Assistant Vice President for Compliance & Civil Rights
Compensation and Benefits
The Anticipated Hiring Salary is $150,000 - $180,000 per year and is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.
The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.
Reporting to the Vice President for Administration, the Assistant Vice President for Compliance and Civil Rights is the senior campus compliance officer responsible for designing a protocol structure and internal controls that facilitate compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and CSU policies related to civil rights and nondiscrimination (e.g. Title IX, Discrimination Harassment Retaliation (DHR), Whistleblower) as well as, Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)/California Civil Rights Department and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) rules and regulations. The Assistant Vice President provides strategic guidance, advising, and decision-making in all areas related to that portfolio. The Assistant Vice President has authority to work collaboratively with other campus departments (e.g. Human Resources, Faculty Affairs, Survivor Advocate, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Athletics, Student Housing, University Police, and others, as appropriate.) and campus counsel in order to monitor, supervise, oversee, and ensure compliance and implementation of applicable CSU policies and procedures.
The Assistant Vice President provides effective leadership, management, direction and oversight of all programs and procedures that support relevant compliance efforts. The Assistant Vice President is responsible for hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, and providing professional development to the Compliance staff. The scope of the complaint and resolution process implemented by the Assistant Vice President includes, but is not limited to, evaluating reports of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, including gathering preliminary information and consulting with campus counsel in determining if a formal investigation is appropriate.
The Assistant Vice President oversees all Title IX and discrimination, harassment, and retaliation investigations, conducts mediation as appropriate, monitors changes in regulations and laws, and provides oversight on investigations and hearings, including interim supportive measures and informal resolution process. The Assistant Vice President analyzes case documents, including investigation reports, and is responsible for the prompt remediation of the effects of any substantiated violations including recommending employee and student sanctions and will coordinate closely with Faculty Affairs and Human Resources to ensure that referrals for counseling or disciplinary action is administered according to CSU policies.
The Assistant Vice President also is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and delivery of awareness, prevention and education efforts, programs, activities, and initiatives designed to reduce incidents of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and promote as well as improve institutional effectiveness and capacity in the relevant areas of responsibility, including prevention education and training and staff development.
- Knowledge of the principles, laws, and regulations related to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and non-discrimination including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1967, Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readiness Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California Family Rights Act of 1993 (CFRA), the California Whistleblower Protection Act, and various CSU Executive Orders related to non-discrimination.
- Thorough knowledge and demonstrated success in developing and implementing short- and long-term strategic plans.
- Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn CSU policies, procedures, and practices related to employment and affirmative action.
- Familiarity with data extraction and analysis techniques and software; understanding of statistical methods and techniques to produce meaningful statistical analysis and reports.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills.
- Expert networking and interpersonal skills including strong consultative skills and the ability to mediate, negotiate, and persuade others toward positive action and outcomes.
- Demonstrated success in building trust and credibility between and among individuals and groups with diverse interests.
- Ability to exercise discretion, independent judgment, and reason logically in carrying out responsibilities.
- Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills and the ability to develop imaginative and innovative solutions to complex problems. Ability to proactively anticipate potential problems/issues and take appropriate action.
- Ability to handle multiple, competing priorities in a well-organized and focused manner; ability to quickly shift priorities without loss of continuity.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive and professional working relationships with a diverse population.
- Ability to interpret and administer collective bargaining contracts and work effectively with union and campus constituencies.
- Ability to independently interpret, analyze, apply, and explain highly complex laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies related to equal employment, non-discrimination, and affirmative action programs.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Ability to represent campus interests in compliance reviews and propose appropriate responses or remedies.
- Ability to conduct effective investigations.
- Ability to serve as a liaison with compliance agencies, Chancellor’s Office personnel, campus management staff, the campus community, and other entities.
- Demonstrated ability to foster and promote community and campus values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Demonstrated ability to prepare complex reports and make effective presentations.
- Demonstrated technical literacy. Ability to use a broad range of technology, including a personal computer and standard office software.
- Ability to negotiate and resolve highly sensitive, complex and/or unprecedented problems.
- Demonstrated leadership and ability to effectively manage the day-to-today operations of a critical, highly visible program office, strong supervisory and personnel management skills.
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Education and Experience
- Master’s degree, preferably in human resources, business, public administration, higher education administration, or a related discipline, (or juris doctorate degree).
- Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible administrative or in-house legal experience in Higher Education or a related field.
- Experience conducting effective and timely investigations.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion, superior judgment, and neutrality in highly sensitive situations involving matters of sex and gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
- Extensive training and/or experience in issues related to civil rights investigations, hearings, and sanctioning.
- Experience managing compliance with laws, regulations and policies associated with a comprehensive compliance program for addressing and preventing discrimination and sexual misconduct, as well as employment and affirmative action programs.
- Experience with conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and commitment to values of equity, inclusion, and social justice.
- Experience developing and delivering training related to the core job and compliance functions with a wide range of audiences, including students, staff, and faculty.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain it by date of hire.
- Preferred Skills:
- Juris doctorate degree is strongly preferred.
- Prior experience as a Title IX Coordinator or DHR Administrator is highly desired.
- Clear analytical thinking and reasoning.
- Strong leadership and facilitation skills.
- Experience in an educational institution or large public organization.
- Working knowledge of college governance.
- Experience delivering training related to recruitment, conflict resolution, civil rights, employee relations, and/or other functional areas.
- Evidence of additional training in capacities related to core functions.
- PHR or SHRM certifications.
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Deadline & Application Instructions
Storbeck Search is assisting California State University, Fresno with this process. Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion by contacting Susan VanGilder at FresnoStateAVPComplianceCivilRights@storbecksearch.com. Nominations may also be submitted
directly to Susan VanGilder. Please include the nominee’s full name, position, institution, and email address.
This position is open until filled with an initial application review date of March 15, 2024.
Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.
Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.
Equal Employment Opportunity Information
California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.
COVID19 Vaccination Policy
Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.
Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.
Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)