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Position Number: CLA22-454

College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita Community College District

announces an employment opportunity for

Senior Investigator, Title IX and Student Conduct

A Classified Administrator (Management) Position

Extended Review Date: December 1, 2022

This position is a high priority for our District for the 2022-2023 year and is contingent upon continued available district, grant and state funding.

The diversity of applicants will be assessed. Upon review, if the pool does not include sufficient diversity, the application window may be extended. 

           

The Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons is seeking a full-time Senior Investigator, Title IX and Student Conduct in the Student Services and Human Resources divisions.    

 

Who We Are

The Santa Clarita Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As presented in our District Strategic Plan, which focuses on Access, Engagement, and Success, “Equity, inclusion, and diversity are not goals in themselves, but ideologies embedded in all actions and planning across all departments and functions of our college and its two campuses.” These areas of focus demonstrate a resolve to focus on student success and confirm that we are at the forefront of change with integrated planning efforts that both evolve and anticipate the needs of our students. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — fostering healthy inclusion through inquiry, shared dialogue and reflection to ensure that we promote a sense of community, collegiality and cooperation. When you join our team at the Santa Clarita Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, creative, flexible, innovative and equity-focused community that engages students, each other, and the community in scholarly inquiry, creative partnerships, and the application of knowledge and success.

The College and the District

College of the Canyons is part of the Santa Clarita Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 32,000 students each academic year. College of the Canyons has a diverse student population that reflects our focus on enhancing the educational attainment and economic well-being of the community we proudly serve. Detailed information about our student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the College of Canyons Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (IRPIE) website. Additionally, College of the Canyons, was recently honored as a 2021 Bellwether College Consortium award winner, was honored in 2018, 2019, and 2021 with the Champion of Higher Education award, was ranked #1 in Los Angeles County during 2019 as the best two-year college for adult learners, and is rated #1 in Los Angeles County for completion rates by college-prepared students. It is distinguished as one of the top transfer institutions in Los Angeles County.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate must be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who share our commitment to closing equity gaps. The Santa Clarita Community College District seeks leaders possessing a strong grounding in academic and student services programs and a thorough understanding of the primary mission of the community college. We seek employees that value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, who are conscientious risk takers and transformational leaders guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

 

"BIG PICTURE" RESPONSIBILITY:

Reporting to the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services, with work direction from both the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Student Services and the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Human Resources, the Senior Investigator is responsible for providing leadership and ensuring District compliance with all requirements under Title IX  of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and Title 5, including reports and response to complaints relating to issue resolution and implementation of remedial measures. The Senior Investigator will also resolve Title 5 student grievances and student discipline cases.

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ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  1. As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission-aligned with the District’s vision, values and priorities.
  2. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team.
  3. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mindset.
  4. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering District goals. Monitors and coordinates regulatory compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to: Title IX, Title 5, the Clery Act, and VAWA.
  5. Assists the Assistant Superintendents/Vice President’s with developing appropriate policies and procedures for compliance under Title IX, Title 5, VAWA and the Clery Act.
  6. Effectively communicates with key stakeholders of the District and local law enforcement entities to ensure the needs and concerns of the District are addressed.
  7. Objectively and effectively oversees and coordinates investigations of allegations and complaints of alleged unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, and other violations of rights relative to assigned program areas, prepares reports, and make findings and recommendations related to law and legal precedence; ensure investigations are timely, impartial and thorough.
  8. Makes recommendations and coordinates appropriate interim and remedial measures. Develops resolution for complex harassment and discrimination cases. Provides advice to individuals, including the Reporting Party, Respondent Party, or a third party, about reporting options, processes, rights and resources available at the District and in the community.
  9. Prepares and provides investigative reports, materials and evidence to the Hearing Officer/Decision-Maker for Title IX cases which require a hearing; arranges advisors, as needed, for a complainant and respondent participating in a hearing; works with other Student Services staff and the Hearing Officer/Decision-Maker to coordinate hearing; provides orientation for Hearing Officer/Decision-Maker, as needed.
  10. Prepares and provides investigative reports, materials, and evidence as related to an informal resolution for Title IX, Title 5, or student conduct cases. Works with the Title IX Officer to resolve the informal resolution of any Title IX case.
  11. Conducts, investigates, and resolves student conduct matters. Works with the Student Services Student Conduct Team to resolve student conduct matters.
  12. Develops and conducts trainings related to student conduct for the campus community.
  13. Works closely with the Associate Vice President of Student Services and the Student Health and Wellness Center to collaborate on ensuring services are provided to students.
  14. Works closely with the Director, EEO, Leaves and Workplace Safety Programs in Human Resources to collaborate on ensuring services are provided to employees.
  15. Ensures the proper handling and resolution of Title 5 and student conduct cases, according to Board Policy and Procedures, and state and federal regulations.
  16. Maintains and oversees case management database to organize, manage and track incidents. Prepares statistical reports. Tracks cases, data and trends to identify patterns and make recommendations accordingly and address any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.
  17. Provides information, advice, interpretation and training to students on federal and State laws and District policy and procedures related to unlawful discrimination; publishes and disseminates to students the available resources and Title IX rights and responsibilities. Lead and coordinate all Title IX training efforts, including reporting procedures, educational materials, and training for students.
  18. Advises and collaborates with campus community partners, as appropriate, on the status of initiatives, case management trends, challenges and concerns pertaining to discrimination, harassment and Title IX compliance.
  19. Ensures notices announcing the availability of related safety reports and information are properly developed and available to current and prospective students.
  20. Produces regulatory reports and present outcomes to institutional leadership.
  21. Collaborates with members of the District community to conduct training, prevention and education efforts for students and periodic review of climate and culture; ensure compliance, in conjunction with the College Campus Safety department, Student Health and Wellness Center, Counseling, and other District personnel, with requirements under the Clery Act and VAWA.
  22. Remains knowledgeable of current state and federal laws, regulations and trends in the field of higher education related to sexual harassment, sexual violence and other discriminatory practices, including but not limited to: Title IX, the Clery Act and VAWA.
  1. Serves as a member of the Student Services and college administrative teams. Attends various meetings as required or requested. Participates on additional District committees, as assigned.
  2. Works on projects as assigned by the Associate Vice President and Vice President of Student Services.
  3. Performs related duties as assigned.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES:

Every administrator with the college is expected to be:

  • Committed to Student Access, Engagement, and Success.
  • Willing to take strategic risks related to student-oriented change.
  • Capable of building strong teams.
  • Motivated to establish urgency for improvement.
  • Able to plan lasting internal change.
  • Results-oriented, ensuring effective implementation, routine assessment of programs and continuous data-informed improvement.
  • Effective at communicating and listening to foster strong relationships, shared priorities, and inspire trust and action.
  • Considerate of fiscal responsibilities and sound operations.
  • Dedicated to entrepreneurial fundraising that aligns to student access, engagement, and success goals.
  • Effective in developing effective external partnerships to achieve broader aims for student success.
  • A creative, innovative, energetic instructional leader; a technologically sophisticated professional who is skilled in various technology applications.
  • A supporter of consistent and on-going professional development initiatives, in pursuit of the college’s strategic goals.
  • A fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept responsibility.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:
Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in business administration, personnel management, labor relations, Human Resources or related field from an accredited institution.

Experience:

A minimum of four years’ experience in complaint resolution and investigation of student discrimination complaints, including but not limited to, gender discrimination and sexual violence complaints and overseeing institutional compliance with anti-discrimination laws and regulations, including: Title IX, Title 5, VAWA and the Clery Act.

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:


Master’s degree, Doctor’s degree or Juris Doctorate. Six to seven years of professional-level experience in mediation and complaint resolution, including significant experience in handling various types of investigations related to sexual harassment, discrimination, Title 5, and/or Title IX violations.

  • Experience and training regarding conducting sensitive and confidential investigations alleging violations of Title IX.
  • Experience investigating and resolving discrimination and harassment complaints.
  • Successful experience in long and short-range planning and project management.
  • Experience providing effective training.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal appropriately with confidential information and exercise good judgment on sensitive matters.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • Strong organization and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare complex reports and create effective presentations.

 

DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of: 

  • Analyzing, understanding and resolving complex issues objectively and expeditiously.
  • Applicable and pertinent areas of the government regulations that pertain to students, faculty and college staff, with respect to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII, California Code of Regulations Title 5, the Clery Act (and the Campus Save Act), the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) and VAWA, and other anti-discrimination laws and regulations.
  • Complaint and conflict investigation and resolution.
  • Complying with the requirements of the Clery Act and Title IX.
  • Computer applications, word processing, and presentation programs.
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
  • Data analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and antiracism efforts in an educational setting.
  • Disciplinary procedures for students.
  • Effective training methodologies.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Management principles, practices and standards, as applied to public institutions.
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Principles & practices of administration, supervision and training.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Student Services policies, procedures and laws affecting students.
  • Theories, principles, practices, and procedures associated with human resources management in higher education or related public service.

 

 Ability to: 

  • Accept change and new methods in the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Advocate for shared governance, collegiality, staff cohesiveness and the core values of the institution.
  • Be impartial and project impartiality and establish rapport with a diverse range of campus community members.
  • Capitalize on opportunities to innovate.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Conduct trauma-informed investigations and understand effects of sexual assaults, harassment, and domestic/dating violence.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students.
  • Develop and implement training and prevention.
  • Develop, implement and oversee programs and procedure.
  • Effectively counsel and assist staff, faculty, administrators and the general public.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Handling sensitive information with discretion and respect.
  • Interact with others using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Interpret and apply a variety of rules, regulations, policies and guidelines including Federal and state legislation and California Education Code.
  • Interpret federal and state laws regarding Title IX, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.
  • Investigate complaints relative to assigned program areas, and make findings.
  • Maintain records, prepare reports and manage confidential information.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.           
  • Organizational problem-solving.
  • Produce regulatory reports and present outcomes to institutional leadership. Project management and leadership.
  • Review and analyze data/complaints and make recommendations. Effectively navigate complex processes, streamlining when necessary.
  • Use personal computer and operate standard office equipment with proficiency.
  • Work cooperatively and productively with internal and external constituencies. Work independently with little direction.
  • Work independently with minimal direction.

SALARY PLACEMENT:

This 12-month Classified Administrator position will be placed on Range 13 of the Administrator Salary Schedule ($9,525.00 - $12,639.00 per month). 

 

Step placement is based on experience. Initial salary step placement for new employees is customarily at step 1, 2, or 3 ($9,525.00 / $9,667.00 / $9,812.00 per month) of this 20-step salary range. If the Administrator has served at least 75% of a fiscal year in their position, the Administrator will move to the next Step on their Range on July 1st each year, pending a positive performance evaluation.

All administrators are on an employment contract and exempt from overtime and compensatory time accumulation.

 

DISTRICT CLASSIFIED ADMINISTRATOR BENEFITS:

Full-time employees are provided with a diversified employee benefits program that includes sick time, vacation time, discretionary time, medical, dental and vision insurance including dependent coverage, disability and life insurance as well as Section 125 options. These benefits commence on the first of the month following date of hire. Professional development and educational incentive opportunities are provided to all classified administrative employees. 

 

RETIREMENT: Classified employees contribute to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), a defined benefit retirement plan through the State of California.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Position requires sitting and viewing a computer monitor for extended periods of time plus frequent periods of standing and walking, which may include climbing staircases; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and related equipment; repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control devices; stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting/turning, bending at the waist, and reaching in awkward positions; frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; moderately lifting heavy materials weighing up to 35 pounds; hearing and speaking to communicate and provide information to others; vision to read printed material and computer monitor; handling and working with various materials and objects; intermittent exposure to impatient, angry and/or verbally aggressive individuals; and travel from site-to-site.

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Successful completion of background fingerprint clearance, pre-employment physical examination (disabilities not related to the physical job will not affect the application process) and TB screening. 
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.
  • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
  • Board of Trustees approval.
  • Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment.
  • Position is contingent upon funding and is subject to change. 
  • Ability to maintain a flexible workweek with hours that may vary.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

Santa Clarita Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Santa Clarita Community College District is committed to employing qualified employees who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students.  The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not unlawfully discriminate in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by state or federal law  or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Human Resources office directly at (661) 362-3427.

 

Students

ABOUT THE DISTRICT:

Innovative. Collaborative. Entrepreneurial. These characteristics not only define College of the Canyons, they are embodied by the faculty, staff and administrators who make this college unique among the 116 California Community Colleges.

Established in 1969, College of the Canyons is among the fastest-growing colleges in California and the nation. It is widely recognized as a model community college for enhancing student access, success and equity. Its completion rates rank among the highest in the state. The college has established a well-deserved reputation for bolstering economic development and offering innovative career technical education responsive to industry needs.

Guided by visionary leadership, the college serves a 367-square-mile area of northern Los Angeles County that includes the dynamic, growing Santa Clarita Valley. A steady influx of new residents and businesses creates a spirit of possibilities that inspires the college to be flexible, creative and attuned to the community’s evolving needs. The growing diversity of the community is mirrored by the college, which qualifies as a Latino-serving institution.

The college’s influence in the community is best illustrated by the dozens of collaborative partnerships it has forged with local school districts, government entities and service organizations. Examples include the Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach initiative, which allows thousands of children to experience the arts each year, and Academy of the Canyons, an early/middle college high school at the Valencia campus that is ranked among the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation.

With campuses in Valencia and Canyon Country, the college offers 96 associate degree programs, including 31 associate degree for transfer (AD-T) options, as well as 148 certificate programs. Classes are offered during traditional fall and spring semesters, as well as shorter, intensive summer and winter sessions. Additional educational opportunities exist at the University Center, whose four-year colleges and universities offer approximately 30 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well certificate and credential programs.

Because of the college’s commitment to meeting the needs of the community, local voters have approved two bond measures valued at more than $470 million since 2001. The college also secures substantial funds from the state and millions of dollars in grants each year that allow new, cutting-edge programs to be developed and facilities built to accommodate them.

Given its commitment to growth and innovation, College of the Canyons sets a new standard for what a college can achieve. It is a vital cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Join us to discover unexpected possibilities, the freedom to innovate and an opportunity to shape the future.

 

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:

Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online at https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/. If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources office at (661)362-3427 or for the hearing impaired TTY/TDD Line at (661)362-5178.  Applicants may check the status of their application online and may expect to be notified within approximately 4 - 5 weeks following the Review Date as to the status of their application.

All application materials must be uploaded online or received in the Human Resources office by the end of the day on the Review Date in order to assure consideration for this position. Postmark is not acceptable for this purpose. Separate application materials must be submitted for each position applied for. Materials submitted become property of the District and will not be returned, copied, or considered for other openings.  The Human Resources office is located in the University Center, Suite #360 at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.

Your application is not complete until the following required materials have been uploaded online or received by the Human Resources office:

 

  • An Online District CLASSIFIED Application.
  • Detailed resume, which includes month/year dates of employment and descriptions of responsibilities at each employer.
  • Letter of interest (cover letter). In your letter, please address your qualifications and experience as they pertain to the job duties, the demonstrated knowledge, and the abilities section of this announcement.
  • Copies of complete and legible college transcripts clearly indicating all college units earned and any degree(s) awarded. You can submit unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment. Please see our website for the requirements for evaluation of transcripts from foreign colleges or universities.
  • Confidential Recruitment Source Information (voluntary survey). This is voluntary and is a part of the online applicant profile, separate from the application.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire. Please answer the following questions as part of your application packet.
  1. Do you possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in business administration, personnel management, labor relations, Human Resources or a related field from an accredited college or university? (yes/no) If yes, please provide a legible copy of your college/university transcript(s) in your online application packet. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. If no, you do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
  2. Please describe your experience in complaint resolution and investigation of student discrimination complaints, including but not limited to, gender discrimination and sexual violence complaints and overseeing institutional compliance with anti-discrimination laws and regulations, including Title IX, Title 5, VAWA, and the Clery Act. Include employer name(s), position title(s), dates of employment, full-time or part-time status (including number of hours per week), your roles and responsibilities. Please provide your total years of full-time equivalent experience in this field.
  3. Please describe your experience in mediation and conflict resolution.
  4. Please describe your experience in investigating and resolving discrimination and harassment complaints. In addition, describe any experience in and training on Title IX and/or Title 5 investigations.
  5. Please describe the various ways that you would keep your supervisors informed about progress on your various projects and investigations.
  6. How have you been an advocate for shared governance in your previous positions?
  7. Please describe your ability to work successfully and thrive in a multicultural environment.
  8. Why do you want to work at College of the Canyons in this management position? What unique skills and abilities would you contribute to the College?
  • Letters of reference are optional.

 

Please note:

  • Skills evaluation of candidates for interview may be required.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Hiring committees review all complete, qualified application packets. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
  • A presentation may be required for those candidates selected for an initial interview.
  • “Experience” generally refers to relevant paid experience. In some instances, unpaid experience may be counted as experience towards meeting the minimum qualifications or requirements for the position only if it entailed responsibilities substantially similar to those of relevant paid positions in the field.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide sufficient information and details to the Human Resources office at the time of submission of their application packet.  Details should include the organization, contact name and contact information, start and end dates, hours per week, and a list of relevant unpaid/volunteer duties or responsibilities performed.  Not all unpaid experience may qualify.  Upon offer of employment, an applicant will be required to obtain written verification(s) of any relevant unpaid/volunteer experience.
  • Current COC employees who are applying for this position: Please be aware that materials from your personnel file are not included as part of the application file; therefore, please provide the same requested application materials as any other applicant.
  • Please be aware that, should you be considered as a finalist for this position, reference checks will include current supervisor(s).
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:

Human Resources Office

(661) 362-3427

TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 or visit our website at

https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/

 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted. All materials submitted are for this position only and become the property of the District.  Materials will not be returned, copied or considered for other openings. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the official application form.

The College is expecting to conduct initial interviews the week of January 9, 2023 and January 16, 2023 and conduct final interviews between the weeks of January 16, 2023 and January 23, 2023. This is an estimated timeline, and is subject to change.

** Interviews may be conducted in-person or remotely via Zoom.

** This is an on-campus position.

Please note that the college will be closed for Winter Break from December 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023. The Human Resources office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

 

Position is offered contingent on funding. We reserve the right to withdraw, extend the filing date, reopen, or delay filling this position. Recruitment may continue until the position is filled. This recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

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