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Director of Equity and Compliance

Job Details


Job no: 718308
Work type: Executive Management
Major Administrative Unit / College: Ofc for Inclusion Intercult Initiatives
Department: Ofc For Inclusion Intercult Initiatives 10050434
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Executive Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Director of Equity and Compliance

Position Summary

The Director of Equity and Compliance serves as the institution’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator, responsible for Michigan State University's Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Program. The Director is responsible for generating the university’s annual (internal) Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), and filing the (external) VETS-4212 report each year as these key actions are required for Michigan State University to be compliant with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the United States Department of Labor. The Director is responsible for helping to communicate and implement the results of the AAP on an annual basis, as necessary. In addition to federal compliance responsibilities, the Director partners and engages with various units on campus to approve and support faculty and executive hiring policies and best practices and help to establish and monitor the university’s supplier diversity program. The latter will take place in partnership with major administrative units such as Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, and University Services.

The Director of Equity and Compliance provides leadership in recommending, developing, and implementing policies, procedures and programs regarding all aspects of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity consistent with relevant governmental statutes and regulations, and Michigan State University’s institutional values and community standards. The Director monitors compliance with Affirmative Action and EEO policies and procedures and recommends corrective measures in instances of non-compliance. As EEO Coordinator, the Director partners with Academic Human Resources, central Human Resources, Institutional Research, Office of the General Counsel, Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance, and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities in the administration of the university's Affirmative Action Program. The Director will have one direct report that supports relevant institutional and Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives equity, compliance and data analytics efforts.

The Director of Equity and Compliance serves as a key resource and partner to individuals and units on campus seeking to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The Director may be asked to serve on various institution-wide committees such as the President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, and the Policy Library Advisory Committee to share information and gain insight related to diversity, equity and inclusion in overall education and training efforts that support students, faculty and staff.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

The Director must meet the following qualifications:

  • Terminal degree (JD or PhD) from an accredited institution
  • 7– 10 years of successful experience with local, state and federal compliance regulations
  • Awareness and understanding of American Disability Act, Michigan Proposal 2 (Affirmative Action Initiative), and Title IX regulatory statutes, guidelines, relevant court decisions and directives
  • Proven ability to understand and analyze complaints of discrimination, partner with appropriate campus compliance units, maintaining objectivity and fairness and treating confidential matters responsibly
  • Progressive professional experience in higher education with an understanding of a unionized environment and shared governance

Desired Qualifications

The Director must demonstrate evidence of the following attributes and skills:

  • Deep understanding of, passion for, and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, affirmative action and equal opportunity, talent management, and education and training
  • Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement, especially in recruitment, hiring, training and development, and promotion and retention of faculty and staff
  • Experienced mediator with well-developed conflict resolution skills who has the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Ability to perform data analysis that demonstrates best practice processes and procedures of the various equal opportunity employment and education regulatory agencies
  • Capability to lead with both a decisive and consultative style
  • Ability to foster open communication and proactively build positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with various constituencies while advancing the mission and strategic priorities of the university and Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience creatively solving data, process, or organizational problems
  • Well-organized and self-directed, exhibiting a high level of Integrity that engenders trust and confidence
  • A team player who contributes meaningful ideas, is adept at problem solving and improving processes

Required Application Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Professional References with contact information

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jul 21, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 21, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time



Working at Michigan State University 

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Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

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The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

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  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

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