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Director of Civil Rights and Title IX and Senior Advisor to the President

Denison University
Granville, OH

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Job Details

Position Type:

Administrative Staff

Classification Title:

Administrative Staff

Position Title:

Director of Civil Rights and Title IX and Senior Advisor to the President

Position Number:


Pay Grade Level:

AD 01


Commensurate with Experience


Provost's Office

Posting Number:

S 121301044

Full or Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Months:




Work Schedule:

Standard business hours Monday through Friday.

Basic Function:

The Director of Civil Rights and Title IX will report to the Provost and will also serve as Senior Advisor to the President, leading the strategic development and oversight of response and compliance efforts for civil rights and Title IX.

Essential Job Functions:

The Director and Senior Advisor will lead the development and oversight of response and compliance efforts for civil rights and Title IX, and will serve as the Title IX Coordinator. The role will oversee Denison’s Title IX compliance programs and obligations, as well as develop and oversee programs and processes for investigating and responding to claims of discrimination as to all protected classes for students and employees.

Partner with divisions such as Student Life, Academic Affairs, the General Counsel, Human Resources, and Athletics and will develop partner relationships with faculty and staff, governance committees, and student leadership groups and organizations to support Denison’s commitments to equal opportunity and anti-discrimination for all qualified people in admission, employment, and participation in university programs and activities.
Oversee and help coordinate educational opportunities for students and employees regarding sexual misconduct and anti-discrimination and anti-harassment.; collaborate with campus and community partners on resources for victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and civil rights violations; and in conjunction with campus partners, develop, monitor, and update policies and processes related to Title IX and civil rights. In partnership with other divisions, including University Communications, the Director and Senior Advisor will also help develop and advise about effective postings and communications on Denison’s policies and practices, including effective concern reporting pathways.

The Director and Senior Advisor position has been designed to work at the highest level of Denison’s efforts on belonging, campus climate, and civil rights. These priorities are also reflected in Denison Forward, the University’s vision and strategic action plan to enhance and support belonging and inclusion on our campus. This new position presents multiple opportunities for impact and achievement.

The Director and Senior Advisor is in a position to build a model for an integrated approach to civil rights and Title IX and to enhance the institutional climate and sense of belonging among all campus community members.

This work will be collaborative and supported, and Denison recognizes it cannot be accomplished by one office or one person. The position will report to the Provost and also be an advisor to the President, and will be robustly supported by key partners across multiple divisions, ensuring maximum strategic support and connectedness. The Director and Senior Advisor will have the opportunity to design and implement collaborative partnerships and to harness the talents of staff across the University in support of this work.

Denison seeks to support the person in this position in creating a model for this role that confers a true sense of professional fulfillment and growth; that is sustainable over the long run; and that allows for meaningful balance between strategic and issue-response work. Denison will support the position, strategically and with appropriate resources, in developing a model for covering the elements of civil rights and Title IX work in a manner that helps support the Director’s focus on key initiatives. The University is open to external partnerships for elements of the work, and to exploring scaled models for sustainability, including collaboration or shared services with other colleges and universities. There is significant opportunity for the Director and Senior Advisor to create a national model for this position among institutions of higher education.

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate must possess an advanced degree (including master’s degree, Ph.D., or Juris Doctorate) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant and progressively responsible leadership experience in matters related to higher education and civil rights, including Title IX, Title VII,
VAWA, FERPA, and the ADA.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desired leadership attributes include:

A visionary leader who proceeds from a place of fairness and empathy: The ideal candidate will be prepared to work effectively with the President, Provost, and other campus leaders and constituencies, and is someone who understands the importance of fairness and empathy in collaborations and communications with all those involved in civil rights and Title IX matters.

Extensive background supporting civil rights and conflict resolution: The ideal candidate will have a track record of successful outcomes building an infrastructure and articulating a vision for the support of civil rights and Title IX programs, policies, compliance, and issue response.

Strategic collaborator and community builder: The ideal candidate will be open to learning and understanding Denison’s culture, while also helping shape it moving forward. The ability to be a strategic and critical thinker and an emotionally-intelligent community partner is very important.

Excellent communicator and connector: The ideal candidate will be an engaged, approachable communicator, both one-on-one and with groups, with the ability to communicate effectively across multiple, diverse constituencies, and with confidence and wisdom in what may sometimes be charged situations.

People-centered leader: The ideal candidate will see the education, nurturing, and well- being of the campus community as the highest priority, and will ensure that community members know how to access and use Denison’s civil rights and Title IX resources and have confidence in its fairness and responsiveness.

Physical Demands:

Must be comfortable in an office setting, operating general office equipment, including lifting boxes up to 20lbs.


Human Resources

Contact Phone/Extension:


Contact Email:

[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

For more detailed information on this career opportunity, please visit

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references with your application.

Additional Information:

In our ongoing efforts to support the health of our community and continue to operate our campus safely, Denison requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a booster within the timeline guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless a Denison-authorized exemption is approved prior to the first date of employment.

For more information and resources regarding this policy as a condition of employment, please visit

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.

For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide ( Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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