Senior Director of Community Advocacy, Prevention and Education and Safety (CAPES)

Date Posted: 05/18/2023
Type/Department:Administrator in Student Affairs
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Department:  Community Advocacy, Prevention and Education and Safety (CAPES) –Student Affairs

Job Title: Senior Director of Community Advocacy, Prevention and Education and Safety (CAPES)

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $85,000 - $95,000 / Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students; Title IX Coordinator

Anticipated Start Date: Immediately

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 600 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. The mission of student life is to create and support opportunities and experiences that promote a diverse community. Through collaboration, we aim to build a community that guides themselves under principles of active listening; frequent reflection and evaluation, respect for others, even in disagreement; constant intellectual and emotional growth; integrity; justice; and safety for all members of the Hampshire community. As part of the community advocacy team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals, particularly regarding the spiritual needs of our student population!


The senior director of student affairs (community advocacy, prevention and education and safety: C.A.P.E.S.) is a full-time, 12-month, live-on professional staff member in the division of student affairs, reporting to the vice president for student affairs and dean of students & Title IX coordinator.  The senior director serves as the administrator responsible for providing vision and strategic leadership for the office of campus safety and wellbeing, utilizing the Community Response Model. In this capacity, the senior director is responsible for the administrative and budgetary management of this evolving operation. Specifically, the senior director is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure learning and work environment for all members of the Hampshire College community, as well as guest and visitors.  The senior director is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of campus safety programs, services, resources and educational programs, including but not limited to personal safety, dispatch and security operations, inclement weather, fire safety, disruptions in daily operations, emergency and crisis management, transportation, and parking enforcement for the College.

Additionally, the senior director supervises staff members who directly manages the other offices that form the community advocacy, prevention and education and safety (CAPES) department: office of community advocacy (Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center; Center for Feminism, LGBTQ+ Services and Spiritual Life) and prevention + education. As the department evolves, the senior director will also have responsibilities for key additions that include but not limited to emergency response protocol, crisis response team, and concern, assessment, response, evaluation (CARE) team. The senior director will lead this development with the utmost care and with a keen focus on being student-centered in its delivery of services and resources.

The senior director will lead C.A.P.E.S. to be an integrated department that is equitable, just, and inclusive.  Together, the CAPES offices will work together to serve and dismantle barriers and division among students and the College, particularly in the following areas: crisis response, campus safety and security, sexual misconduct/assault prevention and survivor support. C.A.P.E.S. is a robust network within the division of student affairs that focus on community safety and security, prevention, education, and crisis response and to help resolve conflicts by utilizing restorative practices. The senior director will lead the team by paying close attention to the varying needs of students from different cultural backgrounds and identities that may require focused support and considerations. The matter of diversity, equity and inclusion is evolving and fluid and the needs of underrepresented students are ever changing, hence, the senior director needs to be open-minded, enjoys learning new knowledge, ready to adapt and evolve the office accordingly to successfully support students.

The senior director is a key member of the division of students, who will lead staff members towards creating an environment where students are able to work diligently to support its community and pursue excellence; eager to learn, be open to new information and are prepared to be out of their comfort zone to enable learning and growth. The senior director will also work collaboratively with student affairs departments, and other campus constituents to build a community that will be open and honest with one another and act with integrity and civility at all times, treating one another with respect, care and kindness as we work through conflicts and seek justice and understanding within and beyond the campus community. Centered in both Restorative and Transformative Justice, the senior director will provide strategic leadership for campus safety initiatives that aid in creating a campus culture that is more actively anti-racist, inclusive and equitable. Additionally, the senior director will model the way to cultivate and support students’ campus involvement and develop co-curricular programs that creates an environment that have its community members take personal responsibilities to build a community that is socially and civically engaged; and a community who values and contributes to each other's safety, health and wellness. 

The senior director is a student development practitioner who is student centered, open to new and challenging experiences, highly motivated, and cares deeply about forming strong relationships and engaging in meaningful and educational experiences with students. The senior director must have experience in program design and management and feel comfortable working in an evolving, fast-paced, organizational framework with shifting responsibilities. Flexibility is required to be in line with the College’s academic calendar, divisional priorities, and student needs.

The senior director will work collaboratively with student affairs departments and leadership, and other campus constituents to build a community that will be open and honest with one another and act with integrity and civility at all times, treating one another with respect, care, and kindness as we work through conflicts and seek justice and understanding within and beyond the campus community. Centered in both Restorative and Transformative Justice, this will aid in create a campus culture that is more actively anti-racist, inclusive, and equitable.

The staff member contributes to campus-wide educational initiatives, for instance the ENGAGE Day of Learning, New and Transfer Student Orientation, Community Orientation, and Community Education Day that advances the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a vibrant, welcoming and safe community. Participates in the administrator emergency response “on call” duty rotation and as a committed member of the student affairs team in college and divisional committee work, projects, meetings, retreats and overall community development. Assists in the coordination and facilitation of academic courses, co-curricular activities and services for students. Availability to work evenings and weekends is required.


  • Directly related educational background and relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated success in higher education program management and leadership, particularly regarding business practices pertaining to campus safety, community advocacy, restorative practices, prevention and education.
  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.
  • Employs anti-racist practices and principles to accomplish work.
  • Ability to serve as an advocate for individuals of all ethnicities, genders, ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Supports and enhances a sense of belonging and success of students from traditionally marginalized populations.
  • Teaches using equitable and inclusive pedagogy.
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color.
  • Knowledge of high impact strategies that promote persistence and degree completion, and reduce time to completion, particularly for underrepresented students
  • Understanding of Student Development Theory, knowledge of higher education trends and best practices, administration and governance
  • Excellent program/project design, execution and assessment skills
  • Ability to function independently and complete projects with limited supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Ability to analyze data, interpret results and make recommendations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, professional relationships.
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize in a fast-paced, team- oriented environment.
  • Ability to manage ambiguity as well as collaborative decision-making structures
  • Experience presenting to groups
  • Strong supervisory, problem-solving and collaborative skills
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail for budget tracking
  • Familiarity with computer programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Information management (Colleague), social media applications, student activities platforms, etc. 


  • Experience in Community Response Model for campus safety


  • Advanced degree (e.g., MA, MS, JD, PhD) in Student Affairs; Higher Education Administration, Organizational Leadership, Urban Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Minimum five years’ of job-related experience
  • Employment is dependent on successful completion of the following:
    • a pre-employment physical and background check
    • Certification in CPD/first responder or ability to obtain certification in Massachusetts within six months of hire; EMT certification desirable.
    • A valid Massachusetts driver’s license and successfully meet the requirements of Hampshire College driver credentialing policy.

 Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.