Senior Title IX Coordinator & Anti-Discrimination Officer

Biola University La Mirada , CA 90637

Posted 2 weeks ago

Senior Title IX Coordinator & Anti-Discrimination Officer

Reports To: Vice President for Student Development

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible for coordinating the institution's compliance with federal and state discrimination and harassment laws, including but not limited to Title IX, Title VI, and the American with Disabilities Act. This employee will also be Biola's ADA Coordinator. This position supervises a part-time program coordinator.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides and facilitates ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance for faculty and staff regarding their rights and obligations under the Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination & Harassment policies, including the appropriate response to reports of discrimination and harassment and the extent to which counselors and advocates may keep a report confidential.

  • Provides and facilitates ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance for all students outlining their rights and obligations under the Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination & Harassment policies, including reporting options, grievance procedures, applicable disciplinary code, the offices or individuals with whom students can speak confidentially, the office or individuals who can provide support services, the employees who must report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator/Anti-discrimination officer, and protections against retaliation.

  • Oversees and ensures adequate, reliable and impartial investigations of reports and complaints of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment.

  • Develops and implements a case management plan for each report of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment.

  • Develops and implements an investigation plan for each report of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment, including: determining whether the report, if true, constitutes sexual misconduct,, discrimination or harassment; coordinating investigations with trained campus investigators, ensuring that reports and complaints are handled properly and in a timely manner; informing parties regarding the grievance process; notifying all parties of the grievance decisions and the procedures for appeals if applicable; maintaining records in a secure manner; and monitoring compliance in accordance with grievance timeline.

  • Recruits investigators, adjudicators and deputy coordinators from among the Biola community.

  • Ensures investigators, adjudicators and those involved with processing sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment complaints are adequately trained in compliance with Title IX guidance and applicable state and federal laws, and maintains records of that training.

  • Evaluates requests for confidentiality by those who report or complain about sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment in accordance with the university's confidentiality policy, and applicable state and federal law and guidance.

  • Takes steps to ensure the parties' equal access to the university's programs and activities and protects the parties as necessary. Such steps may include recommending interim measures before the final outcome of an investigation, providing remedial measures and making the parties aware of all available resources.


  1. Identifies and addresses any systemic problems revealed from complaints and works with other departments to ensure sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment policies are communicated to all constituencies. Communicates and collaborates with Campus Safety and other relevant Biola administrators to assure that reports and complaints of sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment misconduct are handled appropriately.

  2. Determines whether campus-wide resources should be adopted in response to a report of sexual misconduct, including review and revision of the university's sexual misconduct policy, increased monitoring, supervision or security at locations where sexual misconduct was reported to occur, and increased education and prevention efforts to targeted populations.

  3. Collaborates and coordinates with leadership to ensure Title IX compliance throughout the university, including, but not limited to, preparing and disseminating sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment educational materials to the main and branch campuses and specialized departments such as athletics.

  4. Reviews proposed sanctions for sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment before they are imposed to ensure that they are reasonably calculated to stop the sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment and prevent recurrence, and that they are consistent with other similar-type complaints.

  5. Ensures ongoing compliance with Title IX and other related laws by collecting and analyzing data, writing comprehensive reports and maintaining records of investigations.

  6. Coordinate and collaborate with senior leadership and the university's General Counsel to assess the effectiveness of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment policies and procedures and recommend modifications where appropriate,

  7. Coordinates with Campus Safety/Clery Act Compliance Officer with respect to overlapping obligations related to sexual misconduct, including prevention, education and training.

  8. Supports Campus Safety with regard to working with local law enforcement and coordinates with local victim advocacy organizations and service providers.

  9. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.

  10. Empower campus partners to engage campus community in sexual assault prevention programming during the month of April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month).

  11. Oversees the budget for this area.

  12. Supports Conduct software.

  13. Supervises Title IX Program Coordinator.

  14. Other duties that may arise relating to the role of the Title IX Coordinator/Anti-Discrimination Officer.


QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • MA in Student Personnel or related field preferred. Experience in Student Conduct with three to five years as a student development professional.

Communication Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential for this position as it requires meeting with all university constituents, public speaking/presentations, providing training as necessary, being a calm and positive presence to the parties involved in a case involving sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment, managing conflict resolution, and performing other tasks requiring a significant level of verbal communication skills. Drafting and proofreading correspondence for spelling, grammar and content errors and writing in a clear and concise manner is also an essential skill. The ability to communicate in a manner that maintains confidentiality per legal and professional standards is also critical.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in, sensitivity to, and understanding of effectively working with students, staff, and faculty of all ages and backgrounds. Familiarity with the capabilities and uses of electronic data processes, report writing, and accounting. Maintain a positive work environment while professionally and effectively interacting with students, faculty and staff interpersonally and via digital means. Strong organizational skills; disciplined and consistent work habits.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The work in this position is performed within routine office conditions, usually without exposure to hazardous or unpleasant conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.Driving an automobile, van or truck on public roads and highways.

2.Proofreading and checking documents for accuracy.

3.Using a keyboard to enter, retrieve or transform data.

4.Carrying, lifting, loading/unloading, and setting up for events.

THEOLOGICAL FIT/MINISTERIAL EMPLOYEE

Because of the degree of interaction this position has with students and because the job duties often will involve integrating faith and Biblical principles during the course of working through the issues that arise when there has been a complaint of sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment, this person occupying this position is considered a ministerial employee and one which requires the employee to align with the university's Articles of Faith and Statement of Biblical Principles by expressing personal agreement with both.

Hours Per Week: 40

Months Per Year: 12


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