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Job Summary

Actual salary commensurate with experience, education and equity factors.  

The University of Michigan’s Division of Student Life seeks an experienced professional to provide leadership to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. 

Basic Function: As an institutional and divisional leader, the Director of SAPAC is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of primary prevention, crisis intervention, advocacy and referral programs and services related to sexual and intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and gender-based violence, and stalking for the campus community. The Director is charged with developing comprehensive campus-wide activities, relationships and internal and external partnerships that advance this work nationally and at the University of Michigan. 

The Director develops and implements vision and long-term planning for SAPAC that is consistent with comprehensive, and culturally-competent education and service delivery systems and that significantly contributes to institution-wide initiatives, including evaluation and assessment, research, policy development, training, strategic communications and public relations. The Director provides supervision and oversight to six full time staff and graduate and undergraduate student staff and interns.



Unit Leadership, Administration and Program Management (70%)

  • Develop, lead, and implement comprehensive advocacy, crisis intervention, and referral programs and services related to sexual and intimate partner violence for all students.
  • Provide oversight to comprehensive institutional-wide advocacy services for sexual and intimate partner violence survivors.
  • Ensure advocacy and crisis intervention services are culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of underserved populations.
  • Maintain professional knowledge base including relevant theory, research, and best practices to determine appropriate applications at the University.
  • Develop strategic plans and long- and short-term goals for SAPAC.
  • Develop, plan, and implement policies and procedures for SAPAC.
  • Ensure compliance with University policies as well as federal, state, and local legal requirements and professional/ethical standards pertaining to the work of SAPAC.
  • Support the University’s compliance with University policies as well as federal, state and local legal requirements pertaining to sexual and intimate partner violence including but not limited to the federal Clery Act.
  • Develop appropriate infrastructure for tracking service delivery while maintaining commitment to client confidentiality.
  • Manage public relations through communication and change management strategies and planning.
  • Direct the preparation of special and periodic reports as well as descriptive materials publicizing services, programs, and activities of the department.
  • Assess unit resource needs; develop and recommend annual unit and project budgets.
  • Monitor income and expenses and adjust expenditures to meet budget goals.
  • Identify and secure grant funding for collaborative research related to sexual and intimate partner violence prevention, education, and services.  Collaborate in Division of Student Life development efforts.
  • Execute and manage complete operation of research, programmatic surveys, and grants received.
  • Ensure that appropriate success metrics, including Key Performance Indicators (KPI's), participation, satisfaction, and comprehensive student and/or staff learning outcomes are gathered, analyzed, reported, and utilized for data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement.
  • Determine staff requirements including staffing levels and competencies.  Select, hire, and ensure training of new and existing staff and provide oversight for the implementation of graduate internship programs.
  • Provide performance management for staff including work planning, professional development, coaching and feedback, and performance appraisals.  Recommend salaries and recognition for staff. Develop effective referral procedures for directing non-student survivors to appropriate community partner agencies for services and support.

Divisional Leadership (20%)

  • Collaborate effectively with other Student Life Units including University Housing, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Dean of Students, Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR), Spectrum Center, MESA, Community Matters, and the University Health Service.
  • Provide leadership, support, consultation and guidance to Division of Student Life units and campus partners on responding to issues of sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • Represent the Division of Student Life on campus-wide committees, councils, and task forces.
  • Support or lead appropriate Division of Student Life goal implementation efforts as delegated at the division and unit levels in service to the University and divisional mission and vision.
  • Participate in the Division of Student Life Leadership Assembly and Strategy Group.


Institutional Leadership (10%)

  • Collaborate effectively with other campus entities and academic units, including the Department of Public Safety (DPSS), Office for Institutional Equity, Office of the General Counsel, Office for Government Relations, Rackham Graduate School, the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), and others.
  • Serve as an institutional spokesperson on issues relevant to SAPAC and sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • Collaborate institutionally to develop and implement relevant institutional policies.
  • Initiate and participate in research and other collaborations with faculty.
  • Work with institutional partners to develop and manage related strategic communications and media relations.
  • Provide consultation based on content expertise to executive leadership.
  • Develop and maintain effective working partnerships with key community agencies including but not limited to:  Safe House Center, City of Ann Arbor including Ann Arbor Police Department, City Council, and Prosecutor’s office.

Supervision Received: Supervision is provided by an Associate Vice President for Student Life

Supervision Exercised:  Functional and administrative supervision of all professional and support staff.


Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree.
  • Specialized knowledge and leadership experience in providing primary prevention, crisis intervention and advocacy services for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence, gender-based-violence, sexual harassment and stalking.
  • Experience working with college student survivors and demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and public health theory.
  • Experience with effective management of fiscal resources. 
  • Experience with and working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of ?action-?research, assessment, and program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of assessment, evaluation, and research methodologies, especially related to learning outcomes, learning environments, campus climate assessment and program evaluation.
  • Experience working with diverse and underserved student and staff populations.
  • Experience building and sustaining dynamic collaborative working relationships with wide range of campus and community partners. 
  • Knowledge and experience in developing and sustaining strategic national partnerships

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in related field preferred
  • Grant writing and other fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of multicultural organizational development
  • Demonstrated national thought leadership experience

Additional Information

Position Criteria

  • Well-developed leadership, management, administrative, conflict resolution, team building and supervisory skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and experience with developing communication strategies and working with local and national media.

 Qualified candidates should apply through the University of Michigan “Careers at the U” website:

The University of Michigan is a nationally ranked public research institution located in the lovely community of Ann Arbor, 40 minutes west of Detroit.  The campus has a diverse student population of 46,000.  To learn more please visit the U of M website at

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity, Non-Discriminatory Employer.


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