Consistent with Northwestern’s commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive academic and work environment, the Title IX/Equity Outreach and Education Specialist engages the campus community in education and conducts outreach for the University Sexual Harassment Prevention Office (USHPO) and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (OEOA). The Title IX/Equity Outreach and Education Specialist will have responsibility for the development, implementation, and assessment of prevention programming and awareness efforts addressing sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment for the entire university community (faculty, staff, and students). The Outreach and Education Specialist creates a strategic education and outreach plan, identifies populations in need of education, develops and delivers education to schools/units, tracks education and prevention efforts throughout campus, and assesses the effectiveness of programming.
The Title IX/Equity Outreach and Education Specialist will report to both the Director of the Sexual Harassment Prevention/Title IX Coordinator and the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. The Title IX/Equity Outreach and Education Specialist will collaborate with campus offices and partners, including the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE); Division of Student Affairs; Office of Human Resources (including the Learning and Organization Development team); Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion; and Office for Global Marketing.
Please Note: Typical office environment with standard equipment. Position requires travel between Evanston and Chicago campuses and off-campus locations. Duties require some evening and weekend availability on campus to conduct presentations or training activities.
*Please include a cover letter for full consideration.
Development and Delivery of Programming
- Develop and deliver comprehensive educational programming (in the form of presentations, workshops, roundtables, speaker events and training sessions) to the University community addressing topics including Title IX, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, discrimination, and harassment. Collaborate with CARE in developing and delivering educational programming and outreach for students on sexual misconduct. Design and deliver programming to increase awareness of University policies and processes, options for reporting, and resources for survivors of sexual misconduct. Identify populations in need of education. (USHPO 25/OEOA 15)
Development and Distribution of Outreach Materials
- Develop, distribute and publicize materials, including pamphlets, posters, newsletters, other print materials, website content, videos, and multi-media content to faculty, staff, and students to increase awareness of sexual misconduct and of University resources, reporting and complaint resolution process, as well as increasing awareness of topics related to equity, such as discrimination and harassment, reasonable accommodations and diversity. (USHPO 20/OEOA 10)
- Create a strategic education and outreach plan for sexual misconduct prevention. Partner with CARE to lead the Prevention Working Group, which will analyze the University’s sexual misconduct prevention programming for students and propose a comprehensive multi-year prevention model, including determining how best to provide prevention education for students on an ongoing basis. Conduct benchmarking of other universities’ training programs; assess the effectiveness of the Northwestern’s existing training programs for sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment prevention, and collaborate with campus partners to make recommendations for expanding existing programming and implementing new programs and campaigns.
- Update and assist in administration of the University’s existing online training module for sexual misconduct and assist in the selection, design, development, or customization of online training modules to be used in the future for faculty, staff, and students. Serve as co-chair, with Learning and Organizational Development, of Sexual Misconduct Online Education Working Group.
Program Evaluation and Recordkeeping
- Administer evaluations of programming. Regularly evaluate feedback from participants and community members. Assess effectiveness of programming.
- Maintain complete records of all prevention, education, and outreach efforts related to sexual misconduct and equity throughout campus. Create annual reports of outreach and education efforts.
- Serve on related committees and panels as requested. Work with CARE to coordinate the Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence. Participate in conferences, and trainings to stay current in field.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in education, human resources, educational technology, or a related field.
- 5 years’ professional experience developing and delivering high-quality trainings and materials for various constituencies.
- Graduate degree in education, human resources, educational technology, law, public health, or a related field.
- Seven+ year’s professional experience in increasingly responsible positions involving the development and delivery of educational trainings and programs.
- Knowledge, experience, and training in issues related to discrimination/harassment, Title IX/sexual violence, and related laws.
- Experience working in a higher education setting and with college students as well as university faculty.
- Experience teaching or presenting on civil rights, equity, discrimination, and/or sexual violence.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong oral presentation skills and ability to engage with various constituencies.
- Ability to conduct presentations and facilitate discussions on sensitive topics involving sexual violence with diplomacy and tact.
- Effective project management, organization, and analytical skills and ability to meet timelines.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to act independently, take initiative, and exercise sound judgment.
- Ability to build relationships and establish collaborative partnerships across the University.
- Knowledge of social media platforms and the latest educational technology used for presentations.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.