Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
About Lesley University:
Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in the human arts of education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 6,400 students and 90,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.
We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, a generous retirement plan, and a tuition remission program that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.
Lesley is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental to institutional and academic excellence at Lesley. In doing so, Lesley strives for a campus culture and community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual's capacity to confidently and competently engage within and across difference. Given an evolving national context and the rapid change in the demographic profile of our country, the University has made a significant commitment to addressing and enhancing its campus climate and diversity capabilities as an institution.
Lesley seeks an Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator, who will serve to coordinate the University's efforts to comply with its responsibilities with respect to complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment and complaints of violations of university policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of personal characteristics including race, disability, religion, gender, sex, and other personal characteristics.
The Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator will support the University's efforts in providing an inclusive and harassment-free learning and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff. The position provides strategic guidance, advising, and decision-making in all areas pertaining to the University's work to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct. This position reports directly to the Chief Diversity Officer and will also serve as the University's 504 Coordinator.
The selected individual will receive and promptly respond to, investigate, track and report disclosures of potential unlawful discrimination and harassment (including sexual misconduct) and/or university policy violations on the basis of protected personal categories; identify any patterns or practices of discrimination of harassment; develop, implement, and continuously review of the University's policies against harassment and discrimination; serve as the University's subject-matter expert on requirements of and compliance with Title IX, and related federal and state laws; identify and integrate best practices in equity compliance, investigations, and education; develop educational content to support student and employee learning on matters related to discrimination, harassment, 504/ADA & Title IX policy, and prevention strategies; provide training and educational sessions to University faculty, staff, and students; collaborate with other University departments and individual faculty and staff on discrimination and harassment prevention initiatives; and keep the Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, General Counsel and President apprised of their work on a regular basis.
The successful candidate will have at least five years of related or transferable experience, including demonstrated investigatory experience; exceptional communication (verbal and written), organizational, mediation, problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills, combined with the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and students having a range of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives; demonstrated ability to respond quickly and appropriately to crisis; and have at least a Bachelor's degree. Master's degree, J.D., or other advanced degree in a field relevant to equal opportunity compliance will be preferred.
At Lesley University we strive for a supportive and equitable environment where people -- regardless of race, physical ability, age, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected personal identities -- can participate equally and fully as their true selves in all aspects of university life. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the fabric of our institution.
A letter of interest, CV/resume, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included for full consideration.