Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director of Compliance
This position serves as the College’s Title IX Coordinator and chief compliance officer. As Title IX Coordinator, this person leads and directs the College’s compliance with federal and state laws, including Title IX, VAWA, and implementing regulations, prohibiting sex discrimination, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking (collectively, “sex discrimination”), by developing and implementing strategic initiatives, policies and programs designed to prevent sex discrimination, responding to reports of alleged sex discrimination in a manner that is prompt, fair, and impartial, and reinforcing the College's commitment to fostering a safe and healthy environment for all students and employees. As chief compliance officer, this person partners with offices across campus to ensure the College conducts its operations in compliance with ethical standards, internal policies and procedures, and applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President and collaborating with the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students with respect to the impact of Title IX and related laws on students.
Title IX Coordinator
- Draft and revise policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Title IX, VAWA and other relevant laws, regulations, and guidance
- Ensure the availability of accessible methods to report alleged sex discrimination
- Respond to all complaints of alleged sex discrimination, arrange interim measures and remedies as appropriate, and maintain records of all complaints of alleged sex discrimination
- Oversee and manage disciplinary proceedings, including investigations, regarding formal complaints of alleged sex discrimination as required by the College’s policies and applicable law, providing all parties involved with pertinent information regarding their rights and the grievance process
- Develop, present and assess prevention and awareness programs and campaigns for students, faculty and staff that include initiatives, strategies, information and resources designed to prevent violence, promote safety, and encourage bystander intervention
- Communicate with Campus Police and local law enforcement as appropriate regarding reports of alleged sex discrimination and coordinate with local victim advocacy organizations and service providers
- Identify, assess and address any patterns apparent from a review of reports of alleged sex discrimination
- Conduct climate surveys regarding Title IX and gender equity issues
- Recruit, select, train and oversee deputy Title IX coordinators and all personnel involved in work related to Title IX compliance, including investigators and hearing officers, as required by applicable law
- Chair the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee
Chief Compliance Officer
- Develop, implement and monitor an effective institution-wide compliance system, identifying, communicating and addressing the College’s federal, state and local compliance reporting obligations
- Promote a culture of compliance and accountability through high standards of ethics, integrity, and responsibility within the campus community
- Coordinate the College’s Compliance and Ethics Program, including anonymous reporting, responding to alleged violations of the Code of Conduct as needed and monitoring the effectiveness of the Program
- Draft and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
- Coordinate and implement the College’s compliance with the Clery Act, ensuring that the College meets all its obligations under the Clery Act, including, but not limited to, preparation and dissemination of the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report
- Serve as record custodian for all Clery records, ensuring documented proof of compliance for audits
- Chair the Clery Compliance Committee
- Remain knowledgeable about legal and legislative updates relevant to the position’s areas of responsibility, including compliance, Title IX, VAWA, the Clery Act, and other laws generally applicable to higher education
- Review information related to the College’s legal issues, referring concerns to appropriate College offices or outside counsel
- Serve as the College’s primary point of contact with outside counsel, coordinating and monitoring counsel’s work on investigations, litigation, inquiries and audits
- Provide oversight of the College’s policy program and library
- Oversee a campus-wide record retention policy
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Doctorate degree, J.D. preferred
- Professional experience in law or higher education
- Knowledge of laws and regulations impacting higher education, including Title IX, VAWA the Clery Act and FERPA
- Experience with state and federal regulatory compliance
- Experience in developing, drafting, and implementing policies and procedures
- Experience conducting investigations alleging discrimination
- Counseling or trauma-informed sexual violence training
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion goals across the institution, enhancing employees' cultural competency skills, and cultivating a work environment that is equitable for and inclusive of employees with diverse backgrounds and identities
- Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
- Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a culturally and ethnically diverse community
- Ability to manage complex and sensitive situations objectively and confidentially
- Ability to respond quickly and appropriately to crisis situations and ability to work with time-sensitive matters and meet strict deadlines
- Strong organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills
GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, the state's lowest crime rate, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Email humanresource[email protected]
APPLY: Please complete the online application at www.bridgewater.edu/careers and attach a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and phone) for three references. The cover letter must address the qualifications identified above.
DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Bridgewater College, an equal opportunity provider and employer, is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse workforce and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or any characteristic protected by law.
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