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Director of Compliance and Title IX /Section 504 Coordinator

Reporting to the University’s General Counsel, the Director is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with requirements under Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6, Sections 168D and 168E , and other related laws prohibiting sex- and/or disability-based discrimination or otherwise designed to assure equitable education and work environments.  The Director serves as a partner to various sectors of the campus community with responsibility for monitoring, managing, and supporting policies and initiatives related to discrimination and harassment, retaliation, sexual and gender-based harassment and violence with the goal of improving the campus climate.  The Director will serve as a primary contact for Title IX and 504 service provision.

Additionally, the Director facilitates and leads high-quality educational programming and training in all the above areas for various members of the campus community to ensure community members understand their compliance rights and responsibilities and procedures. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

The statements below are intended to describe the principal duties of the person or persons assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities.  Lasell University has the right to add or change the job responsibilities at any time.

  • Serves as Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator.  Ensures comprehensive educational and training initiatives are developed and delivered and provides technical expertise and guidance in support of the University’s commitment and obligations under Title IX, ADA 504, the Clery Act, and other federal and state laws. 
  • Supervises Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Title IX interns, and the Violence Prevention and Education Specialist.   
  • Responds to complaints of discrimination or harassment brought by students, employees, and the public.
  • Recruits, and manages investigators, adjudicators, advisors for all Title IX cases. 
  • Ensures provision of initial supportive measures, compliance with policy timelines, delivery of appropriate notices such as, notice of meetings, notice of hearings, notice of outcome, and timely warnings. 
  • Maintains a repository for institutional record-keeping. 
  • Prepares and disseminates educational materials, including brochures, posters, and web-based materials that inform members of the campus community of Title IX rights and responsibilities.
  • Ensures all parties involved in investigations understand the investigatory process, their rights and responsibilities, and how to access other resources as necessary.  
  • Serves as the primary University point of contact for overseeing compliance, ensures continual efforts for access and inclusivity in educational programming, activities, and employment.
  • Coordinates with various University departments with campus-wide responsibilities relating to compliance.
  • Ensures that appropriate processes are in place to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries from University students, employees, and the public, regarding compliance with the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability. Investigates allegations of discrimination and non-compliance under the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.
  • The Director maintains up-to-date knowledge and understanding of relevant state and federal laws, regulations, and trends in the field of higher education and receives annual training as required by law. 
  • The Director takes action and enacts policies and programs proactively to ensure University compliance with emerging state and federal law. 
  • Prepares, in collaboration with other University stakeholders, annual statistical reports to state and federal agencies, President, Board of Trustees, and others in the campus community on incidences of sexual misconduct. Leads or serves on committees to provide subject matter expertise and facilitate necessary changes across the institution.
  • Serves as Clery Compliance Officer and, as such, prepares the University’s Annual Security Report in collaboration with other University stakeholders and oversees protocols for issuing timely warnings.
  • Identifies and trains campus security authorities.
  • Serves as the University’s chief compliance officer overseeing institutional compliance.
  • In conjunction with the General Counsel, develops, defines, and implements, a University compliance program to continue to foster a culture of compliance.
  • Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk at the University; develop/implement corrective action plans that suit the culture of the University and respect the principles of shared governance; and provide general guidance and education on how to avoid such vulnerabilities in the future.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervises Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Title IX Interns, and Violence Prevention and Education Specialist.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED BY THE JOB:

Minimum Education level: 

Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and three (3) years of professional experience that includes or demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of and experience with Title IX and ADA compliance issues.


Additional Requirements of the Job:

  • Knowledge off federal and state regulations that pertain to students, faculty and university staff, including Title IX, Clery Act, Section 504, FERPA, and the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Skilled in trauma informed communication, collaboration, managing change, and building consensus; strong conflict resolution, de-escalation, and mediation skills;
  • Ability to set strategic direction and design and implement effective policies and programs;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with strong attention to detail;
  • Effective public speaker;
  • Ability to gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts, evidence, data, and other information in order to draw reasonable and fair conclusions and make sound decisions and recommendations.;
  • Past experience handling sensitive information with discretion and respect;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Experience with computer applications, word processing, and presentation programs;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting and tracking harassment and/or discrimination complaint investigations;
  • Experience working in higher education at a college or university;
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate projects independently;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the concerns and needs of survivors and respondents in diverse student/faculty/staff populations;
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player and collaborate with various constituents.
  • Experience providing supervision to assigned staff;
  • Experience developing protocols and strategies which address Title IX and 504/ADA compliance;
  • Experience administering reasonable accommodations, policy development, procedures, and complaint resolution relating to persons with disabilities;
  • Experience administering investigations of claims of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct;
  • Experience facilitating and leading trainings related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.

CERTIFICATION, REGISTRATION OR LICENSURE REQUIRED BY THE JOB:

A record of trainings and certifications relevant to Title IX, Clery, and ADA.

Interested candidates should upload a letter of interest, resume and the information of three (3) references using the forms below. Review of resumes will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Lasell University requires all employees to be vaccinated and to provide the documentation upon the start of employment. Lasell also provides individuals the opportunity to request a medical or religious exemption.

Lasell University is committed to equal opportunity in every aspect of hiring and employment. Lasell proactively reviews its policies and practices to assure that decisions with respect to every dimension of employment are made without regard to age, color of skin, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran's status, status as a victim of domestic violence, and all other protected groups and classes under Federal and State Laws and executive orders.