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University of Nevada, Reno
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Reno
State:
Nevada
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Posted: 11/4/2022
Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in its search for Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.

For best consideration, please apply by December 16th.

 

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a collaborative leader with exceptional interpersonal skills to become the Director in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX at UNR. The successful candidate will have knowledge of federal, state, and system regulations and policies governing equal opportunity, discrimination, and accommodation under the ADA. The next Director is a solutions-oriented leader who takes a proactive, shared approach to building an inclusive culture at all levels of the institution in support of diverse backgrounds.

The Director is responsible for UNR EO Compliance and Training under Titles I-IX. This includes but is not limited to overseeing EO/IX investigation of complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and other actions prohibited under Titles I-IX and associated federal and state laws and regulations. The Director conducts investigations as well as overseeing other investigations.  

The Director oversees UNR’s EO/IX training programs for faculty/staff and students; this training is mandated as an important part of limiting the occurrence and the adverse effects of discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other actions prohibited by University policy. The Director is responsible for developing and conducting trainings as needed; in addition, the Director oversees and tracks campus-wide online trainings mandated by NSHE.  

The Director serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator and oversees the work of the Title IX deputy coordinators across campus. The Director also serves as the University’s ADA coordinator and chairs the Accommodation Committee collaborating with other stakeholders on campus to review requests for ADA and religious accommodations. The Director supervises the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX staff and serves on university-wide and NSHE committees as needed. 

The Director reports to the Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage, receive, and investigate complaints of discrimination and/or sexual harassment made under Titles I-IX and Americans with Disabilities (ADA). Serve as the University’s ADA Coordinator and facilitate the work of the Accommodation Committee
  • Work with federal and state agencies (i.e., Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and Office for Civil Rights (OCR)) and University Office of the General Counsel in the resolution of complaints
  • Conduct investigations to include gathering witness information, interviewing complainants, respondents, and witnesses as they pertain to the investigation and preparing appropriate correspondence and concluding Investigative Memorandums.
  • Receive and document inquiries that are conveyed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
  • Follow-up with inquiries as necessary
  • Prior to a complaint, consult with faculty and administration on how to proactively address a situation.
  • At the conclusion of an inquiry, consult with the vice provost, deans, department chairs, and Human Resources to develop remedies, modifications, and recommendations to address issues and concerns
  • Meet with complainants and/or respondents regarding findings of investigation
  • Provide guidance to the campus community regarding discrimination and sexual harassment prevention
  • For requests for accommodation under the ADA or for religious reasons, verify policy, analyze options, and consult with the Accommodation Committee
  • Develop and present campus-wide training programs on non-discrimination and accommodation regulations and policies as needed
  • Manage, receive, and investigate Title IX complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and/or other actions prohibited under Title IX. 
  • Serve as the University’s Title IX Coordinator; coordinate the work of deputy Title IX Coordinators across campus
  • Chair the University’s Title IX Coalition
  • Provide guidance to and collaborate with the Office of Student Conduct regarding Title IX discrimination and sexual harassment issues
  • Work with federal Title IX agencies (i.e., U.S. Department of Education (USDE), OCR, National Council of Athletics Association (NCAA) and various University offices in the resolution of complaints
  • Conduct investigations to include gathering witness information, interviewing complainants, respondents, and witnesses as they pertain to the investigation and preparing appropriate correspondence and concluding Investigative Memorandums.
  • Receive and document inquiries that are conveyed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
  • Follow-up with inquiries as necessary
  • Oversee campus trainings mandated by NSHE
  • Develop and present additional Title IX training programs as needed. 
  • Supervise Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX staff
  • Evaluate and revise policies and procedures to provide effective service to the university community
  • Oversee training and compliance database
  • Manage the budget for the EO/TIX Office 
  • Represent the EO/TIX Office as needed on university committees and task forces
  • Provide presentations to community organizations and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Federal, state and system regulations and policies governing equal opportunity, discrimination, and accommodation under the ADA or for religious reasons 
  • Federal, state, and higher education laws, regulations, policies and procedures governing human resources management and administration
  • Investigative processes for Title VI, VII, VIII and IX issues
  • Higher education organizational structures, operations and policies

Skills:

  • Proficiency in use of a personal computer and current software applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and email)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with diverse populations and prepare investigative memorandums 
  • Excellent inquiry, investigative, and interviewing skills
  • Teaching and training skills to conduct trainings and workshops and train EO/IX staff
  • Detail oriented
  • Interpersonal and human relations

Ability to:

  • Work and interact with diverse populations including students, staff, faculty and the general public with sensitivity to cultural, gender, and other differences
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information received and recorded
  • Educate and train employees on Title VII and Title IX issues
  • Train and mentor new EO/IX staff
  • Exercise sound judgment to make objective, fair and consistent decisions
  • Maintain professional business and work ethics and standards
  • Understand and interpret formalized policies, guidelines, rules, and regulations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree and six (6) years of related professional work experience

OR

  • Master’s Degree and four (4) years of related professional work experience
  • Knowledge of EO/IX programs, investigations, and human resources
  • All candidates will be required to provide a statement of diversity/self-identification form

About the Institution

The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada’s historic land-grant university was founded in 1874, and currently serves 20,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and it has earned the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

The University’s main campus is located in Reno, Nevada, immediately adjacent to a vibrant and growing downtown region, and has a satellite campus in south Reno. The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which includes two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute, and endeavors to create and develop strong partnerships with each institution. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.

Located where the Sierra Nevada meets the high desert of the Great Basin, the University’s verdant, 290-acre main campus is a 45-minute drive from scenic Lake Tahoe. Today, the University delivers on its land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement and vibrant campus life that promote our diverse students’ cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education, according to both Forbes and Money magazines (2018). The University is ranked in the top tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Over the past decade, the University has grown at a dynamic and record-setting rate, including student enrollment, number of National Merit scholars, student diversity, faculty achievement and productivity as well as infrastructure. The record growth of the modern University of Nevada, Reno, is in direct contrast to the first few decades of the University’s existence. Over the past decade, the University has continued to achieve institutional records in practically every metric associated with success. In 2017, the University unveiled the 108,000-square-foot E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center as well as the successful renovations of historic Lincoln Hall and Thompson Hall. In 2018, the campus’ newest student residential community, Great Basin Hall, opened.

A record 5,000 students graduated during the 2019-2020 academic year, and 2022 is also set to become a record year. The University reached institution records in National Merit and Presidential Scholars, while faculty productivity, campus diversity and retention all remained at record levels.

For more information, visit www.unr.edu

Remarkable Retirement!

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Perks of Working at UNR!

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave, life insurance – Faculty Benefits
  • L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders.
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!

Grants-in-Aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits but, in order to be eligible, children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Living in the Area

With a population of 250,903, Reno is a vibrant community that has something to offer everyone. Reno is called The Biggest Little City for a reason. It is an epicenter for the tech industry and home to many great businesses - but is small enough for residents to connect on a personal level.

Channeling the crystal waters of Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River runs leisurely through downtown Reno. Numerous mountain ranges rise ruggedly from the desert basin, providing stunning views and unmatched sunsets. When you breathe the crisp mountain air and smell the hint of sagebrush on the breeze, you'll know you're in Reno.

Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from The University, but it feels like a world away. The proximity of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierras is just one reason Reno-Tahoe is known as one of the best areas for outdoor sports and recreation. For outdoor activities, you can't beat Lake Tahoe. With snow activities, water sports, hiking, biking, golf, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, and so much more, the only limit to what you can do is your imagination. Unmatched in its beauty, Lake Tahoe is the nation's largest alpine lake. With an abundance of activities for everyone, it's no wonder people fall in love with Lake Tahoe. For an extra treat, catch a Shakespeare on the Lake play in the summer.

To Apply 

For best consideration, please apply by December 16th.

To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly at: https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjy7l8t9


Please do not email applications.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter, curriculum vita and a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.


Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially:


Inquiries and questions: Please send to UNREOTIX@acesrch.com

Nominations and referrals: Please send to nominations@acesrch.com

Institution’s EEO Statement

The University of Nevada, Reno, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that it operates. Non-discrimination on the basis of sex is mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.) and the corresponding implementation regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106). The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination in its education programs and activities extends to applicants for admission and employment.