Assistant General Counsel / Director of Employee Civil Rights
University of La Verne
Assistant General Counsel / Director of Employee Civil Rights & Title IX / Director of Employee Relations
Job Description Summary:
The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.
If you're passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!
Under the leadership of the University's General Counsel the Assistant General Counsel, Director of Employee Civil Rights & Title IX, and Director of Employee Relations oversees the University's affirmative action programs, equal employment and equal educational opportunity commitments, and assisting with Title IX matters involving ULV staff and faculty, EEOC, Title IV and VII investigations. Provides direction and services to faculty, staff, students, and others to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies. Ensures University diversity policies and procedures are being followed, and that behaviors in the University meets the University's policies, procedures, and the law.
Civil Rights & Title IX Responsibilities
Maintain equal opportunity, affirmative action, and other civil rights and Title IX compliance-related issues involving ULV staff and faculty. This could include but not limited to:
- Higher Education Act of 1965
- Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
- Equal Educational Commitments
- Title IV Financial Aid
- Executive Order 1360 (Nondiscrimination)
- Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (SaVE)
- Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Receive Reports, complaints/grievances related to issues of civil rights discrimination from students, employees, and/or campus visitors; provide determination findings and work to resolve issues.
- Receive Reports, complaints/grievances related to issues of Title IX complaints from students, employees, and/or campus visitors; provide determination findings and work to resolve issues.
- On behalf of the institution and in conjunction with legal counsel, respond to information requests from the Equal Employment Opportunity office, the Office of Civil Rights, and other state/federal agencies as needed.
- Develop, recommend changes, and/or update policies and procedures as needed.
- Provide guidance, training, and work with other campus departments to advocate and promote nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity and inclusion, etc.
- Maintain current Civil Rights and Title IX training.
Director of Employee Relations
- Conducts investigations related to informal and formal employee complaints.
- Responds to all employee relations inquires, corrective actions, and provides supervisory /employee coaching and related compliance training facilitation.
- Provides direction, leadership and education to supervisors and/or employees on broad range of employee development and performance management matters.
- Promote positive employee development and performance management methods strategies. In collaboration with the Associate Director of Training and Development and Employee Relations, develop strategic training programs and initiatives to address relevant regulations and policies.
- Ensure that the ULV HR Department is in compliance with all relevant Federal, State laws and regulations, and ULV Policies.
Assistant General Counsel Responsibility
- Maintain records and reports; work in conjunction with Office of General Counsel and other University departments on document retention as needed.
- Serve on committees, task forces, and advisory boards as needed; participate in institutional professional development and training.
- Actively manage University litigation, mediations, and arbitrations as assigned by General Counsel. Monitor litigation matters and provide advice and counsel to respective College Departments upon request; make recommendations to settle cases as needed.
- Assist with Due Process hearings, investigations, as well as disciplinary action and correspondence, when requested by Human Resources.
- Perform Legal work and duties as assigned by the General Counsel
- Juris Doctorate Degree
- Required to be California Bar Licensed at the time of hire, or obtain their California Bar License within 12 months of hire.
- At least three years’ experience practicing Employment law
- At least three years’ experience as a working in a Civil Rights or Title IX position, or professional experience conducting investigations, writing fact-finding reports, and developing/delivering training required; experience working in higher ed HR, college student conduct, and/or civil rights/equal opportunity field in an educational setting preferred
- Good knowledge of University policies & procedures; foundational knowledge of federal and state regulations relating to discrimination and investigation of complaints
- Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure guidelines
- Experience with researching policy/procedure/law and conducting investigations relating to compliance
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and in writing, in addition to mediation skills
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution; ability to speak with individuals about sensitive and difficult topics
- Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion
Location: La Verne Central Campus
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: http://laverne.edu
Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.
The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.
The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation