SAFE (Sexual Assault and Abuse Free Environment) Graduate Assistant

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SAFE (Sexual Assault and Abuse Free Environment) Graduate Assistant 

Student Engagement & Enrollment Services, Women and Gender Equity Center 

Number of positions: 1  

Job Summary: The SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) graduate assistant will promote the Center’s mission by coordinating programs and services for the SAFE Program. The SAFE Graduate Assistant will primarily be responsible for coordinating the M-POWER Peer Education Network and the Red Flag Campaign.  

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Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate the M-Power Peer Education Network and the Red Flag Campaign 
  • Recruitment of peer educators, continuing interaction with peer educators and coordination of trainings, meetings, and presentations for peer educators 
  • Assist with and staff the presentation of educational programs related to sexual, relationship, and interpersonal violence 
  • Program development for awareness months, holidays, and other events specific to the W&GEC 
  • Researching and updating resources, curriculums, grand proposals and other information related to sexual, relationship, and interpersonal violence on a college campus 
  • Execute evening and weekend programming as needed 
  • Support SEES in collecting assessment data 
  • May perform other duties as assigned 

Required Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Masters or Ph.D. level graduate student in good standing 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and research skills 
  • Experience with public speaking and group facilitation 
  • At least one graduate level course in Women and Gender Studies or related field 
  • Academic experience and/or practical training in issues related to sexual, relationship, and interpersonal violence, program planning and/or coordination as well as a desire to work with students in the peer education program.   
  • An understanding of the special problems women and students of marginalized genders may face on Old Dominion University’s campus 
  • An interest in working with non-binary and women-identified students 
  • The ability to create interesting and exciting new programs to address the population’s needs 

Employment Schedule/Hours: The GA is expected to work a set schedule totaling 20 hours per week, in accordance with their courses, with the ability to flex time as needed for events/programs. 

Academic Qualifications & Preferred Majors: Regular admission in a graduate degree program (Education, Higher Education, Sociology, Humanities, Women’s Studies, International Studies, Psychology, Criminology, Health Sciences, Counseling, Public Health) at ODU with good academic standing, maintenance of a full course load of student enrollment during the term of their appointment, and a 3.0 or higher GPA is required.  Dropping below the required GPA or reducing one’s course load below full-time can be grounds for dismissal.   

For More Information, Please Contact: Ericka Harrison-Bey, 757-683-4111 (ext.); 757-683-4109 (office) Email: 

Position Reports to: Ericka Harrison-Bey, Associate Director & SAFE Advocate, Women and Gender Equity Center 
1000 Webb Center, Norfolk, VA, 23529 

Knowledge and Skills Derived from Experience: 

  • GA will obtain in-depth knowledge of community/University agencies that serve as referral resources for students and others.  
  • GA will gain knowledge about sexual, relationship, and interpersonal violence through coordination of peer education program. 
  • GA will become familiar with university sexual assault policy and procedures. 
  • GA will learn about program development/execution, marketing, curriculum development and assessment. 
  • GA will obtain experience working with committees and teams. 
  • GA will develop an awareness of sexual, relationship, and interpersonal violence issues through researching and reporting data. 
  • GA will enhance their communication skills with diverse student populations. 

Compensation: Graduate Assistantships are funded through a stipend of $15,000 over the course of 1 academic year (12 months). 

Length of Assistantship: The length of the graduate assistantship is 12 months.  

How to Apply: Please email ( and or deliver a cover letter and resume to Ericka Harrison-Bey at the Women and Gender Equity Center, 1000 Webb University Center, Norfolk, VA 23529. Cover letter should detail your interest in working at the Women and Gender Equity Center, specifically with the Social Justice and Equity initiative and the Activism and Advocacy Peer Network program.  Detail any relevant work, volunteer, or academic experience.