Director of Equal Opportunity and Access

Posted: 12/23/2022

Director of Equal Opportunity and Access




Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions


Department: Equal Opportunity and Access


Locations: Macomb, IL


Posted: Nov 16, 2022


Closes: Open Until Filled


Type: FT - Continuous


About Western Illinois University:


Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.


Job Description:


Western Illinois University seeks a collaborative, innovative, and compliance-minded leader to serve as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Access. The position, which reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, oversees WIU's compliance with Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Access policies and programs and Title IX. The Director collaborates with University faculty, staff, administrators, and students to uphold and enhance Western Illinois University's affirmative action and equal opportunity programs and values.


The Equal Opportunity and Access office ensures that University policies and programs are in compliance with federal and state regulatory agencies, including Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The University's Anti-Harassment Policy is administered by the Office. The Director is also the Campus Compliance Coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Title IX Coordinator for the university.


The Director of Equal Opportunity and Access will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the key issues affecting affirmative action and equal opportunity; shape and implement appropriate strategies, structures, and staffing for the Office; and lead and oversee the University's Title IX compliance. In addition, the Director will manage and ensure fair and respectful treatment of the University's students and employees consistent with WIU's mission, values and non-discrimination policies, and in accordance with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. This position will investigate and resolve complaints of bias, discrimination and sexual misconduct. The selected candidate will be an effective communicator, and will provide information, direction, and support for new compliance initiatives, as well as continue educating the campus community about the importance of institutional compliance and the role of Title IX and equal opportunity programs.


APPOINTMENT: February 1, 2023-or negotiated start date.


COMPENSATION: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided to the successful candidate.


Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:






• Bachelor's degree in Higher Education, criminal justice, human resources, psychology, sociology or a field closely related to the position.

• Three (3) years of demonstrated progressive experience in equal opportunity, affirmative action, civil rights compliance, Title IX compliance administration, or similar professional experience.

• A current and thorough understanding of best practices and trends related to the issues surrounding Title IX.

• Demonstrated experience conducting complaint and Title IX investigations and performing data analysis.

• Excellent verbal, written, and presentational communication skills with the ability to convey complex yet highly sensitive and emotional issues appropriately and with empathy.

• Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal (Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, VAWA, Clery, ADA/504, ADEA, etc.) and state laws, practices, rules, and regulations related to sex and gender discrimination and civil rights discrimination.

• Successful record of and commitment to promoting justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity.




• Master's degree.

• Two (2) years of professional work experience in higher education.


For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of appointment.


Additional Information:


About WIU (


Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.


WIU-Macomb, IL: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.


WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (


Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.


At WIU, we will:


• Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.

• Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.

• Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.

• Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.

• Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.

• Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

• Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.

• Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


Academics (


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.


Student Resources


More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more.


Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.


WIU Intercollegiate Athletics (


The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.


Application Instructions:


APPLICATION: Complete applications include:


• Applicants must provide a letter of application

• A current curriculum vitae or resume

• Contact information for at least three professional references

• Copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses are also required at the time of application-official copies will be requested of the selected candidate.

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Screening begins January 9, 2023 and continue until position is filled.


Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students. As such, candidates are required to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state and federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to Ketra Roselieb at mailto:[email protected]


For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at mailto:[email protected]


To apply, visit


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