Director of Equal Opportunity and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Swarthmore College:
Swarthmore College, located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, seeks an innovative and visionary leader for the position of Director of Equal Opportunity and Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Director). Reporting to the Vice President for Human Resources, the Director has two direct reports and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of community relations and matters involving equal opportunity policy and practices consistent with relevant governmental statutes and regulations and Swarthmore College values. The Director facilitates the resolution processes for grievances that may arise in the community. The position supports the College’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, in partnership with key leaders and serves as the subject matter expert on the development and delivery of programs working collaboratively and proactively across constituents. To be successful in this role, the Director will need to partner with departments to support inclusive recruitment efforts, to help campus community members to understand College policies and best practices by providing consistent, accurate, and reliable training, education, and communication.
In addition, the Director serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In collaboration with the Title IX Team, the Director will investigate complaints and coordinate the Title IX staff process, including mediation and resolution.
The Director also leads the talent management and development team in strategic recruitment, retention, employee engagement and professional development initiatives to cultivate and retain a diverse and talented workforce. The Director is a member of the HR Leadership Team and assists in the creation and execution of the HR strategy.
Swarthmore College is one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning. As an undergraduate residential liberal arts college with an exceptionally talented student body of about 1,500, Swarthmore provides a vigorous, engaging intellectual environment and a vibrant, diverse community. Global in outlook and diversity, it draws students from more than 46 countries and 47 states. Founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) as one of the nation’s first coeducational colleges in 1864, Swarthmore today is nonsectarian, but still embraces many values derived from its Quaker heritage. Foremost among them are living in community, simple living, giving back to the greater good, generous giving, respect for the natural world, and the settlement of disputes in a consultative manner.
Swarthmore faculty are recognized scholars in their fields, passionately committed to their work as teachers, researchers, and mentors. Swarthmore offers students and faculty generous resources to extend their own and the world’s understanding of subjects from peace and conflict studies to plasma physics, from microbiology to Spanish, from dance to economics, from engineering to art history. The college employs 217 full-time members of the faculty and an outstanding staff of 567.
Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia with easy access to an outstanding international airport and rail hub, Swarthmore’s 425-acre campus is a national arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. From its state-of-the-art, LEED-certified science center to a pair of loft-style residence halls, Swarthmore’s buildings and architecture stand as national models of curricular and co-curricular undergraduate facilities that encourage the development of community and collaborative learning. The campus includes major facilities for dance, theater, and music, as well as significant library holdings in 10 distinct collections. All classrooms have sophisticated multimedia equipment, and two large lecture halls provide a setting for conferences, lectures, and films. The college’s extensive athletic facilities include a new wellness and fitness center, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an all-weather playing field for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey.
The borough of Swarthmore is an extremely livable community with excellent schools and ready access to superb medical care and all the benefits of residing near a dynamic city and in close proximity of ample green space.
Swarthmore has significant financial resources to support its academic programs and student life. Swarthmore’s endowment is approximately $2.0 billion, the result of wise investments, careful budgeting, and successful fundraising. The strength of its endowment allows it to continue to offer an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, as well as one of the most robust financial aid programs in the country. Swarthmore’s strong financial aid program is critically important to encouraging outstanding students to apply, to enroll in, and to be successful in Swarthmore’s academic program. As of June 30, 2018, Swarthmore’s endowment per student was more than $1.2 million, which ranked among the highest in the country. Support from current and past donors enables the college to admit U.S. citizens and permanent residents without regard to their ability to pay for a Swarthmore education.
Swarthmore College offers a competitive benefits package, paid time off, and work-life initiatives. Details can be found: http://www.swarthmore.edu/human-resources/benefits.
Please see http://swarthmore.edu for additional information about the college.
Leadership at Swarthmore:
Pamela Prescod-Caesar, Vice President for Human Resources
Pamela Prescod-Caesar has served as the Vice President for Human Resources at Swarthmore College since 2012. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she provides consultation and guidance to the President and senior leaders on relevant matters, strategic initiatives and policies, and provides strategic leadership and oversight for the department of human resources.
Under Pamela’s leadership, the department of human resources has launched creative initiatives in workforce development, particularly in the areas of learning and development, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, and health and wellness. In addition, she has expertly guided the College through a series of initiatives including remodeling compensation and benefits programs, realignment of the 403(b)-retirement plan, a transition to a self-insured healthcare model, and implementation of a new HRIS systems for talent management and benefits administration. Pamela also has a successful track record of working collaboratively within diverse populations and coaching individuals to achieve their full potential.
In her over 25 years of human resources experience, Pamela has served in leadership roles which include the associate vice president for human resources at Colgate University; she has also held several senior-level positions at Harvard University; and served as vice president of human resources at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston.
Pamela has served on the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, (CUPA-HR) National Board of Managers from 2015-2018. She is a past-chair of the Eastern Regional Board of Directors, and currently serves as an active member of CUPA-HR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Pamela was recently appointed the Board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Pamela holds a master’s degree in business administration from Curry College and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Lesley College. She is an alumna of Harvard University’s Administrative Fellows Program; she holds accreditation from the Human Resources Certification Institute and has also been certified in mediation training.
Primary Areas of Responsibility include:
- Provide counseling, training, and develops outreach programs on matters related to equal opportunity and serves as a central information source for employees and students;
- Identify and assess training needs and develop and implement plans to address specific needs;
- Oversee maintenance of equal opportunity website including resources, policy, and internal and external procedures;
- Consult with members of the community on equal opportunity matters to help ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and College policy on equal opportunity and non-discrimination in employment and in student programs;
- Conduct periodic reviews and makes recommendations for changes as appropriate of the equal opportunity statement, grievance procedures and all related materials referenced in College handbooks and bulletins;
- Disseminate current versions of the College’s equal opportunity policies, procedures, and regulations;
- In consultation with the Office of the General Counsel, manages discrimination-based issues involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to resolve relevant issues such as construction, housing, and parking and other relevant legal matters;
- Keep informed on national best practices and related issues to the ADA and other applicable regulatory developments;
- Research and analyze EO related data, maintain records and analyze and reports statistical information in order to communicate updates in College policy relating to equal opportunity and non-equal opportunity issues to the College community;
- Provide data and other relevant information as appropriate to requests for equal opportunity and affirmative action compliance certifications from contractors, sub-contractors, and government and corporate grant donors. Collaborate with Foundation and Corporate Relations to monitor government funding to the College; and
- Serve as ex-officio member to direct and advise the College’s Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee, and as a member at large to the College Judiciary Committee; consult with the Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee, Committee of Faculty Procedures, Staff Advisory Committee, Administrative Advisory Committee, and Student Multicultural committees/groups.
- Review, assess and facilitate investigations to manage the resolution of complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment and ensures a fair and consistent internal resolution process for grievances. Consult with Legal Services to respond to inquiries from individuals that could potentially give rise to equal opportunity issues in the future;
- Facilitate interviews with employees and students involved with allegations of misconduct and determines if the grievance has equal opportunity implications;
- Determine the merit of a grievance as it relates to equal opportunity, and make recommendations as to a resolution on the issue;
- Maintain detailed documentation of all complaints and grievances to ensure that such records are available as required;
- Consul and partners with the Office of the General Counsel to receive guidance on compliance issues, grievance resolutions, and training support; and
- Serve as an informal consultant or resource on non-equal opportunity workplace concerns.
Title IX Compliance:
- Serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinator, acting as a reporting agent and representative of staff members on the College’s Title IX team;
- Develop and facilitate appropriate Title IX and Clery training for employees; and
- Partner with various constituents, as appropriate.
- Provide advice and counsel to employees and supervisors on best practices in creating a positive and productive workplace including enhancing employee engagement and resolving work-related issues. Consult on organizational and team effectiveness-related issues;
- Facilitate workplace investigations as needed to ensure compliance and consistency with College policies. Identify, analyze, and mediate issues to achieve resolution;
- Provide assistance to managers and employees in partnership with the Employee Assistance Program or other outside resources as needed;
- Assist in developing and implementing a culture of performance effectiveness. Partner with supervisors and employees to facilitate constructive and productive conversations; and
- Develop and oversee a comprehensive talent and development management process to support employee development, appropriate performance recognition and succession planning.
Training & Professional Development:
- Oversee the design and implementation of training and professional development programs to enhance employee effectiveness and productivity; and
- Facilitate sexual harassment prevention and equal opportunity workshops and other relevant educational training initiatives including develop customized workshops for departments or individuals as needed.
- Provide strategic leadership and oversight for talent management, retention and development programs and initiatives; and
- Direct the development of staffing strategies and implementation to identify talent within and outside the College for positions of responsibility.
Qualifications and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have progressive leadership experience in the areas of diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity policy and practices, title IX, talent management and team development.
The Director will demonstrate evidence of many of the following qualities:
- Deep understanding of and passion for the work of diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, talent management and team development;
- A successful record of strong leadership and excellence in related areas;
- Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement;
- Experienced mediator with well-developed conflict resolution skills who has the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information, conduct complaint investigations and perform data analysis that demonstrates best practice processes and procedures of the various equal opportunity employment and education regulatory agencies;
- Ability to lead with both a decisive and consultative style, foster open communications, and proactively build positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and diverse constituencies;
- Experience working collaboratively and effectively with various constituencies while achieving the goals and mission of the College;
- Well-organized and self-directed individual who exhibits a high level of integrity that inspires trust and confidence;
- A team player who contributes meaningful ideas, is adept at problem solving and improving processes;
- Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or related discipline is required, and an Advanced degree preferred; and
- Prior experience in higher education or similar setting, knowledge of Banner or HRIS programs and PHR/SPHR Certification is desirable.
This search is being led by Mo Lashendock and supported by Josyanne Roche of Koya Leadership Partners. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials, including your letter of interest and resume here. Inquires and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Swarthmore actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
About Koya Leadership Partners:
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