Position Overview: The Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator will provide leadership, guidance and oversight in support of the College’s compliance obligations under a variety of federal and state laws, as well as institutional policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation.
He or she will review, investigate, and recommend appropriate actions regarding all compliance issues within the College’s campus. The Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator reports directly to the Assistant General Counsel with regard to compliance issues and has dotted line reporting to the Executive Vice President with regard to Title IX issues. The Position promotes awareness and ensures that the College is in compliance with the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as its own policies and procedures.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the College’s compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 (Clery Act), the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), Campus SaVE Act, and all other federal and state nondiscrimination requirements. He or she will be responsible for the prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints arising under Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE Act, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines/regulations in conjunction with Campus Police, Student Services, Residence Life, Office of Human Resources, Office of the General Counsel, and other College departments.
He/she is responsible for reviewing, investigating, and monitoring the resolution of reports of sex discrimination and/or harassment (including sexual violence), stalking and relationship violence; evaluating and improving campus climate with regard to sex discrimination; development, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures, and the creation, coordination, delivery and documentation of all training and educational efforts.
In addition to Title IX Coordinator responsibilities, as Director of Compliance, he or she will oversee and coordinate the College’s compliance with other laws and regulations, including but not limited to Title IV of the Higher Education Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). He or she will assist the Assistant General Counsel with risk management programs and initiatives. Additionally, the Director of Compliance will play a crucial role within the General Counsel’s office to identify compliance issues, develop and implement reports and systems for maintaining compliance, and implement necessary training and education, in collaboration with Human Resources, academic constituencies and other departments.
- Coordinate the development, implementation, and monitoring of appropriate disclosures, policies, procedures and practices designed to comply with federal and state laws requiring the prompt and equitable resolution including but not limited to Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, ADEA, all as amended, and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws, regulations and requirements
- In conjunction with the Office of Human Resources provide leadership and direction for the purpose of advising, clarifying and identifying necessary resources and action to eliminate discrimination, harassment and retaliation in all educational and employment programs and activities, and to ensure that access to facilities, opportunities, and resources is equitable throughout the campus
- Work with the Provost and Human Resources by playing a key role in leading diversity, equity, inclusion and Title IX efforts such as training, initiatives, programs and activities that impact students, faculty and staff
- Oversee prompt, effective, and equitable intake, investigation, processing, issuing of findings of fact, and timely resolution of all instances of discrimination, harassment, gender based violence and retaliation made known to responsible employees and/or reported or filed by students, faculty, staff or third parties
- Working closely with Assistant General Counsel, oversee compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations and requirements and effectively communicate changes in these laws and regulations using various modes of communication
- Provide guidance and assistance to reporting parties of sexual violence and sex/gender discrimination including referral to support resources, notice of right to file internal complaints, notice of the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and notice of the right to report incidents to law enforcement.
- Lead the Title IX Team of key campus stakeholders by meeting regularly, monitoring compliance, identifying risks, mitigating risks, monitoring trends and making recommendations to executive leadership as needed.
- Develop, coordinate with other departments, and/or implement ongoing training, consultation, and technical assistance on Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA and ADEA, all as amended, and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws, regulations and requirements for all students, faculty and staff, with specialized training content for hearing officers, if applicable, Title IX deputy coordinators, and campus police
- Prepare, implement and coordinate campus strategic efforts aimed at the prevention, education and outreach of sexual violence and other forms of sex and/or gender-based discrimination
- Oversee the development and dissemination of educational materials, including brochures, posters, and Web-based materials that inform members of the campus community (students, faculty and staff) of Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, ADEA, all as amended, and other federal and state anti-discrimination rights, laws, responsibilities and resources both within and external to campus premises
- Build, develop, monitor and update the Title IX web page for comprehensive information related to Title IX and other anti-discrimination policies, programs and procedures
- Provide comprehensive training and guidance to selection committees and other staff regarding laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for equal employment opportunity, diversity, unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, and other areas as directed to ensure fair and equitable recruitment and selection practices and strategies
- Organize and maintain grievance files, disposition reports, and other records regarding compliance, including annual reports of the number and nature of filed complaints and the disposition of said complaints, data collection, pattern monitoring; work with campus police and other administrators for data compilation in compliance with the Clery Act and other federal and state laws
- Assist in external complaint processes, i.e., Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office for Civil Rights, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, etc.; provide confidential data and reports; respond to questions and retrieve documents as required; prepare statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations for use by external investigators or legal counsel
- Consult with external legal counsel as needed
Some evening and weekend hours are required.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Experience in higher education environment preferred
- MA Bar Admission preferred
- Juris Doctor or advanced degree preferred in organizational management, business administration, or other field directly related to the major responsibilities and substantial compliance experience managing and leading compliance with Title IX, equal employment opportunity and non- discrimination programs.
- Strong legal research ability and computer skills.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of current state and federal laws and regulations, institutional policies, practices and procedures, identified best practices and trends in the field of higher education, including but not limited to prevention and elimination of discrimination and harassment in compliance with Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, ADEA, as amended, and health and safety, financial aid, and other regulations.
- Thorough understanding of and sensitivity to working with individuals and groups representing a wide range of diverse academic, cultural, disability, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Strong oral, written, interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of conflict resolution and mediation methods.
- Skilled in effective investigation techniques, compiling, analyzing and reporting statistical data and ability to reach sound decisions and conclusion.
- Ability to communicate effectively and with sensitivity to students and to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive issues, content, and language in managing the anti-discrimination investigations, complaints, reports, data, etc.
- Strong collaborative skills and ability facilitate small groups, build relationships and balance the multiple, varying and even conflicting interests of diverse stakeholders. Capable of working effectively and efficiently as a team member and strategic business partner.
- Ability to design and deliver training programs to all constituencies of the campus and demonstrate accountability with respect to attendance and assess the effectiveness of these trainings.
To Apply: Please apply online with resume and cover letter.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.