Director, Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
Job no: 501592
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Human Resources
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
The Director will take the lead role in oversight of compliance requirements managed by the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX as well as carrying out the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all members of the community. The Director will be responsible for oversight of employment-based discrimination investigations as well as directly investigating and/or adjudicating claims of employment-based alleged discrimination or sexual harassment; maintaining and tracking all appropriate statistics as required by university policy, as well as federal and state laws and regulations; ensuring the prompt and appropriate investigation of all employment-based complaints related to discrimination and harassment; resolving complaints and administering remedies; maintaining a log of reports and disposition of complaints; and administering anti-discrimination training programs.
The Director will serve as the campus Title IX Coordinator and provide Title IX-related consultation to senior officials as necessary; oversee the activities of campus deputy Title IX coordinators in Student Affairs and elsewhere; ensure campus compliance with Title IX legal, regulatory and policy requirements; and design and implement appropriate Title IX training efforts, including maintaining compliant records of the same. The Director must independently manage and oversee complex projects as assigned and maintain appropriate confidentiality and discretion.
Examples of Duties:
- Directly manage the activities of the Investigator for Employment Concerns, overseeing investigative, programmatic and other assignments and ensuring appropriate oversight and provision of professional development opportunities;
- Conduct investigations of alleged employment-based discrimination and harassment complaints in a prompt and effective manner; ensure the integrity of investigations are maintained through appropriate discretion, confidentiality and a commitment to fairness and equity;
- In Title IX Coordinator capacity, coordinate and monitor Title IX efforts across the university, including but not limited to those undertaken in Student Affairs, Human Resources, Public Safety, and University Athletics; represent the campus in university system-wide Title IX efforts;
- Respond to and provide intake on alleged discrimination or sexual harassment claims; investigate, interview and review documentation; compose formal internal reports, findings and analyses and make recommendations regarding further action; assist with the recommendation and implementation of corrective action plans stemming from investigative findings as needed;
- In collaboration with the Office of the General Counsel, responsible for composing formal responses to external complaints to administrative agencies, including but not limited to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD); coordinate and participate in meetings and obtain the necessary documentation and evidence needed to respond to the external compliance agency; represent the university in person at related external administrative hearings;
- Develop, draft, update and implement policies, procedures, and programs needed to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and policies, including Title IX;
- Work collaboratively with all stakeholders in an institutional culture of shared governance, including Vice Chancellors, University counsel, Deans, Associate Provosts, Athletic Director, directors of academic and administrative units, etc. to develop and facilitate programs to ensure that constituents are aware of their options and resources;
- In collaboration with Human Resources, manage the employment-based reasonable accommodation function by assessing requests for accommodation, ensuring timely responses to the same and maintaining adequate records; support the Facilities Office program to ensure an accessible and compliant physical plant;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required; Juris doctor or other advanced degree in a related field strongly preferred. A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in progressively responsible positions involving investigation and management of protected class status-based complaints required. Knowledge of applicable laws, including M.G.L. ch. 151B, Title VII, ADA, VAWA, Title IX, and related laws and regulations, is required.
- Prior experience as a Title IX Coordinator in an academic setting is preferred, as is experience in conducting training on relevant topics.
- Experience in handling institutional response to administrative agency complaints, such as MCAD complaints, strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of federal and state laws, practices, rules, and regulations in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity and Title IX with strong writing skills a must;
- Thorough working knowledge of college/university systems, preferably in a public/urban environment preferred;
- Knowledge of trauma-informed practices and demonstrated ability to work effectively with survivors of assault preferred;
- Experience conducting investigations in a highly unionized environment strongly preferred;
- Familiarity with trauma-informed practices preferred;
- Supervisory experience preferred;
- Demonstrated ability and project to work independently with strong project management skills in a fast-paced dynamic environment;
- Ability to deal confidentially and sensitively with subject matter requiring privacy and respect;
- Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external constituents and outside agencies;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail;
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
- Strong administrative skills, including budget forecasting and public relations;
- Strong commitment to customer service;
- Ability to travel to external agencies and other university locations to represent the campus required.
Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three references.
Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.
Salary commensurate with skills and experience.
This is a non-union position.
All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.
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The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.
The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions. As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews. For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews.