Assistant Director, Title IX
The Assistant Director, Title IX is responsible for assisting the Director, Title IX with oversight, implementation, and management of Vanderbilt University’s policies, procedures, response, investigation, and compliance efforts related to sexual misconduct, gender equity, interpersonal and partner violence, and pregnancy and parenting accommodations. The Assistant Director reports to the Director and works with the investigative team to assure efficient and effective case management. The Assistant Director, Title IX is responsible for assisting the Director, Title IX with oversight, implementation, and management of Vanderbilt University’s policies, procedures, response, investigation, and compliance efforts related to sexual misconduct, gender equity, interpersonal and partner violence, and pregnancy and parenting accommodations. The Assistant Director reports to the Director and works with the investigative team to assure efficient and effective case management.
The Title IX Office cultivates a safer and more inclusive learning, living, and working environment through prevention, education, and outreach efforts; provides strong reporting and investigative channels for sexual misconduct; and reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of these efforts. The Title IX Office also offers support to the campus community through supportive measures, identification of available internal and external support resources, and pregnancy and parenting accommodations.
Duties and Responsibilities
- In consultation with the Director, manages workflow of Title IX investigatory unit, including intake, informational meetings, investigation strategy, and troubleshooting. Oversees timely input and maintenance of incident reports, status updates, and closure memoranda in the case management system.
- Provides on-going updates regarding the status of reports, complaints, and investigations to the Title IX Director. This includes initial reviews of investigative reports before review by the Director.
- Collaborates with the Director to develop and deliver reports to university partners.
- Communicates with key internal and external stakeholders regarding incident reports and the status of ongoing investigations.
- Investigates allegations of sexual misconduct, including creating an investigation plan, conducting party and witness interviews, gathering and securing relevant documentation, writing and otherwise preparing investigation reports, communicating with parties and witnesses throughout the investigation, and, as necessary, participating in the adjudication process. Works with appropriate campus partners to address reports of sexual misconduct that do not result in formal complaints but may require remediation.
- Works in collaboration with the Informal Resolution and Supportive Measures Manager to provide comprehensive support to individuals participating in Title IX processes, including provision of accommodations.
- Works in collaboration with the Director, Title IX and Equal Access team to collect, curate, and review data to inform operations and goal-setting Trains and counsels university students, faculty, and staff regarding prevention of and response to sexual misconduct and Vanderbilt policies relating to same.
- Participates in self-directed professional reading, develops professional contacts with colleagues, and attends relevant professional development courses and trainings to build professional expertise.
- Contributes to the overall success of the university by performing other duties as assigned by the Director, which could include but are not limited to: identification of professional development opportunities for the team, review of new technologies, and renewal and maintenance of website.
- Other duties as assigned
This position assists the Director with management of the investigative team, including initial review and editing of investigation reports. The position reports to the Director, Title IX.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required
- An advanced degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is strongly preferred
- At least three years of directly-related experience is strongly preferred Knowledge of nondiscrimination laws and compliance regulations including but not limited to: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act, FERPA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is required
- Experience in a university setting is preferred
- Familiarity with current best practices and a working knowledge of emerging issues in equity and compliance
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively convey complex information to a wide array of audiences
- Excellent judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive, confidential data and information
- Strong organizational and time management techniques with the ability to prioritize and complete work with firm deadlines
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to listen well and exhibit sensitivity to and respect for individual needs
- Empathy for, and real-world experience with, the wide range of disciplines, interests, and people represented at the university and a deep appreciation for the university’s mission and values
- Ability to work both autonomously and in consultation with the Director, Title IX and colleagues
- Ability to develop sensitive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents/guardians (where appropriate)
- Honest, with the highest personal and professional integrity
- Outgoing and collaborative style that fosters cooperation and involvement
- Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work well under pressure
- Willingness to take ownership of a project from outset through completion
- Proactively supports the Director, Title IX and all initiatives of Equal Access, continuously seeking opportunities to assist and elevate department work product, organization, and outputs
- Embraces change and provides consistent leadership to all team members
- Proactively searches for solutions to challenges within the office and the department, strives to offer creative solutions, and implements, or partners with other team members to implement, those solutions
- Professional demeanor that engenders confidence and demonstrates credibility
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