Sexual & Domestic Violence Response Officer Ref 5911

School/department: Division of Student Experience
Hours: Full time 37.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 5911
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Placed on: 21 July 2021
Closing date: 11 August 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Wellbeing, Therapeutic and Residential Life team are looking to recruit a Sexual & Domestic Violence Response Officer. You will be part of a team that plays a central role in supporting our students. You would work alongside a wide network of dedicated and professional colleagues from this team, the Division for the Student Experience, the Academic Schools and the Students’ Union.

We are seeking a skilled professional, with substantive experience in the areas of sexual violence & abuse, domestic violence & abuse, harassment and hate crime within Higher education or with student clients. You will lead on delivering a high-quality support and case management service providing specialist advice and guidance. You will be responsible for working with colleagues across the University to design and implement effective prevention, reporting and supporting initiatives whilst also managing a caseload and supporting students through their experience in these sensitive and challenging situations. To progress these initiatives, you will represent the University on external working groups which include Local Authorities, Statutory Services and third sector organisations. You will deliver training for a variety of audiences and liaise effectively across agency boundaries while leading aspects of work at a strategic level.

You will have a passion for, and experience of, working with students; a proven ability to develop valuable working relationships with a range of stakeholders using a positive, innovative and flexible approach; have strong communication skills, including writing reports, policies and procedures. You listen, engage, and advise with integrity, diligence and high levels of professionalism.

Key Working relationships: Students from across the University, Connectors in co-creation roles, Head of Wellbeing, Therapeutic and Residential Life Services; Associate Director of Student Experience, Student Wellbeing Manager, Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Division of the Student Experience, Office for the General Counsel, Police, SARC, Survivors’ Network, Brighton and Hove Local Authority Students’ Union.

Please contact Amanda Griffiths at with any queries you may have.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 5911 [PDF 196.91KB]

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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