EDUCATIONAL EQUITY COORDINATOR

Location
Easton, Pennsylvania
Posted
Jul 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

<p>Lafayette College seeks a dynamic and collaborative professional to fill the role of Educational Equity Coordinator.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces several statutes that protect the rights of beneficiaries in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. The Coordinator will have primary responsibility for leading the institutional coordination of educational programs and policies to prevent inequity in education.&nbsp; This includes prevention of discrimination based on disability, race, color, national origin, and prevention of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and sexual harassment as articulated in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reporting to the Dean of Equity and Inclusion, the Coordinator will play a central role in creating an equitable learning environment conducive to the intellectual, social, and personal growth of students that is free from discrimination in any form. The Coordinator is expected to collaborate with faculty, administrators, coaches, students, senior leaders at the institution, and community partners to develop and implement policies that positively impact the Lafayette College community and acknowledge and celebrate a diverse student body and an inclusive campus.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:</strong></p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Develop and coordinate the delivery of campus-wide education, prevention, training, and outreach programming for students, faculty and staff related to non-discrimination. Maintain documentation of all training and educational programs related to compliance with federal regulations.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Create and maintain a non-discrimination marketing campaign including hard copy and electronic educational resources, particularly as related to Section 504, Title VI and Title IX, but including all forms of discrimination.</p> <p>&nbsp;●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Serve as an expert on civil rights and non-discrimination compliance including, but not limited to, Section 504, Title VI, and Title IX and provide consultation to senior officers as necessary. Review and ensure policies, protocols, and practices are in compliance with Section 504, Title VI, and Title IX regulations and guide changes through institutional processes where required.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Collaborate regularly with deputy Title IX Coordinators, the Office of Student Conduct, and other offices within the Division of Campus Life. Work in concert with the Office of Human Resources to address any issues related to faculty or staff. Partner with Public Safety to ensure accuracy in reporting of annual crime statistics. Communicate with the President and senior leaders of the institution regarding strategic issues related to equity broadly construed.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Ensure compliance with Section 504, Title VI, and Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2012 (VAWA), the Clery Act, the Campus SAVE Act of 2013, other federal and state legislation and regulations, and implement appropriate best practices in the higher education community.</p> <p>●&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Collaborate as appropriate to provide regular professional development, training, consultation, and technical assistance on anti-discrimination practices (Section 504, Title VI, Title IX) for all members of the campus community, with specialized training content for student conduct case administrators, the student conduct committee, the student appeals committee, investigators, Public Safety, and deputy Title IX coordinators.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Coordinate timely, efficient, effective, and fair responses to and investigations of reported sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship violence and sexual harassment. As appropriate, assign investigators and manage the investigation process.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Select and train a team of investigators that will promptly investigate complaints related to Title IX and other forms of discrimination.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Identify on-and off-campus support resources and work with SASH advisers on ensuring appropriate referrals for faculty, staff and students.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Manage a grievance process and organize grievance files, disposition reports, and other records regarding Section 504, Title VI, and Title IX cases. Collaborate with the Presidential Oversight Committee on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment (POCSASH), the Faculty Committee on Student Conduct, and the Office of Student Conduct on recommendations regarding updates to the student conduct procedure for sexual assault as necessary.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Regularly produce and review reports on the number, nature and disposition of complaints. Identify patterns and systemic problems and make recommendations to address such patterns and problems.</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Stay current on relevant statutes and regulations and identify and integrate best practices in conducting anti-discrimination investigations especially related to Section 504, Title VI, and Title IX.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>QUALIFICATIONS:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Coordinator will have at least three years of experience directly pertinent to the duties and responsibilities specified, possess at least a Master’s degree in a related field, and demonstrate effectiveness in building professional working relationships with students, faculty, and staff. The incumbent will be knowledgeable of current state and federal anti-discrimination regulations, provide leadership in the development of institution-specific policies and procedures, and stay informed regarding best practices and trends in the field of higher education related to creating an equitable and just campus.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We are seeking a professional with excellent administrative experience including written and verbal communication, presentation skills, and the ability to efficiently manage a robust caseload while effectively resolving cases of alleged discrimination. The successful candidate should thrive in a team environment and must possess the professional demeanor and savvy to work with internal and external members of the community with diplomacy and interpersonal tact, as this is an essential aspect of this position. The individual must be able to recommend and/or effect changes to policies, to revise practices, and to implement equitable procedures across many departments, including the academic division, campus life, and human resources.</p> <p>To&nbsp;apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, your resume, and three references through the following website:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://apply.interfolio.com/43272" target="_blank">http://apply.interfolio.com/43272</a>.</p>