Title IX Coordinator
University of Bridgeport
Title IX Coordinator
The University of Bridgeport invites applicants to the position of Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will provide leadership, guidance and oversight in support of the University's Title IX obligations under a variety of federal and state laws, as well as institutional policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation.
The Title IX Coordinator reports directly to the President and Vice President of Student Affairs working collaboratively with the Division of Student Affairs, Office of Human Resources, and General Counsel in performing the Title IX related responsibilities.
- Ensuring compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 (Clery Act), the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), Campus SaVe Act, Connecticut Public Act 14-11, and all other federal and state nondiscrimination requirements, and the prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints arising under Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVe Act, and State of Connecticut guidelines/regulations.
- Reviewing, investigating, and monitoring the resolution of reports of sex discrimination and/or harassment (including sexual violence), stalking and relationship violence; evaluating and improving campus climate with regard to sex discrimination; development, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures, and the creation, coordination, delivery and documentation of all training and educational efforts.
- Coordinate the development, implementation, and monitoring of appropriate disclosures, policies, procedures and practices designed to comply with federal and state laws requiring the prompt and equitable resolution including, but not limited, to Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, ADEA, all as amended, and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws, regulations and requirements.
- In collaboration with the Office of Human Resources, provide leadership and direction for the purpose of advising, clarifying and identifying necessary resources and affirmative efforts to eliminate discrimination, harassment and retaliation in all educational and employment programs and activities and to ensure that access to facilities, opportunities, and resources is equitable throughout the campus, including drafting or assisting in the preparation of affirmative action plans, reports or other documents.
- Work with the Academic Affairs Division and Office of Human Resources by playing a key role in leading affirmative action, diversity, equity, inclusion and Title IX efforts such as training, initiatives, programs and activities that impact students, faculty and staff.
- Oversee prompt, effective, and equitable intake, investigation, processing, issuing of findings of fact, and timely resolution of all instances of discrimination, harassment, gender based violence and retaliation made known to responsible employees and/or reported or filed by students, faculty, staff or third parties.
- Provide guidance and assistance to reporting parties of sexual violence and sex/gender discrimination including referral to support resources, notice of right to file internal complaints, notice of the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and notice of the right to report incidents to law enforcement.
- Lead the Title IX Campus Resources Team (CRT) of key campus stakeholders by meeting each semester, monitoring compliance, identifying risks, mitigating risks, monitoring trends and making recommendations to executive leadership as needed. Lead the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Team (SARPT) and serve on the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Coordinate, develop and implement a climate survey to assess the campus perception of sexual assault issues, safety and wellness perceptions, and campus communication related to Title IX; compile and analyze data for dissemination to executive leadership and the campus community.
- Develop, coordinate with other departments, and/or implement ongoing training, consultation, and technical assistance on Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA and ADEA, all as amended, and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws, regulations and requirements for all students, faculty and staff, with specialized training content for hearing officers, if applicable, board of directors, Title IX deputy coordinators, and campus security.
- Prepare, implement and coordinate campus strategic efforts aimed at the prevention, education and outreach of sexual violence and other forms of sex and/or gender-based discrimination.
- Develop and disseminate educational materials, including brochures, posters, and web-based materials that inform members of the campus community (students, faculty and staff) of Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, ADEA, all as amended, and other federal and state anti-discrimination rights, laws, responsibilities and resources both within and external to campus premises.
- Build, develop, monitor and update the Title IX web pages for comprehensive information related to Title IX and other anti-discrimination policies, programs and procedures.
- Provide comprehensive training and guidance to selection committees and other staff regarding laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for equal employment opportunity, diversity, unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, and other areas as directed to ensure fair and equitable recruitment and selection practices and strategies.
- Organize and maintain grievance files, disposition reports, and other records regarding compliance, including annual reports of the number and nature of filed complaints and the disposition of said complaints, data collection, climate assessment, pattern monitoring; work with campus security and other administrators for data compilation in compliance with the Clery Act and other federal and state laws.
- Assist in external complaint processes, i.e., Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, etc.; provide confidential data and reports; respond to questions and retrieve documents as required; prepare statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations for use by external investigators or legal counsel.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of current state and federal laws and regulations, institutional policies, practices and procedures, identified best practices and trends in the field of higher education, including, but not limited to, prevention and elimination of discrimination and harassment in compliance with Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, and health and safety, financial aid, and other regulations.
- Thorough understanding of and sensitivity to working with individuals and groups representing a wide range of diverse academic, cultural, disability, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Ability to communicate effectively and with sensitivity to students and to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive issues, content, and language in managing anti-discrimination investigations, complaints, reports, data, etc.
- Strong collaborative skills and ability facilitate small groups, build relationships and balance the multiple, varying and even conflicting interests of diverse stakeholders. Capable of working effectively and efficiently as a team member and strategic business partner.
- Ability to design and deliver training programs to all constituencies of the campus and demonstrate accountability with respect to attendance and assess the effectiveness of these trainings.
- Some occasional evening and weekend hours are required.
The University of Bridgeport is committed to building a diverse university community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
To apply, see https://jobs.bridgeport.edu/
The University of Bridgeport is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the University of Bridgeport to prohibit discrimination in admissions, educational programs and employment, and in the provision of services on the basis of legally protected class characteristics (unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification related to employment), or any other unlawful factor. Protected class characteristics include race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, creed, ancestry, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, sex (gender identity, gender expression, sexual harassment), marital status, civil union status, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, national origin, physical/mental/learning disability, veteran status and any other group protected by civil rights laws.
The University of Bridgeport complies with Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of University of Bridgeport Annual Security and Fire Report reports are available at https://files.bridgeport.edu/public/Security/Annual-Security-Report-2018.pdf