Wells College seeks qualified applicants for the position of Title IX and COVID-19 Compliance Officer. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Compliance Officer is responsible for oversight of compliance with Title IX and COVID-19 Pandemic Response requirements. They will develop campus policies and procedures and ensure that federal, state and local regulatory compliance requirements are met across campus. Serve as the central resource for all constituencies on a broad set of compliance related issues. Foster a safe campus climate and provide a long-term vision for compliance and community development.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/TASKS:
Title IX: • Lead initiatives to develop, implement and coordinate strategic efforts aimed at the prevention of sexual violence and other forms of sex or gender-based discrimination.
• Develop a system for reporting and investigative procedures that will ensure complaints, reports, and investigations of sexual misconduct are handled in a prompt, consistent and equitable manner in accordance with Title IX regulations and College policy.
• Meet with and/or provide information to students or employees who believe sexual misconduct, assault or discrimination has occurred and assist persons alleging sexual misconduct or gender discrimination in filing their complaint.
• Work closely with the Athletic Director to develop the proactive, comprehensive gender equity plan that includes areas for assessment and articulation of measurable goals. Ensure that intercollegiate athletic participation, scholarships, and the treatment of athletes complies with Title IX.
• Work collaboratively with other personnel, as appropriate, to develop effective compliance training programs related to Title IX, VAWA, SaVe Act, and Clery Act, including appropriate introductory training for new employees as well as ongoing training for all faculty and staff outlining their rights and obligations under these acts.
• Provide ongoing reviews of policies, procedures, publications and practices related to compliance with Title IX, VAWA, SaVE Act, and the Clery Act. Periodically assess the efficacy of the College's compliance with Title IX, VAWA, SaVE Act, and the Clery Act by conducting periodic audits of regulatory requirements and taking appropriate action to address any systemic patterns or problems identified.
• Ensure that appropriate Memorandum of Understandings, policies and procedures are in place for working with local law enforcement and coordinating with local victim advocacy organizations and service providers, including rape crisis centers.
• Coordinate and/or oversee the development and implementation of annual assessments and/or survey including a campus climate survey, analyzing data collected by the climate survey to assess the rates and nature of sexual misconduct, any location hot-spots or risk factors, knowledge of the College's sexual misconduct policies, procedures and resources, the consequences of violating such policies, and the effectiveness of the College's efforts to ensure that the College is free from sexual misconduct.
• Supervise Deputy Coordinators and investigators.
COVID-19 Pandemic Compliance: • Monitor developments and changes in federal, state, and local COVID-19 compliance requirements that impact the College; inform the President, members of the President's Cabinet and/or other College staff, as appropriate.
• Monitor and coordinate COVID-19 compliance activities of other departments across the College to ensure that all compliance related requirements are met, including timely submission of required reports and required storage of documents.
• Identify potential areas of COVID-19 compliance vulnerability and risk and develop corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, providing general guidance on proper controls.
• Develop, maintain, and revise policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and rules and reflect best practices with regard to COVID-19.
MARGINAL JOB FUNCTIONS/TASKS:
• Prepare and maintain compliance calendars for all areas of the College.
• Manage a confidential compliance reporting system by reviewing and investigating reports of non-compliance (i.e. whistleblower complaints).
• In conjunction with the Human Resources Office, develop an effective compliance training program, including appropriate introductory training for new employees as well as ongoing training for all employees and managers.
• Act as a resource to others by answering questions and responding to compliance related requests.
• Other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a knowledge of Title IX, VAWA, SaVe Act and Clery Act and their best practices in addition to other applicable laws and regulations for educational institutions, demonstrate a knowledge of COVID-19 pandemic regulations for institutions of higher education, the ability to effectively manage multiple, diverse and complex duties simultaneously, possess effective project management, organization and analytical skills, as well as strong written, oral communication, presentation and facilitation skills. In addition, the candidate must have the ability to guide, advise and support the training and learning process with respect to Title IX, VAWA and COVID-19 compliance, have excellent attention to detail, strong problem-solving skills, the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information, act independently, take initiative and exercise sound judgement. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to remain a neutral party, demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusivity and the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies, a clear understanding of how recent Title IX developments are changing the conversation on campuses nationally and work to promote, demonstrate and communicate a culture of safety.
• Minimum of a bachelor's degree with demonstrated experience in higher education administration, human resources, student affairs or other relevant discipline; Master's or other advanced professional degree preferred.
Wells College is a small coeducational liberal arts college located in the village of Aurora, New York, which offers family-friendly living within a half hour's drive of Ithaca and within a 75 minute radius of Rochester, Syracuse and numerous other colleges and universities – an area rich in natural, educational and cultural resources. In this search, Wells College wishes to reinforce its commitment to increase faculty and staff diversity, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society.
Applications should be submitted online at www.wells.edu/employment and include a cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information of three references. All materials submitted should be in PDF. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
About Wells College
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.