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Director of Title IX & Equal Opportunity Investigations/Title IX Coordinator

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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Closing Date:

07/31/2024


Type of Position:

Senior Professional Staff - Operations


Workstudy Position:

No


Job Type:

Regular


Work Shift:


Sponsorship Available:

No


Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department:

Equal Opportunity, Compliance, and Title IX


Department's Website:


Summary of Job Duties:

The Director of Title IX and Equal Opportunity Investigations/Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and associated regulations, which shall include oversight and coordination of investigations, responses, and resolutions of complaints of discrimination, harassment, relationship violence, sexual misconduct, stalking, and retaliation. This position is central to the strategic goals of the University to create a safe and welcoming environment for the campus community.

The Director will oversee the intake, investigation, and resolution of reports of discrimination, harassment, relationship violence, sexual misconduct, stalking, and retaliation. This position will supervise the staff of Assistant Director(s), Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) and EO & Title IX Investigator(s) as well as liaise with advisors and external hearing officers. This position works closely with Human Resources, the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, and the UA Police Department and other University administrators.

This position will support the University’s commitment to facilitating interim and supportive measures, implementing educational programs, and assisting in the development and updating of policies, internal protocols, and processes related to non-discrimination, Title IX and other applicable federal and state civil rights laws.

The Director reports to and receives administrative supervision from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity, Compliance and Title IX.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree plus at least five years of experience in education, human resources, compliance, equal opportunity, student affairs, or a related field

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state non-discrimination laws and regulations, including VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, ADA, Clery Act and other applicable laws and regulations

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in Title IX and civil rights compliance, complaint resolution, investigation, resolution efforts, and grievance processes

  • Experience conducting non-discrimination and/or Title IX investigations

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation

  • Evidence of excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, including the ability to both be impartial and project impartiality and establish rapport with a diverse range of the campus and the local community, and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations with diplomacy and discretion

  • Supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Advanced Degree with at least three years of related experience

  • Experience conducting non-discrimination and/or Title IX investigations in a higher education setting

  • Experience interpreting and applying Title IX regulations and/or non-discrimination policies in a higher education setting

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with victims of sexual misconduct, sexual and domestic violence, and/or other types of trauma, as well as harassment or discrimination

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to recommend and innovate ideas to organize and implement policy and process improvements, and to develop case management procedures and record retention and document management protocols

  • Excellent critical thinking skills and a collaborative approach

  • Experience building, developing, and supervising a high-performing team within a service organization

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communications (written and oral) skills and the ability to communicate effectively within a university environment are required

  • Ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment is required

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage caseload in a manner that ensures the prompt, impartial and thorough conclusion of such matters is required

  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff

  • Knowledge of federal and state non-discrimination laws and regulations, including VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, ADA, Clery Act and other applicable laws and regulations

  • Excellent problem-solving, conflict resolution, planning, and project management skills

  • Policy interpretation skills

  • Ability to develop and coordinate comprehensive educational programming (in the form of presentations, workshops, roundtables, speaker events and training sessions) to the University community addressing topics related to Title IX

  • Ability to manage projects and to work collaboratively

  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive information

  • Commitment to continuing education for self and direct reports

  • Ability to project authority and confidence when addressing campus administrators

  • Ability to use emotional intelligence to self-manage emotions and understand the emotions of others not only to mediate conflicts effectively, fostering a supportive environment for resolution, but to grow trust and social awareness


Additional Information:


Salary Information:

$120,000; Commensurate with education and experience


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status


Recruitment Contact Information:

Julia Menke, jmenke@uark.edu, Sr. HR Partner


All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.


Special Instructions to Applicants:


Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.


Constant Physical Activity:

Talking


Frequent Physical Activity:

N/A


Occasional Physical Activity:

N/A


Benefits Eligible:

Yes