In keeping with the President’s commitment to Tuskegee University demonstrating "Excellence in Every Way", the ideal Associate General Counsel Title IX Coordinator will possess the willingness to use his or her expertise to assist in the university’s efforts to be a sustainable academic organization committed to excellence.
Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities
I. Essential Duties
Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
Assists the University in maintaining its operations within the limits prescribed by law
Assists outside counsel with preparing responses to complaints filed with FSA, OCR, discrimination charges, internal investigations, and responses to external enforcement agencies, and represent the university at EEOC on-site visits and agency-sponsored mediation.
Researches and responds to legal inquiries.
Advises concerning issues related to FERPA, business associate agreements, PHI, credentialing, student discipline, HIPAA, and academic misconduct.
Provides regulatory, enforcement, and litigation support to University employees.
Assists offices of primary responsibility such as Human Resources, Campus Police, Title IX, Research and Sponsored Programs, Academic Deans, and Student Affairs with investigations of grievances, complaints, and charges of disciplinary misconduct.Drafts legal memoranda, correspondence, and other documents.
Provides support to legislative advocacy efforts, to including preparation of summaries explaining the legal and practical effects of legislation, drafting potential or proposed legislation, and research to aids in the determination of legislative priorities
Assists with the research, analysis and summary of proposed legislation in the Alabama Legislature with potential to impact the University
Assists in researching, developing and creating the training materials for changes in the law, such as those related to collegiate Athletics, Title IX, minimum wage, Title IV and other federal funding, safety, cybersecurity, and other pertinent areas
Drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts as well as other legal documents
Participates in the development of policies, procedures, programs, and training topics
Prepares University publications and training materials
Maintains the University’s legal files and serves as a records custodian
Provides continuous updates of pertinent legal developments
Maintains a working knowledge of any legal, administrative, and judicial developments, legislative issues, or current events which may have a legal impact on the University
Prepares and monitors preparation of the Legal Update by outside counsel for use by the President, Board, General Counsel for Board and Executive Committee meetings
Coordinates and oversees special projects
Serves as a liaison to outside legal counsel when directed by General Counsel
Participates in the University’s new employee interview process as needed
Assists co-workers as necessary and performs any additional duties as assigned
As Title IX Coordinator, ensures the University’s compliance with Title IX, including grievance procedures for resolving Title IX complaints
Assumes primary responsibility for the annual preparation of required institutional reports and documentations, as required by external bodies, e.g., Campus Crim Statistics Report, Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, Title IX Report to the NCAA
Ensures ongoing compliance with Title IX by collecting and analyzing data, writing comprehensive report and monitoring records of investigations
Serves on University planning and policy-making committees; recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures, upon request
Prepares and disseminates educational materials, including brochures, posters, and web-based materials that inform members of the campus community of Title IX, the Cleary Act, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and related policies, rights and responsibilities
Coordinate or provide annual education, awareness and other mandator training for students, faculty and staff addressing their rights and responsibilities under Title IX, Campus SaVE Act, the Cleary Act, VAWA and grievance procedures for each
Coordinate and identify opportunities to take action to build an effective inter-departmental and cross-divisional relationship to achieve institutional compliance goals
Ensure that senior University officials are fully informed of any Title IX issues that arise
Receive and process complaints from students, faculty, staff, administrators and third parties concerning violations of Title IX
Receive and respond to requests for information, resources, and rights and responsibilities under Title IX, including no contact orders and information concerning interim and permanent measures
Coordinate the investigation of complaints and reports of harassing or other discriminatory behavior implicating Title IX, the Campus SaVE Act, VAWA or the Cleary Act and, if appropriate, refer inquiries to other University offices, such as student services, human resources, or the Campus Police
Provide all required notices to the parties, including notice of rights, investigation updates, outcomes and appeal rights
Conduct interviews, procure relevant materials and prepare recommendations concerning whether the complaints/grievance should proceed to a disciplinary hearing
Serve as a liaison officer to state and federal government compliance or investigation officers
Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
Licensure Requirement: Current license to practice law (in good standing), admission to practice Alabama, current driver’s license and the ability to drive as needed to perform job duties
Experience Requirement: Minimum 3-5 years related work experience in a law firm, higher education institution, government, or non-profit business corporation, knowledge of current Title IX regulations, OCR guidance, and the University’s policies and grievance procedures
Ethics Requirement: High ethical standards with a strong commitment to legal ethics exhibited in knowledge and practice, and professional responsibility
Continuing Education: 15 hours continuing education per year, including three years of ethics training
III. Knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of this position
Thorough knowledge of the culture and organization of an academic institution, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to handle multiple high-priority projects simultaneously, awareness of the importance and sensitivity of Cabinet-level and Board-level legal issues, strong problem-solving and organizational skills. Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures. Knowledge of employment law, state and federal constitutional law, state and federal statutes, contract law, commercial paper, public policy, state policy, higher education law, government purchasing and contracting rules, federal regulations, state administrative rules and regulations, student discipline, academic misconduct, curriculum and instruction, governance and accountability, some criminal law (arrest, search and seizure). Knowledge of institutional policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, and functioning of the higher education legal environment.
Highly effective written and oral communication skills
Advanced analytical skills
Organization and synthesis of complex data
Highly effective advocacy skills
Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills
Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information
Knowledge of federal and state public safety reporting requirements and other applicable crime data reporting
Knowledge of current and emerging legislation, issues, and trends appropriate to the position
Proven communication skills (oral and written) required; strong report-writing experience
Previous experience in an educational setting preferred
Resourcefulness, discretion, and attention to detail
Must be highly adaptable
Prioritization of assignments
Extensive planning skills
Inductive and deductive reasoning skills
Quick mastery of unfamiliar substantive areas of expertise and new areas of the law
Discernment and application of diverse problem-solving processes and methods, as appropriate
Ability to adhere to the University’s policies, professional standards and core values
Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures
Ability to adhere to our University’s professional standards and core values
Software Required Skill Level
Microsoft Windows Novice
Mac OS None
Microsoft Excel Preferred, but not required
Microsoft PowerPoint Advanced
Microsoft Word Advanced
Microsoft Outlook Advanced
Browser (Edge, Chrome, Firefox)
Ability to perform other duties as assigned.
Ability to assess legal risk in difficult situation under acute time and other pressures.
Ability as a creative, strategic thinker to resolve unconventional problems, questions, or situations in conformity with TBR and institutional policy, state and federal law, administrative rules and regulations, and public policy.
Ability to work both independently and as a member of an institutional team; collect, organize, and present data; develop information in a concise, logical, and timely manner; establish and maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies of the university; present effectively to small and large groups; and further the university’s commitment to engagement, diversity and equal opportunity.
Ability to objectively investigate unusual conditions and to analyze facts underlying legal problems or questions.
Ability to identify desired outcome for a problematic situation, formulate one or more strategies targeted toward achieving the outcome, assess effectiveness and probable results of each strategy, and select a strategy that best maximizes success for the client or potential for a positive outcome.
Ability to effectively communicate with state and federal agency representatives, other authorities, and community partners.
Ability to establish a rapport with constituents, co-workers, agency investigators, retained counsel and representatives, thereby making resolution of a complaint less of an adversarial process. At the same time, must be able to evaluate when to challenge agency requests or positions during representation of an institution.
Ability to review, draft and interpret contracts, charters, bylaws, registration statements, financial statements and similar documents.
Ability to thoroughly investigate and analyze problems and questions and to quickly integrate new information.
Daily typing using a computer, laptop, CPU, tablet, mobile phone, or other keyboard device.
Ability to remain at a desk in a sitting position all day for extended periods of time.
Ability to report to work daily no later than 8:00 a.m. and to work continuously throughout the work day through 5:00 pm.
Ability to work collegially and effectively as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to set priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of activities or job duties.
Demonstrated ability to effectively carry out goals in a manner that enhances the image of the University.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated ability and skill to understand problems and then take the initiative to work independently to analyze, develop, and implement solutions.
Demonstrated ability to explain and convey complex information.
Ability to sit, stand, walk, reach up, or stoop throughout the day. Ability to occasionally lift light and heavy objects, including books, equipment, supplies and boxes weighing up to 25-35 pounds.
Commensurate with education, training and experience
Additional Position Information:
Is this position require you to travel.
**The statements contained in this job announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. **
Each applicant, including all current/existing employees, must complete and submit a Tuskegee University employment application, resume/CV, a list of (3) to (5) references (with detailed contact information) and copies of unofficial transcripts (official transcript(s) will be required upon hire). Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and submit a completed application packet in order to be considered for the position. The University reserves the right not to fill the position in the event of budgetary or operational constraints.