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Director of Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (Investigation Specialist)

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, Minnesota
Depends on Qualifications; salary range $28.96 - $42.67 per hour
Posted Date
Jul 5, 2022

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Bemidji State University (BSU) and NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE (NTC) invite applicants to join our team as the Director of Civil Rights and Restorative Justice.  BSU and NTC provide a rigorous academic environment with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  BSU and NTC are members of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. 

BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. Centered between the three largest Tribal nations in Minnesota – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth – BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with American Indian communities to become a destination university.  BSU enrolls around 5,000 students and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.

NTC 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.

The Director of Civil Rights and Restorative Justice is a part of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This position is dual appointed for both Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. Housed in the Center for Civil Rights, the Director will head the Investigation Office under limited supervision. This position reports directly to the Campus Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator. The Director is primarily responsible for compliance, policy, education, evaluation, and investigation as it relates to Title IX and Minnesota State Board Policies 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education, and 1B.3 Sexual Violence. The Director is responsible for conducting fact-finding investigations through implementation of Minnesota State System Procedures 1B.1.1, 1B.3.1 and 1C.02. The position will work with the Campus Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, and Campus Human Resource Officer to evaluate the complaint processes and develop educational opportunities associated with policies/law (1B.1, 1B.3, and Title IX) and procedures (1B.1.1, 1B.3.1, and 1C.02) for all stakeholders. This position will assist with federal, state, and system compliance mandates.

Responsibilities of the Director of Civil Rights and Restorative Justice include:

  1. Investigations (60%)
    • Serve as the primary investigator, and informal resolution facilitator for BSU and NTC concerning Title IX, Minnesota State Board Policies 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education, and 1B.3 Sexual Violence. 
    • Conduct timely, objective, and fact-finding investigations, and serve and the primary informal resolution facilitator.
    • Remain current on the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
    • Remain current on investigatory, and informal resolution/restorative justice practices through Minnesota State and national organizations.
    • Assist the Department of Human Resources with conducting 1C.02 Respectful Workplace investigations
    Education and Evaluation (25%)
    • Develop and implement educational programs and initiatives designed to educate and support faculty, staff, and students regarding their rights and, where applicable, obligations under Title IX, including reporting options/responsibilities, support services, college policy and applicable disciplinary code, grievance procedures, confidential resources, and restorative justice.
    • Collaborate with the Department of Athletics and the Department of Housing & Residential Life to provide educational programming and training centered around Title IX, 1B.1, and 1B.3 policies/procedures for professional staff, pre-professional staff, and student-athletes.
    • Ensure ongoing compliance with Title IX by collecting and analyzing data, writing comprehensive year-in-reports, and maintaining records of investigations.
    • Assist the Title IX Coordinator with official reports (Annual Internal Complaint Report, Crime and Safety Report, and Sexual Assault Data Survey Report) data collection.
    Compliance and Policy (10%)
    • Assist the Title IX Coordinator with selection, training, and overseeing designated Title IX team constituents to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
    • Collaborate with leadership and campus constituencies to disseminate information, redesign processes, and support the University’s and College’s investigative processes; collaborate and coordinate with compliance partners within the department and across the institutions to support the University’s and College’s overlapping compliance needs and responsibilities.
    • Assist the Title IX Coordinator with Title IX, 1B.3, and 1B.1 policy maintenance.
    Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
    • Perform other duties as assigned including, but not limited to University and College committee participation, consultation related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and building connection with Leech Lake Tribal College, Red Lake Nation College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College.
    • Maintain productive communication with bargaining unions centered on investigatory practices and policies.
    • Lead student staff within the Center for Civil Rights through a student-centered and multiculturally competent lens.

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelors’ degree in a relevant field.
  • One (1) year of experience in a Title IX investigatory capacity, employee relations, labor relations, civil rights enforcement, or related field, which provided an understanding of sexual harassment/discrimination laws and programs.
  • Experience working alongside diverse populations and demonstrated efforts to promote inclusivity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Title IX federal law and investigation practices. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of FERPA, due process and confidentiality.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Human Resources, Social Work, Law, Criminal Justice, Sociology, or related field. 
  • Experience working in a higher education setting with shared governance climate.
  • Three (3) years of professional experience working as a Title IX Investigator.
  • Formal Title IX Investigator training and/or certification.


To Apply:        

Apply for Vacancy Posting 57100, on the Minnesota Management and Budget website:

Inquiries about the position:

Steven D. Parker, Campus Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator

Phone: (218) 755-4121


If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Melanie Pakonen 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.

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.


For further information About BSU visit our website at

Review a "special report on how this former lumber town has rebuilt itself as a high-speed, regional center of enterprise" at Bemidji 2.0

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Statement of Notice

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College prohibit discrimination and sexual violence of any kind. Contact the Center for Civil Rights Investigation Office if you have concerns regarding discrimination and/or sexual violence. Per Minnesota State System Procedure 1B.3.1, all universities and colleges must provide contact information of their Title IX Coordinator.

Steven D. Parker, Campus Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator


Phone: (218) 755-4121

1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Deputy Hall, Room 211, Bemidji, MN 56601

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