The Office for Institutional Equity is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director. This individual will have a broad array of duties, including investigating discrimination complaints; advising other investigators in planning and conducting their investigations; providing guidance, support and delivery of programming and services to University of Michigan faculty, staff, students and management to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency. In addition, participate in establishing, implementing and reviewing policies and procedures; participate in internal and external compliance reviews; and manage and assist in evaluating programs; and review and update program curricula.
Assess faculty, staff and student complaints of alleged violations of the University’s non-discrimination statement and federal and state civil rights laws. Determine whether an investigation and/or other action (including pre-investigation action intended to limit the potential for continued discrimination/harassment and institutional liability) is appropriate. Undertake that action and/or advise those who undertake that action, including, when appropriate, performing investigations and making findings as to whether unlawful discrimination occurred. Refer complainants to or arrange for complainants to receive other University resources/procedures when the allegations do not involve potential unlawful discrimination;
Advise supervisors, administrators and other management regarding appropriate responses to findings of unlawful discrimination. Advise other staff in doing the same;
Assist in ensuring institutional compliance with federal and state civil rights law and related laws and regulations. Advise other staff doing the same;
Assist in developing and implementing the University’s Affirmative Action Program and/or advise other staff doing the same;
Participate in establishing policies and procedures relating to discrimination, equal opportunity, equal access, investigations, diversity, equity, inclusion and other areas related to the work of the office, and implement those policies and procedures as warranted. Participate in review of established policies and procedures for continued compliance and effectiveness;
Represent OIE when interacting with internal and external audiences, in person and through electronic means;
Provide guidance, support and delivery of educational materials, programming and services for faculty, staff, students and administrators to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency. Create, review and update educational programs and materials regarding various issues, including affirmative action programs and federal and state civil rights laws. Manage and assist in evaluating educational programs;
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
High productivity in a fast-paced environment;
Ability to provide support in the implementation of UM policies and procedures related to equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment prevention and nondiscrimination;
Ability to provide outreach, consultation, educational programming and identification of resources to promote greater cross-cultural understanding;
Ability to provide consultation and coaching for managers, supervisors, staff, faculty and administrators;
Ability to provide counseling, advice and program design support and implementation for Affirmative Action programs and plans;
Ability and experience in investigating and responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination;
Extensive knowledge of AA/EEO and civil rights laws and regulations;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Master’s degree, J.D., Ph.D., or other appropriate advanced degree;
Experience working in a higher education environment;
Experience in the application of federal and state civil rights laws in the higher education environment, including Title IX and the ADA;
Full competence in using computer software packages for the office environment, including database management skills and experience;
Ability to mediate and use problem-solving skills to conduct alternative dispute resolution.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.