Bringing in the Bystander Program

Bringing in the Bystander™ is an effective in-person, interactive prevention workshop that is based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in preventing sexual violence. Student participants learn the importance of speaking out against social norms that support sexual violence, to become aware of and identify potential risks in various situations, to develop empathy and support for survivors, and explore how to safety interrupt or intervene in situations that can lead to sexual violence.

Positions available:


Bringing in the Bystander Program Facilitator

As a BITB facilitator you will be running BITB sessions with various groups of students on campus. Your training will be overseen and organized by Leah Deane, Director, Student Services at Bannatyne Campus and Britt Harvey, Health and Wellness Educator.

Facilitators will be required to attend mandatory training in late April/May 2019 and early August, 2019. They will be required to facilitate nine 90-minute training sessions over a three term period (18 months). Facilitators will be expected to engage in ongoing administrative duties including emails, scheduling, pre- and post- session availability, and attendance at monthly meetings.

Facilitators will be paid for training, facilitated sessions, as well as monthly meetings.

Hourly wage is $14.00/hour plus 6% vacation

Please submit completed applications via email to: Britt.Harvey@umanitoba.ca or drop off in person, ATTN: Britt Harvey at the front desk of the Student Counselling Centre, 474 UMSU University Centre.

A completed application will have: application form (DOCX), cover letter, resume, and a print-out of your grades from Aurora. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

Facilitator Responsibilities:

  • Attend training sessions put on by the BITB staff coordinators before facilitating any workshops.
  • Attend team meetings as scheduled by the BITB program assistant and staff coordinators.
  • Read through the Response Guidelines for Disclosures that is available online and be familiar with its content.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with the stakeholders and my co-facilitator in planning and establishing a workshop that meets the needs of the student participants.
  • Responsible for primary communication regarding workshop arrangements between myself and assigned stakeholders.
  • Communicate the physical arrangements needed for the workshop, answer relevant questions that the stakeholder may have, and contact the BITB program assistant if there are concerns I cannot respond to.
  • Confirm the time, date, and location with the stakeholder and my co-facilitator prior to the workshop.
  • Review the content and identify speaking roles before workshops and bring all needed materials to the workshop.
  • Return any unused/borrowed materials to the BITB program assistant along with attendance sheets and evaluations after each workshop.
  • Participate in progress reviews.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before all scheduled workshops to begin setting up and ensure that everything is in working order.
  • Stay behind after each workshop is completed until all participants have left to ensure that they are available to speak with anyone should they have any questions or concerns.
  • Responsible for maintaining and reporting time sheets of scheduled sessions and meetings attended for Bringing in the Bystander for compensation purposes.
  • Collect and provide information on participants’ name, student number, and contact information to the BITB program assistant and staff coordinators for submission for co-curricular recognition.
  • Understand the limits of the role of a Bringing in the Bystander facilitator. Including asking questions of BITB staff coordinators, so as not to go beyond the role of a facilitator. Specifically, understand that one is not expected to act as an advice giver or counsellor, as that may be beyond the ability and training of the role.
  • Understanding of the resources available should students/participants need to use them.
  • Should a disclosure arise, respond in a way that is consistent with the UM response guideline and act with compassion, empathy and acceptance while providing the individual with information on resources provided.
  • In situations of disclosure or student in distress, I will immediately consult with the BITB staff coordinators, as appropriate.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student participants, except when the person is at risk of being a harm to themselves or others, or discloses information which is required to report according to law or campus policy. In such situations, contact the BITB staff coordinators for consultation and assistance.
  • Represent the UM community and act with integrity embodying the values and policies held by the University of Manitoba.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate student in a relevant degree program with related experience and skills
  • Successful completion of at least 1 year of University study
  • Knowledge and application of the principles of public health, health messaging and communication, and harm reduction
  • Knowledge about campus sexual violence and associated strategies and harm prevention models
  • Experience working with diverse and at-risk populations

Required skills include:

  • Organizational and communication abilities;
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment;
  • Assertiveness;
  • Self-initiating, self-motivated and self-directed with the ability to work independently and take initiative;
  • Ability to manage multiple demands;
  • Excellent organizational skills and reliability;
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Assets for this position include:

  • Knowledge of the issue of sexual violence on campus and associated strategies
  • Volunteering and public speaking experience;
  • Ability to manage and resolve conflict and challenging situations;
  • Experience as a leader in a work or volunteer position.
  • Strong work ethic and social skills

Bringing in the Bystander Program Assistant

Student Support at the University of Manitoba is seeking a Bringing in the Bystander Program Assistant to assist in delivering, organizing, and coordinating the BITB program. This position reports to the Health and Wellness Educator and the Director, Student Services at Bannatyne Campus (BITB Coordinators). They will help with the implementation and coordination of BITB for all University of Manitoba students.

Hourly pay is $17.50/ hour plus 6% vacation pay

The BITB program assistant will be required to attend mandatory training in late April/May 2019 and early August, 2019. They will be required to work 6-8 hours per week during the school year.

Please submit completed applications via email to: Britt.Harvey@umanitoba.ca or drop off in person, ATTN: Britt Harvey at the front desk of the Student Counselling Centre, 474 UMSU University Centre.

A completed application will have: cover letter, resume, and a print-out of your grades from Aurora. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

Responsibilities of the position:

Administrative Tasks:

  • Introductory meetings with potential stakeholders to facilitate campus buy-in and awareness
  • Respond to inquiries and training requests
  • Connect with stakeholders and respond to training requests via email, telephone or in-person meetings
  • Schedule planning and confirmation of session assignments including sending doodle polls/emails to facilitators to find and confirm availability.
  • Follow up with facilitators once sessions are assigned and confirmed
  • Manage master schedule
  • Advertise program (update and distribute posters to various areas and stakeholders) for all sessions
  • Communication with Student Affairs Communications Specialist regarding posters, web updates, posting of application on web, Facebook communication and advertising on Student Affairs FB page
  • Support facilitators and respond to their questions about sessions and program
  • Maintain and update BITB webpage
  • Engage in ongoing communications with Coordinators regarding issues, progress, support, etc.
  • Organize and plan session resources and materials (poster paper, markers, evaluations, DVDs, resources sheets, blank sheets of paper for activity) for facilitators to use, and ensure they are available for pick up in general location before a session.
  • Ensure all materials are returned after sessions are completed
  • Collect and compile evaluation forms
  • Data tracking for number of sessions / participants and feedback trends
  • Track data and submit information for Co-Curricular Record tracking to student life
  • Order DVDs and resources, as needed

Material revision for both 90 minute and 3-hour version:

  • Research best practice for structuring and administration of BITB program on post-secondary campuses, adjust if necessary
  • Keep current with BITB best practices, including online BITB listserv
  • In consultation with BITB Coordinators, adapt materials to Canadian context and update periodically with inclusion of more gender diversity and LGBTTQ* content
  • Create a sustainable framework for BITB to flourish on campus
  • Regular manual, PowerPoint, and resource review, updates and revisions including updated news stories and case studies. May ask facilitators for contributions.
  • Edits to facilitator’s scenario contributions
  • In consultation with Coordinators, create and distribute volunteer contract

Recruitment and Training (2x per year)

  • Creation and distribution of recruitment posters
  • Coordinate and distribute mass emails and respond to subsequent responses to inquiries received about BITB
  • Post, distribute, and collect, applications for facilitators
  • Book interview space
  • Organize interview schedule between Coordinators schedules
  • Offer interview slots and manage schedules to confirm interviewees
  • Debrief interviewees with Coordinators and short list applicants
  • Send out offer and rejection emails
  • Coordinate and schedule two 3-hour+ training sessions in the evenings; one of two training sessions includes providing detailed feedback to each facilitator on their facilitation skills and areas to work on.
  • Print off manuals and PowerPoint for training sessions for facilitators to use
  • Organize and help facilitate group meeting with new recruits to go through volunteer contract and expectations

General Program Tasks (Continuous)

  • Required to be on-call for each session, able to respond if there is a distressing situation that arises from the session (includes evenings and weekends).
  • Attend regular meetings with volunteer facilitators to discuss experiences, evaluation, program questions/concerns, availability discussions, contract obligations, team building, and staying involved.
  • Consistent email and in-person meeting reminders to facilitators to uphold the obligations of their contracts (responding to emails in a timely manner, contribution to case studies, signing up for number of sessions required of them, signing up for sessions during peak times).
  • Cancelling and re-scheduling sessions, often requiring a sit-down meeting with stakeholders
  • Attend regular meetings with coordinators to distribute tasks, follow up and make sure we are on track/organized
  • Connect with stakeholders to explain what is expected of them (room bookings, AV, advertising within their area, communication with facilitators, available at beginning of session)

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate student in a relevant degree program with related experience and skills
  • Successful completion of at least 2 years of University study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required
  • Knowledge and application of the principles of public health, health messaging and communication, and harm reduction
  • Knowledge about campus sexual violence and associated strategies and harm prevention models
  • Experience working with diverse and at-risk populations

Required skills include:

  • organizational and communication abilities;
  • the ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment;
  • assertiveness;
  • self-initiating, self-motivated and self-directive with the ability to work independently and take initiative;
  • able to manage multiple demands;
  • excellent organizational skills and reliability;
  • thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Assets for this position include:

  • Knowledge and interest in the issue of sexual violence on campus and associated strategies
  • Volunteering and public speaking experience;
  • Ability to manage and resolve conflict and challenging situations;
  • Experience as a leader in a work or volunteer position.
  • Strong work ethic and social skills