Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator

July 2, 2024

Civil Rights & Title IX Coordinator
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

The Civil Rights & Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring USC Upstate’s monitoring and compliance with federal and state laws, policies, and procedures relating to discrimination/harassment involving age, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications. Specifically, the Civil Rights & Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for enforcing USC Upstate’s non-discrimination policies; ensuring compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, relevant provisions of the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to equal rights and nondiscrimination (Nondiscrimination Laws). This role oversees and coordinates investigations including delivery of supportive measures, responses, and resolutions to complaints.

Policy Management and Compliance
• Develop, create, implement, and oversee appropriate university discrimination and harassment policies, procedures, and practices to ensure equitable access to education programs and activities.
• Work collaboratively with other university departments on the development and review of related university policies and procedures. Conduct annual policy audits and reviews.
• Develop annual reports for civil rights and interpersonal violence complaints, investigations, and resolutions. Produce appropriate reports and present outcomes to senior leadership.
• Coordinate regulatory and other legal responses with appropriate university departments.
• Remain current on national trends and best practices.
• Maintain knowledge through active professional development.

Coordination of Reports and Complaints
• Provide consultative guidance to all university offices on their obligations and responsibilities under university policies related federal and state laws or regulations.
• Collaborate with university and departmental administration to coordinate education on reporting, investigation procedures, and compliance within respective units.
• Effectively communicate with key stakeholders and law enforcement entities to ensure the needs of the university community are addressed.
• Objectively and effectively oversee and coordinate investigations of allegations of interpersonal violence ensuring investigations are timely, impartial, equitable, and thorough.
• Provide information to the university community about reporting options, processes, rights, and resources available to those involved in the investigation process.
• Maintain and oversee case management systems. Track cases, data, and trends to identify and address patterns and systemic concerns. Collaborate with university partners, as appropriate, on the implementation of initiatives to address identified patterns and concerns.
• Works with the Office of General Counsel in responding to complaints of discrimination filed with the federal and state administrative agencies.

Case Management & Resolution
• Oversees both the investigative and resolutions processes, including formal and informal, and any cases moving through those processes. Oversees the case assignments to the investigators, which includes considering individual caseload and the complexity of each case. Support investigations and informal resolutions as needed. May develop a risk rating scale to assist with evaluating the complexity and risk of individual cases. Ensure investigative steps and associated documentation are documented in the Maxient case management system, in alignment with policies and procedures and expectations. Provide periodic and timely updates regarding the status of ongoing cases to the supervisor, Continuum of Care team, and other stakeholders, as necessary. Track any compliance or general trends in case management and suggest solutions to any isolated or systemic issues.
• Develops and prepares all documentation related to the resolutions processes, including but not limited to notice of hearing, decisions, and outcome letters.). Maintains required documentation in the Maxient database. Ensure documentation aligns with best practices and requirements as outlined in laws and regulations.
• Attends trainings and familiarizes with ongoing information to maintain knowledge of non-discrimination laws and regulations and resolution processes and practices to maintain compliance with legal and regulatory requirements as they relate to resolution options.; Maintains privacy and ensures compliance with FERPA and other state, federal and institutional student and employee record policies.

Training and Education
• Ensure the appropriate delivery of training and education consistent with Title IX and Clery Act requirement and with the intent to raise awareness of university policies and processes around civil rights and interpersonal violence.
• Oversee training for those involved in the investigatory process in accordance with university policy and federal/state laws/regulations.
• Collaborate with Student Affairs to evaluate the content for the required online training for all new students.
• Collaborate with Athletics Department on development and delivery of training for all student athletes and Athletic Department staff in accordance with NCAA compliance requirement for Title IX.
• Assist in the development of educational and marketing/awareness materials, including brochures, posters, social media and web-based content.
• Regularly review and audit educational materials and training programs to ensure information is current with federal and state laws, as well as university policy and procedures.

In coordination with Professional Development, manages USC Upstate’s anti-discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct online training modules; develops a meaningful tracking system to monitor employee participation/completion of required training.

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related experience in legal, regulatory, and/or policy compliance. A successful background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
A juris doctor and experience working as a Title IX Coordinator in a higher setting are strongly preferred.

$79,302 – $90,000; Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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USC Upstate offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

• Health and Life Insurance
• Retirement Programs
• Paid Tuition Program
• Dependent Scholarships
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Annual Leave
• Sick Leave
• 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
• Paid Parental Leave
• Professional Development Opportunities

The University of South Carolina is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.