Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator
Job No: 496736 Position Type: full-time Location: Lewisburg, PA Categories: Academic Affairs, General Counsel, Human Resources, Other
The Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator reports directly to the University Provost with compliance monitoring responsibilities through the University General Counsel. This position is expected to work closely and collaboratively with staff across campus, including Student Affairs, Human Resources, Athletics, and the Provost's Office on matters related to institutional equity, non-discrimination, and Title IX including management and oversight of bias review complaints, discrimination complaints, and Title IX complaints. The position is directly responsible for the development and implementation of University policies and practices to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements related to non-discrimination, including Title IX.
Leads University efforts to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements related to anti-discrimination laws and policies.
Develop and coordinate education and training related to anti-discrimination laws and policies, including Title IX.
Conduct, coordinate, and ensure the timely completion of the University's response to and investigation of complaints pursuant to anti-discrimination laws and policies, including (but not limited to) sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, as well as forms of protected class harassment and discrimination.
Draft investigative reports, and supervise the drafting of investigative reports by other investigators.
Serve as the central resource for all constituencies on issues related to protected class discrimination, harassment, and Title IX.
Oversee the administration and resolution of Title IX grievance procedures, coordinating supportive measures for Complainants and Respondents.
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.
Advise and collaborate with the General Counsel, Deputy Title IX Coordinators in the Offices of Student Affairs, Human Resources, Athletics, and the Provost, and others as appropriate on the status of initiatives, compliance, pending matters, challenges, and resource needs.
Develop and maintain knowledge of laws, regulations, University policy, and other guidance related to discrimination and harassment based on protected categories including but not limited to obligations under Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, ADA, and ADAAA.
Coordinate the planning and delivery of training programs related to issues of non-discrimination in education and employment and including training of staff and faculty engaged as investigators and hearing panel members for Title IX.
Oversee, train, lead, and collaborate with Deputy Title IX Coordinators. This includes the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator (Student Affairs), Athletics Compliance Officer (Athletics), HR, and Faculty.
A bachelor's degree
A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in Civil Rights, Civil Rights compliance, litigation, Title IX, student affairs, higher education, or a similar field
Professional experience conducting investigations in a higher education, non-profit, or other relevant setting
Demonstrated ability to determine and apply the appropriate legal standard in assessing and investigating allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
Progressively responsible experience working with people during high conflict situations such as student discipline, law enforcement proceedings, or employee/labor relations
Demonstrated ability to lead, collaborate, problem solve, and inspire individuals with differing interests and perspectives in a complex organization
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations, including Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA/Section 504, sexual harassment and other applicable laws and regulations
Demonstrated experience working with highly sensitive information and addressing the needs of a diverse community on sensitive topics in a complex organization
Qualities of a successful candidate include:
Commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.
The ability to investigate, analyze, and resolve complaints while maintaining objectivity and fairness.
The ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations and matters with diplomacy and judgment.
Being a skilled organizer, planner, and analytical problem solver.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to understand the needs of the campus, and to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners.
JD or Master's degree in higher education administration, human resources, criminal justice or a related field
Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, national liberal arts institution that offers strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an appealing Victorian-style town ranked as one of America's best small towns. Lewisburg and the surrounding region offer a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, small-town charm, and amenities such as restaurants, art galleries, an art deco theater, museums, and boutiques. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Thus, we seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts... to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body. We welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.