Equal Opportunity Officer

Equal Opportunity Officer


Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions


Locations: Macomb, IL

Posted: Apr 24, 2024

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review. Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: May 15, 2024

RESPONSIBILITIES: Western Illinois University seeks an engaged, dynamic and experienced Equal Opportunity and Access Officer to assist in the management and administration of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. The Equal Opportunity Officer reports directly to the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, who reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources.

The Officer assists the Director in the management and administration of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access in order to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University's Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and ADA compliance programs. This includes applicable federal, state, and University guidelines for civil rights compliance, including Executive Order 11246; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1990; Title IX of the 1972 Higher Education Amendments; Section 503 and 504 of Rehabilitations Acts of 1975 and 1967 respectively; the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended; and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

The Officer will assist with performing discrimination complaint investigations and Title IX investigations. They will conduct training and outreach and serve on various University and community committees. The Officer will assist with special projects and research, and review and prepare data for periodic statistical or narrative reports.

RANK & SALARY: Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/.



• Master's degree and progressive experience in a related field is required (i.e. higher education, college student personnel, social work, counseling, or areas related to well-being, diversity and inclusion, etc.)
• Knowledge of Affirmative Action, Title IX, and ADA laws and regulations.
• Ability to complete statistical analysis and experience with database programs, word processing and networks.
• Analytical writing skills.
• Understanding of issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, and stalking.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally diverse environment.
• Demonstrated ability to work discreetly with confidential and sensitive information.
• Excellent written and oral communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to build rapport, work collaboratively with, and navigate complex issues across populations on and off campus, including students, faculty, and staff.
• Experience with case-management or similar administrative processes.


• Previous experience working in a college or university setting.

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 conferred at the time of appointment.

Additional Information:


The Equal Opportunity & 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 of Equal Opportunity & Access is also the Campus Compliance Coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Title IX Coordinator for the University.



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.


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.


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.


The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. All varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Ohio Valley Conference.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) copies of unofficial or official academic transcripts; official copies will be requested of selected candidate

4) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on May 1, 2024.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates 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 particularly 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 includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: 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 or federal law.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Joani Wilson at mailto:[email protected].

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

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/5211198

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