Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator
Bard CollegeTitle IX and Civil Rights CoordinatorEmployer Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/82104
Bard College seeks applicants for a Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator. The College holds a commitment to create and maintain an academic and work environment where its students, faculty, and staff are able to thrive free of harassment or discrimination.
The Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator is the designated College official on matters related to Title IX and is responsible for the coordination of the institution's compliance with federal and state gender discrimination and harassment laws. This official is also responsible for providing and coordinating compliance, intake, and support activities surrounding civil rights and nondiscrimination policies and procedures related to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Responsibilities include development and implementation of educational programs regarding gender discrimination and sexual harassment prevention for all facets of the Bard College community; collaborating with Human Resources, Office of Student Affairs, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation to ensure all annual training requirements are met; responding to and ensuring the fair and confidential investigation and resolution of all Title IX complaints and reports of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and related allegations of sexual or gender-based misconduct; recruiting and training administrators to participate in various roles necessary in the formal grievance process and institutional advisors for parties during administrative hearings; acts as liasion between the Office for Gender Equity and other College departments to ensure the provision of supportive measures for individuals as necessary; collaborates with campus offices and academic departments to ensure Title IX policies are communicated to all constituencies; regularly reviews recommendations and best practices to assure that reports and complaints of gender discrimination or sexual violence and related misconduct are handled appropriately and legally; and, in conjunction with Human Resources and other designated administrators, manages the intake of reports and complaints of civil rights violations and unlawful discrimination and harassment.
- Provides and/or facilitates ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance for faculty and staff outlining their rights and obligations under Title IX; including the appropriate response to reports of gender discrimination including, but not limited to, sexual misconduct, the obligation to report disclosures of sexual or gender-based misconduct, and the extent to which counselors and advocates may keep a report confidential. This includes interactive online modules and in-person, audience-specific sessions.
- Provides and/or facilitates ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance for all students outlining their rights under Title IX; with regard to sexual misconduct, reporting options, grievance procedures, applicable disciplinary code, the offices or individuals with whom students can speak confidentially, the office or individuals who can provide support services, the employees who must report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator, and Title IX's protections against retaliation. This includes interactive online modules and in-person, audience-specific sessions.
- Works in coordination with Student Services to ensure that all new students receive multi-modal presentations with sessions on sexual violence, safety, alcohol abuse prevention, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and gender equity and diversity.
- Hosts regular events to raise awareness about all forms of gender-based discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures regarding such matters.
- Oversees and ensures adequate, reliable, and impartial investigations of reports and complaints of sexual and gender-based misconduct. Develops and implements an investigation plan for each reported complaint under the College’s Title IX and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy to include: determining whether the report constitutes sexual or gender-based misconduct, appointing a trained investigator, ensuring that reports and complaints are properly handled. The coordinator maintains records for complaints involving students, employees, and third parties, and maintains a master-tracking document for all sexual misconduct complaints.
- Oversees and ensures the accurate intake of reports of civil rights complaints and unlawful discrimination and harassment and works in conjunction with Human Resources and other key administrators to direct and manage the appropriate institutional response to such complaints, including the oversight of investigations, and formal or informal grievance processeses.
- Coordinates appropriate accommodation plans for individuals with the Dean of Students, Human Resources, Housing and/or the Dean of Studies Offices as needed.
- Provides information to students and employees regarding their rights and responsibilities under Title IX and the College’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy, including resources available on and off campus, the formal and informal grievance processes, the availability of supportive measures, and the ability to file a complaint with local law enforcement and a complaint with the College simultaneously. This includes maintaining all materials including print and web based resources, which allows for anonymous complaints.
- Supervise up to three post-graduate interns whose primary responsibility is outreach and education.
- Key member of the Compliance Committee.
- Broad knowledge of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (as amended, 29 U.S.C. 1974), and Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
- Excellent judgement, ability to maintain fair and neutral position in significant disputes, and ability to work independently.
- Ability to provide effective and appropriate advice and expertise to all levels within the university community.
- Knowledge of and training in federal, state, and institutional policies and practices specific to the applicable compliance specialty.
- Project planning skills.
- Unquestionable integrity, confidentiality, and professionalism in a wide variety of situations.
- Strong organizational, planning, and administrative skills.
- Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
- Employee development and performance management skills.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal) and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
- Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills and the ability to effectively summarize and present information.
- Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
- Knowledge of federal and state public safety reporting requirements and other applicable crime data reporting.
- Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
- Knowledge of current and emerging legislation, issues, and trends as appropriate to the position.
- Ability to develop and implement new strategies and procedures.
- Master’s degree (or JD degree) with Title IX Coordinator experience preferred; Bachelor’s degree with significant experience as a certified Title IX Coordinator may be substituted for the Master’s degree.
- Demonstrated and proven working knowledge of Title IX and related laws required, including a clear understanding of developments in Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE, Clery Act and OCR guidance.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations required; excellent judgment essential.
- Title IX Coordinator certification required; must maintain professional qualification through continuing education, training, and development.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three contact references through Interfolio.com at http://apply.interfolio.com/82104
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.