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Title IX

University of California, Santa Cruz

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The Title IX office of the University of California, Santa Cruz is charged with providing prevention education and training to the campus community on issues of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as responding to and addressing issues, reports and complaints of gender discrimination (in conjunction with ODEI), sexual harassment and sexual violence. Through a comprehensive compliance program, the Title IX office is responsible for promoting fundamental rights, advancing individual and institutional integrity, and upholding the vital aims of Title IX. In accordance with the University of California Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, the office facilitates alternative resolutions and conducts formal investigations of complaints and reports involving students, employees, and other members of the UC Santa Cruz community. 

The UC Santa Cruz Title IX Office has a Title IX Officer, a Deputy Title IX Officer, three Principal Investigators/Complaint Resolution Officers, and a Response Team Coordinator. 

Reporting to the Campus Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor (CP/EVC) and to the UC systemwide Title IX Coordinator, the campus Title IX Officer serves as the chief administrator overseeing the university's compliance with Title IX. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring the university meets its reporting, compliance, and investigatory obligations pursuant to Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as other federal and state laws, and University of California policies and procedures related to gender discrimination (in conjunction with ODEI), and sexual harassment and sexual violence. The incumbent will manage and oversee the response, investigation and resolution of sexual misconduct on campus, directly and through a team of staff, and work with ODEI to address reports and grievances relating to gender discrimination. The Title IX Officer works with a high level of autonomy and serves as a primary resource to campus senior management, other administrators, and the broad campus community on matters related to gender discrimination, sexual violence and sexual harassment.  

Qualifications / Competencies         

  • Expertise and skill in exercising independent judgment in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of discrimination and harassment concerns. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and methodologies for conducting investigations, fact-finding and investigative interviewing. 
  • Five years or more experience in equivalent or pipeline position. 
  • Experience and skill in designing, developing and implementing successful training programs, plans, and services related to nondiscrimination and Title IX compliance. Ability to develop and present effective training programs for large and small groups for all constituencies as well as web-based training. 
  • Exceptional analytical skills. Ability to read and interpret complex legal documents and evaluate impact of university policies and procedures. 
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, case law, and guidance related to compliance with nondiscrimination law, including but not limited to sexual harassment/Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, and state FEHA. 
  • Demonstrated cultural competency; ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships, and open lines of communication, with diverse constituencies of students, staff, and faculty. 
  • Demonstrated managerial abilities and experience, including the ability to effectively direct and oversee unit activities. Knowledge of best practices for managing, motivating and developing staff. Ability to develop, maintain and implement tools for managing and documenting investigations and projects. 
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability including history of developing novel and creative solutions. Knowledge of conflict resolution techniques and best practices. Negotiation skills sufficient to resolve complex situations and conflicts. 
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal, and writing skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle personal, confidential, sensitive and complex information and matters with composure, mature judgment and utmost discretion. 
  • Graduate degree in related field or equivalent combination of professional experience and education.  

Preferred Qualifications / Competencies 

  • Demonstrated leadership ability within a large complex organization.
  • Substantive, advanced knowledge of Title IX and nondiscrimination programs in higher education setting. 
  • Completion of sexual violence prevention and/or response training with a nationally recognized organization 
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree  

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.