Job Title:
Director of Equal Opportunity
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA
Position Details
Position Description:
Director of Equal Opportunity

Department Summary:

The Office of Equal Opportunity and the Title IX Coordinator is both an administrative unit of and a resource center for the Bridgewater State University community. The Office of Equal Opportunity and the Title IX Coordinator develops policies and procedures and has overall responsibility for providing leadership, coordination, and oversight of the University’s affirmative action, equal opportunity, disability compliance and Title IX initiatives.

Position Summary:

This position will have primary responsibility for oversight of the University’s compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws and regulations, and equal opportunity requirements. This position serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Title II/Section 504 Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer.

Position Type: Professional Non-Unit

Essential Duties:

• Receive, investigate, and process inquiries and discrimination and harassment complaints from the campus community and third parties in a timely manner, providing a fair and neutral process for all parties. Advise parties on the investigative process and grievance procedures, develop and implement investigation plans, identify and interview parties and witnesses, gather relevant documentation, write reports of investigation with findings of fact and recommendations, and ensure complainant and respondent access to a variety of on and off-campus resources and interim measures, as appropriate. Recruit, train, and provide leadership to other staff to serve as investigators, appeal officers, and administrative review board members as appropriate and needed
• Monitor and manage all incidents and complaints utilizing a case management system to organize, manage, and track all incidents and complaints ensuring efficient and effective response by the University and to identify patterns and make recommendations
• Oversee, develop, and implement the University’s response, prevention, and education responsibilities in collaboration with on and off-campus partners, including developing and disseminating educational materials and training tailored to faculty, staff, and students.
• Oversee the campus Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center, including supervising outreach educator and faculty associates, to coordinate and implement comprehensive sexual and relationship violence prevention education and survivor advocacy and support services.
• Stay abreast of applicable federal and state laws, regulations, guidance, and best practices; and assist in the ongoing review of applicable University policies, programs, and practice
• Ensure compliance with all aspects of equal opportunity and affirmative action requirements and related programs including collaborating with the Division of Human Resources & Talent Management to implement hiring procedures.
• Serve as the University’s ADA /Section 504 Coordinator reviewing and processing requests for Reasonable Accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
• Collaborate with the Chief Diversity Officer to ensure consistency of messaging and programming and to facilitate interdivisional information sharing to inform targeted interventions.
• Serve on University committees as assigned
• Perform other responsibilities compliance duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

1. JD from an accredited law school or Master’s degree in human resources, higher education administration, or other relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher education
2. Experience and training regarding conducting sensitive and confidential investigations alleging discrimination and harassment. Experience in independently and efficiently managing a significant caseload
3. Knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws regarding discrimination, harassment and equal opportunity, including but not limited to, Title VII and the ADA
4. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws applicable to institutions of higher education that address discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, including but not limited to Title VI, Title IX, the Rehabilitation Act, Clery, and VAWA
5. The successful candidate must also have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak formally or informally to diverse audiences and communicate complex, technical requirements in “simple language”
6. Strong analytical and problem resolution abilities;
7. Strong presentation and organization skills;
8. Demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including experience in interacting with and addressing the needs of a diverse community on sensitive issues
9. Demonstrated ability to deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information
10. Experience with trauma informed interactions with sexual violence victims/survivors
11. Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity and inclusion, social justice, and equity

Preferred Qualifications:

1. At least two years of recent, substantive work experience conducting discrimination and harassment investigations in a higher education setting
2. Experience in reviewing and implementing policies and procedures regarding non-discrimination, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and other compliance requirements in a higher education setting

Work Environment:

Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA ) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.

Special Conditions for Eligibility:

Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Salary Range: $95,000 – $110,000

Posting Number: S00384P

Open Date: 08/10/2018

Close Date: 9/10/2018

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.

*a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

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Bridgewater State University (BSU ) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.

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