The Director of Non-Discrimination Initiatives at Wellesley College is responsible for managing the College’s compliance with Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, ADA, Rehabilitation Act Section 504 and other state and federal laws relating to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. The Director would be responsible for conducting or supervising investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct involving students and, in coordination with Human Resources, allegations involving staff and/or faculty. The Director would also be responsible for maintaining the College’s policies regarding discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct, as well as assisting in reviewing and revising the internal processes and practices for the investigation and adjudication of these issues, as may be needed. The Director would also be responsible for developing and conducting training for students, staff and faculty on all issues of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. As the ADA/504 Coordinator, the Director will be responsible for monitoring the College’s compliance with state and federal laws regarding accessibility, will serve as the co-chair of the 504 Committee and will handle grievances relating to accommodations process or disability discrimination/ harassment. The Director will also interact and collaborate with many groups and offices on campus to build relationships that serve as the foundation for cooperation and open dialogue with and among students, faculty, and staff. The Director will report to the President but on a day-to-day basis will coordinate closely with other members of college leadership.
Education, Prevention, and Outreach
- Provide information to students, faculty, and staff regarding their rights and responsibilities with regard to sexual misconduct and the College’s Title IX program as well as all issues of discrimination and harassment, including information about the resources available on and off campus, how to access these resources, and Wellesley’s policies and processes.
- Work to ensure an equitable and welcoming campus climate by leading, supporting, and communicating regularly with the College community about the College’s Title IX program and sexual misconduct prevention efforts. The Director must also effectively collaborate with students, faculty, and staff working on such efforts.
- Conduct, oversee, or coordinate training for students, faculty, and staff about the College’s nondiscrimination policies and grievance procedures, including all issues of discrimination and harassment as well as Wellesley’s sexual misconduct prevention efforts, and its Title IX program as a whole.
- Partner with student life on education initiatives to support students who have been impacted by discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct or who are involved in grievance processes.
Institutional Monitoring and Compliance
- Ensure that Wellesley’s policies, procedures and practices comply with Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, ADA, Rehabilitation Act Section 504 and other state and federal laws relating to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
- As Title IX Coordinator, ensure that Wellesley’s policies, procedures, and practices regarding sex discrimination and harassment and sexual misconduct are in compliance with Title IX; other federal laws related to the Title IX program and sexual misconduct on campus (e.g., the Violence Against Women Act and the Campus Sexual Assault and Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act); and any relevant state law, as well as that they reflect best practices.
- As ADA/504 Coordinator, monitor Wellesley’s compliance with state and federal laws regarding accessibility, serve as the co-chair of the 504 Committee and handle grievances relating to accommodations process or disability discrimination/ harassment.
- Ensure that complaints, reports, and investigations of all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct are handled in accordance with College policies and through prompt, fair, and impartial practices and standards. This includes the receipt, evaluation, investigation, and resolution of complaints, as well as training of those involved in investigations and adjudication.
- Facilitate coordination and collaboration with and among College offices on discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct issues, including the Division of Student Life, Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, General Counsel, Office of Disability Services and Campus Police.
- Identify and manage outside investigators, and conduct investigations as needed, on matters of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct involving students, staff and faculty, in coordination with Human Resources.
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with Title IX coordinators at neighboring Boston-area campuses, with the goal of facilitating and promoting joint training and prevention efforts and coordinating support for Wellesley students involved in sexual misconduct cases on other campuses.
- Collaborate with many groups and offices on campus to build relationships that serve as the foundation for cooperation and open dialogue with and among students, faculty, and staff.
- Serve as Wellesley’s institutional representative on Title IX and sexual misconduct related matters, including in communications with government officials.
- Enhance professional qualifications through ongoing participation in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities.
- Maintain records in accordance with the law and College policies.
- Coordinate reporting and assist Campus Police on Clery Act-related matters.
Assessment and Reporting
- Lead periodic review of all complaints/reports of sexual misconduct and in coordination with the appropriate College offices (including the Division of Student Life, Office of Human Resources, and Campus Police) to identify and address any patterns/systemic issues.
- In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and with students, faculty, and staff, coordinate and/or oversee the development and implementation of any assessments (e.g., surveys) of campus climate and policies and procedures to address sexual misconduct.
- Utilize, review, and assess findings to enhance the effectiveness of the College’s policies, compliance, and education efforts around discrimination, harassment, ADA/Section 504 and sexual misconduct and address the need for modifying policies
- May include other responsibilities as assigned and not listed here
- Significant Title IX, non-discrimination, ADA/504 or related experience is required
- Experience in working at a women’s college is preferred
- An advanced degree in a relevant field such as a law degree is preferred
- Comprehensive knowledge of current state and federal law and regulations—as well as identified best practices and trends in the field of education—related to discrimination, harassment, disabilities, and sexual misconduct on college campuses
- Understanding of recent developments regarding sexual misconduct on campus are impacting campuses across the country, and how Title IX and related laws impact women’s colleges in particular
- Understanding of the residential liberal arts college experience and a passion to work collaboratively within a highly consultative campus culture
- Ability to build rapport, work collaboratively with, and navigate complex issues across constituencies on and off campus, including students, faculty, staff, and alumnae
- Cultural competence and sensitivity to the concerns and needs of diverse student, faculty, and staff populations
- Experience successfully working with confidential and sensitive information
- Sound judgment, objectivity, and integrity
- Talent for listening and facilitating difficult conversations
- Ability to lead, manage, and inspire teams
- Ability to prepare and present detailed reports, educational programs, training, and assessments
- Excellent written and oral communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, planning, presentation, and project management skills