Utah State University invites applications for an Executive
Director of the Office of Equity. Reporting to USU's Executive Vice
President and Provost, this position is responsible for designing
and directing programs, policies, and procedures to ensure Utah
State University's compliance with federal, state, and local laws
and regulations pertaining to equal employment opportunity,
affirmative action, non-discrimination, sexual harassment, and
other sexual misconduct. The Executive Director serves as the
University's primary contact with federal and state agencies that
enforce such laws.
This position will supervise the staff in the Office of Equity,
including the Title IX coordinator, prevention and supportive
measures specialists, investigators, a data analyst, and other
The Executive Director of the Office of Equity will have a broad
scope of responsibility in leading the university’s compliance with
affirmative action, equal opportunity, and Title IX laws and
regulations for the largest campus in Logan, USU Eastern in Price,
USU Blanding, and many other USU statewide campuses and centers
- Provides administrative leadership to the university community
in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and
- Establishes short and long-range goals, objectives, strategic
plans, and operating procedures to advance the mission of the
Office of Equity.
- Consults with university leadership and provides guidance to
faculty, staff and students on issues of equal opportunity,
affirmative action, and non-discrimination.
- Facilitates a culture of and assesses safety; reports issues
without engaging in retaliation; conducts prompt, thorough and
impartial reviews of reported incidents and makes or coordinates
determinations regarding Office of Equity jurisdiction.
- Assembles and conducts safety panels with Office of Student
Conduct and Department of Public Safety to assess threats to campus
and consider temporary discipline and/or emergency removal.
- Provides oversight for and coordinates the university’s efforts
to comply with federal and state civil rights laws, regulations,
and guidelines, including but not limited to Title IX, Title VI,
Title VII, ADEA, ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act,
including any reporting requirements under the mentioned laws and
- Ensures that claims are properly recorded and tracked and
available resources are assigned appropriately investigate, respond
rapidly, and resolve said cases under strict deadlines.
- Oversees the receipt, investigation, and resolution of
discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims by students,
employees and others protected under state and federal laws and
regulations, and the university’s non-discrimination and sexual misconduct
- Evaluates the effectiveness of the various equal opportunity,
affirmative action, and non-discrimination policies and procedures
and collaborates with other university departments (e.g., Office of
General Counsel) to develop and implement improvements as
- In conjunction with the Office of Human Resources, monitors
university employment practices relating to hiring, training,
transfers, promotions, and salary increases for compliance with
equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity goals and
recommends corrective action as necessary.
- Prepares and justifies budget requests, manages the approved
budget, and allocates resources.
- Supervises staff, allocates work assignments, ensures staff
receives adequate training, and motivates employees to achieve peak
productivity and proficiency. Also responsible for hiring,
terminating, and evaluating performance of department staff.
- Creates and coordinates deliverables and other communications
to reviewing federal agencies and drafts and amends policies and
procedures consistent with federal oversight, including the
university’s agreement with the U.S.
Department of Justice.
- Master’s degree plus a minimum of five years of work experience
in Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, non-discrimination, Title
IX, and/or related field, or Juris Doctor degree plus three years
of experience in these fields.
- Minimum of three years of work experience managing multiple
people and programs.
- Experience leading and advocating for groups from
underrepresented backgrounds, as well as for non-discrimination,
inclusion, cultural diversity, and equity.
- Ability to interpret and apply best practices to federal and
state equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and
- Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and
ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- A Juris Doctor degree.
- Seven years of work experience in Affirmative Action, Equal
Opportunity, Title IX Investigations, and/or related field.
- Minimum of five years of experience managing programs and
- Experience evaluating, developing, and managing equal
opportunity and affirmative action programs, regulations, and/or
- Experience with managing budgets.
- Demonstrated skill in developing and implementing new
strategies, operations, and procedures.
- Experience conducting or supervising discrimination and sexual
- Professional experience in a higher education setting.
- Experience using Maxient or similar case management
- Ability to humanely address issues of a confidential and
sensitive nature and the ability to exercise discretion and good
judgment to address such matters.
- Demonstrated commitment to neutrality and impartiality.
- Working knowledge of data and data collection principles.
- Ability to motivate, train, coordinate and supervise a
team-based office staff.
- Ability to work under multiple deadlines and sensitive
- Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
Along with the online application, please include:
- Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your
application in the Candidate Profile under
- Cover Letter to be uploaded under "Documents
- Three (3) to five (5) professional references completed in the
Candidates advancing to the next round of review will be asked to
provide a Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Nominations and inquiries should be sent to:
Vice Provost Janis Boettinger, search committee chair
Utah State University
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
1435 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-1435
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or
contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.
The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive
The Office of Equity is a reporting unit to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
For further information, please visit: https://www.usu.edu/equity/
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to
be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie
RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with
approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040
graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide
system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves
all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114
undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of
innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials.
Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings
in 2019 and the 5th best public
national university in the nation
in 2018. As
one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud
to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price.
Additional information about Utah State University can be found
A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and
people in economic development, improvements to quality of life,
and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge,
the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the
state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant
tradition of partnering with communities to address critical
societal issues in the interest of the public good.
The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan,
; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain
valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding
recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and
Notice of Non-discrimination
In its programs and activities, including in admissions and
employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate
discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a
protected veteran, or any other status protected by University
policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries
regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing
regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:
Executive Director of the Office of Equity
, Old Main Rm. 161,
Title IX Coordinator
Hilary Renshaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Old Main Rm. 161,
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit
U.S. Department of Education,
Office of Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education,
Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov
USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a
Dual Career Assistance program
to support careers for partners who are also seeking
To apply, visit https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/4221/
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