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Executive Director of Institutional Equity, Office of Institutional Equity, Human Resources

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job Description Summary

The Executive Director (ED) of Institutional Equity for the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) provides executive leadership and ensures compliance with Wake Forest University’s anti-discrimination and equal opportunity policies and related state and federal laws. The Executive Director serves as a member of the leadership team in the Department of Human Resources and reports to the Vice President for Human Resources and Sustainability. OIE is the primary campus unit on the University’s Reynolda Campus responsible for overseeing investigations and assessing and resolving complaints and inquiries under the University’s Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, the University’s Title IX and Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability Policy, as well as pregnancy and disability accommodations, religious accommodations, and related policies. The ED of OIE works with campus leadership, supervisors, and other campus partners to promote a culture of accountability around anti-discrimination compliance. This position coordinates closely with other campus units including but not limited to other staff in Human Resources, Dean of Students, Provost Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Police, the Athletics Department, and the Legal Department. The ED of OIE provides thoughtful analysis, trends, and recommendations to the President, Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and other cabinet leaders on a regular basis.

Job Description

Essential Functions:
Major Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the University’s Title IX, Title VII, and other anti-discrimination compliance, training, and education efforts, as part of the OIE and in coordination with other campus units
  • Provides oversight and monitoring of complex investigations of discrimination and harassment, including but not limited to initial intake, investigation, and resolution processes, and procedures
  • Conducts and oversees related anti-discrimination education and training for the University community
  • Provides leadership and works closely with the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy IX Coordinators, and investigators in managing Title IX responsibilities in accordance with the University’s and Wake Forest Baptist Health’s (WBH) respective Title IX policies and procedures
  • Provides analysis and thought leadership to the President, Provost, and EVP and other members of the Cabinet leadership team on anti-discrimination compliance matters and other issues related to the work of OIE
  • Ensures coordination and development of ongoing efforts to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws regarding equal access for people with disabilities, and provides consultative services to the University community
  • Monitors the University’s compliance with Executive Order 11246, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related federal laws and regulations that apply to federal contractors and provides guidance on the University’s affirmative action program
  • Provides leadership in guiding and supervising the staff of the OIE
  • Closely coordinates with other staff in Human Resources, the Dean of Students Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Police, Athletics Department, the Legal Department, and other campus units and partners to ensure matters overseen by OIE are addressed in a timely and efficient manner

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 8–10 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Substantive subject matter expertise and/or advanced knowledge of some or all of the following: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Act, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (Clery) Act, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other relevant federal and state laws.
  • Expertise and skill in applying independent judgment and objectivity in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of discrimination and harassment concerns.
  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze, and interpret compliance issues, policies, and regulations as well as complex written materials and data while communicating results of analyses in formats accessible to diverse groups.
  • Proven record of communicating and working effectively and respectfully with all campus constituencies in a large, diverse organization, comprising students, staff and faculty.
  • Ability to handle personal, confidential, sensitive and complex information and maintain the highest level of confidentiality with composure and sound judgment.
  • Evidence of strong professional leadership needed to function at an executive level and in a leadership capacity.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment and thoughtful leadership and advice.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school is preferred. A Master’s degree in business, human resources or a related discipline may be substituted for a law degree if the candidate possesses at least 8 years of relevant experience at this level.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by the employee’s supervisor.

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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