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Director, Equal Opportunity - The Office of Equal Opportunity

at University of Denver

Posted: 11/19/2018
Job Reference #: 3674

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Founded in 1864 -- the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, which has grown into one of the Wests premier private universities -- The University of Denver has played an integral role in the cultural, social, economic and educational life of the city it calls home. Beyond its local and regional contributions, the University is known nationally and internationally for preparing students for leadership in government, business, education, healthcare, sports, law, and the arts wherever there is a need for principled leadership, critical assessment and creative thinking. The University serves nearly 11,800 students, more than half of them graduate students, in a mix of academic and professional programs. Roughly 40% of the University’s undergraduate students come from Colorado and the rest are from across the United States and two dozen countries, with over 90 countries represented among the graduate student body.

Position Summary

The Office of Equal Opportunity, in collaboration with University partners, fosters an environment of equal opportunity for faculty, staff, and students in all aspects of employment and educational programming. The Office of Equal Opportunity is responsible for ensuring compliance with the University’s anti-discrimination policies and promoting full compliance with all federal, state and local discrimination laws. Additionally, EO provides professional and discrete counsel to managers and employees regarding the interpretation and consistent application of relevant University employment policies. Specifically, the office assists with:

  • Consultation concerning issues of possible discrimination, harassment or retaliation;
  • Investigation of complaints of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation;
  • Education that focuses on prevention of all forms of discrimination;
  • Consultation with managers and/or employees regarding relevant DU employment policies;
  • Consultation regarding reasonable accommodations for religious accommodations;
  • Collaborate with campus partners to promote an equitable working and learning environment.
  • Ensures the University’s compliance with all relevant federal, state and local government filings and other obligations.

Essential Functions

  • Supervise the intake, investigations, management and resolution of all EO related matters.
  • Provide annual reports on the volume, nature, and disposition of filed complaints and grievances, climate assessment, and pattern monitoring.
  • Provide direction and guidance for gender based harassment and discrimination claims, including equal pay claims, involving employees.
  • Provide vision and leadership for the Office of Equal Opportunity over the long-term, emphasizing both compliance and education as key priorities.
  • Develop, implement and coordinate campus-based strategic efforts aimed at promoting equal opportunity.
  • Provide both leadership and guidance as a topic area resource.
  • Provide positive contributions as a member of Human Resources leadership team.
  • Supervise and contribute to the creation of the institutions affirmative action plan, and utilize and disseminate plan data for promotion of diversity.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant OFCCP regulations, including identifying any potential problems with policy or practice.
  • Coordinate the prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints of discrimination and employee grievances pursuant to University policy and procedures.
  • Provide oversight of ongoing training, education, and consultation regarding nondiscrimination policy, and all employee policies.
  • Provide leadership on equal opportunity efforts to other campus delegates, departments and offices.
  • Provide leadership, direction and supervision for Office of Equal Opportunity, including consulting with relevant policy-making bodies and senior personnel for the purpose of advising, clarifying and identifying necessary action to eliminate discrimination and/or harassment, and ensure access to facilities, opportunities, and resources equitably throughout the campus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations in both the academic and work setting.
  • Experience conducting and managing investigations alleging harassment and discrimination on the basis of protected class involving both students and employees.
  • Ability to recommend and/or effect changes to policies, to revise practices and to implement equitable procedures across many departments.
  • Experience revising and drafting related policies.
  • Knowledge of Affirmative Action planning.
  • Ability to design and deliver training programs to all constituencies of the campus, demonstrate accountability with respect to attendance and assess the effectiveness of these trainings.
  • Ability to build relationships and balance the multiple, varying and even conflicting interests of diverse stakeholders in a complex organization.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and sensitivity to issues faced by people from underserved or historically underrepresented groups.
  • Demonstrated successful experience working in and with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to empathize with people who have experienced forms of bias, harassment, and/or violence based on their identity.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise superb judgment.
  • Experience conducting and managing investigations alleging discrimination.
  • Experience with Human Resources personnel practices.
  • Inclusive Excellence competence and commitment to diversity.
  • Experience building trust and work collaboratively.
  • Ability to effectively manage complex case load.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • JD or other terminal degree in relevant discipline.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Affirmative Action planning and implementation experience.
  • Higher education experience.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) November 9, 2018.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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