The Director of the Office of Institutional Equity (the “Director”) is responsible for oversight of the Office of Institutional Equity (“OIE”) and will provide leadership in the implementation and administration of MSU’s harassment and discrimination investigations. The Director will be the primary liaison between OIE and the MSU community and stakeholders, including institutional leadership. The Director will also work with OIE Deputy Directors to provide guidance to OIE investigators and OIE staff. The Director reports to the MSU Associate Vice President of the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance (the “AVP”).
Work with OIE Deputy Directors to develop and lead a responsive, service-oriented investigation team to ensure compliance with institutional equity policies and civil rights laws; oversee prompt, effective, and equitable investigation process; oversee timely and appropriate response and resolution to all reports of prohibited harassment and discrimination.
Oversee coordinated, trauma informed university response to civil rights complaints/violations including response to individual incidents as well as broader hostile environment concerns; work collaboratively with campus partners, including the MSU Police, the MSU Sexual Assault Program, MSU Safe Place, the MSU Sexual Assault Response Team, Residential and Hospitality Services, the Dean of Students Office, MSU Student Affairs and Services, the Office of General Counsel, University Communications, the Provost’s Office, Human Resources, and Academic Human Resources, to ensure support for MSU community members and compliance with civil rights laws.
Provide leadership and oversight related to the Title IX Coordinated Response Team and the Bias Response Team.
Counsel faculty, staff, and administrators on equity compliance related matters. Develop and provide trainings and educational programs related to institutional equity functions.
Coordinate communication related to institutional equity function, including web presence that effectively communicates the functions of the office and provides useful and accurate information on university policies, grievance procedures, reporting options and related resources. Coordinate development of resource and communication materials relating to supporting institutional equity functions.
Evaluate institutional equity efforts for efficiency and effectiveness; conduct an annual review and provide data related to OIE’s investigative function. Work collaboratively with the AVP to develop a comprehensive annual report. Collaborate with the AVP in reporting to academic governance and the campus community the results of the annual reports.
Manage the collection, preservation, and analysis of information related to reported incidents of harassment and discrimination to facilitate monitoring of the campus climate; track and provide information to the AVP as requested; in collaboration with the AVP, identify and address systemic patterns and issues, create and execute strategic plan to address findings.
Conduct periodic audits and surveys to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the University’s investigation process. Conduct periodic case reviews with OIE staff and other units to facilitate identification of process improvements and foster development and collaboration and open communication with key partners.
Assist in development of university-wide policies and procedures that further institutionalize civil rights efforts; develop internal protocols to ensure consistency in the response and processing of reported incidents.
Oversee OIE staff professional development and training compliant with VAWA, guidance from the US Department of Education, other state and federal mandates, and best practices.
Field complaints regarding the OIE process from MSU community members and leadership.
Oversee institutional responses to requests for OIE records from external persons and agencies, including Freedom of Information Act requests, state and federal investigations, media inquiries, and litigation-related discover requests.
Maintain proficiency with civil rights laws and new legal developments and evaluate the impact on university policies and procedures.
Minimum of Master’s degree with JD or other advanced degree preferred. Minimum of four (4) years of experience at an institution of higher education or an equally complex organization. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to interpret civil rights laws and regulations.
Proficiency with the Rehabilitation Act, VAWA, ELCRA, Title VII, and Title IX. Experience conducting civil rights investigations, including Title IX investigations. Demonstrated ability to successfully lead staff and effectively prioritize multiple projects. Adherence to deadlines and excellent written and verbal skills. High integrity and ethical standards. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to remain neutral. Ability to build consensus, collaborate and work with broad numbers of, and diverse, campus partners. Excellent work ethic and high level of motivation.
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The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX strives to foster a campus climate where classrooms, laboratories, and workplaces are free from discrimination, harassment, and all forms of gender-based violence.
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