Executive Director of Clery Compliance
at Liberty University
Liberty University, one of the nation’s largest private, non-profit universities, seeks an expert in the laws and regulations pertaining to the to the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to serve as Executive Director of Clery Compliance. The responsibilities of this position require the Executive Director to have excellent interpersonal and presentation skills; superb attention to details; the ability to share complex information with clarity; a firm commitment to deadlines, procedures, and regulations; and the ability to work effectively with people throughout the organization. Candidates must be committed to the evangelical standards and mission of Liberty University. The University seeks to select the finalist before December 12th.
For complete information, see the Search Profile
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1971 with 154 students, Liberty University (https://www.liberty.edu/) has become the largest university in Virginia and one of the largest Christian universities in the world. The evangelical, private, coeducational, comprehensive institution offers more than 700 unique programs of study, from the certificate to the doctoral level, many of which combine collaboration between disciplines with hands-on opportunities to simulate the real-world environments students will encounter when they graduate. More than 130,000 students are enrolled across 15 colleges and schools, attending either residentially at the 7,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, or through the University’s extensive online programs.
Liberty faculty are mentors as well as distinguished educators. They have real-world experience, advanced degrees from some of the world’s most respected schools, and a strong commitment to the Christian faith. Every faculty member is a professing Christian who believes that teaching is a calling, not just a job, and every student is prepared for a life of meaningful service to God and to others. Social responsibility, humanitarian aid, and service-learning opportunities are all intentionally integrated into the Liberty experience.
Administrators, faculty, and staff at Liberty have a deep commitment to Training Champions for Christ. All of the courses are taught from a biblical worldview and support the University’s mission to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
The same standard for excellence invested in the programs is invested also in the campus. Nearly $1 billion has been spent on state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities over the last decade because students who learn and compete in cutting-edge environments are primed for success anywhere. Newly constructed, world-class educational facilities, attractive dorms, and an abundance of recreational facilities provide an unparalleled opportunity for students desiring a Christ-centered education to pursue their dreams in a context that is modern and filled with opportunities.
While the University’s top priorities remain academic and spiritual in nature, Liberty also gives students a Division I college experience, with 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams. Liberty student-athletes have won more than 180 NCAA Division I conference titles. Also available are 40+ Club Sports teams, and a wide variety of student activities, intramural sports, and recreational opportunities.
STATEMENT OF MISSION AND PURPOSE
Maintaining the vision of the founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty University develops Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.
Through its residential and online programs, services, facilities, and collaborations, the University educates men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.
Liberty University will:
- Emphasize excellence in teaching and learning.
- Foster university-level competencies in communication, critical thinking, information literacy, and mathematics in all undergraduate programs.
- Ensure competency in scholarship, research, and professional communication in all graduate programs and undergraduate programs where appropriate.
- Promote the synthesis of academic knowledge and Christian worldview in order that there might be a maturing of spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical value-driven behavior.
- Enable students to engage in a major field of study in career-focused disciplines built on a solid foundation in the liberal arts.
- Promote an understanding of the Western tradition and the diverse elements of American cultural history, especially the importance of the individual in maintaining democratic and free market processes.
- Contribute to a knowledge and understanding of other cultures and of international events.
- Encourage a commitment to the Christian life, one of personal integrity, sensitivity to the needs of others, social responsibility, and active communication of the Christian faith, and, as it is lived out, a life that leads people to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe and their own personal Savior.
Reporting to the Vice President of Equity Compliance, the Executive Director of Clery Compliance (Executive Director) serves as the principal LU official responsible for managing and monitoring the University’s compliance with the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). An essential function of this position is to ensure that the University executive administration is aware of and fully supports compliance with applicable and associated federal regulations and that executives reflect that support for compliance within their divisions.
The Executive Director of Clery Act Compliance will supervise the Clery Act Compliance Manager/s and other employees.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serves as the University’s designated “Campus Safety Survey Administrator,” as that term is explained in the Department of Education correspondence.
- Guides the University’s Clery Act Compliance program by developing and updating the University’s Clery Compliance policy and ensuring compliance thereto.
- Facilitates the preparation, publication, and distribution of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
- Collaborates with key campus stakeholders to review Clery Act crime statistics for accuracy prior to publishing the AFSSR and submitting data to the U.S. Department of Education.
- Ensures notices announcing the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report are properly developed and available to prospective students and employees.
- Serves as liaison, in coordination with the Vice President of Equity Compliance, with the U.S. Department of Education regarding Clery Act matters.
- Serves as team lead for the Clery Act Compliance Committee (CACC) and convenes this working group on a regular basis.
- Serves as team lead for the Data Assurance Working Group (DAWG) and convenes this working group monthly.
- Works with many internal and external stakeholders including the offices/units of Legal Affairs, Finance, LU Police Department, Human Resources, Athletics, Campus Safety, Student Affairs, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Equity and Compliance, Construction and Facilities Maintenance, and Student Government, and the Strategic Analysis Team. This includes establishing a clear meeting schedule to coordinate feedback and tasks needed.
- Coordinates as appropriate with other campus units, such as the campus Title IX office, to ensure comprehensive response and prevention with respect to Clery crimes.
- Guides collaborative efforts with local police agencies and the state police to monitor and record criminal activities at off-campus locations of recognized student organizations.
- Ensures that all CSAs are trained upon their initial appointment and provided with ongoing training as appropriate.
- Proposes, communicates, executes, and measures success of mitigation measures to identified compliance deficiencies.
- Minimizes risks that the institution incurs by accurately recording and reporting on areas of institution-wide compliance, meetings and decisions made related to data entry, policies and procedures, and training initiatives, such as developing, generating, and disseminating critical weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual compliance reports. Maintains thorough knowledge of requirements, staff performance, issues-tracking, and level of success for meeting goals.
- Establishes Clery Act compliance programs at any additional and/or satellite campuses.
- Serves as a key member of the Office of Equity and Compliance (OEC) team participating in collaborative and respectful discussion to identify strategic solutions to strengthen the institution and minimize risk.
- Hires, supervises, and trains the Clery Act Compliance staff, and others as necessary, to ensure that expert-level knowledge is maintained on the team.
- Stays abreast of pending and final changes to the Clery Act and other laws or regulations affecting Clery Act provisions.
- Provides regular reports and scheduled updates to the Vice President of Equity Compliance.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS
- A graduate degree in a related field, accompanied with a minimum of five years of state/federal compliance and regulatory experience in higher education, showing a progression of responsibility
- Ability to develop and maintain expert level knowledge of the Clery Act
- Ability to present in various venues, including executive leadership, one-on-one, small group, large group, and public presentations
- Ability to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to use various presentation platforms
- Excellent organizational, planning, evaluation, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to partner well with colleagues both in and outside of the organization
- Willingness and ability to travel to campuses and occasionally out-of-state for appropriate professional development
- Positive attitude with strong listening and communication skills to ensure positive and successful delivery of desire outcomes
- Ability to articulate and defend the unique Christian educational mission and vision of Liberty University and its subsidiaries to a wide variety of individuals and groups
- Valid Virginia driver’s license or the ability to obtain one, an acceptable DMV record, and the ability to qualify for Liberty University insurance coverage
- Not in default on any federal student or parent loan
- Not convicted of, or pled nolo contendere or guilty to, a crime involving the acquisition, use, or expenditure of federal, state, or local government funds, -or- be administratively or judicially determined to have committed fraud or any other material violation of law involving federal, state, or local government funds (CFR 668.14(b)(18)(i))
- A minimum of eight years of state/federal compliance and regulatory work experience – preferably in the Clery Act and/or Title IX areas in higher education, showing a progression of responsibility and leadership
- Clery Compliance Officer (CCO) or other related certification
- Juris Doctorate degree
- Extensive working knowledge of software solutions for non-profits, CRM-Relationship management software, and Ellucian Banner
- Fluent in Spanish or American Sign Language
ESSENTIAL ABILITIES AND COMPETENCIES
Communication and Comprehension
- Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to convey clear, well-articulated information
- Ability to understand, speak, and write English that conveys messages and correspondence in an articulate and professional manner
- Commitment to being a visible, dynamic member of the Liberty University community
- Ability to become knowledgeable of Liberty University and share that information effectively with internal and external audiences
- Public communication skills that allow professional representation of Liberty University to a variety of business, government, and community customers and associates as well as to internal leadership, faculty, and staff
- Strong organizational skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power-Point as well as management skills in other contracted databases (i.e., wealth profile, people search, analytics)
- High level of energy and enthusiasm as well as innovative, creative, and service-oriented work style
- Ability to organize and implement complex projects and programs and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Intuitive ability to reason, analyze information and events, and apply judgment in order to solve problems of both routine and complex nature
- Ability to organize and implement complex projects and programs
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Ability to sit for extended periods to perform deskwork or type on a keyboard
- Ability to travel from home, as needed, including extended periods in a car or airplane
- Ability to hear and speak in order to effectively communicate orally
- Ability to occasionally stand, walk, and climb stairs to move about the building
- Ability to handle materials, reach overhead, kneel, or stoop in order to conduct business
- Ability to regularly lift 10 pounds or less
- Ability to work away from the campus office, including in people’s homes, offices, workplaces, or other public places
This job description is designed to provide candidates with a basic understanding of the essential functions, duties, and responsibilities entailed in the performance of his or her job with Liberty University (LU). It is not intended to be all-inclusive.
Lynchburg, Virginia, has a population of over 80,000, with the metropolitan area tallying more than 228,000 residents. Situated on the banks of the James River, Lynchburg has a vibrant central city that fosters a strong sense of community and offers outstanding cultural venues, performing arts, and recreational opportunities. Locally owned stores, casual and fine dining restaurants, art galleries, theatre, and special events mean something is always happening downtown. Lynchburg has one of the top school systems in the state.
Outdoor recreational opportunities include hiking, camping, biking, fishing, boating, rowing, rock climbing, and more. Eight miles of hiking and biking trails, including portions through downtown, run through the city’s Blackwater Creek Natural Area.
Lynchburg is at the crossroads of U.S. highways 29 and 460 and has transportation facilities by bus, railway, and air. Nearby cities include Roanoke, Virginia, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.
- Candidates must be committed to the evangelical standards and mission of Liberty University.
- Application packet must include the following: a) A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, b) Current résumé, and c) Four references with full contact and e-mail information, including at least two professional and one pastoral (or small group leader, etc.) (References will not be contacted without applicant’s consent.)
- Submit application packet to [email protected] (preferably as PDFs). Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. If interested in this position, you are encouraged to submit an application packet as soon as possible. Interviews will be held on a rolling timeline. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.
Submit nominations to [email protected] with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.
Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President, and Emily Parker Myers, CEO, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting with this search. To schedule a private conversation, e-mail your request to [email protected] or [email protected].
Liberty University does not engage in unlawful discrimination or harassment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, sex, national origin, pregnancy or childbirth, disability, or military veteran status in its educational programs and activities. Liberty University maintains its Christian mission and reserves its right to discriminate on the basis of religion to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives.
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