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Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator

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Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Administration

Position Title:

Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator


Office of Human Resources

Job Summary:

Marist College invites applications for the newly revised position of Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator. The Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator directs and administers the College’s programs and compliance in equity and Title IX, Title VII, Clery Act, VAWA, ADA, ADEA, NYS Education Law Sex. 129 (a) and (b), FERPA, HIPAA, and other state and federal laws pertaining to gender-based violence and discrimination in a higher education setting. The Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator will partner with College stakeholders to ensure a safe and equitable College community for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors. The Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for developing, implementing and assessing training programs, awareness campaigns, outreach, communications, policies and procedures for the College.

Working with and reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources, the Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator will also partner with the Executive Vice President, the Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty, College Counsel, Director of Student Conduct, Director of Safety & Security and other key constituents.

This senior position will play a key role in the College’s inclusion efforts. The Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator will contribute to the strategic planning, development, implementation and assessment of Marist’s efforts for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. 

The Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator will have the unique opportunity to recruit, hire and lead a new team including but not limited to a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Investigator(s) and Training Coordinator. This new department will be responsible for leading and proactively influencing College-wide policy and grievance procedure development, planning, monitoring, reporting, education, prevention and training efforts for students, faculty and staff. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline is required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a higher education or other education setting, direct Title IX or Clery Act compliance is required.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as they relate to Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, VAWA, Campus SaVE Act, ADA/Section 504, ADEA, and NYS Education Law Article 129 is required.  
  • The successful candidate must have the ability to direct, manage, and perform detailed work with accuracy under tight deadlines and pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) and public speaking skills combined with the ability to engage and collaborate effectively with colleagues and students having a range of diverse backgrounds, interests, and perspectives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Human Services, Law, Criminal Justice, Higher Education, or a related field is preferred. 
  • An advanced degree in law, JD or doctoral degree is strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness with measurable outcomes is also strongly preferred.
  • Experience with budget management.
  • Supervisory and staff management experience.

Essential Functions:

  1. Oversees and coordinates all aspects of Title IX and equity programs and compliance, including but not limited to:
    • Investigation of complaints
    • Review of policies, grievance procedures, education and prevention efforts
    • Student, faculty and staff training
    • Skill-specific training for investigators and hearing board members
    • Provides advice and guidance to senior College leadership regarding Title IX requirements, grievance issues, and compliance programs. 
    • Partners with College leadership in equal opportunity programs and Affirmative Action efforts.
  2. Maintains up-to-date knowledge and information of relevant state and federal statutes and regulatory guidance as well as best practices.  Implements and regularly reviews policies and procedures that meet all relevant legal requirements.
  3. Develops, implements and assesses College-wide initiatives regarding Title IX and equity via a robust communications program including:
    • Title IX/equity webpage(s)
    • Social media channels
    • Communications, trainings and workshops, student/employee committees and external community organization partnerships.
  4. Develops and facilitates training and education programs in consultation with other College offices and other key stakeholders on and off campus. Programs are to be targeted toward a variety of populations, including, but not limited to students, faculty, and staff with responsibilities in resolving complaints, those with supervisory responsibility, and those whose-day-to-day responsibilities involve working closely with students. 
  5. Monitors and identifies opportunities for on-going improvements in the College’s response, programs, and services through the delivery of campus-wide climate surveys, focus groups, and other assessment efforts.  Assesses the community’s overall understanding of harassment and gender-based violence; identifies trends and barriers, and customizes training/prevention programs to address the needs. 
  6. As necessary recommends and implements new programs, processes, policies and trainings to ensure best practices.
  7. Leads Title IX and equity office staff with dedication, leadership, integrity and vision.

Application Materials:

Resume, Cover Letter, and three (3) professional References

About the Department:

Members of the college community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence and any form of gender-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX. While there are a number of laws and regulations that mandate how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, the College ultimately has the discretion to determine whether or not the policy has been violated and impose appropriate sanctions for infractions through the Office of Human Resources and Title IX team. The College aims to prevent and respond to sexual assault, dating/intimate partner/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment through prevention training, collaboration, outreach, and advocacy.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 385 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (10th Best Regional University/North, 5th Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. The College is top-ranked for long-term study abroad (#4 in the U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doors report. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. To learn more, please visit

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8:30AM – 5:00PM Monday through Friday, occasional nights/weekends may be required.

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Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY

Please note:  The primary work location for this position is Poughkeepsie, NY. On-campus operations are currently restricted due to New York State Covid guidelines. Initial interviews will be conducted virtually.  Finalists may be invited to campus for in-person, socially distant interviews in accordance with the College’s guest policy.  Local, on-campus work in Poughkeepsie, NY will be required as a condition of employment. 

It is College policy to reimburse eligible newly hired full-time administrative staff members for reasonable expenses incurred in relocating to the area. To be eligible for reimbursement, new employees must move a minimum of 50 miles from their present home; must move within the first year of hire.  Generally, the College will reimburse eligible moving and relocating expenses up to $7,000.

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Equal Employment statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.



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