Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator
Job no: 496736
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Human Resources, Other, Academic Affairs, General Counsel
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
• Demonstrated experience in analytical writing, writing complex plans, and/or project management
• 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
• Experience as a Title IX Coordinator
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.
Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.
Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.
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