Director, Equity and Compliance

  • California State University, Northridge
  • Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Feb 29, 2024
Full time Deans & Directors

Job Description

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Director, Equity and Compliance


At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community!

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles https://www.csun.edu/leadership-principles. If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.



Responsibilities

The Director of Equity & Compliance is primarily responsible for supporting and assisting the Assistant Vice President of Equity & Compliance with institution-wide leadership, expertise, implementation, coordination, and oversight of Title IX and other anti-discrimination mandates under federal and California, laws, regulatory guidance, guidance from the Chancellor's Office, regulatory changes and requirements, emerging issues, investigations, and other program responsibilities to promote an equitable learning, living and working environment while ensuring a campus environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and responsive to any reports of prohibited conduct. The incumbent identifies, develops, and monitors university policies, procedures, and practices as needed to enhance efforts around Title IX and anti-discrimination compliance and initiatives to create a culture that exceeds the fulfillment of basic regulatory and procedural requirements to one with emphasis on fulfilling the justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging goals of the university.
  • Demonstrates a deep and sustained commitment to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging; and the ability to be a strong advocate for higher education, particularly for a student-focused, minority-serving institution. As a leader, the Director must demonstrate a commitment to student success that is mission-aligned with the university's vision, values, and priorities.
  • Responsible for overseeing all Title IX and DHR investigations, by CSU policy and procedures relative to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and Title IX/Education Code matters. This includes overseeing and providing direction to the investigation team to ensure complainants and respondents are provided information regarding their rights and responsibilities, intakes and investigations are comprehensive and impartial, interim and supportive measures are implemented as needed and resolution of complaints are timely.
  • Reviews and provides feedback to the investigation team on all Title IX and DHR investigation reports before finalization and distribution to complainants and respondents while ensuring that the investigator retains accountability for the draft and the final investigation report.
  • Maintains own investigation caseload, conducting timely investigations under the university's stated procedures, which includes interviewing complainants, respondents, and relevant witnesses; analyzing the evidence collected to make reasoned determinations as to whether the allegations are substantiated in violation of California State University (CSU) policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; and writing detailed investigative reports summarizing the investigative process and clearly articulating the investigation findings and outcome, as required by the policy.
  • Provides guidance, support, and assistance to those who have reported sexual misconduct and sex/gender/sexual orientation discrimination, including but not limited to referral to support resources, a notice of right to file formal complaints, a notice of right to grieve to outside federal agencies, and notice of the right to report incidents to law enforcement.
  • As appropriate, demonstrates campus-wide, college/division-based, and unit-focused leadership, guiding on issues related to the prevention and intervention of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating, domestic violence, stalking, and other forms of discrimination. Demonstrates thought leadership, relationship-building, and partnership with stakeholders and leaders across campus in promoting justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Is trustworthy and approachable, even when the subject matter is difficult, or the topic is controversial.
  • Assists the Assistant VP with maintaining and managing data on inquiries, reports, cases, procedures, and informational and statistical reports for the development of internal goals, performance measures, and workload indicators as well as for updating university leadership, compliance reporting, and in response to inquiries from external agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
  • Maintains comprehensive, proficient, knowledge of federal and state civil rights laws, CSU nondiscrimination policies and procedures, and various collective bargaining agreements. Maintains a strong working knowledge of the current and emerging regulatory environment in higher education, as well as national and California-specific issues and trends as they relate to equal opportunity and Title IX regulations.
  • In consultation with the Assistant VP, guides the university's position and represents the university in matters involving civil rights compliance as well as enforcement and/or complaint investigations conducted by governmental regulatory agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), California Civil Rights Department (CRD), U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Labor Commissioner, and the Bureau of State Auditor.
  • Oversees and ensures the university's compliance with all federal, state, and internal recordkeeping requirements for reports of concerns, intake processes, investigations, hearings, determinations of responsibility, disciplinary sanctions, remedies, appeals, informal resolution outcomes, supportive measures, and materials used to train the office's staff, decision-makers, and facilitators of informal resolution.
  • Provides professional leadership, and supervision, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the investigative team in the Office of Equity and Compliance, fostering an environment where employees are valued and able to thrive. Establishes priorities, determines workload distribution, tracks projects, and monitors deadlines to achieve the timely and accurate completion of work in furtherance of the university's commitment to timely and thorough responses to reports of prohibited conduct. Conducts regular and targeted training activities for staff to maintain a high level of functional skills and abilities. Evaluates performance and ensures compliance with the overall objectives and service quality standards of the unit.
  • Serves as an active member of relevant committees in furtherance of sexual misconduct prevention, intervention efforts, and prevention of other forms of discrimination.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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Qualifications

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in a job-related field. Juris Doctorate preferred.
  • Equivalent five years of relevant experience in higher education, law, compliance, or related field. Three years of experience in an investigative and/or employee relations position is preferred.
  • Experience with, or understanding of, investigatory matters involving the California Civil Rights Department, Department of Education (Office of Civil Rights), and/or The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission preferred.
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred.



Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership
  • Possess strong interviewing and data collection skills; excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with administrators, staff, faculty, students, and community partners.
  • Ability to develop, guide, advise on, and/or deliver appropriate education outreach to various audiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply and interpret federal and state equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws (particularly with Title IX, VAWA, Clery, Campus SaVE, FEHA and the California Education Code), complex internal policies, procedures, practices, and contracts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with administrators, staff, faculty, students, and community partners.
  • Demonstrated experience with diversity issues and commitment to fostering a respectful working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently including the ability to plan, organize, and schedule work daily. Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality, multitask and meet deadlines, utilize evidence-gathering techniques, examine documents about issues and concerns impartially and objectively, neutrally investigate and analyze information and draw reasonable conclusions, analyze complex situations, problem-solve, and recommend effective action under established timelines, and facilitate conflict resolution and informal resolution of complaints.
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.



Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
  • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $160,000 - $175,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • The position is currently hybrid (3 days in office, 2 days remote); however, this is subject to change based on student and/or operational needs.



General Information
  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position may be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link: www.csun.edu/careers
  • Applications received through March 12, 2024, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • The CSU recommends that faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus.



Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, covered military and veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.


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