The Director of Institutional Equity will report to the University’s Associate Vice President for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance and provides leadership in the implementation and administration of MSU’s institutional equity policies. The Director will be responsible for the leadership and implementation of the University’s response and investigation processes related to reported incidents of harassment and discrimination. Develop and lead a responsive, service-oriented investigation team to ensure alignment and effectiveness of compliance with institutional equity policies and civil rights laws; oversee prompt, effective, and equitable investigation process; oversee timely and appropriate response and resolution to all reports of prohibited harassment and discrimination. Oversee coordinated university response to civil rights complaints/violations including response to individual incidents as well as broader hostile environment concerns; work collaboratively with other administrative offices on campus including, MSU Police, Residential and Hospitality Services, Office of General Counsel, Communications and Brand Strategies, Provost’s Office, Human Resources, Academic Human Resources, to ensure compliance with civil rights laws. Provide leadership and oversight related to the Title IX Coordinated Response Team and the Bias Incident Response Team. Collaborate with MSU Police and local law enforcement agencies to provide coordinated responses to reported incidents and facilitate information sharing where possible. Collaborate with the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Provost’s Office, the WorkLife Office, Residential and Hospitality Services, Human Resources, Academic Human Resources, and other campus partners in providing training and education related to equity matters, including prohibited discrimination and harassment. Counsel faculty, staff, and administrators on equity compliance related matters. Develop and provide trainings and educational programs related to institutional equity functions. Coordinate communication related to institutional equity function, including web presence that effectively communicates the functions of the office and provides useful and accurate information on university policies, grievance procedures, reporting options and related resources. Coordinate development of resource and communication materials relating to supporting institutional equity functions. Evaluate institutional equity efforts for efficiency and effectiveness; conduct an annual review and provide data related to OIE’s investigative function. Work collaboratively with the AVP to develop a comprehensive annual report. Collaborate with the AVP in reporting to academic governance and the campus community the results of the annual reports. Manage the collection, preservation, and analysis of information related to reported incidents to facilitate monitoring of the campus climate; track and provide information to the AVP as requested; in collaboration with the AVP, identify and address systemic patterns and issues, create and execute strategic plan to address findings. Conduct periodic audits to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the University’s grievance procedures (including timeliness and adequacy of staffing levels) and report to the Associate Vice President the results of that audit. Conduct periodic case reviews with OIE staff and other units to facilitate identification of process improvements and foster development and collaboration and open communication with key partners. Assist in development of university-wide policies and procedures that further institutionalize civil rights efforts; develop internal protocols to ensure consistency in the response and processing of reported incidents. Supervise investigative and support staff in the Office of Institutional Equity and oversee their professional development and training. Identify and implement training on a minimum annual basis with support staff for professional development consistent with VAWA and guidance from the US Department of Education. Maintain proficiency with civil rights laws and new legal developments and evaluate the impact on university policies and procedures.
Minimum Requirements Maintain proficiency with the Rehabilitation Act, VAWA, ELCRA, Title VII, and Title IX. Experience conducting civil rights investigations, including Title IX investigations. Demonstrated ability to successfully lead staff and effectively prioritize multiple projects. Adherence to deadlines and excellent written and verbal skills. High integrity and ethical standards. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to remain neutral. Ability to build consensus, collaborate and work with broad numbers of, and diverse, campus partners. Excellent work ethic and high level of motivation.
Desired Qualifications JD or other advanced degree and a minimum of 7-10 years of experience at an institution of higher education or an equally complex organization. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to interpret civil rights laws and regulations.
Required Application Materials
- Cover Letter
- Writing Samples
Review of applications will begin on April 9, 2018, and will continue until the position has been filled.
Please provide all required application materials, including names and contact information for three professional references as well as a professional writing sample.