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Director of Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance

Virginia Tech
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Director of Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance. 

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Equity and Accessibility, the Director of Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance (Director) provides leadership to advance the university’s affirmative action programs; implements monitoring and audit programs to ensure compliance with equal employment opportunity laws; serves as the campus expert with matters related to affirmative action within the university setting; works closely with university senior management implementing affirmative action plans and ensures university compliance with related regulations; and provides consultation on teaching/research faculty hiring and recruiting processes and procedures.

As a member of the Associate Vice President’s leadership team, the Director participates in strategic planning and university-wide initiatives; supervises and provides leadership to staff who impact affirmative action and equal opportunity programs; serves as point of contact for managing civil rights audits and reviews conducted by various federal agencies such as the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) during federal compliance reviews; and oversees related compliance reporting such as the annual VETS 4212 reporting obligations and the annual Affirmative Action Program Verification process.

The successful candidate will have:
•    a master’s degree or training and experience that equates to an advanced degree; 
•    demonstrated experience designing, managing, auditing, and/or evaluating affirmative action programs; 
•    demonstrated experience monitoring and complying with equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, policies, and regulations; 
•    comprehensive knowledge of affirmative action legal requirements, trends, and issues; 
•    experience addressing issues of a sensitive nature and ability to exercise discretion and good judgement appropriately; 
•    excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a diverse workforce and various stakeholders such as faculty, staff, students, administrators, external agencies, and partners.

Preferred experience includes:
•    creating and administering affirmative action programs in a university setting; 
•    supervising staff and leading teams;
•    handling EO/AA compliance as a federal contractor;
•    working with faculty search/hiring processes, including recruiting, outreach, and/or equitable employment practices.

Virginia Tech has retained Spelman Johnson, national executive search firm, to assist with this search. This remote position is open to individuals living anywhere in the United States and requires travel to Blacksburg, Virginia and/or the greater Washington, DC area four to six times a year. No visa sponsorship is available for this position. A comprehensive background check will be required for employment in this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by September 9, 2022. A resume with a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the online position specification may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet, Practice Leader and Senior Consultant, at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email [email protected]

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Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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