Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity



Job description

Boone, NC

Faculty Rank: No

Provide Rank: N/A

Position Number: 094781

Department: Office of Access & Equity: Equal Opportunity – 630000

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 5 years of related experience working in the area of civil rights, human services or other related field with oversight of case management processes.
  • Experience in the area of harassment, discrimination, conflict of interest, and/or misconduct.
  • Experience overseeing processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience creating, implementing, and conducting trainings and presentations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or documented skills in the areas of conflict resolution and problem-solving techniques.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    Ability to obtain training/certification as a civil rights or Title IX investigator.

License/Certification Required


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Two or more years experience in higher education.
  • Experience authoring comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex legal documents to evaluate their impact on policy, procedures, and practice.
  • Experience navigating or investigating reports or complaints of discrimination, harassment, or related concerns and dispute resolution processes.
  • Working knowledge of civil rights laws including but not limited to: ADA/Section 504, Title IX, Title VII, Clery Act, VAWA, and other relevant state and federal statutes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity is responsible for oversight of the day to day report and response processes in compliance with applicable federal and state law, and UNC system and campus policies. The Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity also serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting in the coordination of University programs to assure compliance with applicable University policies, procedures, processes, best practices, and training in compliance with anti-discrimination legislation and regulations, including Title VII, Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

  • Oversees the day-to-day receipt of all reports and complaints of alleged discrimination and harassment based on protected class as it relates to jurisdiction determinations, procedures for initial outreach to complainants and reporting parties.
  • Assist the Associate Director of Equal Opportunity with regards to, resolution options to parties, conducting interviews, and determining appropriate resolutions.
  • Assist in the coordination of training and educational outreach to assure compliance with applicable policies, procedures, processes, best practices, and training in compliance with anti-discrimination or harassment legislation and regulations, including but not limited to Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.
  • Provides day-to-day oversight of interactive process and evaluation of requests for religious or pregnancy accommodations
  • Oversees determinations and implementations of interim supportive measures for students and/or employees including but not limited to academics, housing, employment, transportation, No Contact Directives, etc.
  • Implement training programs regarding equal opportunity laws and compliance. Collect and analyze institutional data in order to identify and assess trends with the purpose of developing strategies for equal opportunity.
  • Lead campus committees and represent the interests of Equal Opportunity to other campus constituents.
  • Facilitates the interactive process for employees seeking disability, religious, and pregnancy-related accommodations.
  • Work collaboratively with important campus stakeholders including, but not limited to, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources, regarding the maintenance of a safe, inclusive campus community
  • On an as-needed basis, conduct internal investigations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Supervises the Equal Opportunity Consultant.

Type of Position: Full Time Position

Staff/Non-Faculty: Staff/Non-Faculty

Appointment Type: 1.0

Work Schedule/Hours
Monday- Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm; some nights may be required.

Number of Hours Per Week: 40

Number of Months Per Year: 12

Mandatory Staff: No

Suggested Salary Range: 70,000-74,000

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position within a university.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled: No

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/01/2023

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s Job Board:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of 3-5 professional references with contact information

Search Chair Name
Maranda Maxey

Search Chair Email
[email protected]

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or [email protected].

Clery Act

Clery Act Compliance
Division of Institutional Integrity
PO Box 32126
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-8111
[email protected]

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed. This position may or may not be eligible for H-1B sponsorship; EHRA positions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To request further information about sponsorship for this position, please contact International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach at [email protected]

Posting Number

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/Affirmative Action
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187
[email protected]

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144
[email protected]

ADA/504 Coordinator & EEO Officer
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056
[email protected]

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 17,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.