Equal Opportunity and Title IX Program Assistant


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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street

Website: mcla.edu/About_MCLA/jobs

Company Description:
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is a dynamic and vibrant four-year public college located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1894, MCLA is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts State University System. MCLA is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national consortium positioned at the forefront of the conversation on the value of a liberal arts education. MCLA was named one of U.S. News and World Report's Top Public Schools in 2018.

Equal Opportunity and Title IX Program Assistant
North Adams
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree
This position supports the Executive Director of Human Resources and the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX in ensuring compliance with all related state and federal laws, executive orders, and policies. The position investigates and resolves complaints of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and retaliation under the auspices of MCLA's EO Plan, as well as allegations of other employment-related policies. This position assists in advancing and tracking MCLA's educational and training efforts related to equal opportunity, Title IX, Title VII, new employee orientation, compliance, etc. by developing and delivering educational programs for students and employees. The position assists with all other aspects of MCLA's equal opportunity and Title IX programs as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

* Perform intake interviews with individuals who have experienced discriminatory conduct or sexual violence, or other employment-related issues and provide information about support measures and resources.
* Conduct investigations into complaints of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, retaliation, and employment-related issues. This includes interviewing parties and witnesses; collection, documentation, and review of evidence; and following other required investigative procedures based upon established policies.
* Prepare clear and comprehensive investigative reports based upon investigation findings.
* May act as a facilitator in informal resolution processes.
* Develop and deliver comprehensive educational programs for students, faculty, and staff on topics related to equal opportunity, non-discrimination, Title IX, Title VII, sexual violence prevention, and other topics.
* Establish ongoing relationships with student organizations and with colleagues from other divisions within the College to coordinate programming and increase student and employee involvement.
* Assist the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX with distributing information about programs and services to the campus community, including through the use of social media.
* Stay abreast of applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidance.
* Complete regular trainings and development to stay current with professional standards and evolving social justice principles.
* Promote and model behavior for an inclusive and respectful environment.
* Other duties as assigned by the Director of Equal Opportunity.
Required Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree
* Experience conducting sensitive and confidential interviews.
* Ability to research, organize, and communicate information to a variety of audiences both in person and through virtual platforms including social media.
* Demonstrated ability in public speaking.
* Knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws regarding discrimination, harassment, and equal opportunity.
* Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to both maintain neutrality and establish rapport with community members with diverse racial and gender identities, abilities, and backgrounds.
* Experience handling confidential information and exercising good judgment on sensitive matters.
* Knowledge of public health and social justice principles related to intimate violence prevention and sexual health education.
* Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
* Strong organization and analytical skills.
* Ability to prioritize and manage a significant workload and multiple deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Master's degree, JD, or degrees in law, psychology, counseling, social work, or education.
* Experience in complaint, incident, and/or grievance investigation and resolution.
* Experience in a higher education setting, especially public higher education.
* Background in human resources, student affairs, or diversity programming.
* Experience with mediation, restorative justice, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
* Knowledge of trauma-informed practices for educational programs and working with survivors of trauma.
* Experience with Title IX, Title VII, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, the Clery Act, and VAWA.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, position.

Deadline for applications is June 18, 2021.

For questions regarding your application or specifics of this position, please contact hr@mcla.edu.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment at MCLA. MCLA is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") to not discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be directed to each respective MCLA's Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Nicole Comstock
Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer
Phone: (413) 662-5571
Email: Nicole.comstock@mcla.edu
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov

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