Executive Director, Office of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator - Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Internal Number: 144409
Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Thu Mar 24 2022 Job Description:
Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator is charged with upholding the values of equity and diversity and is the university official charged with developing, implementing, and monitoring university programs, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, ensure equal opportunity and access, prevent and address discrimination across campus, and oversee all aspects of compliance with Titles VI, VII, IX, VAWA, ADA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and related state laws and institutional governing polices. The following duties are customary for this position but are not all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Draft and amend policies and procedures, as appropriate, to ensure compliance with federal and state law.
Develop and administer University-wide training and outreach programming related to antidiscrimination laws, policies, and procedures including Title IX.
Oversee thorough, impartial, and timely investigations of complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Draft thorough, reliable, and impartial investigation reports, issue findings, determinations, and recommendations on cases, as appropriate.
Serve as the University's resource for all campus constituencies on issues related to protected class discrimination, sexual harassment, and Title IX.
Collaborate with the General Counsel and retained legal counsel associated with the investigation of claims and defense of University proceedings and lawsuits related to discrimination.
Develop and implement a strategic plan for providing programs, services, education, and assessment of Title IX programs and prevention efforts.
Acquire and maintain knowledge of laws, regulations, and case law related to discrimination and harassment based on all protected categories and applying to all campus stakeholders including, but not limited to obligations under Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, ADA, and ADAAA.
Supervise staff and oversee office operations in the Office of Institutional Equity
Perform other such duties as may be assigned from time to time.
J.D with a minimum of 2 to 3 years of professional work experience.
Experience in areas involving anti-discrimination laws.
Experience conducting trainings and educational programs in a variety of formats, with an emphasis on interactive and situational trainings.
Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively draft investigation reports and apply sophisticated logical reasoning, including analyzing evidence, spotting issues, applying evidence to policy, and distilling the foregoing into a concise but thorough report.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (both written and orally) on sensitive matters.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse persons including students, faculty, staff, administrators, community collaborators, and law enforcement.
Demonstrated ability to use judgment and manage confidential information.
Demonstrated ability to maintain a calm, professional, non-judgmental attitude in demanding situations.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and manage workload in a fast-moving environment.
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU's Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at email@example.com or by phone at (270) 745-5121.
The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Andrea Anderson, who can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (270) 745-5398. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU's https://www.wku.edu/titleix/ website.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.