Director Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Programs

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Posting Information: The Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs reports to the General Counsel, with a dotted line relationship to the Chancellor. The Director is responsible for the following: Development and oversight of discrimination and harassment prevention activities, including administration of University non-discrimination policies and procedures; Investigation and resolution of complaints concerning discrimination and unlawful harassment; Prepare responses to the EEOC, OCR, and other federal or state government agencies regarding discrimination complaints and legal compliance issues, in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel; Oversight of the University Affirmative Action Plan and Affirmative Action compliance activities, in coordination with the Office of Human Resources; Oversight of or assistance with Title IX compliance activities, which may include service as or assistance to the University's Title IX Coordinator; Serve as chair of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion; Serve as chair of the Athletics Gender and Minority Issues Committee; Develop and deliver informational materials and educational programs concerning diversity and inclusion; Provide assistance as necessary to the Office of Student Disability Services and Human Resources in ADA compliance activities, including service as the University's ADA Coordinator; Development, implementation, and oversight of policies, practices, and programs necessary to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace and learning environment; and Provide assistance as necessary to Human Resources in the resolution of employee relations issues and grievances related to equal opportunity, diversity, inclusion, and/or bias concerns.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 6 years direct experience within the field of equal opportunity and diversity.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree preferred. College or university experience is highly desirable. Demonstrated prior success in investigating complaints pertaining to discrimination and unlawful harassment, and responding to governmental investigations, inquiries, and audits. Proven prior success in developing, implementing, and overseeing diversity and inclusion programs. The successful candidate will work effectively within a complex environment comprised of numerous stakeholders, and will work in a cooperative and collaborative manner. The candidate must be a self-starter and possess personal integrity. He/she must have excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills. Writing samples may be requested.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, applicants must apply online. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Position is available January 2015. Attach a current resume; cover letter and a list of at least 3 references (include complete contact information). For questions or additional information, please contact Mary Ann Lochner, Search Committee Chair at at 828-227-7116. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. In order to receive educational credit, degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Unless otherwise noted, degree must be obtained prior to start date. Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

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