Stanford University, recognized as one of the most prestigious and innovative academic and research institutions in the world, has an opening for a full-time Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity Investigations. Title IX prohibited conduct includes discrimination on the basis of gender (sex), sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating) violence and stalking.
As the Title IX Coordinator, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for
managing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the University’s Title IX compliance obligations and ensuring the effectiveness and consistency of sexual harassment and sexual violence investigations across campus. As Director of Equity Investigations, the successful candidate will work with the Sexual Harassment Policy Office, the Diversity and Access Office, Employee and Labor Relations and Human Resources managers to ensure consistency of investigations at the university relating to harassment and discrimination investigations. As Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity Investigations, this role will oversee the Title IX Office and will be the direct supervisor of the Title IX staff.
The Title IX Coordinator will collaborate with Residence Deans and Graduate Life Office Deans to manage the interim safety accommodations. The Title IX Coordinator will also collaborate with the Office for Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response to ensure that students are aware of their options and resources with respect to reporting and filing complaints alleging sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct and relationship violence. The Title IX Coordinator and Director of Investigations will be responsible for collecting the relevant facts related to the incidents reported to the Title IX Office and the Sexual Harassment Policy Office and assess whether a further review or investigation is necessary in order to ensure the safety of the impacted party and the community. As a neutral party, the Title
IX Coordinator and Director of Investigations will ensure that the alleged discrimination is promptly and appropriately investigated, including notifying and interviewing complainants, respondents, and witnesses; obtaining and reviewing relevant documents; and issuing factual findings and recommendations, as necessary.
The Title IX Coordinator has ultimate responsibility for compliance with Title IX of the
Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act and the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2012 (VAWA).
The Title IX Coordinator and Director of Investigations will collaborate with campus offices and partners including the Sexual Harassment Policy Office (SHPO), the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA Office), the Office of Community Standards (OCS), Residential Education, the Graduate Life Office, the Department of Public Safety. Responsibilities
- Receive and process inquiries and discrimination complaints from the campus
community and third parties in a timely manner, providing a fair and neutral process for
- Develop and implement case management plan for each reported Title IX incident.
- Develop investigation plans for each Title IX complaint; conduct investigations or train staff members to conduct investigations.
- Implementation and management of the Student Title IX Process: https://stanford.app.box.com/v/student-title-ix-process
- Recruit, train, supervise, and provide leadership to staff to serve as investigators, as appropriate and needed.
- Write comprehensive reports of investigation with findings of fact and
- Maintain a case management database to organize, manage and track Title IX and sexual harassment incidents.
- Monitor and manage Title IX and sexual harassment incidents to ensure an efficient and effective response to complaints.
- Create, modify, and oversee protocols relating to discrimination and harassment claims.
- Investigate and provide investigation oversight of discrimination and harassment claims in partnership with Human Resources, Employment and Labor Relations and/or the Diversity and Access Office.
- Serve as the primary compliance officer for state and federal laws relating to sexual harassment and violence prevention;
- Create, modify, and oversee programs as required by law, regulation, or agreement relating to sexual harassment and violence prevention.
- Provide ongoing updates to the disciplinary procedure for sexual violence as necessary.
- Continuously identify and integrate best practices in the Title IX investigation arena into knowledge base and practice.
- Advocate for improvements in the investigatory process.
- Stay abreast of current movements in the field of student conduct investigations.
- Review and ensure University policies, procedures, protocols and practices are in
compliance with Title IX regulations.
- Develop and disseminate educational materials and in-service training tailored to faculty, staff, and students.
- Collaborate with other campus offices, as needed, to coordinate and execute in a timely manner the University’s response and investigation of complaints as pursuant to Title IX.
- Implement grievance procedures and organize the grievance files, disposition reports and other records regarding harassment and discrimination cases.
- Prepare annual statistical report on the number, nature and disposition of complaints.
- Identify patterns and make recommendations relating to sexual harassment and violence.
- Stay abreast of regulations and statutes relating to civil rights laws and gender based violence including, but not limited to, Title IX and VAWA.
- Act as university representative when attending conferences and communicating with federal government compliance or investigation officers.
- Refer resources to faculty, staff, and students who could benefit from supplementary support during the investigation.
- Serve as university expert on Title IX requirements and compliance and provide
consultation to senior officers as necessary.
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Masters Degree in social work, psychology or forensic psychology, higher education
- JD or equivalent from an accredited law school is preferred.
- Graduate training in law, higher education administration or other relevant discipline is required.
- Minimum of 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in a related field.
- Experience conducting investigations alleging discrimination.
- Knowledge of and experience with issues related to gender based violence.
- Higher education experience is strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal civil rights laws and regulations including Title IX, and VAWA, is required;
- Knowledge of best practices as they relate to institutions of higher education compliance with Title IX and VAWA;
- Ability to manage multiple, on-going and complex caseload of Title IX related incidents and complaints;
- Ability and experience in investigating discrimination and harassment matters;
- Ability and experience in overseeing and coordinating investigations by others
- Effective project management, organization and analytical skills;
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills with an emphasis on education and training for a variety of constituencies;
- Strong written communication skills;
- Ability to guide, advise and support the training and learning process with respect to Title IX and VAWA compliance;
- Excellent attention to detail, strong problem-solving skills, the ability to deal with
confidential and sensitive information;
- Ability to build relationships and establish collaborative partnerships across the
institution and peer institutions;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, as well as the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies (staff, students, faculty, parents, administrators) with diplomacy and tact;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to remain a neutral party;
- Maintenance of professional qualifications through on-going training and professional development;
- Ability to act independently, take initiative and exercise sound judgment.
- Possess excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrate the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations;
- Promote culture of safety, demonstrate commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety, communicate safety concerns, use and promote safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
The final candidate will need to successfully pass a background check to be considered for this position. The final candidate must be legally authorized to work in the US. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Stanford complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics for the most recent three-year period.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.