Director, Equity and Title IX Coordinator

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County / Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County
Aug 22, 2014
The Director of Equity and Title IX Coordinator is primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing the university equal opportunity investigations/compliance reviews, including equal opportunity investigations and Title IX investigation and compliance efforts. The director is a key actor in the university’s compliance efforts and commitment to providing a learning and working environment free of all discrimination. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 1. Coordinate and oversee timely completion of investigations of and response to alleged violations of employment and student-related equal opportunity laws, including discrimination and Title IX sexual misconduct investigations. Assist with investigation plan and execution of investigations of discrimination and Title IX sexual misconduct matters. 2. Review and advise on investigation reports and letters, as well as hearing and appeal determinations and recommendations. Assure compliance with findings and recommendations in determinations and outcome letters. 3. Serve as the Title IX Coordinator, coordinating and implementing Title IX compliance efforts and matters under the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. 4. Oversee, train, lead and collaborate with Deputy Title IX Coordinators and investigators on discrimination and sexual misconduct matters. 5. Develop plan for programs, services, education and assessment of Title IX programs and prevention efforts, including sexual misconduct prevention training. 6. In consultation with other university offices, develop and implement Title IX training programs for students, faculty and staff, and provides direction for Sexual Conduct webpage. 7. In consultation with other university offices, assist in development and implementation of ongoing campus-wide climate surveys to assess the university community’s overall understanding of sexual misconduct and gender-based issues and trends, and to assist in developing programs and responses. 8. Track cases, data, and trends related to discrimination and sexual misconduct complaints, determinations and trainings. Generate Annual Report required under Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as similar reports related to discrimination cases. 9. Advise and collaborate with the offices of Student Affairs, Human Resources, Provost, deans and others, as appropriate, on the status of initiatives, case management trends, and challenges regarding discrimination and Title IX compliance. 10. In collaboration with the EEO Officer (VP for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity), review and coordinate compliance with affirmative action plan requirements and serve as secondary contact with related agencies, including the federal Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). 11. Regularly attend equal opportunity, discrimination prevention trainings, including Title IX trainings to ensure compliance with investigative standards and continuously identify and integrate best practices as they relate to discrimination prevention and Title IX compliance. NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Perform other duties as assigned. CONTACTS Department: Continuous contact to coordinate and supervise investigations, resolutions, and prevention efforts. University: Frequent contact with staff, faculty, and students to coordinate investigations, resolutions, and prevention programming. External: Occasional contact with outside agencies or visitors to the University in relation to investigations, resolutions, and prevention programming. Students: Regular contact in relation to investigations, resolutions, and prevention programming. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY Direct supervisory responsibility for the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Manager and the Faculty Diversity Officer. QUALIFICATIONS Experience: 7 to 10 years progressive experience with increasing responsibility in areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, human resources, student conduct or similar experience in investigating, responding to, and resolving complaints and grievances or similar related compliance experience required. Experience in a higher education environment preferred. Experience working on compliance with discrimination, Title IX or related regulatory requirements, preferably with EEO or diversity focus. Education/Licensing: JD or Master’s degree in high education, counseling or related field required. REQUIRED SKILLS 1. Experience and/or training with Title IX and discrimination investigations, resolutions, and prevention. 2. Ability to effectively supervise and provide direction to staff on projects and issues. 3. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage sensitive and confidential information/communication. 4. Effective project management, organizational and analytical skills. 5. Must have sense of urgency and ability to meet deadlines in approaching responsibilities. 6. Experience in participating in complaint and grievance processes and hearings. 7. Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with diverse constituencies. 8. Experience in developing and conducting training and education programs. 9. Demonstrated knowledge of laws and regulations related to discrimination and harassment based on all protected categories and all university community members, including Title IX, as well as Title VI, Title VII, ADEA, ADA/Section 504. WORKING CONDITIONS General office working environment. Position requires work outside of normal business hours, as needed.