Title IX, Equal Opportunity Director

Topeka, KS

Washburn University

Washburn University invites applications for the Title IX, Equal Opportunity Director

The Title IX Equal Opportunity Director serves as a member of the President’s Executive Staff and proactively promotes a respectful and diverse work and learning environment. The employee must maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion in all situations and circumstances. The Director serves both Washburn University and Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech).

To view full posting or to submit application visit: https://washburn.peopleadmin.com/postings/3196

To view other vacancies at Washburn University visit www.washburn.edu/jobs

Why Washburn?

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals. Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive curriculum.

We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we seek to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflect the core values of the institution. We strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Job Functions of Position

Develop, recommend and implement University policies such as the Washburn University Equal Opportunity Policy and the Policy on Sexual Harassment/Harassment to ensure compliance with federal and state non-discrimination, equal access, equal employment, and educational opportunity laws, rules, and regulations.

Design and administer programs and procedures to implement University policy of equal employment and educational opportunity, non-discrimination, Title IX, Title VII, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Americans with Disabilities as amended as well as other civil rights laws and regulations.

Develop training programs and conduct training sessions for University administrators, faculty, and staff and educational programs for students and student groups to raise awareness and increase understanding of discrimination, sexual harassment/harassment, and equal opportunity issues and concerns.

Review and assess programs and practices to ensure compliance with equal opportunity policies and regulations. Recommend changes and modifications as concerns are identified to increase compliance.

Meet with academic and administrative departments, employees, and students to discuss issues about equal opportunity, discrimination, and sexual harassment/harassment and retaliation as issues and concerns develop. Provide confidential advice and guidance as needed to deal with difficult and complex issues.

Identify needs and recommend expenditures relative to ADA compliance for inclusion in budget requests.

Serve as a resource for Human Resources and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) staff as needed. Recommends procedures to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all candidates throughout the University’s recruitment processes, employment, or salary issues to ensure compliance with EEO University policies, regulations, and procedures.

Advise academic areas on a wide range of employment-related issues unique to faculty, such as promotion and tenure, to ensure equity measures are applied in all employment facets at the University.

Serve as the designated University official to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Periodically review and inspect University facilities and assess accessibility for persons with disabilities and compliance with federal laws. Recommend modifications to address identified concerns to increase legal compliance and access to all individuals on campus. Advise Facilities Services staff of ADA requirements to plan and complete remodeling/construction projects at the University. Work with Information Technology staff and others as identified to assure accessibility of the University website, online courses, and other web-based resources.

Conduct periodic reviews of athletic programs and University practices to ensure on-going compliance with federal regulations for both concerns. Responsible for investigating complaints of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual assault related to the University’s compliance with Title IX. Survey University students annually to determine interest and abilities in athletic competitions. Assess survey results and recommend changes in athletic programming to enhance compliance with Title IX requirements and promote equal access to University programs for all Washburn University and Washburn Tech students.

Establish or modify and implement University grievance procedures to facilitate the resolution of discrimination and sexual harassment/harassment complaints. Review, investigate or oversee the investigation of complaints according to procedures. Identify, recommend and supervise appropriate action to address and resolve each complaint received.

Serve as a member of groups and committees such as the Diversity Initiatives group to participate in the development of University initiatives that enhance diversity throughout the campus.

As the Equal Opportunity Director, participate in strategic planning and serve on various other committees as appropriate. Consult with and advise the President of Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment/Harassment policies and concerns as needed and upon request. 

Education and Experience requirements 

Master's degree or J.D.  Five years of experience in EEO, employment law, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, civil rights, ADA, or other relevant related experience. 

Three years of experience conducting prompt, thorough, and equitable investigations regarding allegations of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, or equivalent legal experience. 

Experience designing and conducting training and professional development opportunities related to anti-harassment, non-discrimination, Title IX, or ADA in various formats. 

Preferred: EEO experience in a higher education environment.

For earliest consideration submit application materials by April 19, 2021

To view full posting or to submit application visit: https://washburn.peopleadmin.com/postings/3196

To view other vacancies at Washburn University visit www.washburn.edu/jobs

Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching-focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Washburn University is an EOE. Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

Posted: 04/02/2021