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Director - Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity job in Logan

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Utah (UT), Logan
Employer:  Utah State University
City:  Logan
State:  Utah (UT)
Zip Code:  84322

Director - Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity
Utah State University  - Logan, UT
Utah State University invites applications for a new Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. Reporting to the Provost, the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity 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 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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity to include the Title IX Coordinator, a Prevention Specialist (both currently undergoing searches), and two investigators/specialists.

The Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity will have a broad scope of responsibility in leading the University’s compliance with equal opportunity, affirmative action, and Title IX laws and regulations for the main campus in Logan, USU’s regional campuses, and USU Eastern campuses in Price and Blanding. Specific responsibilities include the following:

Provides administrative leadership to the University community in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, non-discrimination, diversity, and inclusion.
Establishes short and long-range goals, objectives, strategic plans, and operating procedures to advance the mission of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.
Consults with University leadership and provides guidance to faculty, staff and students on issues of equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination.
Facilitates a culture of safety; reports issues without retaliation; conducts prompt, thorough and impartial reviews of reported incidents.
Provides oversight for and coordinates the University’s efforts to comply with federal and state civil rights laws, regulations, and guidelines, such as Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADEA, ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, to include any required reporting.
Ensures that complaints in assigned areas of responsibility are properly recorded and tracked and available resources are assigned to appropriately investigate and resolve said complaints.
Oversees the receipt, investigation, and resolution of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints by students, employees and others protected under state and federal laws and regulations, the University’s non-discrimination and non-harassment policies, and/or the University’s Affirmative Action plan.
Evaluates the effectiveness of the various equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination programs, policies, and procedures and collaborates with other University departments (e.g. Office of General Counsel) to develop and implement improvements as necessary.
Monitors University employment practices relating to hiring, training, transfers, promotions, and salary increases for compliance with equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity goals; recommends corrective action as required.
Prepares and justifies budget requests, manages the approved budget, and allocates resources.
Supervises staff, allocates work assignments, ensures adequate training is received, and motivates employees to achieve peak productivity. Also responsible for hiring, terminating, and evaluating performance of department staff.
Dept/College Highlights:
Utah State University (USU) is Utah’s land-grant university founded in 1888. The university is a Carnegie RU/H institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, three regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 27 centers throughout the state. USU offers 159 undergraduate majors, 155 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials.

The USU main campus is in Cache Valley, a community of about 114,000 located in a picturesque mountain valley in Northern Utah about 80 miles from Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at:

USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission. USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and offers a Dual Career Assistance program.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of seven years of relevant work experience.
Demonstrated commitment to the principles of affirmative action as well as the promotion of cultural diversity and inclusion.
Experience addressing issues of a confidential and sensitive nature and the ability to exercise discretion and good judgement to address such matters.
Demonstrated experience developing, managing, and evaluating equal opportunity and affirmative action programs, regulations, and policies.
Ability to interpret and apply best practices to federal and state equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and regulations such as: Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA and the Campus Save Act, the ADA of 1990 and Amendment Act of 2008, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the VRRA, the Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act and USERRA as they relate to institutions of higher education.
Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
Ability to be assertive and decisive with strong decision-making skills.
Ability to solve varied complex issues, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using knowledge and skills, and general precedents.
Ability to motivate, train, coordinate and supervise office staff.
Ability to work under multiple deadlines and sensitive timelines.
Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
Basic knowledge and ability to use computer technology.
Preferred Qualifications:

A Juris Doctorate or master’s degree and five years of relevant work experience.
Experience in creating and implementing equal opportunity, affirmative action, and/or Title IX compliance programs in a university setting.
Experience with managing budgets.
Demonstrated skill in re-engineering operations and procedures and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Experience conducting or supervising discrimination and harassment investigations.
Experience in a higher education setting and demonstrated ability to work with a diverse and wide range of constituencies.
Opportunity Type:
Full-Time w/benefits package
Percent of Time or Hours per Week:
Advertised Salary:
Nationally competitive based on qualifications and experience and includes a generous benefits package
Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application process):
Cover Letter, Other, Resume/CV
Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please provide:
1. 3-5 Professional References (captured on the application).

2. Under "Other" documents please provide a Vision Statement for a Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity at an Institution of Higher Education.
Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):
Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses
Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):
ADA Cognitive Requirements:
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions, in books, manuals, and mathematical or diagrammatic form. Deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
ADA Math Requirements:
Perform ordinary arithmetic, algebraic, and geometric procedures in standard, practical applications.
ADA Communication Requirements - Speech:
Expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order verbal skills such as ability to lecture to large groups, ability to speak on complex issues without prepared notes.
ADA Comm Requirements - Comprehension:
Comprehension and expression of a level to routinely draft narrative information such as case histories, compose routine correspondence on own initiative, make interview notes. May involved a large volume of such composition.
ADA Travel Requirements:
Minimal travel required – ability to travel infrequently (i.e., annually) for activities such as developmental sessions at a centralized training center.

Position type:  Full-Time
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