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Racial Harassment Advisor (Fixed Term)

The role of Racial Harassment Advisor is a brand-new position being established at the University of Cambridge as part of a growing Student Harassment and Violence Support Service.

In the first instance, the role-holder will be expected to work closely with the Head of the Harassment and Violence Support Service to consult on, design and establish the Racial Harassment Support Service.

Once established, the Advisor will provide specialist and impartial advice, emotional and practical support and policy guidance to any student within the collegiate University who has been subjected to any form of racial discrimination, harassment or violence - either recently, or in the past.

As well as one-to-one support to students, the role holder will act as a source of expert advice and guidance to staff members supporting students and will provide training to staff across the collegiate University.

The Advisor will work flexibly and collaboratively with the Sexual Harassment and Violence Service, the student Counselling, Mental Health Advice and Wellbeing Services, staff across the collegiate University and external agencies to develop and enhance the support available to students who have been subjected to racial harassment or discrimination.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a service to deliver 1:1 support, advice and guidance to adults and will have an in-depth understanding of the impact of and dynamics surrounding racial harassment, discrimination and violence. The post holder will need to have a solid understanding of confidentiality and safeguarding responsibilities.

Utilising excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the role holder will have a warm and empathetic style and an ability to build trust and credibility with students and the staff supporting them. Emotional resilience, establishing clear boundaries and the ability to work calmly under pressure will also be key attributes of the role. Knowledge of relevant legislation and experience of working within a Higher Education setting would be beneficial but is not essential. This position offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to establish and deliver a new service within a warm, friendly team.

Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria for this role along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based upon these criteria.

Cambridge University is committed to supporting staff to thrive both professionally and personally. We aim to support a good work/life balance, whilst retaining the positive aspects of our unique in-person environment and culture. Most staff in student-facing roles within the University's Student Support Department work in a hybrid fashion, with an average of three days per week being office based.

We are committed to supporting our highly international and diverse student community informed by culturally-competent practice, lived experience and intersectionality. As such, we seek to represent the diversity of our community in the team. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from minoritised ethnic backgrounds for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

This is a 3-year fixed term, full-time post. Applications are welcomed from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a two-year secondment from their current role in the University.

Closing date for applications: 11 June 2023 - Interviews: 23 June 2023

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Heather Williams, Acting Head of the Harassment and Violence Support:

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference AC33977 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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