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Executive Director, Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance

Apply now Job no: 492355
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: St. Louis, MO
Categories: Management & Leadership

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Job Summary/Basic Function

At Maryville University, we power dreams, not just degrees.  Our vision is to be the innovative leader in higher education promoting a revolution in student learning that expands access and opportunities for all. 

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Facilities, the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator upholds the values of equity and diversity and is the university official charged with developing, implementing, and monitoring university programs, policies, and procedures to: ensure compliance with federal and state laws, ensure equal opportunity and access, prevent and address discrimination across campus, and oversee all aspects of university, agency, state and federal law compliance and reporting.

The Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator oversees and directs programs to prevent, detect, and respond appropriately to violations of University policy and applicable federal and state laws related to equal opportunity, equal access, and non-discrimination across campus, including but not limited to the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination Employment Act, Title IX, Violence Against Women Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA Standards of Accessible Design, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act, as well as other related federal and state regulatory and statutory obligations (“Federal & State Compliance Requirements”).

In their role as Title IX Coordinator, the Executive Director is charged with administering the University’s Title IX program and ensuring University compliance with applicable case law, regulations and guidance, including new regulations. The Executive Director will directly manage and supervise the day-to-day work and duties of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, investigators, and other Title IX team members. The Executive Director will ensure that case processing and investigative strategies are internally calibrated and that duties between Title IX members are appropriately segregated to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and alignment with best practices.

With the support of Deputy Title IX Coordinators, these responsibilities include, among other duties: (a) ensuring and tracking required participation in training and professional development for the Title IX team, including deputy coordinators, investigators and adjudicators; receiving and signing formal complaints; (b) conducting preliminary assessment of formal complaints; (c) where applicable, closing or dismissing complaints, and/or referring complaints to other University business units; (d) offering, coordinating, and delivering reasonable support measures and other remedies; (e) decision-making related to interim dismissals under the University’s Title IX policy; (f) providing notice of formal complaints; (g) assigning investigators; (h) managing the administration of any hearing or similar adjudication process; (i) appointment of hearing officers or administrative adjudicators; and (j) oversee the informal resolution and appeals processes. The Executive Director will actively engage in strategies and training to ensure the University’s Title IX program is equitable and consistent with the principles and spirit of fair process and provides for a process to mitigate any occurrence of conflicts of interest and bias.

The Executive Director also serves as the University’s ADA/Section 504 Coordinator and will direct the work of the Title IX team. As the institutional compliance leader, the Executive Director will monitor and audit the University’s compliance with all Federal and State Compliance Requirements, apply compliance regulations, rules, and practices. This highly collaborative role requires partnership and coordination working with department leaders and developing/maintaining a compliance matrix and repository of compliance resources.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance is charged with responding to allegations of violations of the University’s Policy Against Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation, Policy for Employing People with Disabilities, and Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. The Executive Director provides oversight, monitoring, and administrative support to ensure responses and investigations are timely, thorough, and impartial providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance will develop and deliver educational programming, manage employee and student grievance processes to include a confidential reporting process, provide reports and information to senior administration and the Board of Trustees as requested, provides resources to the campus community, and performs other related duties as assigned to foster an inclusive environment and a culture of compliance.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master's degree or JD.
• Ten (10) or more years of experience and knowledge interpreting and applying internal policies and state and federal statutes and regulations dealing with all nondiscrimination laws set forth under Federal & State Compliance Requirements above.
• Five (5) or more years of experience investigating formal and informal complaints of sexual harassment/misconduct and complaints of prohibited discrimination, harassment and retaliation involving all forms of alleged violations of applicable policies.
• Three (3) or more years of experience and knowledge interpreting and applying internal policies and state and federal statutes and regulations relating to the disability laws set forth under Federal & State Compliance Requirements above.
• Three (3) or more years of experience and knowledge complying with the reporting requirements of government agencies.
• Three (3) or more years of progressive experience supervising professional staff demonstrating excellent leadership, planning, organizational and managerial skills including proven ability to perform as a team player.
• Demonstrated awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion to support an inclusive and welcoming environment.
• Proven ability to assess campus-wide training needs and develop and implement innovative and meaningful educational programming for faculty, staff, and students relating to equal opportunity, equal access, and non-discrimination across campus.
• Knowledge of Federal and State equal opportunity, equal access and non-discrimination laws/regulations as set forth above.
• Appreciation for the complexities surrounding civil rights and sexual misconduct cases in a university setting and ability to anticipate issues and adapt quickly to changes in the legal and regulatory environment.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain neutrality, exercise diplomacy, good judgement, and discretion, maintain confidentiality at the highest level and adhere to strict professional standards.
• Proven ability to work calmly under pressure, maintain flexibility, and work collaboratively within a team.
• Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve problems in a positive and productive manner.
• Demonstrated experience prioritizing, planning and directing multiple projects with varied deadlines.
• Exceptional communication skills including, written, interpersonal, and public speaking.
• Bias for execution, ability to manage details, anticipate needs, and drive others to produce results.
• Extraordinary organizational skills including efficient management of time and resources.
• Seeks opportunities for improvement and innovation and creates solutions consistent with university policies and university philosophy.

Preferred Qualifications


Physical Demands


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background screening.

Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employment authorization will not be considered for this position.

Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring, training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, and termination.

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