Affirmative Action Officer (AAO) and Civil Rights & Title IX Investigator

Minnesota, United States
$45,406.00 - $65,936.00
Mar 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Initial review of applications will begin on Wednesday, April 14th, so applications should be submitted by that time for guaranteed consideration.



Bemidji State University (BSU) and Northwest Technical College (NTC) invite applicants to join our team as the Affirmative Action Officer (AAO) and Civil Rights & Title IX Investigator.  To accomplish our missions of “educating people to lead inspired lives” (BSU) and “preparing students for rewarding careers” (NTC), we prioritize creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated.  BSU and NTC are members of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and employ more than 600 faculty and staff.


The Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights & Title IX Investigator is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and diverse intellectual and cultural campus experience related to the missions of BSU and NTC. The AAO facilitates efforts to ensure equal opportunity from recruiting to retention, increase awareness of diversity issues through advising and training, and strengthen relationships across diverse groups. They are responsible for accountability and compliance with federal and state laws, MinnState policies and procedures, and BSU/NTC regulations related to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and discrimination/harassment, and for conducting all civil rights and Title IX complaints.


Responsibilities of the Affirmative Action Officer include:

  • Managing the recruitment and retention efforts for diversified candidate pools for BSU and NTC.
    • Collaborating with Human Resources and any needed campus departments to ensure outreach occurs to diversify recruiting resources and to develop diverse candidate slates for underutilized job groups and categories. Identifying, monitoring, and addressing issues in hiring and employment practices for women and minorities. Offering an affirmative action perspective on the selection of new hires.
    • Developing and providing training for campus search committees, search advisory committee chairs, and assisting management in achieving compliance with BSU/NTC hiring policies and procedures.
    • Ensuring that AA goals and objectives in BSU/NTC’s mission, vision and goals are being steered and that each search is considering AA and diversity. Reviewing submitted interview materials, certifying applicant pools, and monitoring each stage of search processes for adherence to affirmative action laws, policies, and best practices.
    • Attending BSU and NTC Diversity and Inclusion Committee meetings.
    • Disseminating information regarding affirmative action goals and programs to appropriate supervisors and units so that all searches and hiring decisions work toward meeting affirmative action and equal opportunity objectives regarding recruitment and retention of under-represented groups.
    • Monitoring and measuring progress toward achieving desired results.
  • Planning, Data Collection, and Report Development
    • Overseeing development and implementation of the University and College affirmative action plans in conjunction with federal, state, system and University/College needs and evaluating efforts on implementation of these plans.
    • Generating and interpreting quarterly status reports and other reports as may be required to monitor the progress of the University and College affirmative action programs.
    • Providing leadership and oversight to ensure compliance with Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities statutes and regulations. Submitting annual reports on ADA compliance.
    • Providing investigation and complaint summary data to assist in the development of external reports for the Department of Public Safety (Clery Reporting) and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
    • Reviewing existing equal opportunity policies for BSU and NTC for compliance with federal, state, Minnesota Management and Budget, and Minnesota State guidelines.
  • Investigating civil rights and Title IX complaints
    • Remaining up-to-date and providing organizational updates and guidance on current developments in civil rights.
    • Developing investigation plans including timelines.
    • Interviewing complainant(s), respondent(s), and witnesses and maintaining neutrality.
    • Gathering relevant evidence. Ensuring prompt and well-documented investigative processes. Creating comprehensive well-written investigative reports that clearly discuss the issue, policy elements, analysis, and conclusion.
    • Maintaining complaint files.
    • Ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws, regulations, current case law, etc. in the course of civil rights, EEO and AA-related litigation. Overseeing the direction of the investigation of EEO complaints received, and coordinating with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Department of Human Rights, as well as federal and state agencies for resolution on claims and litigation involving alleged acts of discrimination. Overseeing the identification and execution of remedial actions arising from complaints and litigation involving discrimination.
    • Advising and providing guidance to executive management, supervisors and employees regarding challenges, issues, concerns or questions related to EEO and AA.
  • Training, Education, and Outreach
    • Completing annual training for Title IX and civil rights investigations and seeking additional training, as necessary.
    • Attending monthly B-SMART (Bemidji Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Team) meetings, and Title IX Committee meetings.
    • Collaborating with university and college staff to provide campus-based compliance education and training programs/workshops. Working with local agencies and law enforcement, as necessary.
    • Providing Affirmative Action information to new employees as a part of new employee orientation.
    • Collaborating with Human Resources and other departments, as necessary, to offer training programs/workshops on topics pertaining to Title IX and affirmative action.
    • Remaining knowledgeable of current state and federal law, regulations, and Minnesota State policies related to Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.
    • Updating the Affirmative Action web pages and content for the BSU and NTC websites.                  
  • Accommodations
    • Ensuring that all employees are notified annually of identified procedures for requesting an accommodation.
    • Addressing employee requests for accommodations in a timely manner.
    • Maintaining a database of accommodation requests including number of accommodations, type of accommodation, cost of accommodation, number of complaints filed and the disposition of complaints.


Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelors’ Degree.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in personnel administration, employee relations, labor relations, civil rights enforcement or related field, which provide an understanding of employment / discrimination laws and programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state equal opportunity, affirmative action, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX laws, policies and regulations, FERPA, due process and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing and delivering presentations and trainings.
  • Experience conducting civil rights and/or Title IX investigations.
  • Significant knowledge, background, and experience working with diverse groups of people.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Student Services Administration, Law, Public Policy, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Human Rights or related field.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting with broad knowledge of campus administrative structure and functions, policies, procedures and practices related to equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.
  • Formal Affirmative Action Officer training and/or certification.
  • Formal training and/or certification in civil rights investigations, including Title IX and ADA complaints.
  • Experience with Maxient student conduct software or a similar incident tracking system.



To apply:   

Apply for Vacancy Posting 44529, on the Minnesota Management and Budget website:


If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637

For additional information about the application process, go to


Inquiries about the position:

Travis Greene, Associate Vice President for Student Life & Success



If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at






The greater Bemidji community has a population of 25,000 and serves as a regional center for education, commerce, recreation, health care, and the arts.

Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university's Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding.

Northwest Technical College has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities.

In this Northwoods setting, students, staff and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.

Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State and Northwest Tech are both conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.

The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and campus-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.


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