Oregon State University — Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access

Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon’s land-grant and premier research university and the state’s only institution to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification, seeks a talented, experienced, and forward-looking leader to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. The Executive Director is the senior administrator with overall responsibility for providing vision and leadership for OSU’s equal opportunity, affirmative action, and accessibility efforts.

OSU is actively engaged in building a more diverse and inclusive educational environment at its main campus in Corvallis, its branch campus in Bend, its marine science center in Newport, and its agricultural experiment stations and county extension offices throughout Oregon. To better meet its goals for a more diverse and inclusive community, the University has re-envisioned and reorganized its administrative offices working in the areas of diversity, inclusion, social justice, equal opportunity, and access so that each office can better focus on its mission and goals. As part of these efforts, OSU has established three new positions—Special Assistant to the President for Community Diversity Relations, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, and Executive Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access—which, through collaboration, partnership, and action, will work to create a University community characterized in all it does by a central commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Reporting to the President, the Executive Director works closely with the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer and other senior administrators, academic officers, and all segments of the University to provide leadership on matters related to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and accessibility. The Executive Director recommends to the President and the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer objectives, policies, programs, and practices that promote equal opportunity, affirmative action, and accessibility throughout the University and ensures compliance with federal and state laws and University policies prohibiting discrimination and retaliation and providing for disability access. The Executive Director manages the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), which (1) administers OSU’s civil rights complaint procedures, including investigations of alleged prohibited discrimination and harassment brought by staff, faculty, students, employment applicants, and other parties; (2) coordinates and implements the University’s Title IX compliance, education, training, and investigative efforts; (3) ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws, regulations, and University policies pertaining to persons with disabilities, including safety measures, accommodations, training, data collection, and data analysis; (4) is responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action plans and equal opportunity programs; and (5) supports community-building programs across the institution. The position directs EOA’s administrative functions and operations and is responsible for a $1.7 million budget and 11 FTE staff, including three direct reports.

Minimum qualifications include an advanced degree; five years of progressive experience in equal opportunity and access or a related area, including a minimum of three years of management/supervisory experience; expertise and training in equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, and/or ADA law; demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity; and ability to facilitate connections, cultivate support, and lead through influence. Preferred qualifications include a J.D. degree; demonstrated ability in the area of conflict management and resolution; significant administrative experience in a complex environment; an understanding of the issues facing public higher education; and sensitivity to the needs of diverse constituencies. OSU seeks a highly collaborative and skilled administrator who communicates effectively, acts with the highest degree of integrity, inspires the confidence and trust of others, and demonstrates commitment to the ideals of equal opportunity and access as well as the capacity to develop, champion, and implement the University’s efforts in these areas.

Oregon State University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin October 21, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to James M. Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

This position is designated a critical, security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal background check and be deemed fit for duty at placement and while serving in the position.

Spelman Johnson
Oregon State University – Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
James M. Norfleet, Search Associate

Visit the Oregon State University website at www.oregonstate.edu

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


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