Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator

Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Posted
Jan 30, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Description
The Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator provides leadership, oversight, and direction for the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). The Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) compliance with federal and state discrimination and harassment laws and related University law and policies, including those regarding sexual misconduct and protected class discrimination and harassment. Responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of resolution and response to all reports of sexual misconduct, (including Title IX and non-Title IX), protected class discrimination and harassment, and related misconduct.
  • Providing educational programs regarding prevention of sexual misconduct and protected class discrimination and harassment.
  • Identifying and addressing any systemic problems relating to complaints and working with other departments to ensure Title IX and University law and policies related to sexual misconduct are communicated to all constituencies.
  • Who We Are:

    The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

    Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

    Job Duties:

    The Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator provides leadership, oversight, and direction for the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). The Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) compliance with federal and state discrimination and harassment laws and related University law and policies, including those regarding sexual misconduct and protected class discrimination and harassment. Specific examples include the following:

     Lead efforts across all divisions of UCCS to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as it relates to Title IX and discrimination and harassment laws and regulations, including University laws and policies regarding sexual misconduct.Work collaboratively and proactively with campus partners to ensure the campus climate, both in and out of the classroom, is an inclusive, equitable, safe, and welcoming learning, living, and working environment.Supervise investigatory personnel in the Office of Institutional Equity in completing impartial investigations; support investigatory actions when needed. Investigations include:  Collecting intake information in an efficient and supportive manner and being sensitive to cultural issues.Providing thorough information to involved parties, including details regarding the policies and procedures utilized and enforced by the OIE.Evaluating the nature and the urgency of the situation to determine the appropriate course of action.Interviewing complainants, respondents, and all relevant witnesses, analyzing and synthesizing information gained through the investigation process, and composing a clear and concise final report detailing the information obtained and the logical reasoning used to reach a conclusion.Establishing and maintaining files and databases, including performing database entry, maintaining scanned files, ensuring cases are entered appropriately and consistently, and checking each physical file for compliance with required documentation.Monitoring compliance of all requirements and timelines specified by university procedures.
  • Conduct informal resolutions for allegations of less severe misconduct.
  • Ensure provision of support and safety measures in accordance with University procedures.
  • Support the development and delivery of trainings and educational programs to the UCCS community on University policies and procedures related to protected class harassment and discrimination, sexual misconduct, and conflict of interest in amorous relationships, and inform these constituents about the complaint procedures and investigative processes, ensuring the process for formal complaints is understood.Participate in policy review and creation with colleagues from the UCCS campus, the other three campuses of the CU system and the system office.Interact with faculty, staff, and student populations in discussions around Title IX and discrimination/harassment policies and laws.Attend CARE (Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation) Team Conduct Review meetings to provide case updates and coordinate appropriate response.
  • Communicates with law enforcement personnel and other relevant UCCS administrators to assure appropriate management of reports and complaints of gender discrimination or sexual violence.
  • Assist with creating, maintaining, analyzing and reporting data.Oversight and supervision of professional staff employees.Management of departmental budget.Represent OIE on campus committees, including: Ethics, Conflict of Interest, Compliance, Employee Relations, etc… Demonstrate empathetic, fair and professional behavior at all times.A commitment to creating a safe environment for all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy is a core attribute of the college.Other duties as assigned.Key Collaborations and Relationships:

    While the position reports directly to the UCCS Chancellor, the Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator must develop and maintain strong professional relationships with the administrative officers of the university including the vice chancellors, associate vice chancellors and deans of the library, schools, and colleges.

     

    The position will interact regularly with UCCS Police, Human Resources, Residential Life and Housing, and the Office of University Counsel. Through the CARE (Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation) Team and the Faculty/Staff Response Team, the position may be required to collaborate with other offices to respond to urgent situations.

     

    The position will interact daily with the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Institutional Equity are co-located and share in the supervision of complaint-intake personnel who coordinate and schedule all appointments, assure file management, and perform other administrative services. As the majority of cases involve students, it is expected that the Dean of Students or designee and the Title IX Coordinator will work collaboratively to resolve student cases as quickly and efficiently as possible.

     

    Job Competencies:

    OIE manages a high volume of work. This position requires an individual who exercises sound judgment and critical thinking, is immediately prepared to deal with a variety of complex issues, and has experience dealing with difficult situations in a highly complex organization. The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are necessary to fulfill the job requirements:

     

    Knowledge:

    Training in conducting investigations and/or internal audits, preferably through a nationally recognized organization.
  • General understanding of state and federal laws and regulations around protected class discrimination or harassment, including Title IX, Title VII, ADA, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidance, Office for Civil Rights Guidance, and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
  • General understanding of, and sensitivity to, the complexities of experiencing sexual harassment and sexual assault.
  • General understanding of data collection, assessment, and interpretation.
  • Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with strong attention to detail. Must be able to produce a well-written investigative report based on sophisticated logical reasoning.
  • High level of analytical thinking.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Ability:

  • The demonstrated ability to maintain a professional, calm, non-judgmental attitude.
  • The demonstrated ability to understand, interpret, and apply policies.
  • The demonstrated ability to work well across organizational levels and division to accomplish campus and unit goals in collaboration with key constituencies.
  • The demonstrated ability to work with and for diverse, multicultural populations.
  • This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    What We Offer:

    Salary Range: Generally starting at $83,302 - $100,000

    The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/employee-services. Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

    Tentative Search Timeline:

    • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 03/15/2021.
    • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of 04/05/2021 - 4/15/2021.
    • The potential employee start date is 05/01/2021.
    The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.



    Qualifications
    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Five-years related experience.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-baccalaureate degree in a related field is preferred and may be substituted for up to two years of experience.
  • Experience with Title IX compliance in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with appropriate application of trauma-informed investigation practices.
  • Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit.  Employee is occasionally required to move. Tasks may involve looking at computer screen continuously for long periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.



    Job Category: Executive
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Mar 12, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing