Director of Diversity and ADA Compliance

Boston, Suffolk County / Dorchester, Suffolk County / Uphams Corner, Suffolk County
May 13, 2014
The Director of Diversity and ADA Compliance will take a lead role in the design, implementation, research and analysis of initiatives that support a diverse and inclusive environment at UMass Boston. Duties include, but are not limited to: • Assist the Chief Diversity Officer in the development of the University’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan; work with the Chief Diversity Officer to assess the success of equity and inclusion programs at the university and develop and implement processes to track and monitor training, presentations and other engagements with the university community; • Assist the Chief Diversity Officer in the daily operations of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; assist in budget preparation and supervision of staff; in the absence of the Director, may make non-personnel management decisions and may approve business expenses; may serve as the supervisor signatory, in the absence of the Chief Diversity Officer; • Under the direction of the Chief Diversity Office, conduct investigations of alleged discrimination and harassment complaints, including but not limited to ADA/EEO, Title IX and other forms of unlawful harassment; • Suggest and implement policies, programs, practices and resources needed to foster diversity and an inclusive, welcoming community for all students, faculty and staff; • Promote a dialogue, facilitate interaction and strengthen alliances with external constituencies that represent and support diversity at the university; • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to expand cultural competencies across the University community; • Develop and implement diversity and inclusion training, and educational programs that raise awareness and instill individual responsibility throughout the campus to ensure that the campus achieves its goals of creating and maintaining an accommodating and welcoming environment for all; • Develop and/or secure content for e-newsletters, including feature articles and news stories pertaining to diversity and inclusion at the university; • Assist the Chief Diversity Officer in developing all appropriate statistics as required by university policy, as well as federal and state laws, practices, rules and regulations; • Serve as the University’s ADA compliance officer and work collaboratively with multiple campus-wide departments to engage in proactive institutional strategic planning and implementation to ensure access and compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); • Play an integral role in providing guidance in implementing accommodations to ensure that ADA architectural guidelines are met with respect to building and facility access; evaluate requests for accommodations and services based on the needs of self-identified faculty, staff, students and visitors; • Establish, enforce and review university policies to maintain compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act; • Maintain a working knowledge of regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities; • Attend seminars, trainings and professional meetings to stay abreast with affirmative action and ADA developments; • Maintain disability-related records and compile information for annual reports for leadership team; • Perform other duties as assigned. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in Organizational Development or a closely related field preferred, and a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in diversity and inclusion, affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law is required. Experience conducting ADA/EEO and Title IX investigations, including sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment is required. Thorough knowledge of the Rehabilitation Act, the American with Disabilities Act and current access issues along with knowledge of assistive technology and web access is required. Strategic planning development and implementation experience is required. Change management experience is preferred. Knowledge of major academic and diversity issues facing universities coupled with a strong vision for and commitment to diversity endeavors in a large public research university is preferred. Supervisory experience preferred. • Extensive knowledge of ADA/EEO and Title IX laws and regulations; • Knowledge and understanding of issues that affect a large, highly diverse student population; • Knowledge of federal and state laws, practices, rules and regulations in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity and disabilities; • Ability to deal confidentially and sensitively with subject matter requiring privacy and respect; • Demonstrated ability to be a strong advocate and coalition builder; • Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external constituents and outside agencies; • Ability to build effective cross-departmental teams and diverse work groups of faculty, staff and students; • Strong written and verbal communication skills; • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; • Effective leadership and project management skills; • Strong administrative skills, including budget forecasting and public relations; • Strong commitment to customer service. Additional Information: UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday. Application Instructions: Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three professional work references. • Professional. Non-Union. Benefited. • Full-Time. • Normal Hiring Range: $70,000-$80,000 • Unrestricted funding. Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. Closing date for applications: June 13, 2014