The Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office leads campus efforts at Durham and collaborates with Concord and Manchester campuses to respond to reported incidences of harassment, discrimination, sexual violence and discriminatory retaliation. The Director coordinates and provides education and compliance oversight for equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and related laws (Title VI, VII, Title IX, ADA, Sections 504 and 508, etc.) and serves as the Universityâs Title IX Coordinator. The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer and provides strategic guidance, advice, and subject-matter expertise to senior administrators and campus constituencies. This position supports the efforts of the Chief Diversity Officer as part of the broad UNH commitment to equity and diversity. The Affirmative Action and Equity Office works with internal and external investigators to address reports and complaints. The Director is responsible for overseeing resolution of complaints of discrimination and harassment. The Director, in collaboration with campus partners, develops and delivers campus-wide harassment prevention and anti-discrimination education and awareness programs, including Title IX training for faculty, staff and students. To be successful in this role, the Director must have excellent interpersonal and communication/public relations skills, including the ability to write concisely and persuasively, establish rapport, listen attentively, engender respect, and effectively communicate complex and sensitive information to individualsâfaculty, staff, and studentsâof diverse backgrounds and identities. Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, experience in data analysis reporting and compliance management, creative problem-solving, and the ability to manage multiple and competing priorities is important. This position requires the ability to demonstrate effective leadership and collegial relationships with co-workers, direct reports, and internal and external constituents. An unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is expected along with the ability to build and manage successful teams.
â¢Masterâs degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training or certifications. â¢Minimum of 5 years of experience with discrimination and harassment laws (Title VII, Title VI, Title IX, ADA, etc.) at an institution of higher education or a relevant government entity. â¢A working knowledge of Clery Compliance. â¢Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing about specific compliance and ethics program issues and risk areas. Requires the ability to change the thinking of, or gain acceptance of, others in sensitive situations. â¢Ability to work independently and within a team environment. â¢Strong interpersonal skills including negotiation and communication; able to reach across a wide variety of audiences for different areas of ethics and compliance. â¢Ability to provide effective management and supervision of a specific program within the ethics and compliance functions. â¢Expert knowledge of the complexities of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, in the post-secondary setting. â¢Expert knowledge of best practices and methodologies for conducting investigations, including interviewing, gathering and analyzing evidence, and writing investigation reports; demonstrated advanced expertise managing subordinate staff who conduct investigations, as well as effectively managing external investigators. â¢Expert knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations, case law, and guidance related to discrimination and harassment in the educational and employment setting, including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, FEHA, ADA/Rehabilitation Act, ADEA and Age Discrimination Act. â¢Demonstrated skill, sensitivity and experience interacting with students, faculty, staff and other constituents who are diverse in characteristics such as age, education level, race, gender identity and expression, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds in a culturally competent and supportive manner. â¢Demonstrated understanding of the relevance of trauma in the context of sexual violence (for example, the neurobiology of trauma and trauma-informed investigation techniques). â¢Demonstrated understating of the responsibility to maintain sensitive information in accordance with FERPA, HIPAA/FMLA. â¢Advanced written and oral communication skills; builds rapport in an open, friendly, and accepting way; listens attentively. â¢Ability to objectively evaluate evidence and seek resolution to disputed issues and topics, applying legal and policy standards as informed by relevant case law, regulatory guidance, and UNH values. â¢Excellent judgment and ability to work well as part of a team, including collaboration with diverse university units and others. â¢Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to help carry out vision and commitments of Chief Diversity Officer.
Internal Number: PS2175FY20
About University of New Hampshire (UNH)
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.