Prevention Education Specialist
Full-time - 40 hours/week
Roles and Responsibilities
Job Category: Prevention, Education, and Community Engagement
The role of the Prevention Education Specialist reports is to address the root causes of sexual violence in the community, to be this agency’s primary voice in the community when working toward the elimination of sexual violence, and to assist community members in finding ways they can end sexual violence. This position reports to the Community Education Programs Supervisor and will assist with coordinating and implementing prevention programming in settings such as, but not limited to, community centers, local businesses, schools, and other anti-violence agencies. This position will include direct contact with victims of crime through the agency’s hotline shifts and on-call shift rotation, which includes, but is not limited to, occasional in-person hospital, police, and court accompaniments for victims of crime. The position requires flexible availability during assigned hotline shifts. This position requires the candidate to have the capacity to work a hybrid schedule, both in-person and remotely.
Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc. (VSC) is the only private, non-profit, comprehensive crime-victim agency serving Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. VSC was originally organized in 1974 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as Women Against Rape by several young women concerned about the lack of a sensitive response to victims of rape. The agency’s vision is to empower the community and to aid in the creation of a society free from violence. The mission is to provide advocacy and counseling for all who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person, and to promote prevention education in the community. The agency offers confidential services that are free of charge to survivors of crime and their loved ones.
Prepare curriculum and presentations/deliver remotely or in person
Present presentations and facilitate education activities of prevention programs to organizations such as, but not limited to, community agencies, elementary, middle, high schools and colleges, alternative school settings, local businesses, and other agencies in the service area
Stay up-to-date on research-based sexual violence prevention strategies and programs
Prepare project reports and statistics
Assist with other prevention program curriculum development and presentation
Research effective prevention practices best suited to community readiness and needs and incorporate them into the curriculum as needed.
Assist in identifying service area needs regarding sexual violence prevention
Assist in developing an evaluation plan for prevention programs
Assist in coordinating community-wide events with other organizations in the service area to build or strengthen community partnerships, and engage local leaders and stakeholders
Attend training and professional development opportunities regarding the prevention of sexual violence
The following skills will assist in the success of the applicant in the position:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Conflict Resolution Facilitation Skills
Commitment to social change
Computer/Social Media skills
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or social science field such as Psychology, Sociology, Women’s and/or Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Education, or Public Health; experience and/or training related to education, teaching or public speaking preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Completing VSC 65+ hour Sexual Assault Counselor/ Victim Advocate Training (provided).
Criminal Record, Child Abuse History, and FBI clearance background check required.
A valid driver's license, vehicle, and valid automobile insurance are required.
*Spanish language skills are a plus.
After a three-month period, benefits, and flextime work arrangements will be available (medical, including dental and vision and vacation, sick and personal leave).
All employees are At-Will employees.
Send a cover letter and resume to community education supervisor Jessica Carson at Jessica-Carson@vscmontcopa.org.