The University of Lynchburg, a private regional university, located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia is seeking a full-time director of Title IX compliance and equal opportunity officer to join our team.
The director of Title IX compliance and equal opportunity officer reports to, is supervised by, and evaluated by the president. The evaluation of work performance will be ongoing and will be carried out by the president. It will include the specific duties and responsibilities of this position description plus employee attitude and general working behavior.
- Full-time, exempt, benefits eligible
- $75,000 annually
The director of Title IX compliance and equal opportunity officer has authority across all campus-based divisions and programs for coordinating the University’s compliance efforts with respect to discrimination in University programs and activities, including: compliance with Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Campus SaVE Act, as incorporated into the Clery Act, and related state and federal laws. The director of Title IX compliance and equal opportunity officer provides leadership on and directs the implementation of University policy in relation to the above-listed laws and related regulations and monitors for any changes and developments to the application or interpretation of those laws and regulations.
The director of Title IX compliance and equal opportunity officer serves as the University’s Title IX coordinator and equal opportunity officer. As the institution’s Title IX coordinator, the director oversees compliance with Title IX, including sexual harassment policies and gender equity in all programs and activities. As the institution’s equal employment officer, the director oversees compliance with Title VII employment discrimination laws. The director serves as the University’s content expert on Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX requirements and compliance and provides consultation to senior administrators as necessary.
Specific job duties:
- Serves as an agent for the University’s non-discrimination compliance efforts, including oversight of University equal opportunity compliance reviews and related investigations for all University programs and activities. The director administers the equal employment opportunity function of the University.
- Oversees the University’s compliance with Title IX by instituting policies and procedures designed to stop, eliminate, and prevent sex discrimination in University programs or activities. The director serves as the University’s Title IX coordinator, performing the following duties:
- managing the investigation and disposition of all complaints related to Title IX and VAWA;
- directing, approving, monitoring, and documenting annual Title IX and VAWA prevention education for the University community in compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations and requirements issued by University insurance policies;
- developing content for University Title IX and related webpages; and
- staying current in the field of Title IX and continuously identifying and integrating best practices in addressing Title IX-related concerns into knowledge base and practice.
- Meets University obligations under federal discrimination laws and implementing regulations including:
- identifying patterns of systematic issues that affect the University, or any specific portion of the University;
- recommending policies and procedures to improve and prevent those patterns or issues; and
- reviewing and documenting all aspects of the University’s compliance with the laws and regulations set forth above including its policies and procedures.
- Coordinates the University’s compliance with Virginia state laws pertaining to sexual violence within higher education.
- Organizes and coordinates several deputy Title IX and equal opportunity coordinators from various areas within the University to assist with the operational functions of compliance.
- Creates and manages an annual budget.
- Generous paid vacation, personal days, and paid sick time and family leave, comprehensive insurance (medical, dental, vision, etc.) and retirement plans, flexible spending account, tuition remission, life and long-term disability insurance, and more. Learn more about employment benefits at the University of Lynchburg.
- 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (7.5 hours per day/ 37.5 hours per week, with additional hours required to meet specific deadlines.
Physical demands/working conditions:
- The functions of this position are usually performed sitting, but may involve some amount of time walking. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting, or carrying may be required. Tasks such as working at a computer keyboard involve extensive wrist and hand movements. Much contact with employees and students.
- Effective communication skills for oral presentations to large and small groups;
- Effective communication skills for managing highly sensitive meetings using a trauma-informed approach;
- Advanced English-language reading and writing skills for responding accurately to inquiries, drafting correspondence and reports, and creation of policies and procedures;
- Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and efficiently;
- Demonstrated ability to manage competing deadlines and work in a fast paced environment;
- Demonstrated ability to maintain composure in the midst of heated and conflict-intense situations; and
- Demonstrated ability to exercise mature judgment.
- Graduate training in law, higher education administration, human resources, or other relevant discipline.
- 5 years of professional experience in complaint resolution or case management, investigations, grievances, and policy administration.
- Experience conducting investigations alleging sexual harassment or misconduct. Trained and/or certified in conducting trauma-informed Title IX investigations.
- Working knowledge of Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX law, regulations, and guidance as well as the Violence Against Women Act and the Clery Act.
- Experience designing and executing training and education for multiple constituencies.
Experience working with victims of sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence, preferred.
- Higher education experience is preferred.
- Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or a Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
How to Apply
Submit an employment application and email a résumé, and contact information of three professional references, to:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate must successfully pass a background check that is satisfactory to the University.
We seek candidates who are committed to the University of Lynchburg’s efforts to create an environment that fosters a student-centered environment, develops the breadth of knowledge associated with liberal education, respects and supports diversity, equity, and inclusion, values and celebrates diverse faith traditions, and sustains close working relationships among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.
The University of Lynchburg is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from persons of color, women, Indigenous/aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University of Lynchburg community.
The University of Lynchburg is an equal opportunity employer.