Auburn University — Assistant Director, AA/EEO and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn’s founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name was changed again, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university. Today Auburn enrolls nearly 30,000 students in over 140 programs of study. The City of Auburn is a small, friendly university town in the rolling hills of east central Alabama, with a population around 60,000.

Reporting to the director, AA/EOE and Title IX coordinator, the assistant director, AA/EEO and deputy Title IX coordinator assists in providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction for the AA/EOE and Title IX office and serves as an independent gatekeeper and resource for both complainants and respondents in the Title IX investigative process. The assistant director serves as the University sexual misconduct officer and 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 as needed; and drafts a Notice of Outcome, including findings, rationale, and sanctions, and forwards to the Title IX coordinator for final approval and issuance. The assistant director provides daily oversight for the management of the AA/EOE office; prepares performance evaluations for professional and administrative employees; assists the Title IX coordinator with the monitoring of full compliance with procedural requirements, record-keeping, and timeframes outlined in applicable departmental policies; and provides timely updates to the director regarding ongoing sexual misconduct issues and any changes in federal/state laws and regulations. The assistant director also develops and administers the University’s 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 director supervises a staff of six full-time employees.

A master’s degree in Education, Human Resources, Business Administration, Business Management, or related field, or Juris Doctorate, and at least five years of experience investigating and resolving discrimination complaints in a college/university or governmental setting, are required, with at least one year of management experience. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership, personnel management, and investigatory skills, demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret applicable state and federal laws and regulations (specifically Title IX, as well as Titles VI and VII), proven knowledge of the complexities surrounding sexual misconduct, and an understanding and sensitivity to the effects of trauma. 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 director.

Review of applications will begin July 19, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Auburn University recognizes its ethical and legal obligation to provide a work environment in which employment opportunities are open to all qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), age, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information. The University affirms its commitment to this principle and to an affirmative action program which not only establishes the goal of achieving equal opportunity in employment, but which also detects and eliminates any elements of discrimination in employment which may be found to exist within the institution. The University also commits itself to maintaining on a nondiscriminatory basis the conditions for continuing employment and for individual advancement within the job structure of the University