Office of Institutional Equity, Director and Title IX Coordinator
Search Number: 14-375
Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.
MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.
Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." Bizjournals.com ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.
The Montana State University Office of Institutional Equity supports the University’s goals by promoting an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment for external members of the campus community and our employees and students to excel regardless of their race, color, national origin (ancestry), sex, sexual preference/orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, marital or parental status, age, creed, religion or political beliefs, mental or physical disability, genetic information or status as a veteran.
The Office of Institutional Equity staff supports providing a climate that allows people to find opportunities to reach their full potential through awareness, education and training programs that promotes individual responsibility toward acceptance and recognition of all persons regardless of culture or ethnic backgrounds.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Lead efforts across the University ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as they relate to antidiscrimination laws and policies.
2. Oversee and coordinate the development and delivery of University-wide education, training and outreach programming related to antidiscrimination laws and policy, including Title IX. Provide leadership for campus-wide initiatives that work to transform the campus culture and advance inclusivity, gender equity, and opportunities for individuals from traditionally under represented populations.
3. Conduct, coordinate and ensure the timely completion of the University's response and investigation of complaints pursuant to antidiscrimination laws and policies, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, including but not limited to forms of protected class harassment and discrimination.
4. Draft investigation reports, issue findings, determinations and recommendations on cases.
5. Serve as the central resource for all constituencies on issues related to protected class discrimination, harassment and Title IX. Provide training and support for deans and department heads during faculty searches, tenure proceedings and promotion reviews to advance an equitable and diverse faculty on campus.
6. Develop and implement a long-term vision for the University around programs, services, education and assessment of Title IX programs and prevention efforts, including but not limited to sexual harassment and sexual violence, dating and intimate partner violence and stalking.
7. Advise and collaborate with the offices of the Division of Student Success, Human Resources, Provost, Deans and Department Heads and others as appropriate, on the status of initiatives, case management trends, challenges and resource needs.
8. Develop and maintain knowledge of laws, regulations, and case law related to discrimination and harassment based on all protected categories and applying to all campus stakeholders including, but not limited to obligations under Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, ADA, and ADAAA.
9. Oversee, train, lead and collaborate with Deputy Title IX coordinators across the four campus system.
Secondary duties assigned to this position:
1. Position requires work outside of normal business hours, as needed.
2. Travel, both in and out of state, is required.
3. Perform related duties based on departmental need.
1. JD or Master's degree and three (3) years of experience or Bachelor's Degree with five (5) years of experience.
2. Progressively responsible experience in student conduct, equal opportunity/affirmative action or human resources discrimination and harassment investigation or other similar investigation experience.
3. Demonstrated ability to lead, collaborate, problem solve and inspire individuals with differing interests and perspectives in a large and complex organization.
4. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations, including Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, ADA/Section 504, sexual harassment and other applicable laws and regulations.
1. Experience and/or training in responding to complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence as well as complaint investigation and resolution and grievances. etc.
2. Experience participating in administrative hearings.
3. Experience in higher education.
4. Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will
The successful candidate will possess the following:
• Demonstrated ability to investigate, analyze and resolve complaints, while maintaining objectivity and fairness.
• Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations and matters with diplomacy and superior judgment.
• Demonstrated ability to display sound judgment, be innovative and be a trusted advisor.
• Demonstrated ability of effective organization, planning, analytical and problem resolution skills.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to understand the needs of the campus and to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, administrators and community partners.
1. In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Screening of applications will begin on May 27, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.
Please visit http://www.montana.edu/jobs/professional/14-375 for more information.
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to building a multicultural work force. We strongly encourage women, racial/ethnic/gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. MSU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is dedicated to work-life integration.