Director of Equity & Compliance, Title IX & 504 Coordinator, SUNY Albany

Posted: 06/05/18 | SHARE:

Description:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

General Duties, Responsibilities and Objectives:

  • Ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including Title VI, VII, IX, the ADA, the Clery Act, NYS Ed. Law 129-b and other state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, as well as university policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and retaliation
  • Coordinate the institutional response to complaints of unlawful discrimination by students, faculty, staff, and guests and oversee all unlawful discrimination complaint investigations, including sexual violence complaint investigations, to ensure prompt, fair, and equitable resolutions
  • Assist with the implementation of equal opportunity and affirmative action policies at the University at Albany and with the University at Albany's Affirmative Action plan
  • Advance the University at Albany's commitment to institutional equity and equal opportunity within the University's campus community, including academic and athletic programs
  • Provide leadership and direction for University initiatives and activities and coordinate strategic efforts aimed at the prevention of and response to unlawful discrimination, including sexual violence
  • Develop and supervise a team of professional staff who will support the University at Albany's commitment to institutional equity and equal opportunity

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Compliance:

  • Coordinate and oversee development and revision of institutional policies and procedures related to equal opportunity, affirmative action, unlawful discrimination, and sexual violence to ensure compliance with SUNY, State and federal policies, regulations, Executive Orders and statutes
  • Coordinate and enforce consistent, accurate, and effective implementation of University policies and procedures relating to equal opportunity, affirmative action, unlawful discrimination, and sexual violence
  • Assume primary responsibility for the annual preparation of required institutional reports and documentations related to equal opportunity, affirmative action, unlawful discrimination, and sexual violence, as required by external bodies such as the New York State Department of Education and the United States Department of Education
  • Serve as institutional liaison to state and federal government compliance or investigation officers

Oversight of Investigation and Response to Complaints of Unlawful Discrimination and Sexual Violence:

  • Oversee prompt, effective, and equitable intake, investigation, processing, issuing of findings of fact, and resolution of all instances of unlawful discrimination known to the University
  • Receive reports/complaints of unlawful discrimination, including sexual violence, and coordinate a prompt, equitable, and impartial administrative investigation and response to such report/complaint; track and identify patterns and, if necessary, develop action plans to address areas of concern
  • Appoint, oversee, train, and provide leadership to EEO/Sexual Misconduct Complaint Investigators
  • Develop and maintain investigation procedures, including a case management plan for each reported incident of unlawful discrimination and sexual violence
  • Support efforts of other University offices that adjudicate, or otherwise respond to students, faculty, or staff who are parties to complaints of unlawful discrimination to ensure fair, equitable, and neutral processes for all
  • Coordinate with campus units and community partners to ensure reporting individuals and accused/responding individuals are informed of and have access to support services and appropriate institutional accommodations

Education, Prevention, and Assessment:

  • Provide institutional leadership on the design and development of legally compliant sexual violence related education and training, awareness campaigns, and prevention programs for students, faculty, and staff
  • Oversee and coordinate the delivery of all education and prevention efforts and collaborate with key stakeholders within the campus community
  • Maintain documentation of all training and educational programs related to compliance with state and federal law and policy; continually evaluate effectiveness of education and prevention methods
  • Provide institutional leadership on the development and dissemination of legally compliant educational materials, including brochures and posters, which inform members of the campus community of their rights and responsibilities under Title VI, VII, IX, the ADA, the Clery Act, NYS Ed. Law 129-b and other state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, as well as university policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and retaliation
  • Develop and maintain a website which effectively outlines the duties of the office, the various rules, regulations, policies and laws monitored and enforced by the office, and the various avenues of reporting potential violations of these rules, regulations, policies and laws
  • Develop a strategic plan for conducting sexual violence campus climate assessments; ensure implementation of that plan and analysis of data

Communications and Community Outreach:

  • Represent the University on EEO, institutional equity, unlawful discrimination, and Title IX/sexual violence matters and work with the office of media and marketing to inform the public about the University's efforts and successes
  • Develop, initiate, and oversee collaboration with community partners on sexual violence prevention, education, response, and policy

Staff Supervision:       

  • Supervise and provide leadership to, and oversee the on-boarding of professional staff who will serve support the University at Albany's commitment to institutional equity and equal opportunity, such as compliant investigators, training and education specialists, and administrative staff

 

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Three to five years of relevant professional experience, specifically with legal, regulatory and/or policy compliance
  • Previous experience with, and training in, conducting investigatory processes and responding to complaints
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (including interpersonal, oral and written)
  • Strong counseling, conflict resolution and/or negotiation skills and experience
  • Track record of success in maintaining confidentiality and use of discretion
  • Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively in a high consultative campus culture
  • Computer competency and experience with Microsoft Office required, including a working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Three to five years of progressive leadership experience in an educational setting
  • Direct Title IX experience
  • Experience with sexual violence prevention education
  • Five plus years of experience conducting compliance related investigations
  • Experience coordinating and leading educational forums and/or training sessions

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Director, MP-3 (M/C)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University's crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University's current campus security policies. The University at Albany's Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link http://police.albany.edu/ASR.shtml

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.    

THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY IS AN EO/AA/IRCA/ADA EMPLOYER

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • List of three to five professional references

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Review of applications will begin June 11, and the search will remain open until filled. 

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