Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane University is one of the nation’s leading educational and research institutions offering degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine. Enrolling over 13,500 students, both graduates and undergraduates, Tulane students represent all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries. Tulane’s main uptown campus of 110 acres includes over 90 buildings and houses most of its schools and colleges. The Tulane University Health Sciences Center in downtown New Orleans consists of the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane Medical Center, the School of Social Work, and Technology Services, while the Tulane National Primate Research Center is located in Covington, Louisiana. With 4,400 full-time employees, Tulane is one of the largest employers in New Orleans and is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students.
Reporting to senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, the assistant provost for Title IX compliance and education will lead the University’s Title IX initiatives to reinforce the University’s commitment to the creation of a safe climate for all community members free from sexual harassment and sexual violence and to enhance the University’s efforts in outreach, education, prevention programs, and communication. With the primary responsibility for managing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the University's obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act, the assistant provost will work closely, and in coordination with, designated individuals in leadership roles who are responsible for compliance with Title IX, including the deputy Title IX coordinators in the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Student Affairs as well as the assistant vice president of student affairs and Tulane University Police Department.
Primary duties include overseeing the University’s response to Title IX complaints, including dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems; ensuring faculty, staff, and student awareness of and adherence to the University’s Title IX policies through the development of regular training and education programs that meet federal, state and local guidelines including reporting options; working closely and in coordination with the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity, Student Affairs and the Tulane University Police Department, to ensure prompt and equitable investigations of sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints and overall compliance with the University’s obligations under Title IX. In addition, the assistant provost will monitor and conduct periodic reviews of the University’s Title IX sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and relationship violence policies, procedures, and prevention programs. The assistant provost will collaborate with the Office of Violence Prevention & Victim Support Services and The Center for Wellness & Health Promotion on the creation and implementation of campus programs to change the culture of the campus with the goal of eliminating sexual violence; management of trend analysis including report tracking, campus climate surveys; and developing and maintaining communication strategies (web, social media, print, media, etc.) to raise awareness of available resources and to enhance the University’s policies, practices, and programs. The assistant provost will assure that reporting of any incident results in the collection of relevant facts, assessment of whether a further review or investigation is necessary, and completion and communication of the process congruent with all applicable laws and statutes; and will collect all information and provide an annual summary of Title IX cases at Tulane University including final decisions, resolutions, etc.
The Title IX office consists of a staff of four, including the assistant provost, assistant director, and two programs coordinators.
The successful candidate will have a master’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of four years of progressive experience in designing, developing, and implementing successful education and training programs in a complex and fast-paced environment. The new assistant provost must have experience conducting investigations into civil rights violations or sexual assault complaints. Further, the successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written skills; demonstrated knowledge of Title IX and other applicable laws and regulations, including institutional compliance and best practices; the ability to manage an ongoing and complex caseload of Title IX related incidents and complaints; and effective project management, organization, and analytical skills. Strong presentation and facilitation skills emphasizing education and training for diverse university constituencies; excellent attention to detail, strong problem-solving skills, the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information; and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity are all required qualifications.
Preferred qualifications include a Juris Doctorate or equivalent from an accredited law school; background in higher education; proficiency in leading multi-disciplinary teams; an ability to act independently, to take the initiative, and exercise sound judgment; demonstrated ability to lead and inspire with a wide range of campus constituencies (students, faculty, staff, parents, administrators) with diplomacy and tact; and the ability to build partnerships and collaborations across the university and with peer institutions.
Review of applications will begin February 18, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
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Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.