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Associate Vice President for Title IX and Equal Opportunity (APPLY VIA SEARCH FIRM)

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San José State University (SJSU or the university) is committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning, living, and working environment for all members of its campus community. In support of this commitment, the university is combining its Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (DHR) programs into one office: the Office for Title IX and Equal Opportunity. The Associate Vice President for Title IX and Equal Opportunity (AVP) will be responsible for leading the new office and ensuring the effective implementation of its civil rights mission. As the University’s Title IX Coordinator and DHR Administrator, the AVP must possess and maintain a high level of subject matter expertise on Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, CA FEHA, and postsecondary institutional trends in Title IX and DHR administration.

Reporting to the Vice President for Strategy & Chief of Staff, the AVP is responsible for providing leadership in the administration of a comprehensive range of university services in support of a campus environment free of protected status discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation. Working in close collaboration with various campus partners, the AVP is tasked with designing and maintaining appropriate protocols and internal controls that facilitate compliance with related federal and state equal rights and nondiscrimination laws, as well as the California State University (CSU) Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation (CSU Nondiscrimination Policy).

Key Responsibilities
  • Support the mission of the university by overseeing institutional compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, other federal and state equal rights and nondiscrimination laws, and the CSU Nondiscrimination Policy.
  • Supervise the work and professional development of all staff in the Office for Title IX and Equal Opportunity and deliver their performance evaluations.
  • Provide periodic reports to the President, the Vice President for Strategy & Chief of Staff, and other senior administrators on the university’s Title IX and DHR program.
  • Develop and lead Title IX and DHR-related campus committees and participate as the Title IX and DHR representative in CSU system-wide committees and groups.
  • Keep abreast of trends in Title IX and DHR implementation practices by attending Title IX and DHR trainings and participating in Title IX Coordinator and DHR Administrator working groups.
  • Provide timely notifications and updates on all employee matters to University Personnel to ensure accurate personnel information is maintained in official personnel files and/or that appropriate action is taken as needed.
  • Oversee the university’s response to external audits/requests for information about the university’s compliance with federal and state equal rights and nondiscrimination laws.
  • Ensure that complainants and respondents involved in any resolution remain appropriately informed and updated on the process.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to the office’s Civil Rights Investigators, as well as external investigators and Hearing Officers on scope, procedural issues, interpretations of applicable university policies, and report writing.
  • Oversee the Review of Evidence phase of investigations (as defined by the CSU Nondiscrimination Policy).
  • Continuously review, analyze, and identify patterns of protected status discrimination and/or harassment, including sexual harassment and misconduct; when appropriate, develop measures to address concerns.
  • Create an enterprise-wide marketing plan to raise campus awareness of the new Office for Title IX and Equal Opportunity and its scope.
  • Develop and deliver training to campus constituents on the CSU Nondiscrimination Policy and the Office for Title IX and Equal Opportunity’s services.
  • Represent the university and ensure compliance with external audits of the university’s Title IX and DHR programs.
  • Respond to requests for information from the Office for Title IX and Equal Opportunity made under the Public Records Act.
  • Ensure the university’s compliance with all federal and state recordkeeping requirements for investigations, hearings, determinations of responsibility, disciplinary sanctions, remedies, appeals, informal resolution outcomes, supportive measures, and materials used to train the office’s staff, decision-makers, and facilitators of informal resolution.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Possess expert knowledge of Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, CA FEHA, and other relevant federal and state laws, regulations, and guidance
  • In-depth knowledge of effective practices for developing and implementing Title IX and DHR compliant protocols and processes for a large, public college or university
  • Deep experience in conducting civil rights investigations and writing investigation reports
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills with an emphasis on education and training for a variety of campus constituents
  • Experience with implementing a holistic and trauma-informed approach to the intake and initial assessment process; able to adapt, with empathy, to the changing needs of a complainant and respondent when offering and providing supportive measures
  • An understanding of on and off campus crisis resources that will help community members during stressful and traumatic times
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, planning, and management skills along with previous experience supervising cross divisional and cross departmental teams
  • An understanding of on and off campus crisis resources that will help community members during stressful and traumatic times
  • Ability to address stressful situations while maintaining composure and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem-solving skills
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum three years of high-level or progressive responsibility developing, overseeing, and/or implementing a Title IX and/or DHR program in a higher education setting
  • Experience conducting civil rights investigations, including investigations involving allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of interpersonal violence
Preferred Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor or Master’s degree in Social Work, Gender Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Higher Ed. Administration, Education and Educational Psychology or other closely related fields

Classification: Administrator IV
Anticipated Hiring Range: $15,000/month - $16,500/month
CSU Salary Range: $9,167/month - $29,425/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal .

WittKieffer is assisting San José State University in this important search. Applicants will be actively reviewed, please respond promptly for priority consideration.

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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment, and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third-party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: September 13, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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San Jose State University

As one of the most transformative universities in the nation, San José State is ready for big change. As part of Transformation 2030, SJSU's strategic plan, the campus community is dedicated to realizing the university's potential as a nationally prominent urban public university. San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study. With approximately 36,000 students and nearly 4,300 employees, SJSU is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and California. 

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the state of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Founded in 1857, San José State's history began before the Civil War, as the first State Normal School, which trained teachers who educated the people of a young California. Now, SJSU is a dynamic comprehensive university that anchors the 10th largest city in the United States, and Spartans are found around the globe. 

Faculty members combine research, scholarship and creative activity with industry or practical experience—incubating a problem-solving and entrepreneurial mindset. 

Joining the SJSU community means becoming part of an organization that has worldwide impact. Along with its rich history, SJSU is a dynamic and diverse community in the heart of downtown San José. Embark on your future at SJSU!

As employees of the California State University (CSU), you have a comprehensive program of health benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible benefits programs and more available to you and, in many instances, your family. Additionally, you may be eligible to extend your health, dental and vision benefits to dependents up to age 26.

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