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Director for Equity and Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator
DATE:   6/8/2020
JOB TITLE:   Director for Equity and Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator
JOB CLASS:   Admin2
JOB STATUS:   Regular Full time
FLSA STATUS:   Exempt
WORK LOCATION:   O'Shea
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Associate VP, Student Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness
DEPARTMENT:   Student Affairs
SECTOR:   Student Affairs

SUMMARY:

Under general direction, the Director for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator is responsible to lead university compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as well as other laws and rules in relation to sexual misconduct on campus (e.g., Violence Against Women Act, Clery Act, NYS 129-B) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Director oversees compliance efforts with regard to the university’s discrimination and harassment policies and provides leadership to the university community in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance, and affirmative action.  The position is responsible for campus education as well as enforcement of policies through complaint resolution, investigations, findings, and recommended corrective actions or sanctions.  Additionally, the director plays a critical role in unifying efforts with many offices across the university including, Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Ostapenko Center, DOJ initiatives, among others.  


ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Prepares and disseminates university communication, educational materials, including brochures, posters, and web-based materials that inform members of the campus community of their Title IX and EEO rights and responsibilities; Develops and coordinates training for students, faculty, staff and administrators about their rights and grievance procedures; coordinates training to all employees concerning university’s discrimination and harassment policies. Supervises the case management approach (through the Deputy Coordinator) in receiving and processing, in a timely manner, inquiries from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior orother discriminatory behavior in violation of university policies including Title IX and EEO regulations; Refers inquiries to other resources that are not appropriate for investigations (e.g. Student Affairs, Human Resources); Receives and processes, in a timely manner, complaints from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing or discriminatory behavior in violation of university policies; Receives and processes, in a timely manner, complaints from third parties who report suspicion or harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of university policies; Investigates alleged incidents of discrimination and/or harassment; interviews complainants, respondents, and material witnesses; obtains and reviews documents and other relevant materials from complainant and/or respondent; Issues findings of fact and recommendations for disposition of complaints (including referral to the student conduct process) and notifies all parties regarding disposition; Notifies complainants of his or her right to pursue remedies outside of the university grievance process; follows-up with parties regarding implementation of recommendations contained in disposition; seeks assistance from parties’ supervisors or advisors, if necessary to implement recommendation; Monitors compliance of all requirements and timelines in the complaint/grievance procedure Supervises the Assistant Director for Equity and Inclusion/Deputy Title IX Coordinator and trains staff responsible for implementing grievance procedures; Coordinates and monitors Title IX and EEO efforts of other delegates and University offices that receive and/or investigate complaints, including but not limited to Human Resources, Student Affairs, Campus Safety, and Athletics; Organizes and maintains grievance files, disposition reports and other compiled records regarding complaints of sexual harassment and other discriminatory practices, including annual descriptive reports of numbers and nature of filed complaints and disposition of complaints; Remains knowledgeable of current state and federal laws and regulation and trends in the field of education related to harassment and other discriminatory practices that violate Title IX and EEO regulations; Monitors the university’s harassment policy and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal law and regulations; serves as a liaison officer to state and federal government compliance or investigation officers; completes state and federal regulatory report filings as needed; Maintains confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the university. Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor. Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Performs other duties as assigned.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

40% Consultation, Investigation, and Disposition

40% Institutional Monitoring and Compliance

20% Training and Outreach 

   


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Experience with Title IX/EEO regulatory compliance; including understanding of recent Title IX/EEO developments, regulatory and enforcement guidance and legislative initiatives; Experience conducting investigations and/or resolving complaints of discrimination and/or harassment; Demonstrated understanding and sensitivity toward experiences and expressions of trauma caused by sexual violence and harassment and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentially and sensitivity to privacy; Strong presentation skills with an emphasis on education and training for a variety of constituencies; Strong prioritization, analytical and organizational skills; experience with report preparation and analysis; Ability to think creatively, exercise independent judgment and make timely, informed decisions; Ability to effectively collaborate with key constituency groups and community partners; Excellent verbal and writing skills along with strong interpersonal and listening skills.


ERGONOMIC REQUIREMENTS:

The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, and calculator, involve extensive wrist and hand movements.  All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Master’s degree in student personnel administration, criminal justice, or in a related field, or a Juris Doctorate, from an accredited higher education institution. Minimum of two years of experience investigating discrimination complaints, mediation and/or conflict resolution, preferably in the higher education setting. A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada .



Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Megan Altman-Cosgrove, Interim Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8314, mcosgrove@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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