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Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO)

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Human Resources

Department: Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $118,000 - $126,000 per year
FTE: 1.0

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Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.

A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

In the application process, you will be asked to provide at least three professional references, one of which must be current supervisor (or most recent supervisor if not currently employed). Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.

Department Summary
The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) is responsible for working with all members of the University of Oregon community to ensure that the university is meeting the letter and spirit of its legal obligations related to affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, and to support the university's commitment to diversity.

Position Summary
The University of Oregon is seeking a dynamic leader to direct the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) through transformational and organizational change. Under the direct supervision of the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director of AAEO will plan, organize, coordinate, direct and manage the daily activities and operations of the university's AAEO office to ensure a fair, equitable and accessible university working and learning environment, and coordinate the university's response to reported incidents of discrimination and harassment. The Director will serve as the university's Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Director, ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and as a key member of the Chief Human Resources Officer's leadership team.

The University of Oregon is committed to creating, promoting and sustaining an environment that reflects its values of diversity and inclusion where each member of the university community is afforded the opportunity to pursue their professional and educational goals in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The AAEO is an integral partner in the university's efforts to increase diversity among its workforce and to create a fair, just and equitable environment for all members of the University of Oregon community, our guests and visitors.


Primary Responsibilities
Ensure compliance with the university's Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action policies and procedures; ADA/Section 504; Title VI, Title VII and all related federal and state laws, regulations and guidance. Serve as the university's primary resource, guide and educator on all issues, policies and procedures related to discrimination and harassment and university affirmative action goals and objectives. Work with the Chief HR Officer, the university Title IX Coordinator and other university leadership to draft and update university policies and procedures to ensure the university is meeting its obligations to uphold all federal and state laws related to discrimination, harassment and disability. Serve as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator with a reporting relationship to the Title IX Coordinator for Title IX-related matters including the receipt of reports, investigation and resolution of gender-based complaints.

Responsibilities and Duties
· Lead the AAEO through transformational and organizational change to actively and outwardly foster a more inclusive university environment, improve the effectiveness of the office to address and resolve complaints, and reposition the office as a leader and collaborative partner with all university constituents;
· Build and maintain strong working relationships and operational partnerships across the university's administrative and academic community, particularly the academic senate, diversity and inclusion, human resources, employee and labor relations, dean of students, Title IX, and the general counsel;
· Collaborate with leadership from across the university to ensure that goals, priorities, policies and procedures are consistent, complementary, and aligned;
· Develop and help execute programs designed to meet the university's goals of a diverse and inclusive workforce;
· Provide vision, direction, counsel and leadership to all members of the university community in areas of equity, diversity and inclusion in academic, work, programs and activities of the university;
· Actively promote and articulate the university's values and goals of a diverse and inclusive university community and provide direct assistance to university departments and organizations to achieve these goals;
· Serve as the university's ranking staff person and primary resource regarding affirmative action/equal employment, ADA, and the prevention of discrimination and harassment;
· Identify potential affirmative action/equal employment, discrimination and harassment problems and offer options for solution and correction as appropriate and required by federal and state laws, regulations and guidance;
· Guide and oversee the development of the university's affirmative action plan and serve as the liaison between the university and state and federal compliance agencies;
· Keep the university informed of the latest developments in affirmative action, equal opportunity, non-discrimination and harassment compliance, policies and laws;
· Play a leadership role in engaging the broader campus community in dialogue that promotes understanding, respect and inclusion in the learning and working environment of the university;
· Maintain accurate, detailed records of all discrimination and harassment reports, complaints, investigations and resolutions, and all requests for and grants of ADA accommodations, and provide reports as needed and appropriate regarding the same;
· Use data to inform and influence strategic planning and decision-making;
· Assess the campus climate and use results to drive strategic planning and institutional change;
· Provide reports on the university's progress toward meeting its affirmative action goals and on issues of equity, diversity, discrimination and harassment to university leadership;
· Coordinate the university's compliance with and provide technical assistance and consultations on regulatory requirements in the areas of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Title VI, Title VII, ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other state and federal laws as may apply;
· Monitor, review, analyze and conduct internal audits of university policies, processes and systems and make recommendations regarding the university's compliance with Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Title VI, Title VII, ADA/Section 504 and related federal and state laws and guidance;
· Oversee the receipt, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination and harassment and/or retaliation, and complaints regarding denial of reasonable accommodation requests brought by employees, students and others protected under state and federal laws and university policies and recommend corrective action where appropriate;
· Work cooperatively and collaboratively with the offices of Human Resources, Employee and Labor Relations, Title IX, the Academic Senate and University of Oregon Police Department regarding the reporting, investigation and resolution of complaints;
· Develop resource and training materials, and coordinate and track the delivery of university-wide training on university policies and procedures related to Affirmative Action, discrimination and harassment prevention, and the ADA;
· Consult with Human Resources and individual university academic and administrative departments on effective strategies to recruit, hire, promote and retain a diverse workforce of faculty and staff;
· Work cooperatively with the university facilities department, and department of capital improvements to ensure compliance with state and federal accessibility laws;
· Assist in responding to federal and state audits;
· Serve on university committees as assigned or appropriate;
· Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree
• Five years of progressively responsible related professional experience (such as equal employment opportunity, affirmative action compliance, workforce diversity, ADA/504)
• Five years of progressively responsible management experience to include supervision of professional staff

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated ability to initiate organizational change and provide the leadership necessary to successfully implement and maintain organizational change
• Expert professional knowledge of and experience understanding federal and state laws, regulations and guidance pertaining to affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, and ADA
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and cooperatively and collaboratively across a complex organizational structure
• Demonstrated ability to handle a significant workload and manage multiple deadlines
• Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication
• Demonstrated ability to assist with the drafting of policies, procedures and reports that are useful to and easily understood by all constituent audiences
• Experience creating and delivering training across a complex organization on laws, policies and procedures
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact credibly, professionally, and personably with a broad spectrum of individuals in a complex organization.
• Demonstrated ability to engage audiences and develop effective relationships in sensitive circumstances
• Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations and complaint resolutions
• Demonstrated commitment to the goals of Affirmative Action and workforce diversity
• Ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations and information with diplomacy and tact, and to act calmly and objectively in both sensitive and crisis situations
• Demonstrated professional judgment in addressing and resolving conflicts and problems within a multi-faceted organizational structure
• Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws and guidelines
• The person in this position must support diversity and inclusion in every aspect and responsibility associated with the job

Preferred Qualifications
• J.D. or advanced degree with emphasis in higher education administration, Human Resources, or other closely related discipline

FLSA Exempt: Yes


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.

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