Title IX Officer

Odessa, Texas
Mar 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

The only university named after a geological formation, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a general academic university of The University of Texas System whose mission is to provide quality education to all students in a supportive in-person and online educational environment; to promote excellence in teaching, research and service; and to serve as a resource for the intellectual, social, economic and technological advancement, as well as the healthcare, of the diverse constituency in Texas and the region.

The University, located in Odessa, aspires to be a vibrant student-focused center of excellence for learning, culture and economic development, preparing students for leadership and success in a complex and changing world. Surrounded by one of the largest oilfields in the country, UTPB is home to more than 7,000 students from all over the U.S. and the world, as well as 250 teaching faculty. It offers 35 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs of study across five colleges and schools: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and the College of Nursing. The student-teacher ratio is 18/1, and 90 percent of the tenure-track faculty hold doctorates in their teaching fields.

UTPB consistently ranks among the top 5 Texas public universities for students employed or accepted in graduate/professional schools one year after graduation. In 2017, UTPB was ranked second in the Best Four Year Colleges by Schools.com, and was also named one of the top 35 public schools in Regional Universities West according to U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, the University earns rakings for best online bachelor's degree programs and best undergraduate engineering programs. UTPB students' admission rate to medical school is 70 percent, compared to the state average of 45 percent.

For more information about the University, visit https://www.utpb.edu

About the Position

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin invites applications and nominations for the position of Title IX Officer beginning Summer 2018.

The Title IX Officer reports to the Chief Compliance Officer.

General Responsibilities:

• Investigate and help to ensure timely resolution of assigned reports of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking involving members of the University community

• Ensure thorough and timely investigations in accordance with UTPB, UT System policies and federal regulations

• Meet with assigned complainants and respondents to provide information regarding the University complaint process, available resources, interim measures and reporting and resolution options

• Assist the Title IX Coordinator with the University’s Title IX efforts, including the development, implementation and monitoring of appropriate disclosures, policies, procedures and practices designed to comply with federal and state legislation regulation and case law requiring prompt, equitable resolution of Title IX complaints

• Facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive case-management system that includes each reported complaint involving sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking

• Promote awareness and educational events and activities related to Title IX via social media, web pages and other venues

• Complete other duties as assigned

Essential Responsibilities:

• Handle highly confidential material, understanding that all University information should only be disclosed to those who have a need to know, for legitimate business reasons

• Exercise and apply sound judgment and decision-making skills as well as the ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality of data

• Work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including victims of sexual assault, domestic violence or other types of trauma

• Maintain knowledge of, respect for and skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds

• Possess high level of integrity, team orientation, professionalism and trustworthiness

• Uphold a high value on ethical standards and treat others with dignity and respect

• Serve as a university subject-matter expert on requirements of and compliance with Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE and related federal and state laws

• Oversee and manage caseload in a manner that ensures the prompt, effective and equitable conclusion of such matters in accordance with University and federal regulations

• Promote a culture of compliance and the identification, escalation and timely mitigation of compliance risks

• Operate as the content expert relating to University compliance issues by maintaining internal compliance calendars and checklists

• Lead monthly internal compliance meetings, and coordinate and report on the annual compliance review

• Possesses strong conflict-resolution, problem-solving, interviewing and investigation skills

• Accomplish assigned tasks within the required time frame and be able to shift quickly between several tasks without loss of continuity

• Possess advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Specifically Word, Excel and Outlook)

• Quickly learn new technology and stay current with emerging office technologies

• Express ideas effectively in oral and written form

• Produce well-reasoned, accurate, useful reports/summaries using analytical, legal and/or technical writing

• Effectively communicate general information to University constituency; when applicable relay complex or adverse information with tact and diplomacy

• Accept effective supervision, assignments, change and correction

• Participate in self-directed professional reading, develop professional contacts with colleagues, and attend professional-development courses and trainings to ensure a full understanding of the legal requirements and best practices related to compliance with Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE and other related federal/state laws

• Maintain professionalism when carrying out all responsibilities and dealing with all staff and other customers while fostering positive working relationships

• Accept and render constructive criticism in a professional manner

• Adhere to the policies and procedures established by the Texas Board of Regents and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree is required. A J.D. degree or Master’s degree in Student Affairs or a related field (e.g., counseling, criminology, social work, sociology) is strongly preferred. At least three years of investigatory experience is required. Experience in investigating or prosecuting allegations of sexual misconduct and/or domestic violence is preferred, as is experience working with victims of sexual misconduct, domestic violence and/or other types of trauma. Familiarity with Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE and related federal and state laws is required. ATIXA certification a plus. Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check is required.

To apply for this position, visit https://www.highereducationleadershipsearch.com/candidate-portal-form.

To nominate someone for this position, e-mail: [email protected]

To view the complete position profile, visit https://www.highereducationleadershipsearch.com/searches/

Geralyn Franklin Ph.D. and Alan Medders, Ph.D. will be assisting the University with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

Candidates for this position will be considered through April 20, 2018