairs (Campus Ministry, Residential Life, etc.), student organizations & clubs, and other university units to enhance the GRC’s work with healthy relationships and violence prevention initiatives; assist the Director with one to two administrative duties such as communications/outreach/co-sponsorships, assessment, and budget.
Miscellaneous – Other related duties beyond those outlined above, including but not limited to graduate student programming and services; at least one administrative duty in the office such as communications, assessment, budget, or outreach to certain clubs and departments; Serve on Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Team ND leadership retreat planning committee and other University committees as needed; Serve as a liaison to other Catholic colleges/universities and local nonprofits as assigned, especially the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County; Attend regional and national trainings and conferences as applicable.
The Assistant Director is a full-time 12-month position with a significant amount of late night and weekend programming responsibilities throughout the academic year, as well as some limited evening and weekend responsibilities throughout the summer. Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in one of the following areas: Theology/Ministry, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Social Work, Education, or related fields. Qualifications include 2+ years in ministry or administration, ideally within Catholic higher education or a non-profit agency; specialized training and experience with violence prevention, healthy relationships, or student leadership; demonstrated ability to plan and implement programs for diverse populations; ability to work collaboratively in higher education with faculty, staff, and students at all levels; student supervisory experience, particularly with training and managing volunteers; strong organizational skills with attention to detail; effective interpersonal skills including a willingness to create a challenging but welcoming environment for all people; competence with technology (MS Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Google products, Webflow or other content management systems, and various social media platforms). The successful candidate will also possess a commitment to formulating educational opportunities, consistent with the mission of a Catholic University founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross.