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Position Detail - Assistant Vice President for Compliance

Assistant Vice President for Compliance

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Work type: Staff Full-time, Staff Full-Time (Hybrid)
Location: South Hadley, MA, Hybrid - South Hadley, MA
Categories: Human Resources

Position Type: Staff Full-time (Hybrid optional)

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52 weeks

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Starting salary: $101,258

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

Mount Holyoke College is seeking an experienced professional to manage the delivery of accommodations and services for faculty and staff with disabilities and to oversee the Division of Human Resources’ efforts to ensure compliance by faculty and staff with all federal and state laws and College policies that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace and for oversight of the grievance process, investigations, and case management of complaints associated with compliance with such laws and policies. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of relevant laws, disability services, and legal compliance at the college level, be knowledgeable about best practices in providing appropriate responses to allegations of non-compliance with such laws and policies and with providing accommodations, and have demonstrated leadership in Title IX and disability services work.

Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Assistant Vice President for Compliance oversees the grievance process and case management of complaints and works to ensure compliance by the faculty and staff with related civil rights laws, including:

  • Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace.

The Assistant Vice President will advise senior College leadership on appropriate College policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all civil rights laws. In collaboration with other stakeholders, the Assistant Vice President of Compliance will oversee the development, revision, and implementation of policies and procedures related to civil rights laws, including:

  • Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. As such, the Assistant Vice President of Compliance must stay current on legal changes, updates, and best practices.

The Assistant Vice President will provide consultation for supervisors and managers presented with allegations of violations by faculty and staff of federal and state laws and College policies that prohibit discrimination in the workplace and will respond to allegations of violations by faculty and staff of federal and state laws and College policies that prohibit discrimination in the workplace, conducting reviews and investigations in accordance with relevant laws and policies.

As the Title IX Coordinator at Mount Holyoke College, the Assistant Vice President is primarily responsible for implementing and overseeing the compliance program and grievance procedures pertaining to the assessment and resolution of grievances and complaints of violation of Title IX involving faculty and staff. The Assistant Vice President will interpret, analyze, and advise on applying laws and regulations in an academic employment setting. The Assistant Vice President works collaboratively to create a culture of consent across campus and to raise awareness of educational resources around gender and sexuality in the context of sexual violence prevention and community wellness.

The Assistant Vice President for Compliance will play a key role in the development and delivery of Disability Services to employees. The Assistant Vice President for Compliance will provide direct support to faculty and staff to determine eligibility for and the development of individualized accommodation plans and contribute to the institutional mission of access and success for employees with disabilities. The Assistant Vice President for Compliance is a resource to educate, train, and guide College employees in understanding disability access, rights, and responsibilities. The Assistant Vice President for Compliance will collaborate with faculty and staff around accommodation plans and consult with faculty and staff colleagues concerning best practices, reasonable accommodations, and support of faculty and staff registered with the HR Office.

The Assistant Vice President will coordinate and work collaboratively with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and with faculty, staff, and campus partners, including colleagues in the Divisions of Student Life and Academic Affairs, and will assist other offices and departments as needed. The Assistant Vice President will work closely with other Division of Human Resources members, especially the Assistant Vice President for Employee and Labor Relations and the Director of Staff Development.

The Assistant Vice President of Compliance will guide, support, and indirectly supervise employees within other departments who hold positions related to compliance: Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. As such, this position will serve as a team lead for policy development, implementation, reporting, and other functions across all areas of the College.

The Assistant Vice President will engage in data collection and reporting activities as part of Division—and College-wide initiatives, serve on campus-wide committees, and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant civil rights laws and compliance at the college level, knowledge of best practices in responding appropriately to allegations of noncompliance with such laws and policies and providing accommodations, and demonstrated leadership in Title IX and civil rights work.

  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field and relevant experience related to compliance with federal and state laws prohibiting workplace discrimination. Thorough knowledge of laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in the workplace, including Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination.

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of directly comparable experience conducting reviews and investigations of alleged violations of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education is strongly preferred. 

  • At least 10 years of experience reviewing and investigating workplace discrimination allegations.

  • At least 10 years of experience evaluating, approving, and implementing accommodations for employees with disabilities is strongly preferred.

License/Certifications:

Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

Working Conditions:

  • In-person or hybrid flexibility 

Background Checks:

At Mount Holyoke College, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our community members. To ensure this, we require all new hires, affiliates, and others to undergo comprehensive background checks before joining our institution. Our Office of Human Resources manages and conducts these checks, including screenings for background checks, credit history, and driver credentials. Additionally, the Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management works to coordinate and facilitate these checks in accordance with our policies.

Special Instructions for Applicants

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a college that prioritizes gender diversity and welcomes students of all genders. The college is devoted to ensuring that all its employees and students have equal access to opportunities in education and employment. As per state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate against individuals based on their race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status. Furthermore, the college does not discriminate based on gender when selecting students for its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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