About Berkshire Community College:
Berkshire Community College (BCC) has the distinction of being the first community college established in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nestled in the scenic Berkshire Hills, our nearly 2,000 students have access to a wide range of career and transfer programs on our newly renovated campus. Occupying a scenic 180-acre property, just minutes from downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC provides students from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with an intimate learning environment, small class sizes, and much opportunity for interaction with faculty. Berkshire County was home to many forward-thinking historic figures including, W.E.B. DuBois, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth (Mumbet) Freeman, all of whom were pioneers of social justice. The Berkshires contain both rural and urban elements, combining a beautiful natural environment with world class museums and other cultural opportunities. Pittsfield and Berkshire County continue to evolve, with immigrants from over 70 countries now calling the Berkshires their home. BCC seeks to recruit diverse employees who embrace, as well as demonstrate, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.
The Title IX Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer ensures compliance with the Colleges' Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity (PAA), Title IX, ADA/Section 504, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, and all related state and federal regulations. The Title IX Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer administers the Affirmative Action Policy and has primary responsibility for coordinating Title IX investigations at BCC and GCC. This position will provide leadership in promoting an understanding of these policies and regulations within the college communities, training staff in their implementation, and investigate and resolve complaints. Works collaboratively with other College offices on the GCC and BCC campuses to implement strategies toward the goals of compliance and awareness and to assess progress toward achievement. Each week, this position will include in-person time on each campus and telework.
Essential Job Functions:
- Coordinate, provide technical assistance and consultation with the statutory and regulatory requirements of Title IX, AA/EO, and ADA/Section 504, including coordinating the College's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits all sex discrimination and Title IX Sexual Harassment in all College operations, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX.
- Meets directly with covered students and employees seeking to exercise their rights under the PAA and applicable laws.
- Provide guidance and assistance to alleged victims of prohibited conduct, including referral to support resources, notice of right to file internal grievances, notice of the right to grieve to the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, notice of the right to report incidents to law enforcement; Provide information, assistance and protective measures to reporting and responding persons and other individuals involved, including their rights under the PAA and applicable laws and regulations.
- Receive, investigate and resolve complaints regarding discrimination, Equal Education and Equal Employment Opportunity, and harassment, including Title IX complaints, and complaints regarding denial of reasonable accommodation requests by employees, students, and others protected under state and federal laws and regulations and/or the PAA, in compliance with state and federal laws, executive orders, collective bargaining agreements and College policies and procedures. Provide oversight of investigations led by outside parties.
- Oversee prompt, effective, and equitable intake, investigation, processing, issuing of findings of fact or management of hearing process, and timely resolution of all Title IX Sexual Harassment matters, or cases otherwise involving sex discrimination made known to responsible employees and/or reported or filed by students, faculty, employees, third parties, or by members of the broader community;
- Work collaboratively with all areas of the college, as needed, with respect to complaint referral, investigation, resolution and accommodations. Coordinate with Human Resources and/or the Dean of Students when corrective action is recommended.
- Review, analyze and conduct internal audits of processes and systems at the College related to Title IX and equity compliance. Develop, review and update operations and procedures, recommend policies and develop and implement new strategies and procedures.
- Provide and/or oversee the training of Deputy Title IX officers, Title IX investigators, advisors, decision makers and other roles required by PAA processes, to ensure the prompt, fair and impartial resolution of complaints, including ongoing training, consultation, and technical assistance on Title IX for all employees in areas including: how to identify and report Title IX Sexual Harassment; the College's responsibilities to address Title IX Sexual Harassment; recognizing warning signals; reporting Title IX Sexual Harassment to appropriate College officials; and information regarding confidential reporting options.
- Develop, coordinate, deliver and track regular college-wide training on the PAA, discrimination and harassment prevention and their relationship to the Colleges' policies and practices. Work to ensure informal and consistent communication in policy implementation. Prepare and distribute Title IX and other educational materials.
- Provide ongoing training, consultation, and technical assistance on Title IX for all students including: students' rights under Title IX, identifying behaviors that constitute Title IX Sexual Harassment ; how to report Title IX Sexual Harassment; reporting options; understanding the College's Complaint Procedure and Complaint Processes; the potential consequences for violating College policies; the role of alcohol and/or drug use; amnesty; consent; the importance of seeking prompt medical attention; prohibition against retaliation; and Bystander Intervention training.
- Organize and maintain the Colleges' files regarding complaints, disposition reports and other records regarding PAA, Title IX, EO and ADA compliance. Serve as custodian and supervise custody of all records for reporting purposes and safeguard their confidentiality.
- Coordinate the development and implementation of the annual assessments of campus climate with regard to sexual harassment and sexual violence.
- Serve on applicable teams and college committees.
- Attend and participate in meetings and professional development opportunities regarding Title IX, EO and ADA. Keep abreast of current state and federal laws and trends regarding Title IX and Affirmative Action.
- Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Skills/Experience/Training Required:
- Master's, or other advanced degree in human resources, student development, higher education administration; J.D. or advanced professional degree in other relevant discipline; or bachelor's degree with an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
- At least three years of professional experience in the areas of Title IX, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and ADA compliance.
- Experience administering Title IX and handling discrimination and harassment investigations and complaint resolution.
- Experience developing and conducting trainings.
- Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with diplomacy and excellent judgment.
- Five years of progressively responsible experience in Title IX, AA and ADA compliance.
- Experience interpreting federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to Title IX, AA,EO and ADA.
- Experience providing institution-wide training on laws, policies and procedures.
- Higher Education experience.
- Experience working in a union environment.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- Occasional travel to and from events, meetings, etc.
- Normal office environment, not subject to extreme variations of temperature, noise, odors,
- May use computer keyboards requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
- Balancing, crouching, grasping, pulling, reaching and stooping may also be required.
Source of Funding: State Funded
Salary: $85,000 - $95,000 per year
Area of Assignment: Human Resources. This is a shared position between Berkshire Community College (BCC) and Greenfield Community College (GCC).
Schedule: Hybrid schedule, the position will have a presence on both campuses and remote work.
Reports to: Executive Director of Human Resources at Berkshire Community College
Effective Date: July 2023
Pursuant to the Clery Act of 1990 a copy of Berkshire Community College's security report is available on the BCC Website.
BCC is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment that values the diverse backgrounds of all people and encourages applications from individuals whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.
Berkshire Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service, and national origin in its education programs or employment. All inquiries concerning application of the above should be directed to Affirmative Action Officer, and Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, Susan B. Anthony Annex Building, Room A19.
Position is posted until filled, application review begins on July 23, 2023. To apply, submit your resume and cover letter by visiting the Berkshire Community College Job Board.