Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator
The George Mason University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Fairfax, Va., invites applications for a Title IX Coordinator. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Reporting to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Title IX Coordinator facilitates the University’s commitment to providing a learning and working experience free of all discriminatory behavior, particularly prohibited sexual discrimination, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment. Title IX prohibited conduct includes discrimination on the basis of gender (sex), sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating) violence and stalking. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 as well as VAWA, including respective regulatory updates. The incumbent receives, reviews, and investigates reports and/or complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation, which may include protected class discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, the incumbent will establish and implement a university-wide, coordinated effort to ensure: 1. prompt and equitable resolution of complaints; 2. develop and implement educational programs, training, and initiatives to educate and support students, faculty, and staff; 3. communicate rights and, where applicable, obligations under Title IX; and, 4. in consultation with the appropriate offices determine applicable sanctions/disciplinary action. The Title IX Coordinator supervises the work of the Title IX team and is expected to partner with University Life, Campus Police, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Athletics, General Counsel, as well as other units across campus. The Title IX Coordinator will be expected to serve on and contribute to key committees related to subject matter specific to their role.
This position manages, monitors, and implements all functions of the university related to Title IX compliance in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements, federal and state laws, and applicable university policies. The Title IX Coordinator will effectively collaborate with campus offices and partners including Student Support and Advocacy Center, Office of Student Conduct, University Counsel, and the George Mason University Department of Police and Public Safety, and Human Resources. The primary responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator will include leadership and direction of the university’s Title IX compliance efforts as well as: Direction of Title IX Deputy Coordinator(s) and direct supervision of Title IX investigator(s) and Title IX intake coordinator; Communication with and education of the campus community regarding Title IX rights and responsibilities, relevant university policies, including the processes for filing complaints for purposes of investigation and resolutions; Development, implementation and coordination of ongoing and effective training programs for students, faculty and staff; Management of the Title IX grievance processes for students, faculty and staff in active collaboration with numerous campus departments and agencies; Review of data/records pertaining to training and complaints, investigations and findings, incorporating input from community partners, and assess effectiveness of campus efforts to prevent sexual misconduct and recommend changes, as appropriate, to senior administrators. Review of university policies, procedures, protocols and practices to ensure compliance with Title IX and related regulations. Staying abreast of regulations and statutes relating to 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. Management of the University’s Title IX Review Committee required under Virginia Code § 23.1-806. Reporting of acts of sexual violence. Co-management of the University’s Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence (SAIV) Committee to lead prevention efforts with campus partners to provide education and programming around sexual and gender-based discrimination/harassment.
Master’s degree in a related field such as student affairs, counseling, psychology; or equivalent combination of education and experience. J.D. preferred. Considerable (typically five (5)+ years) professional experience with progressive responsibility and demonstrated experience in policy administration, complaint resolution, and investigation of grievances is required. Considerable (typically three (3)+ years) supervisory experience is required. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations, including Title IX, Title VII, sexual harassment and other applicable laws and regulations is required. Demonstrated knowledge of sexual misconduct’s disproportionate impact on marginalized communities and history of establishing effective working relationships with these communities. Demonstrated knowledge of creating and implementing a trauma-informed Title IX process and a working/learning environment where all members can thrive. A successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, strong organization, planning, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to use discretion and good judgment; maintain confidentiality. Demonstrated ability to work under multiple deadlines as required by policy and regulation.
Relevant administrative experience directly in higher education OR non-profit and/or public sector organization in related field is highly desirable. Experience in the successful development and implementation of educational and training programs with strong presentation and facilitation skills is preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
Equity Statement: George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
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