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Candidates for Institutional Equity Officer must provide a cover letter, résumé, and references. Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. 


For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (405) 325-4310.

Institutional Equity Officer

POSITION SUMMARY

The Institutional Equity Officer (“IEO”) is the University’s chief equity official and reports directly to the President. The IEO is responsible for overseeing institutional compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act (“Title IX”), the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 (“VAWA”), the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (“Campus SaVE”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)  and other related federal and state laws across the University’s Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa campuses. In this role, the IEO works closely with the Vice President of Executive Affairs, Office of Legal Counsel, the Office of Human Resources, the Offices of the Norman and Health Sciences Provosts, the Office of Student Conduct, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and other University administrators.

This position reports to and receives administrative supervision from the President, functions independently within the guidelines of the University’s personnel policies and regulations, coordinates with all appropriate unit heads, and exercises considerable judgment and initiative in planning, organizing, and completing assignments.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as the university’s primary subject-matter expert on requirements of and compliance with Title IX, VAWA, and related federal and state laws.
  • Manages a staff of investigators and oversees a comprehensive case management system that includes each reported complaint involving discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  • Oversees, investigates, and ensures timely resolution of all reports of discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking involving members of the University community (including the University’s Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa campuses).
  • Coordinates the University’s Title IX, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action 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 requiring the prompt and equitable resolution of Title IX complaints.
  • Monitors compliance with all procedures, requirements, and time frames outlined in the University’s Title IX and Equal Opportunity Policy.
  • Meets with complainants and respondents to provide information regarding the University complaint process, available resources, interim measures, and reporting and resolution options.
  • Provides and coordinates training sessions to University faculty, staff, and students on Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa campuses regarding prevention of and response to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  • Travels regularly to the University’s multiple campuses to investigate Title IX and EO complaints, meets with complainants and respondents, and provides training and education programs to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provides support to Institutional Equity efforts at other Universities under Board of Regents jurisdiction.
  • Provides accurate reporting for annual crime statistics, as required by the Jeanne Clery Act.
  • Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • Participates in self-directed professional reading, develops professional contacts with colleagues, and attends professional development courses and training to ensure a full understanding of the legal requirements and best practices related to compliance with Title IX, VAWA,  the ADEA, ADA, Title VII, and other related federal and state laws.
  • Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing other duties as assigned by the President or the Board of Regents.


PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Education: A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Experience: At least five years of investigatory experience is required, eight is preferred.
  • Experience in investigating or prosecuting allegations of sexual misconduct and/or domestic violence is preferred, as is experience in working with victims of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and/or other types of trauma.
  • Familiarity with Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE, Title VII, ADA, EPA, ADEA, and other related federal and state laws is required.
  • Experience in presenting educational and training programs is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  •  A J.D. degree or master’s degree in Student Affairs or a related field (e.g., counseling, criminology, social work, sociology) is strongly preferred.
  • Eight years investigatory experience preferred.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing and speaking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively within a University environment are required.
  • The ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, or other types of trauma is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage caseload in a manner that ensures the prompt, effective, and equitable conclusion of such matters is required.
  • Possess exceptional collaboration skills with an ability to partner effectively with others in a complex organization in the pursuit of common goals
  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

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The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to: Faustina Layne, Interim Institutional Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, 405-325-3546, faustina-layne@ou.edu, or visit www.ou.edu/eoo.  

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