Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Division

Champaign, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Division

Office for Access and Equity

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for Director, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Division in the Office for Access and Equity. This position will serve as a member of the leadership team dedicated to implementing initiatives in the areas of equal employment opportunity as well as oversee compliance with all Federal, State and University policies as they relate to civil and human rights issues.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit 


This position is a 100% full-time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The start date will be as soon as possible.



General Duties and Responsibilities:


Supervision/Ensuring Compliance -

  • Supervise the Associate Directors in the Equal Employment Opportunity division of the Office for Access and Equity.
  • Oversee the procedures that govern complaints filed under the University’s Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct policies.
  • Collaborate with leadership and campus constituencies to disseminate information, redesign processes, and support the University's investigative processes; collaborates and coordinates with compliance partners within the department and across the institution to support the University's overlapping compliance needs and responsibilities.
  • Identify systemic problems relating to complaints and determines whether campus-wide resources should be adopted in response, including review and revision of the University's policies.
  • Work with the Title IX Coordinator and the Office of Sponsored Programs to report sexual misconduct claims.
  • Oversee the appeal panel committee which is under the procedures that govern the University’s Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct policies.
  • Serve as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
  • Responsible for making sure the EEO staff is provided adequate training and provide oversight of the training records.
  • Oversee the FOIA requests that are related to the EEO area.
  • Stay abreast of Federal and State laws and regulations concerning equal employment opportunity and university employment policies and procedures for all faculty, staff and academic professional employees.


Committees/Trainings/Outreach -

  • Conduct trainings and workshops around EEO topics.
  • Develop and maintain written materials which can include templates, reports, brochures and other documents that create efficiencies and advance the Office for Access and Equity’s mission and reputation.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships between Illinois campus and external entities addressing issues on equal opportunity compliance.
  • Serves on various committees and performs other duties as assigned.



Required Qualifications:

  • Juris doctor degree
  • Three plus years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated success in handling conflicts in human relationships.
  • Minimum of three years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations and serving as a neutral-fact finder.
  • Strong leadership and personnel management skills.
  • Ability to design, develop, and present effective training and educational programs to a variety of audiences on EEO topics.
  • Proven ability to plan and implement programs with quantifiable results.
  • Skill in monitoring the preparation of comprehensive investigative reports and interpreting and applying policies and procedures.
  • Ability to organize and conduct effective investigations, prepare concise and cogent written analyses of complaints and mediate and resolve conflicts when appropriate.
  • Strong organizational, planning, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with sound judgment.
  • Ability to make good, consistent and fair decisions (based on fact and data).
  • Ability to work with colleges and academic units across campus.
  • Sense of urgency in approaching responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high volume and time-sensitive workload and to meet demanding deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative and diverse environment.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to equal employment, affirmative action, and individuals’ civil rights.
  • Awareness of the necessity to maintain confidentiality and neutrality.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in higher education with faculty, staff and students.
  • Litigation experience.




To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by January 7, 2020. All candidates must create a candidate profile through and upload a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. Interviews may begin prior to the close of the search however a hiring decision will not be made until after the search closes. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Laura Bleakney at


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Posted: 12/20/2019