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Assistant Director - Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights

Date Posted: Jul 14, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Assistant Director – Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights

Location: Office of Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights   

Salary: $70,000 - $95,000

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director of Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights

Bargaining Unit: Non-union administrator

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Position Summary:

The District is looking for an Assistant Director of Compliance to assist the Deputy Executive Director of Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights with monitoring, training, reporting, and enforcement with respect to the district’s compliance with all of the federal and state civil rights laws and regulations (including IDEA, Title IX, and Section 504) that are applicable to the district; adoption and management of District policies; and management and tracking of audits.  The Assistant Director of Compliance will assist in the investigatory response and project management of implementation of contractual obligations that arise from any governmental regulatory actions, including but not limited to actions taken by the United States Department of Education, Department of Justice, and Michigan Department of Education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, in human resources, pre-law, or related field, in combination with significant experience in law, or Minemployee or labor relations required.
  • Juris Doctor degree or graduate degree in Human Resources or related degree preferred. 
  • 3-5 years progressively more responsible related experience, including a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the practice of law, civil rights advocacy, human resources, or compliance.
  • Possess and apply thorough and comprehensive knowledge of federal and state laws relating to illegal discrimination and sexual harassment to support the work of the district. Must have the ability to conduct thorough investigations to completion and analyze facts in accordance with related laws and applicable district policies; including applicable collective bargaining agreements. 

Essential Functions

  1. Investigation of Title VII, Title IX, Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, ADA, and ADEA complaints.
  2. Fact-finding and Resolution Conferences
  3. Monitor compliance with Title VII, Title IX, ADA, and ADEA to ensure a positive, productive, equitable work environment and to prevent discriminatory workplace practices.
  4. Collaborate/provide consultation to managerial staff, labor groups, and Human Resources staff; including field/investigative complaint assistance to effectively monitor and resolve civil rights complaints and advise with respect to disciplinary issues.
  5. Receive, process and manage investigation of internal discrimination complaints; including complaints of sexual harassment.
  6. Maintains appropriate files in a confidential manner consistent with federal and state regulations.
  7. Handle discrimination/harassment complaints filed with Michigan Department of Civil Rights, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U. S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and other agencies with jurisdiction over such matters.
  8. On-going review of federal and state law, district policy, work rules and labor-contract agreements to reach finding on discrimination/harassment issues.
  9. Provide In-service training of staff on civil rights issues.
  10. Assist administrators/supervisors in the interpretation of school district work rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  11. Policy Development and Implementation
  12. Requires experience with, and commitment to, ensuring equal opportunities for ethnic, racial, and religious, and other minority populations.
  13. Experience interacting with law enforcement personnel preferred.
  14. Requires outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a variety of stakeholders and patrons, ability to work in a team environment, and provide high levels of customer service.
  15. Interacts effectively with principals and teachers, parents, law enforcement officers, lawyers, senior District office staff, and the general public.
  16. Is flexible and able to work in a fast-paced environment, and skilled at directing tasks and assignments with well-educated, opinionated and outgoing personalities.
  17. Must possess high degree of patience, dignity, and sensitivity. Attention to detail is imperative.
  18. Must have advanced written and verbal communication skills.
  19. Excellent computer skills with Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  20. Accuracy and confidentiality are critically important.
  21. Must have outstanding organization and initiative, and a professional, courteous demeanor.
  22. Regularly support the Deputy Executive Director of Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights in other job duties and functions related to the work of the Deputy Executive Director of Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights.
  23. Perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned by the Deputy Executive Director of Equity, Advocacy, & Civil Rights (or Designee).

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching services outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant’s prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.

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