Director, Non-Discrimination and University Compliance at Westfield State University - Westfield State University in Westfield Massachusetts

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Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts 01086

United States


Detailed Job Description

Westfield State University

Director, Non-Discrimination and University Compliance

General Statement of Duties:
The position serves as Westfield State University’s Director of Non-Discrimination and University Compliance and is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the university’s Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan and initiatives to promote an inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The position reports directly to the President, and also supports compliance with university policies and federal and state regulations, including but not limited to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Clery Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA), as well as other state and federal civil rights regulations and guidelines.  The Director also serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator and Title II/Section 504 Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties include but not limited to:

• Serves as coordinator for Title IX and ADA programs. Recommends modifications to policy and procedure in accordance with changing discrimination law, compliance agency expectations, compliance measures, and relevant training and efficiency improvements.
• Serves as the senior investigator and grievance officer for protected class complaints. Implements, monitors, and modifies complaint intake, tracking, investigation, and resolution processes and protocols for internal and external complaints. Oversight and performance of case management duties includes maintaining investigatory files, databases, and reports. Ensures effective and efficient management and resolution of complaints. Recruit and train other staff to serve as investigators as appropriate and needed.
• Oversee programs, activities and initiatives designed to foster a climate that respects pluralism and diversity.
• Develop effective strategies to promote diversity in faculty and staff hiring, and actively participate in building strong networks and recruitment sources.
• Monitor the recruitment, appointment and retention processes for all positions in accordance with university policies and federal and state laws pertaining to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and diversity.
• Prepare internal and external reports regarding the university’s affirmative action and equal employment opportunity efforts and accomplishments.
• Implement university policies pertaining to discrimination and harassment and ensure compliance with relevant state and federal statutes.
• Implement a case management system to organize, manage and track all incidents and complaints, and ensure an efficient and effective response by the university.
• Develop and present training programs related to compliance at the university. This includes preparing memoranda, reports and other written material; planning and coordinating workshops, meetings and special events; and working with external administrative agencies on compliance audits and initiatives.
• Maintain current knowledge and materials related to laws, rules, regulations and best practices for advancing equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity.
• Serves as ex-officio member of the university’s AA/EEO/Diversity Advisory Committee to promote the value of diversity, multiculturalism and compliance with equal opportunity in learning and employment.


Minimum qualifications:

• J.D. from an accredited law school, or Master’s degree in human resources, higher education administration, or other relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Extensive knowledge of diversity issues, current trends and best practices; demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws applicable to institutions of higher education that address discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, including but not limited to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Clery Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA), as well as other state and federal civil rights regulations and guidelines.
• A record of successful leadership in EEO and diversity arena, including implementation of programs designed to enhance diversity and inclusion, and improve workplace climate and culture.
• Discrimination and harassment prevention training; internal complaint investigation training; experience conducting discrimination and harassment investigations; training and experience in preventing and addressing discrimination in public accommodations.
• Ability to independently and efficiently managing a significant caseload.
• Ability to forge constructive relationships, build consensus across the institution and function collaboratively with diverse internal and external stakeholders at all levels and functions.
• A self-directed, results and detail orientation with ability to use sound judgment in decision-making.
• High degree of personal integrity to maintain confidentiality, as well as professionalism and business acumen to encourage confidence and trust from constituents.
• Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. This should include the ability to deliver effective presentations, facilitate groups and mediate the successful resolution of conflicts and complaints.
• Strong analytical, evaluative and research skills.
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to establish plans, launch new initiatives and manage multiple assignments with conflicting priorities and strict deadlines.
• Adept at effectively managing change in a dynamic and demanding customer-focused environment.
• Proficiency using computers and standard office applications, including Microsoft Office.


• J.D. from an accredited law school.
• At least two years of recent, substantive work conducting discrimination and harassment investigations in a higher education environment.

Additional Information:

Campus Title: Director, Non-Discrimination and University Compliance

State Job Title: Director

Department: President's Office

Job Code: HA6010

Bargaining Unit: Non-Unit Professional

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Type: Full-time, permanent

Timeframe: 52 weeks

Shift: 8:30 - 4:30

Regular Days Off: Saturday, Sunday

Supervision Received: The director reports to the president.

Salary:  $75,000 - $85,000

Category:     Professional/Executive

Department:     PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

Locations:     Westfield, MA

Posted:     Jun 13, '14

Type:     Full-time

This position is contingent upon funding, which is anticipated.

Westfield State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance with the job application process, please contact the human resources office at (413) 572-8809.

Westfield State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Application Instructions:

An online application is required. Letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts may be required after the initial screening. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:

• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the application.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until a finalist has been selected.

To apply, visit

About Westfield State University:

Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. Westfield State University's primary mission is to assist its students to develop intellectually and to use their knowledge and skills to improve the social and economic conditions in their communities.

A public institution, the university has been offering online bachelor's degree courses since 2008. In January, 2012, U.S. News & World Report's first-ever edition of Top Online Education Programs ranked Westfield State #1 in the country for faculty credentials and training in online education programs.

Westfield is a great place to work, learn and grow. In 2011, Westfield State University was named one of "America's Great Colleges to Work For" by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Keyword Phrases

  • Discrimination
  • Compliance
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: At least 1 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume