Reporting to the President’s Chief of Staff, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Civil Rights and Title IX is responsible for the strategic direction of a large and complex unit that plays a crucial role in permitting the university as a whole to advance its mission driven commitment to equity and diversity and foster an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. This position will provide strategic, operational, and collaborative oversight of the university’s current policies, procedures, and practices in support of this objective. The newly created Office of Civil Rights and Title IX is a centralized report-and-response office for all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on protected classifications. The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX oversees compliance and educational efforts in the areas of Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, and equal opportunity programs, including the university’s American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator.
The AVP is responsible for ensuring the university’s monitoring and compliance with federal and state laws, policies, and procedures relating to discrimination/harassment involving age, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications. Specifically, the AVP will have primary responsibility for enforcing the University's non-discrimination policies; ensuring compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, relevant provisions of the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to equal rights and nondiscrimination (Nondiscrimination Laws).
Particular duties include but are not limited to: ensuring equal employment opportunities for all faculty, staff and applicants; implementing discrimination/harassment and retaliation awareness training and other training for faculty, staff, and students on Civil Rights/affirmative action issues; overseeing investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; and preparing relevant institutional reports. The AVP will supervise a team of professional staff and work collaboratively with university faculty, staff, and students, which include the Director of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights/ADA Coordinator; Intake, Outreach, and Response Coordinators; Education, Training and Prevention Coordinator; Investigators; and Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The AVP will manage the budget and administrative operations of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX and will have a consulting relationship with the university's President and General Counsel. The AVP will have sufficient independence, autonomy and authority to effectively implement and monitor compliance federal and state civil rights law.
Required Job Qualifications
- Master's degree in Education, Public Policy, Law, Public Administration, Social Work, or related field, or Juris Doctor.
- Previous experience serving as a Title IX Coordinator.
- Prior direct experience with conducting and overseeing Title IX intake and outreach processes, supportive measures, informal resolutions, investigations, and hearings.
- Prior direct experience with drafting and management of policies related to Title IX compliance.
- Extensive knowledge of and ability to interpret nondiscrimination laws and related legal guidance and apply them in an institutional setting.
- Knowledge of effective and promising practices in higher education compliance with nondiscrimination laws.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrated leadership, organizational, planning, and management skills along with previous experience supervising cross-divisional teams.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, and community and government agencies.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; strong presentation and facilitation skills with an emphasis on education and training for a variety of constituencies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to access, equity, diversity and inclusion principles and their application, including working with individuals with minoritized
- Demonstrated training and experience with trauma-informed investigations in matters of interpersonal violence.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to problem solve, prioritize, analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- PhD degree in Education, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related
- Previous experience serving as a Title IX Coordinator at a state flagship institution.
- Extensive experience in creating and implementing civil rights compliance programs.
- Experience in a higher education, government, or regulatory compliance setting.
- Experience facilitating & evaluating professional development focused on civil rights.
- Knowledge of assessment practices involving evaluation of outcomes-based measures and campus climate surveys.