Title IX Coordinator

Bennington College
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Location: Bennington County,
About the Job

Bennington College invites applications for the position of Title IX Coordinator.

As an institution focused on creating a safe and inclusive environment, we are excited to announce the search for a full-time, 12 month Title IX Coordinator to work collaboratively to usher change and consistency with the Title IX process. Bennington College is interested in a dynamic, caring, and knowledgeable professional to endeavor to create a culture of access, belonging, accountability, and campus culture in which healthy relationships are the norm and everyone takes steps to prevent people from experiencing harm or causing harm to others. Additionally, we seek a Title IX practitioner who demonstrates empathy, compassion, and centers the well-being of all parties involved in the process.

Reporting to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer, the Title IX Coordinator will coordinate the institutional response to discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct within the College community, in compliance with Title IX, VAWA, and all related state and federal laws. The Title IX Coordinator will oversee the response to reports of all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex; will coordinate prevention efforts; will conduct or oversee investigations into all assigned incidents; and will ensure education, training and resources are available to the Bennington community.

Additionally, the Title IX Coordinator will work with deputy Title IX officers in handling complaints; collaborate with institutional partners to ensure Title IX policies are communicated; contribute to Bennington’s priority of creating an intentionally antiracist and diverse, inclusive and equitable learning and working environment; and  remain current on Title IX trends and best practices to improve College processes and policies.

Qualified applicants will hold a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (Juris Doctorate degree preferred); possess three to five years of relevant professional experience, at least two of which are in Title IX compliance or sexual violence investigation and prevention; two or more years of management or supervisory experience; will demonstrate knowledge of relevant state and federal laws including Title IX, VAWA, the Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and FERPA; will have professional experience conducting Title IX investigations in a college setting; and is able to present effective training and ongoing educational programs to a variety of audiences. Successful completion of a background check is required.

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.

In the interest of the health and safety of the entire campus community, Bennington College requires all employees to provide the College with proof of (full) vaccination against COVID-19 on/before their first day of employment. The College complies with law relative to requests for vaccine exemptions but individuals must request an exemption and receive approval prior to their first day of employment.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Bennington College is fully committed to advancing antiracism and social justice throughout all aspects of the institution. During the height of the pandemic, in September 2020, then newly appointed President Laura Walker established the President’s Working Group on Antiracism (PWG) in becoming an antiracist, equitable institution "that is more diverse, more inclusive and is actively fighting against racism and exploring the intersections with class, gender, and other vectors of identity and positionality."

After conducting a national search in April 2021, Bennington College appointed its first Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer to work with all constituents in dismantling systems, policies, and programs that are systemically racist and create/sustain equitable approaches. Most recently, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) appointed an Associate Director who will oversee educational and social justice literacy training and programming and is in the process of hiring a Title IX Coordinator. Lastly, the ODEI is finalizing an action plan that incorporates PWG recommendations and addresses system and policy related initiatives.