Position Profile: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights, Title IX & ADA

The Search

The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), a public, land-grant institution of higher education, seeks a visionary leader to serve as the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA. This individual will be asked to lead the equity functions of the university as well as guide the campus on matters of equity, inclusion, culture and climate. While primarily executing and enforcing equity policies and compliance as the Equity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, this leader also will serve as an adviser, decision maker, bridge builder, strategic leader and partner in engaging leaders and constituents to improve the institution's equity and inclusion efforts.

Through a collaborative effort in 2015, university leaders formed the Office for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA within the Division for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. The Office for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA enforces the university's non-discrimination policies, educates the community about our policies and practices, connects people to resources that can support them if they experience discrimination or retaliation, and listens to the concerns of the campus community. Like many public institutions, we've faced challenges related to diversity and inclusion, but these opportunities have allowed us to make significant and intentional strides forward.

History of the office

On Dec. 1, 2015, the MU Provost announced the creation of the Office for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA as an office in the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE). The announcement of the new office served to inform the university community of the expanded role of the office formerly known as the MU Title IX Office. Previously, the MU Title IX Office responded only to reports of sex and gender discrimination involving students. Other reports of prohibited discrimination involving students were handled by the Office of Student Conduct while the MU Equity Office responded to reports of discrimination involving employees, visitors and volunteers.

The Office for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA was created to serve as a central place to respond to all reports of prohibited discrimination impacting all members of the university community. The office currently operates under this expanded role of responding to ALL reports of prohibited discrimination involving faculty, staff, students, visitors and volunteers.

Vision and Mission Statements

We envision an equitable and accessible campus community, free from discrimination, where inclusion and diversity are nurtured and endure.

To bring that vision into reality, we:

  • Educate community members about non-discrimination, non-violence, and accessibility policies and practices, including individuals' rights and options;
  • Listen to the equity concerns of the campus community;
  • Connect people to resources that can support them if they experience discrimination, sexual violence, retaliation, or barriers to inclusion;
  • Investigate and resolve potential violations of the university's non-discrimination policies;
  • Facilitate conversations among parties to enhance understanding and build community when possible;
  • Collaborate with units and departments within the campus community to transform existing practices to make them more inclusive and equitable;
  • Address systemic discrimination and barriers to inclusion through review of patterns, trends, and policies;
  • Encourage the community to view civil rights, Title IX, and ADA compliance as opportunities to be more inclusive and to practice our shared values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

Overall, the University of Missouri campus has a rich history of student and community activism that continues today. The university itself continues to put forward its best efforts to create an inclusive campus environment that champions a diverse set of lived experiences and perspectives of all community members so they may individually and collectively enrich the institution, our state, region, country and world. The university is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity and expects the successful candidate to be a champion of these values.

The Role

Reporting directly to the MU Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, the AVC leads the team of the Office for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA. The AVC is a senior leader within the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. This person will supervise the staff of the Office for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA staff (currently 12 employees) which includes investigators, outreach and education coordinators, and ADA, EEO and Affirmative Action professionals committed to serving the campus and its communities.

The AVC impacts university policy in relation to civil rights, discrimination, sexual violence, accessibility, and institutional equity.

What we are looking for

MU seeks the AVC to lead the development and implementation of a long-term vision for the university around programs, services, training, education, and assessment of discrimination prevention and remediation efforts.

These efforts include, but are not limited to, preventing discrimination on the basis of: race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. It is expected that much of the work will relate to individual and institutional responses to sexual violence, including sexual misconduct, stalking on the basis of sex, dating or intimate partner violence, and sexual exploitation.

The IDE leadership team, which includes this AVC, will work together to foster an inclusive and diverse campus environment. The team includes leaders charged with addressing student engagement and success, faculty recruitment and retention, diversity education, communication, and other strategic initiatives.

As the senior equity officer, the AVC must coordinate the civil rights and Title IX efforts, including the development, implementation, and monitoring of appropriate disclosures, policies, procedures and practices designed to comply with federal and state legislation, regulation, and case law. The AVC will be required to oversee institutional efforts to provide prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints pursuant to the university's equity rules.

Another critical role the AVC is to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for people with disabilities, free of physical, programmatic, informational, and attitudinal barriers.

Within the breadth of the campus enterprise is MU Health System, an academic medical center comprising a robust hospital and clinical operation, physician practice group and three academic health colleges (medicine, nursing and health professions). MU Health System presents unique institutional needs related to civil rights and Title IX efforts.

In addition to the aforementioned, the AVC will perform the following essential duties:

Leadership / Supervision

  • The AVC will be asked to attend regular leadership meetings in order to most effectively serve the broader campus communities.
  • This person will serve as a member of Chancellor's Cabinet and attend regular meetings with the Provost's Staff (Deans, Vice Provosts, etc.).
  • Chair or serve on committees, task forces, and other teams as appointed, including as a senior leader in the Division for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity as well as Provost and Chancellor's Staff.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and supervision for all activities and personnel related to equal opportunity, including consulting with relevant policy-making bodies and senior personnel, and to ensure that all faculty, staff, and students have access to facilities, opportunities and resources.
  • Engage in ongoing assessment of effectiveness of educational, preventative, and responsive efforts to address discrimination and sexual violence.
  • Provide fiscal and budgetary stewardship for relevant operations.

Equity Investigation and Compliance (Civil Rights and Title IX)

  • Oversee the internal complaint processes and supervise the Director of Investigations.
  • Institute interim remedies as appropriate.
  • Ensure appropriate transparency and develop trust with the campus community through annual reporting of the disposition of allegations of discrimination and sexual violence.
  • Issue final and interim decisions in the internal grievance processes for student and staff respondents, and collaborate with the Provost on faculty respondent matters.
  • Organize and maintain records regarding reports of discrimination and sexual violence, including annual reports of the number and nature of filed complaints and the disposition of complaints, data collection, climate assessment, and pattern monitoring.
  • Coordinate with the Clery Coordinator of the University of Missouri Police Department to ensure compliance efforts in relation to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act as well as Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.
  • Oversee prompt, effective, and equitable intake, investigation, processing, issuing of findings of fact, and timely resolution of all instances of discrimination made known to responsible employees and/or reported by students, faculty, employees, third parties, or by members of the broader community.
  • Serve as principal contact for governmental inquires related to Title IX.

Education and Outreach

  • Coordinate the implementation of practices that promote inclusion and reduce bias; review programs, policies, and procedures throughout the institution aimed at the same.
  • Communicate regularly with the campus community about initiatives and expectations related to equal opportunity.
  • Provide ongoing training, consultation, and technical assistance on civil rights and Title IX for all students, faculty, and staff, with specialized training content for hearing panelists, investigators, residential life, campus law enforcement and appeals officers.
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate campus strategic efforts aimed at the prevention of discrimination as well as sexual violence and the promotion of accessibility.
  • Develop and disseminate workshops and educational materials that inform members of the campus community (students, faculty, administrators, staff, and parents) of non-discrimination responsibilities and resources both within and external to campus premises.

Disability Access

  • Promote accessibility, including digital and physical accessibility, and opportunities for people with disabilities by amplifying the strategic efforts of the ADA Coordinator.

Affirmative Action Plan

  • Supervise the Affirmative Action and EEO Manager to ensure development of the university affirmative action plans as required by Executive Order 11246 and the U.S. Department of Labor Office for Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) as well as fulfillment of requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

No single candidate will possess in full every useful experience, but the search committee ideally seeks a person with the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of current state and federal civil rights, non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws and regulations; institution-specific policies, practices and procedures; and identified best practices and trends in the field of education related to discriminatory practices.
  • Ability to build relationships and balance the multiple, varying and even conflicting interests of diverse stakeholders around a politically charged subject matter.
  • Ability to communicate strategically to achieve specific objectives. Use varied vehicles and opportunities to promote dialogue and develop shared understanding and consensus. Maintain continuous, open and consistent communication with others. Check own understanding through paraphrasing and asking questions.
  • Ability to recommend and/or effect changes to policies, to revise practices, and to implement equitable procedures across many departments, including human resources, athletics, academic affairs, student affairs, and student conduct/discipline.
  • Logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Ability to review and dissect information and apply basic analytic concepts and calculations.
  • Complex problem-solving ability to identify complex problems, review related information to develop and evaluate options, and implement solutions. Ability to skillfully conduct studies and investigations, problem analysis, and develop logical and documented recommendations.
  • Ability to design and deliver training programs to all constituencies of the campus, demonstrate accountability with respect to attendance, and access the effectiveness of these trainings.
  • Maintain professional qualification through ongoing training and professional development.
Commitment to Diversity

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal of collaboration and inclusion and value the many unique qualities and experiences a diverse environment offers.

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identify, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state of federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

For more information or to request ADA accommodations, please call Human Resource Services at 573-882-4256. TTY users, please call through Relay Missouri, 1-800-REsLAY (735-2966) or en Español at 1-800-520-7309.

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About the University of Missouri-Columbia:

The University System has provided teaching, research and service to Missouri since 1839. Today, the University of Missouri is one of the nation's largest higher education institutions with more than 73,000 students, 28,000 faculty and staff on four campuses (Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis), and an extension program with activities in every county of the state, comprehensive distance learning services and an extensive health care network. MU is the flagship, land-grant, comprehensive campus of the University of Missouri System.

MU enrolls over 30,000 students across 15 major academic units, employs 13,000 people including over 2,000 faculty, and has over 300,000 living alumni worldwide, with 160,000 in the state of Missouri. It is a Research One university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). It has an operating budget of $2.2 billion, maintains the state's Extension Program, and contains a robust, successful clinical and research medical enterprise, MU Health Care, the leading health care provider in Mid-Missouri, whose operations total over $1 billion. The University belongs to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and has a large, historically prominent athletics program, widely followed and cheered, a source of great pride for students and alumni.

Division for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity:

The Division for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) was created in the fall of 2015 to foster an inclusive living, learning, and working community where everyone is valued and inspired to reach their full potential. IDE achieves this overarching goal through programming efforts, support services and learning spaces that include: Diversity Peer Educators, the LGBTQ Resource Center, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, Women's Center, Citizenship@Mizzou, CitizenshipToo, the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX, the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, the Multicultural Center, Diversity101, Workplace Diversity trainings, K-20 Access and Leadership unit, and a comprehensive faculty recruitment and retention plan. Thanks to these efforts and many others, Mizzou is in position to become a national exemplar where the campus, local communities, and the state embody inclusive excellence.

About the Community:

Columbia, Mo. is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Our city of about 100,000 people is located midway between Missouri's largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City. Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men's Journal, MSN.com and other news entities have named Columbia, Mo. one of the best places in the United States to live because of its high quality of life. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Columbia among the nation's top 10 college towns.

Columbia is home to nationally renowned public schools, including two top-ranked high schools, and other colleges and educational centers. It's packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals. The city boasts multiple city parks as well as Rock Bridge State Park and the MKT Trail for hiking and bicycling.

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