Systemwide Senior Director for Civil Rights

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Chancellor's Office
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Systemwide Senior Director for Civil Rights. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year.


The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $15,000 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The salary range for this classification is $9,625 to $30,896 per month.


Administrator IV

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Systemwide Senior Director for Civil Rights to ensure consistent policy interpretation and implementation of all Title IX and other civil rights (Title VI/Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR)) programming and services across the CSU community.  The Systemwide Senior Director for Civil Rights uses outstanding relationship-building and communication skills through a lens of care and compliance to provide oversight, advice, support and direction, subject matter expertise, and guidance to an assigned roster of CSU campuses. The Systemwide Senior Director for Civil Rights serves as a subject-matter expert on programming and services required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), CA Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as institutional policies and procedures.


Under the general direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights Programming and Services, the Systemwide Senior Director for Civil Rights will perform duties as outlined below:

Campus Oversight and Support

-Provide case consultation, oversight and policy guidance to campus Civil Rights (Title IX and DHR) personnel. Participate in case management meetings to ensure that case services are timely, appropriate, impartial, and in compliance with the CSU Policy.

-Schedule regular individual check-ins with assigned campuses and establish appropriate cadence of meetings (some in-person, on campus) with each assigned campus using a fluid, needs-based analysis.

-At the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights Programming and Services, assist with responding to complaints (including overseeing investigations) made against campus presidents, Title IX Coordinators/DHR Administrators and other high-level administrators or otherwise made to the Chancellor or Board of Trustees.

-Collaborate with Chancellor’s Office personnel to conduct regularly scheduled campus compliance reviews.

-Monitor data management practices for assigned campuses (with support from the Systemwide Data specialist).

-Oversee campus Title IX Coordinators’ compliance with CSU complaint process including intake, the provision of supportive measures, investigations, preparation for live hearings and other resolution processes.

-Collaborate with assigned campuses in the recruitment, onboarding, and performance reviews of campus Title IX Coordinators/DHR Administrators.  Assist campuses during staffing transition in Civil Rights offices.

-In collaboration with the Systemwide Director of Prevention and Education and the Office of General Counsel, deliver presentations, training, and resource materials related to Civil Rights programming and services to campus Civil Rights personnel, external consultants (e.g., hearing officers and investigators) and other constituencies (including systemwide affinity and administrator groups).

-Effectively utilize combination of remote technology and in-person visits to build meaningful relationships.

-Provide timely updates to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights Programming and Services on all significant matters, exercising good judgment as to what level of detail is necessary to be communicated and when.

-Recommend new practices as appropriate to assigned campuses and facilitate highlighting new and innovative practices for the benefit of other campuses in the system. 

Chancellor’s Office and Systemwide Duties

-Serve as a subject-matter expert to other Systemwide Civil Rights Directors on select (including emerging) topics, as assigned by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights Programming and Services.

-Assist Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights Programming and Services in connection with preparing reports and responding to audits.

-Assist Chancellor’s Office staff responsible for responding to media inquiries and records requests.

-Serve on Civil Rights-related committees and work groups charged with developing and revising policy and data management protocols.

-Other duties as assigned, including serving on Chancellor’s Office committees and work groups; serving as Title IX Coordinator/DHR Administrator for Chancellor’s Office operations (reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources).

-The position is based in Long Beach, California.  Statewide travel is required. The incumbent must reside in California and will be permitted to work for a portion of the work week via a California-based remote work location.  Remote work protocols are subject to change, and the incumbent may be required to work in-person on certain dates at management's discretion.


This position requires:

-Master's degree, juris doctor or equivalent combination of education and work experience.  Experience in a higher education, judicial, or regulatory compliance setting highly preferred.

-Minimum of 5 years of related experience, including extensive experience in Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, CA FEHA, equity, equal opportunity, and civil rights compliance and programming, including education, prevention, training, policy and practice development and administration, supportive measures, accommodations, investigations, and resolutions related to discrimination and harassment.

-Must have demonstrated expertise in implementing compliance requirements through the lens of care. 

-Demonstrated experience in interacting effectively with members of the community from diverse backgrounds.

-Demonstrated working knowledge of federal and state gender/sex antidiscrimination laws, regulations, guidelines, and best practices.

-Experience with current Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, CA FEHA compliance, and investigations.

Knowledge and ability to exercise key areas below:

Leadership and Management:

-Provide visionary leadership in the development and execution of systemwide civil rights strategies.

-Collaborate with campus administrators, legal experts, and stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive approach to civil rights governance.

-Set strategic direction and implement effective plans and programs.

Policy Development and Implementation:

-Develop, revise, and implement policies and procedures for consistent compliance with civil rights laws across all campuses.

-Stay informed about legislative changes and emerging issues, updating policies accordingly.

Investigation and Resolution Management:

-Oversee the prompt and effective investigation and resolution of civil rights complaints, compliance reviews, and directed investigations.

-Collaborate with campus-level personnel to ensure thorough, fair, and legally sound investigations.

Training and Education:

-Develop and implement training programs to educate campus staff, faculty, and students on civil rights laws.

-Foster a culture of awareness and inclusivity through educational initiatives.

Communication Skills:

-Communicate complex issues and concepts effectively through superior verbal and written communication skills.

-Make oral presentations to individuals or groups to enhance understanding of policies and procedures.

Technical Proficiency:

-Demonstrate computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).

-Utilize vigilant recordkeeping skills, including proficiency with case management software.


Judgment and Objectivity:

-Exercise independent and mature judgment, maintain objectivity, and fairness, and safeguard confidential information.

-Resolve conflicts with excellent problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.

-Act independently, take initiative, and exercise sound judgment.

Collaboration and Relationship Building:

-Foster, establish and maintain positive, effective, caring, and collaborative working relationships with diverse constituencies.

-Diplomatically collaborate in handling sensitive matters.

-Commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and beliefs in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Analytical and Management Skills:

-Gather, assemble, analyze, and evaluate facts, evidence, and data to draw reasonable and fair conclusions.

-Multitask effectively, handling multiple priorities and changing operational conditions.

-Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, presenting data effectively.

Leadership and Mission Alignment:

-Demonstrate leadership, organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills.

-Understand and support CSU’s mission, vision, and core values.

-Demonstrate courage and integrity to pursue action consistent with civil rights laws, fair process, and CSU policy, even in the face of vocal or powerful opposition.

Additional Attributes:

-Compassionate nature, talent for listening, and a history of working with sensitive information.

-Understand free speech and academic freedom principles.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by February 5, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States. The CSU Chancellor’s Office is not a sponsoring agency for staff and Management positions (i.e., H1-B VISAS).

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all Chancellor’s Office 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.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

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.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

CSU Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Office of the Chancellor, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

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