Director of Equal Opportunity and Access
Administrative, Professional & Staff
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS
Jul 25, 2023
Open Until Filled
FT - Continuous
About Western Illinois University:
Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review.
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning
Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional,
residential campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan,
non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.
Western Illinois University seeks a collaborative, innovative, and
compliance-minded leader to serve as the Director of Equal
Opportunity and Access. The position, which reports to the Vice
President for Finance and Administration, oversees WIU's compliance
with Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Access policies and
programs and Title IX. The Director collaborates with University
faculty, staff, administrators, and students to uphold and enhance
Western Illinois University's affirmative action and equal
opportunity programs and values.
The Equal Opportunity and Access office ensures that University
policies and programs are in compliance with federal and state
regulatory agencies, including Illinois Department of Human Rights
(IDHR), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the
Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The University's Anti-Harassment
Policy is administered by the Office. The Director is also the
Campus Compliance Coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities
Act and the Title IX Coordinator for the university.
The Director of Equal Opportunity and Access will acquire a
comprehensive understanding of the key issues affecting affirmative
action and equal opportunity; shape and implement appropriate
strategies, structures, and staffing for the Office; and lead and
oversee the University's Title IX compliance. In addition, the
Director will manage and ensure fair and respectful treatment of
the University's students and employees consistent with WIU's
mission, values and non-discrimination policies, and in accordance
with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. This
position will investigate and resolve complaints of bias,
discrimination and sexual misconduct. The selected candidate will
be an effective communicator, and will provide information,
direction, and support for new compliance initiatives, as well as
continue educating the campus community about the importance of
institutional compliance and the role of Title IX and equal
APPOINTMENT: October 1, 2023, or negotiated start date.
COMPENSATION: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications
and experience will be provided to the successful candidate.
Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package
including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information
- Bachelor's degree in Higher Education, criminal justice, human
resources, psychology, sociology or a field closely related to the
- Three (3) years of demonstrated progressive experience in equal
opportunity, affirmative action, civil rights compliance, Title IX
compliance administration, or similar professional experience.
- A current and thorough understanding of best practices and
trends related to the issues surrounding Title IX.
- Demonstrated experience conducting complaint and Title IX
investigations and performing data analysis.
- Excellent verbal, written, and presentational communication
skills with the ability to convey complex yet highly sensitive and
emotional issues appropriately and with empathy.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal
(Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, Clery, ADA/504, ADEA, etc.)
and state laws, practices, rules, and regulations related to sex
and gender discrimination and civil rights discrimination.
- Successful record of and commitment to promoting justice,
inclusion, diversity, and equity.
For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a
regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher
education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).
Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time
- Master's degree.
- Two (2) years of professional work experience in higher
Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding
educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois
and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential
campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and
athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities
non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only
public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.
Western's traditional, residential
main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and
graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and
post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west
central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture,
industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as
the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak
providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in
between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad
Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the
Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).
Located on the banks of the
Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus
is the only public four-year regional university that serves the
Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus,
WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb
campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of
383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and
entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied
businesses and industries.
to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism
Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion
for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to
anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and
diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential
element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces
individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports
broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the
educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as
integral to the success of all individuals.
At WIU, we will:
- Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our
University communities. Educate and empower students, staff, and
faculty to be social justice advocates.
- Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and
environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our
communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and
- Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University
facilities, programs, resources, and services.
- Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
- Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring
practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and
faculty from diverse backgrounds.
- Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation,
retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
- Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued
commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice,
More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs,
two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate
programs prepare students for a successful career after
More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social,
academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other
opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership
skills, and much more.
Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural
events and more are presented and performed each year, along with
numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows,
and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a
diverse and inclusive campus environment.
The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource
centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and
the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers
promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and
inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.
The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus,
sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's
varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football
Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football
Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I
level through The Summit League
APPLICATION: Complete applications include:
1) a letter of application
2) current curriculum vita or resume
3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three
current professional references
4) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity,
equity and inclusion
5) Copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any
certifications/licenses are also required at the time of
application; official copies will be requested of the selected
Upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by
navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/
**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under
2 MB in size.
Screening will begin on September 1, 2023.
Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment
for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to
a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is
contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures
relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in
the background investigation.
Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Human Resources
For assistance with the online application system contact the
Office of Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at
Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal
Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that
spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications
from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to,
minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU
has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based
on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race,
color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic
information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by
state or federal law.
To apply, visit https://wiu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=165163&CNTRNO=2&TSTMP=0