Hobart and William Smith Colleges — Assistant Vice President / Title IX Coordinator

Located on 320 picturesque acres on the shores of Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY, and guided by a curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS or the Colleges) prepare students to think critically and value global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence. With a student body comprised of approximately 2,262 undergraduate students, the Colleges enjoy a rich heritage based on a two-college system rooted in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Originally founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), HWS now operates under a coordinate college system, in which all students share the same campus, faculty, administration, and curriculum. Each college maintains its own traditions, deans, student government, and athletic department, giving students a number of outstanding leadership opportunities. With 45 majors, 68 minors, and an invigorating First Year Experience, Hobart and Williams Smith’s extraordinary faculty and students focus intently on learning, along with opportunities for research, study abroad, service learning, and internships, which empower students with the clarity and confidence that translates into viable career and graduate school options. HWS maintains more than 200 professorial faculty; sustains a 10:1 student-faculty ratio; houses 90 percent of the student body in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing; and is ranked #1 in Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in the 2019 Princeton Review and #68 in the 2019 US News & World Report in National Liberal Arts Colleges. 

Reporting to the President of the Colleges and working in close collaboration with the General Counsel as well as the Division of Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator oversees a broad portfolio of responsibilities that fosters a welcoming, safe, non-discriminatory, and harassment-free educational, living, and working environment for all members of the HWS community. The Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator directs and administers the Colleges’ compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements of Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, New York Education Law §129-B “Enough is Enough,” and all other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, and related retaliation). Within this scope, the Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator conducts the intake assessment and response to reports of sexual misconduct, as well as the processing of all complaint investigations, adjudication, and resolution; facilitates appropriate accommodations, support services, and other interim or protective measures; and works collaboratively with state and federal agencies and general counsel to provide information and/or respond to external investigations or litigation related to the Colleges’ handling of sexual violence matters. Additionally, the Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator develops and administers the Colleges’ comprehensive education and training efforts related to sexual misconduct, providing a robust array of programs, workshops, and other opportunities aimed at the prevention of gender-based discrimination/harassment and gender-based violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator also manages the administration of an annual campus climate sexual misconduct survey; collaborates with the General Counsel to review and update response protocols, the Sexual Misconduct Policy, and any changes in federal/state laws and regulations; regularly partners with internal and external cohorts; confidentially maintains all related Title IX records; and provides all pertinent information on an annual basis for inclusion in the Colleges’ Annual Security Report and other required reporting. The Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator supervises the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and the Title IX Fellow and manages a departmental budget of $80,000.00.

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree or other terminal degree preferred), with several years of progressively responsible experience in civil rights compliance, with some or all of this experience working directly with Title IX in a higher education setting. Additional requirements include strong leadership, personnel management, investigatory skills, demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret applicable state and federal laws and regulations, proven knowledge of the complexities surrounding sexual misconduct, and an understanding and sensitivity to the effects of trauma. The successful candidate must possess the ability to evaluate and assess policies and systems, facilitate change processes, lead with integrity, leverage technology, and hold a vision for strengthening care and service through the integration of best practices in the field of sexual and interpersonal violence prevention. Strong interpersonal and communication skills; dynamic presentation, facilitation, education and training abilities; expertise in problem-solving and conflict-resolution; and sophisticated project management, organizational, and analytical skills will also be important considerations in the selection of the new Assistant Vice President/Title IX Coordinator. Demonstrated success in and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, providing equitable and respectful treatment to all individuals, and fostering positive relationships with diverse constituencies are essential for success.

Review of applications will begin March 8, 2019, 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.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Hobart and William Smith website at https://www2.hws.edu/. 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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