Western Washington University is seeking a Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance. The Director provides leadership and guidance to the University community and Office staff as they fulfill the University’s broad commitment to access, equity, inclusion, and justice. Reporting to the Executive Director, Office of Equity, the Director must be an excellent communicator, collaborator, manager, and strategic thinker, and must possess the education and experience to understand the legal and human aspects of the areas within the jurisdiction of the Office.
The Director leads the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance and is responsible for overseeing compliance with civil rights and affirmative action laws, regulations and policies related to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, genetic status, sex, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, sexual orientation, use of protected leave, disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal, veteran or military status, and status as a disabled or other protected veteran. The Office is the institutional point of contact for federal and state agencies for equal opportunity and affirmative action compliance inquiries and compliance confirmation and is responsible for responding to external agency complaints and investigations.
The Director administers and oversees the University’s Equal Opportunity policies and procedures in all aspects of employment and education, ensuring compliance across the University with University policies that reflect responsibilities under federal and state civil rights and affirmative action laws and regulations, including but not limited to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act, and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. The Director serves as both the Title IX Coordinator and the ADA Coordinator for the University and is responsible for directing overall preparation of the University’s Affirmative Action Plan and implementation of Affirmative Action Programs.
- Serve as the institutional subject matter expert for civil rights and Title IX compliance, including interpretation of laws and agency guidance.
- Provide oversight and direction for the University’s informal resolution and formal investigation processes, including allegations related to discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.
- Lead responses to external agency complaints, including EEOC, OCR, Department of Education, and Washington State agency complaints.
- Research, evaluate, implement, and evaluate the activities, procedures, and practices which support the university in achieving equitable and inclusive recruitment, hiring, and employment practices.
- Collaborate with Human Resource Services to establish civil rights best practices in employment within the University.
- Serve as the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
- Provide Title IX guidance to the university community
- Direct Title IX complaint procedures, ensuring they are administered in a trauma-informed and culturally aware manner, and coordinate provision of resources and support for individuals who experience sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and sex discrimination.
- Ensure University policies and practices are consistent with Title IX requirements, including gender equity in the operation of the university’s athletic programs.
- Ensure effective institutional response to all issues of equality based on sex and concerns and complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct, including implementation of mandatory reporting responsibilities.
- Oversee and ensure effective institutional support services for survivors of sexual assault, harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct, including but not limited to counseling and other support services.
- Ensure that university employees and students are provided with initial and refresher prevention education consistent with the requirements of Title IX.
- Lead the work of deputy Title IX Coordinators as needed.
- Serve as the University’s ADA Coordinator.
- Coordinate the efforts of the University to comply with the ADA and implementing regulations, including investigating any complaints that the University has violated the ADA.
- Monitor, oversee and coordinate efforts to ensure that all the university’s programs, services and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities, including ensuring that the university’s built and virtual environments are accessible.
- Ensure that the university’s processes for providing accommodations for disabilities to university employees, students, and participants in university programs and activities are consistent with the requirements of the ADA.
- Collaborate with university departments with responsibility over the university’s built and virtual environments to ensure that planning, design, procurements and improvements in both arenas are performed consistently with federal and state accessibility requirements.
- Monitor the University’s programs, policies, activities, services, and facilities and virtual environments for ADA compliance.
- Oversee the institution’s ADA program, including policies, procedures, and response to complaints.
- Lead the work of deputy ADA Coordinators as needed.
- Provide technical guidance to the university about obligations under the ADA and grievance procedures for individuals who experience discrimination on the basis of disability.
- Serve as the University’s designated official responsible for directing overall preparation of the University’s Affirmative Action Plan and implementation of Affirmative Action Programs.
- Oversee budgets and personnel.
- Maintain office climate of inclusion, integrity, impartiality, and care for staff and clients.
- Represent the office and/or the University on committees, task forces, and other bodies.
As the third largest university in the State of Washington, Western Washington University enrolls approximately 15,000 students, 95 percent of whom are undergraduates, in more than 160 academic programs at the Bellingham campus and eight satellite locations around the Puget Sound area.