Director, Title IX, and Equity & Compliance

Pellissippi State Community College
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 11, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration, Legal Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time

Title: Director, Title IX, and Equity & Compliance

Department: Equity and Compliance/President’s Office

Number of Positions: 1

Position #: 100780

Type of Appointment: Full-Time

FLSA Status: Exempt

Required Documents Needed to Upload at Time of Application:

· Resume

· Unofficial Transcripts

· Three Professional References (See below)

Reference check requirements:

· Non-supervisory roles: three (3) current or former supervisors

· Personal references (friends, co-workers, clergy, customers, relatives) are not considered acceptable references

About Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State Community College is one of 40 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. TBR is the governing board of the College System of Tennessee, offering more than 400 programs of study at the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus. The college serves an average of 10,000 students, making it the largest community college in Tennessee by enrollment. Pellissippi State Community College offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement programs, time off including annual and sick leave, and much more.

In 2018, Pellissippi State became a member of an Achieve the Dream (ATD) three-year cohort adopting a theme of Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish Strong for our work. Achieve the Dream has partnered with the program Integrated Student Experience at Pellissippi State (Insteps) to improve the fall-to-fall retention rates for full-time and part-time students by 13% in the next five years. Our vision is to ensure every student who attends Pellissippi State will develop a sense of belonging and confidence in their ability to succeed academically, grow intellectually, and make timely progress towards achieving their educational and vocational goals. If this is something that aligns with your values, we encourage you to apply.

Culture and Diversity

Knoxville claims a wide range of forward thinking national and international talents. The scholarly influence on the Knoxville metropolitan area bred literary greats including James Agee, Cormac McCarthy, and Nikki Giovanni. Knoxville is home to one of the largest sculptures dedicated to an African American in the country. Located in Haley Heritage Square is a 13-foot high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley who chose to spend the last several years of his life in Knoxville. Renowned artists Beauford Delaney and Joseph Delaney hailed from Knoxville. Musicians Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, the Everly Brothers, and RB Morris called Knoxville home during their careers. Women’s suffragist Lizzie Crozier French was active in the ratification of the 19th amendment and was born and raised in Knoxville.

The lasting influence of these artists and activists leaves the Knoxville area as a welcoming area to live and work. More about the area and support groups can be found at Visit Knoxville , the Beck Cultural Exchange Center , the Knoxville Urban League , Knoxville City , Knox County , My Knox Village , Knox Pride , Centro Hispano de East TN , and Knoxville chamber

Position Summary: The Director, Title IX and Equity & Compliance will design and implement appropriate Title IX and sex and gender discrimination, and civil rights discrimination training efforts in collaboration with the Executive Director of Equity & Compliance, the Director, Talent Management and guidance from the institution’s legal counsel; coordinate responses, investigations, and resolutions to reports or complaints; coordinate sexual violence prevention and advocacy programming, including awareness months/days; review and propose appropriate revisions to policies, procedures, and forms; track all appropriate statistics and compose written reports required by college policy, federal, and state regulations and law (including, Title IX, VAWA, Clery Act, state and local laws) and maintain all related logs and records. The Director, Title IX and Equity & Compliance reports to the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance.

Essential Functions:

30% Provide strategic leadership to coordinate and manage all of the College's Title IX efforts, including the development and implementation of programs at all campus sites for employees and students;

Serve as subject-matter expert and remain current on requirements of compliance with non-discrimination laws and regulations concerning Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA, Campus SaVE, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, relationship violence and other applicable laws;

Provide training for all investigators and hearing advisors on an annual basis or as deemed appropriate by institutional need and federal and state regulations.

Compose quarterly and annual reports for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Title IX Coordinator and College President’s Review; contribute to the coordination and completion of other reports mandated by Federal, State and local agencies; and assist in the analysis and/or preparation of reports indicating report or complaint trends and college climate based on collected data.

Assist in the coordination and administration of the campus climate survey using results to determine effectiveness and enhance training and educational programming efforts.

(In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Office at the College) Create and maintain all mandatory public postings, online reporting and website informational pages, and physical publications, including the Title IX Services annual report.

Responsible for the monitoring of appropriate disclosures, policies, procedures and practices designed to comply with TBR, PSCC, federal and state legislation, regulations, statutory and case law requiring the prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints pursuant to applicable laws and/or institutional policies;

Assist with strengthening campus culture in support of a safe and respectful work and learning environment through leading education, training, prevention, outreach efforts related to non-discrimination, Title IX, SaVE, Sexual Misconduct, relationship violence and retaliation;

Coordinate the sexual violence prevention and advocacy function, including planning and implementing programming for awareness months; and engaging in community partnerships with local organizations.

Responsible to consult with and/or keep campus leadership and other appropriate policy-making bodies informed of relevant activities of the Title IX program for the purpose of advising, clarifying and identifying necessary action to eliminate protected class discrimination in all educational programs and activities;

Oversee the selection and training of Decision Makers and panel members to ensure application of consistent practices and fair standards for all complaints;

Knowledge of federal (Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, Clery Act, ADA/504, ADEA, etc.) and state laws, practices, rules, and regulations related to sex and gender discrimination and civil rights discrimination.

Knowledge of trauma-informed practices and demonstrated ability to work effectively with survivors of assault.

Knowledge and awareness of the importance of and demonstrated ability to provide fairness and due process to persons accused of sexual misconduct.

Know, understand and support the mission and values of Pellissippi State Community College including but not limited to its commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

20% Serve as a resource for students, faculty, staff and the administration on Title IX issues including harassment, domestic violence and sexual misconduct. Provide support for the complainant and respondent and information about the process.

Coordinate campus-wide education and training and annual Title IX Campaign outreach programs for employees and students; plan and execute activities during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, etc.

Develop the content and periodically review the College’s Title IX webpage and ensure the information is accurate and current at all times.

30% Using best practices conduct a prompt, equitable and impartial investigation into complaints including preparing an investigative plan and timeline, identifying and interviewing appropriate parties and gathering and assessing supporting data relevant to the investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation utilize judgment to determine whether to resolve the complaint formally or informally and provide a report of findings to appropriate parties utilizing appropriate college policy (P-080, Sexual Misconduct). This should be a comprehensive investigative report that includes recommended sanctions and/or remedial actions, when appropriate. Must work closely with TBR general counsel and submit final report to the President for review and approval.

Responsible for keeping complete records of investigations, including detailed description of allegations, notes on all interviews, outcome of investigations, and any action taken. Responsible for maintaining records in the PAVE database to ensure that all Equity and Compliance forms are updated and accurate.

10% Collaborate with designated officials in offices such as Human Resources, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Campus Police Department, Counseling Services, Campus Deans and other key stakeholders on complaints and/or concerns presented to Equity and Compliance.

10% Assist with development, review and implementation of PSCC Affirmative Action Plan. Evaluate hiring documents to ensure compliance with EEO laws and regulations and campus hiring processes. Miscellaneous duties as assigned

Key Results Areas: This position will provide the strategic leadership for developing and managing all aspects of the college’s Title IX obligations. Measurable outcomes include meeting strategic outcomes in the Title IX program; providing timely investigations of complaints of discrimination; results of campus-wide outreach initiatives and training.

Job Requirements:

· Bachelor’s Degree required; J.D. degree or Master’s degree preferred; in criminal justice, psychology, or related field. Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.

· Minimum of five years’ progressively responsible, full-time experience in student affairs and/or higher education or comparable professional experience;

· Experience working in a collaborative environment in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion;

Must have familiarity with Title IX, Non-Discrimination laws, policies and regulations, VAWA, Campus SaVE, EEO and Affirmative Action.

Demonstrated ability to work with confidential and/or sensitive information and have the ability to conduct internal investigations.

Experience investigating or adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct and /or domestic violence preferred.

A background in student affairs, student conduct, legal, human resources, equity and inclusion or a closely related field preferred.

Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% of full-time experience.

Skills & Abilities:

Able to engage in the college’s mission and values

Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Demonstrates ability to be innovative and adaptable

Experience building, maintaining and fostering meaningful relationships

Demonstrates a high degree of emotional intelligence, patience and tact

Ability to analyze, prioritize and complete tasks both independently and collaboratively

Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality

Keeps errors and mistakes to a minimum ensuring accuracy and consistency

Comfortability working with diverse populations including socioeconomic, race and ethnicity dimensions

Demonstrates strong presentation skills

Expresses thoughts clearly via written communication without grammatical and spelling errors

Strong analytical and critical-thinking and problem-solving skills

Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations policies and procedures

Ability to remain equitable

Possess a high degree of attention to detail & organization skills

Ability to document in an ethical and legal manner

Ability to perform all of the aforementioned essential functions of the position

Complexity & Creativity:

This position requires a very high level of analytical ability. The individual must have the knowledge and ability to interpret federal, state and local equal opportunity, civil rights and non-discrimination laws and regulations. This includes the ability to interpret and practically apply institutional policies and federal regulations surrounding non-discrimination laws and regulations including Title IX. In addition, they must possess outstanding writing and critical thinking skills; ability to problem solve and work independently to establish an investigative plan for investigations. They must have a firm understanding of the federal laws surrounding discrimination and affirmative action. Serving as a subject matter expert requires that the knowledge level of this individual be strong. The findings submitted by the Director are heavily relied on by the President and other decision makers. There is a high consequence of error.

Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, writing and speaking skills with the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, patrons, community members and administrative personnel in a collegiate environment.

Must be able to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds including individuals who have experienced and/or are accused of sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and/or retaliation.

Demonstrated ability to work independently, oversee and manage an investigatory workload and meet deadlines in a time-sensitive environment.

Magnitude of Impact:

This position has campus-wide impact as they lead the strategic efforts for the development and evaluation of the institution’s Title IX plan. They must stay abreast of best practices and advise campus leadership on internal and external trends and provide avenues for corrective measures. They will also assist with affirmative action planning and evaluation. They will assist with monitoring of hiring documents, procedures and outcomes and recommend corrective action if necessary. Further, they will conduct campus-wide training on various non-discrimination topics and conduct investigations involving individuals from all levels of the organization

Responsibility for Accuracy:

Conducting thorough investigations is one of the primary responsibilities of this position. This position will work with TBR general counsel and counsel for any of the parties of a complaint. Their work can be heavily scrutinized by outside counsel. It is critical that all steps of the process are followed and documented to ensure that all parties receive Due Process. TBR General counsel relies on the accuracy of the information being reported by the investigator to evaluate and ensure that the findings are within the law. If there was a major error made by the investigator it could cost the institution financially and/or damage the image of the institution. Outside agencies such as OCR, DOJ, THRC could institute sanctions if they felt that the quality of the internal investigations were flawed. Further, the President uses the findings of the investigator as the basis of the final outcome of a complaint. Again, the President’s credibility and that of the institution could be tarnished by the work of the Deputy Title IX Coordinator if not appropriately done.

Judgement and Decisions:

This individual will make independent decisions on a regular basis concerning investigations. They must keep their supervisor informed of their work but by the very nature of investigations, they will follow their instincts and training to determine the depth and breadth of their investigations. General Counsel will review the findings of the investigator before they are sent to appropriate parties. Legal relies on the accuracy of the document submitted by the investigator as a basis for their recommendations moving forward.

This person will review hiring documents for Affirmative Action purposes and make immediate, independent decisions on how to proceed. It is expected that if there is an extremely unusual circumstance that they seek clarification from their supervisor or HR. In this role they will work with individuals from all levels of the organization.

Nature of Contacts: This employee will work with all levels of staff including the President, VPs, Executive Directors, faculty, staff, students and patrons. As an investigator this position will first communicate to find facts, gain an understanding, then evaluate and apply policy and possibly negotiate and resolve conflicts where appropriate and consistent with current college policy, state and federal law. This position requires strong analytical ability and excellent communication skills. As a trainer, the interactions will be to provide information, evaluate questions/concerns and serve as the subject matter expert

Full-time Employment Benefits:

• Insurance Options Health, dental, vision, life, short/long-term disability, FSA/HSA Wellness Incentive Program, if enrolled in health plan

• Educational Assistance Fee Waiver Spouse/Dependent discounts Audit/Non-Credit Reimbursement Program

• Employee Assistance Program

• Retirement options Tennessee traditional pension plan option (TCRS) 401k with $50 company match/457/403b

• Employee Discount program with over 900+companies

• 13 Paid Holidays/Year Includes paid days off the last week of December

• Sick Leave Bank

• Longevity Pay

• Many opportunities for professional development

Pay Rate: $50,300 - $62,520.00/per year. Pay will be determined based on related work experience above required. To be considered in determining pay, all related work experience must be listed on the application.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for a position at Pellissippi State, you must create an on-line application. Your skills, abilities, qualifications, and years of experience will be evaluated using only what is recorded on your application. Work experience that is not listed on the application will not be considered towards compensation. Please note: attaching a resume does not substitute for completion of the application form. Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% of full-time experience. Please note: to scan, upload, or attach documents, a computer and scanner are available at the Hardin Valley Campus Educational Resources Center, if needed.

Pellissippi State Community College is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA employer

If you have any problems or questions please contact Human Resources at Pellissippi State Community College’s Human Resource Office at 865-694-6607 or by email at .

If you are interested in this position, click on the link to the left to apply.


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