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Director of Title IX Compliance

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Director of Title IX Compliance

About Susquehanna:
Susquehanna University is the future-ready institution for today, invested in cultivating intellectual grounding, active learning and global citizenship for all students. Renowned as one of the finest U.S. national liberal arts colleges, Susquehanna inspires and challenges 2,200 enterprising, bright-minded students studying the arts, business, humanities and sciences. Our students seize opportunities through exceptional worldwide internships, expert-guided research and an acclaimed study-abroad program, leading to a transformative education that empowers each graduate to realize their unique potential and lead a successful and meaningful life.

The Susquehanna River Valley with its fresh air and overall pleasant year-round climate, provides four distinct seasons amidst a backdrop of vibrant autumn foliage, occasional winter snowfalls, flower-filled springs and warm summer evenings illuminated by fireflies. Nearby outdoor recreational areas for hiking, kayaking, fishing and skiing — and the bustling cultural and commerce hubs of New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia within a three-hour drive — present abundant opportunities for learning and discovery.

Position Summary:
Responsibilities of the PositionReporting to the assistant vice president for human resources, the director of Title IX compliance assumes the pivotal role of Title IX coordinator, overseeing the response, investigation, and resolution of all reports concerning sex-based discrimination and harassment. Responsibilities will include chairing relevant Title IX committees and collaborating closely with departments such as student life, athletics, the center for academic success, and the advancement office to ensure comprehensive compliance with Title IX regulations. Additionally, the selected candidate will be an integral member of the human resources leadership team, contributing to strategic planning and leadership for university-wide compliance initiatives. The director will supervise one full-time professional supporting case management.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Oversee Title IX Compliance: Serve as the primary point of contact for all matters related to Title IX compliance, ensuring adherence to federal and state laws, regulations, and institutional policies.
  • Manage Title IX Investigations: In accordance with established policies and procedures, lead and oversee the investigation and resolution of all complaints alleging sex-based discrimination, harassment, or misconduct.
  • Provide Training and Education: Develop and deliver comprehensive training programs on Title IX policies, procedures, and prevention strategies for faculty, staff, and students to promote awareness and understanding of Title IX rights and responsibilities.
  • Policy Development and Implementation: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to develop, revise, and implement Title IX policies and procedures that align with legal requirements and best practices, ensuring transparency and consistency in enforcement.
  • Coordinate Title IX Committees: Chair appropriate Title IX committees and working groups, facilitating regular meetings and collaboration among members to address Title IX compliance issues and initiatives.
  • Provide Support to Reporting Parties: Serve as a resource and provide support to individuals who report incidents of sex-based discrimination or harassment, guiding them through the reporting and resolution process with empathy and sensitivity.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Collect, analyze, and maintain data related to Title IX complaints, trends, and outcomes, utilizing this information to inform decision-making, identify areas for improvement, and prepare required reports for regulatory agencies.
  • Crisis Management and Response: Respond promptly and effectively to crises and emergencies related to Title IX matters, implementing appropriate interventions and support measures to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals involved.
  • Leadership and Strategic Planning: Contribute to the strategic planning and leadership initiatives of the human resources department, participating in departmental and institutional committees, task forces, and initiatives as necessary to advance the mission and goals of the institution.


Required Qualifications:
Qualifications and Characteristics of the Successful CandidateA master’s degree in a related discipline is a preferred requirement; a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, complemented by additional applicable experience may be considered. Candidates should have progressively responsible experience in Title IX compliance, including experience conducting investigations and managing Title IX processes; demonstrated experience in developing and delivering Title IX training programs for faculty, staff, and students; and experience in policy development, crisis management, and data analysis related to Title IX matters. Experience in higher education is preferred.

In addition to the qualifications stated above, key stakeholders identified the following capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate:

  • A thorough understanding of Title IX laws, regulations, and guidance is essential to ensure compliance and effective implementation; an understanding of the Jeanne Clery Act and Title VII is ideal.
  • Proficient in conducting fair and thorough investigations into allegations of sex-based discrimination and harassment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate Title IX policies, procedures, and outcomes to a diverse population.
  • Ability to build rapport, maintain confidentiality, and navigate sensitive situations with compassion and professionalism.
  • Dedication to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment through proactive initiatives and policies that foster belonging and address systemic inequities.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate partnerships and foster collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and community partners to develop and implement comprehensive education, training, and compliance initiatives related to Title IX regulations.
  • Proficient in developing and delivering training programs on Title IX policies, procedures, and prevention strategies for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Skilled in drafting, revising, and implementing Title IX policies and procedures that align with legal requirements and best practices.
  • Ability to respond promptly and effectively to crises and emergencies related to Title IX matters.
  • Capacity to collect, analyze, and interpret data related to Title IX complaints and trends to inform decision-making and policy development.
  • Strong leadership skills to provide direction, guidance, and mentorship to staff involved in Title IX compliance efforts and contribute to strategic planning initiatives within the organization.


Preferred Qualifications:


Special Instructions to the Applicant:
Review of applications will begin July 10, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. For the full prospectus and to apply for this position, please visit https://spelmanandjohnson.com/position/director-of-title-ix-compliance/ and click the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

Visit the Susquehanna University website at https://www.susqu.edu/

As a living, learning, and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The University encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Number of Months: 12 months
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Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time
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Posting Number: AH01196

To apply, visit https://jobs.susqu.edu/postings/4090

Organization

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. About 2,200 undergraduates come from 32 states and 15 countries.

The university is located in Selinsgrove, Pa., a town of about 5,000 situated on the banks of the Susquehanna River, 50 miles north of the state capital, Harrisburg. The campus is about 90 minutes from the Pocono Mountain recreational areas, and about a three-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1858 by Lutherans, Susquehanna University welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. It is a community that expresses its Lutheran heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service and development of individual talents.

Students may enroll in one of two schools: the School of Arts and Sciences or the Sigmund Weis School of Business. A Susquehanna education is distinguished by a strong liberal arts program enhanced by equally strong professional programs in areas such as business, education and communications. Degrees are offered for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science.

Susquehanna University is recognized in several guidebooks to selective colleges, including The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Peterson's Competitive Colleges. U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges includes Susquehanna among National Liberal Arts Colleges. Susquehanna is small enough to be academically flexible, yet large enough to offer a wide variety of choices—more than 50 major emphases, 45 minors and 850 courses. Susquehanna offers a challenging Honors Program for exceptional students and emphasizes experience-based learning, including internships, study-abroad semesters and award-winning community service programs.

Small classes and a student-faculty ratio of about 13 to 1 offer students personal attention and challenging opportunities. Student participation and team learning are encouraged, as is faculty-student research that exposes students to current, practical applications in their field of study. Students are offered extensive opportunities for involvement and leadership in university life. They can choose from more than 100 student organizations, 23 intercollegiate sports, numerous intramural and club sports and a full schedule of lectures, concerts, films, plays and social events.

Susquehanna's strong academic and career advising programs have led to strong post-graduation success. Typically, 94 percent of the graduating class is working full time or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months.

Diversity Profile: Susquehanna University

Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

Affirmative Action - Susquehanna University is committed to making every effort to enhance the diversity of our community – students, faculty, and staff. The hiring process is important to achieving our strategic goals to recruit and retain staff from diverse backgrounds. Through the affirmative action process, we work together to ensure a diverse community while remaining diligent in our commitment to selecting the most qualified candidate for open positions.

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Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

In the classroom, on the campus and beyond

We use experiential learning to engage students in a multicultural education that prepares them for life in a diverse and interconnected world. Our new Central Curriculum, taught by a diverse faculty with different viewpoints and experiences, challenges students in their ways of perceiving and knowing the world. The unique Global Opportunities (GO) requirement prompts students to experience ways of knowing and being that are unfamiliar, and to reflect on those experiences. In the process, we expect that all students will examine their world view and how it is constructed.

A diverse and vibrant campus community fosters relationships marked by mutual curiosity and respect. Students, faculty and staff are supported in these relationships by the Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Diversity and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Residence Life, and the Bias Response and Education Team.

The university also understands its physical and emotional connection to residents of the Susquehanna River Valley. Arts and educational events open to the community create possibilities for healthy dialogue regarding difference. Relationships built through interaction and dialogue with the greater Selinsgrove community serve to broaden and enhance the community in which we live and learn.

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