FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools is advertising for a newly-created position of Diversity, Inclusion, & Compliance Manager.
Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, the new position would be responsible for “coordinating the District’s compliance with Title IX, Civil Rights, ADA, and other related discrimination laws, and serves as the District’s primary administrator for cases alleging misconduct, specifically sexual misconduct, gender-based discrimination, harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking for students.”
The manager would also “implement strategies to prevent discriminatory harassment of students on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, and disability.”
And the newly-cerate position would “collaborate on developing and implementing preventative and responsive training for students and staff related to bias-based incidents.”
Application will be accepted through April 30.
The position pays $65,000 to $75,000.
The position is 12-months a year, 260 days per the Framingham Public School Committee policy.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree.
Applicants should have at least three years of experience in a related field dealing with Title IX, FERPA, equal employment opportunity, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable civil rights and employment laws, regulations, and court decisions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Knowledge of Title IX, FERPA, equal employment opportunity, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable civil rights and employment laws, regulations, and court decisions;
- Knowledge of Title IX, trends, legal obligations, and initiatives nationally and locally,
- Knowledge of principles of conducting investigations, including interview methods and techniques; Knowledge of principles of social justice and cultural competence;
- Knowledge of research methods and data analysis techniques.
- Skill in organization, synthesis, and analysis of varied and complex information and problems.
- Effective oral and written communication of policies, procedures, and legal concepts.
- Exceptional problem-solving and analysis skills.
- Superior ability in writing comprehensive reports.
- Ability to lead improvement efforts toward identified instructional targets by motivating and mentoring building-level administrators and facilitating systemic change strategies, with an emphasis on progressive educational practices.
- Commitment to equity in educational opportunities for students and leadership opportunities for staff, especially with regard to members of traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with parents/guardians, the community, institutions of higher education, business leaders, and administrative staff.
- Skill in utilizing computer technology used for communication, data gathering, and reporting.
- Ability to conduct, plan, organize and lead investigations, facilitation, and preparation of reports and recommendations.
- Ability to listen, identify, elicit and distill essential information needed to assess and resolve problems and issues.
Knowledge of Protective Laws
- Develop a working knowledge of current laws, regulations, and guidelines related to sexual harassment, discrimination, and discriminatory harassment in public schools.
- Develop a working knowledge of current civil rights laws, regulations, and guidelines related to public schools, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as rules and guidelines adopted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
District Policies and Procedures
- Facilitate the implementation of the district’s policies and procedures related to Title IX, sexual harassment, discrimination, and discriminatory harassment, and ensure that they are applied consistently across the district and at each school building.
- Coordinate revisions to district policies and procedures, as necessary, to ensure that they are up-to-date and consistent with current requirements under Title IX, state and federal civil rights laws.
- Regularly review district and building publications to ensure that they include a consistent nondiscrimination statement with all of the necessary protected classes and the name (or title), phone number, and address of the district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator, and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator.
- Use effective methods to annually inform all students, parents, and employees about the district’s discrimination complaint procedure, such as in student handbooks.
- Have copies of the complaint procedure and any related forms available in each school building to provide to students, parents, staff, and others who allege discrimination or discriminatory harassment.
- Regularly review district and building publications to ensure that they include a consistent nondiscrimination statement with all of the necessary protected classes and the name (or title), phone number, and address of the district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX/, and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
- Ensure that the district uses effective methods to annually inform all students, parents, and employees about the district’s discrimination complaint procedure, such as in staff and student handbooks
- Ensure that copies of the complaint procedure and any related forms are available in each school building to provide to students, parents, staff, and others who allege discrimination or discriminatory harassment
Sexual Harassment Notices
- Ensure that the district’s sexual harassment policy is posted in each school building in a location visible to both students and staff
- Ensure that the district’s sexual harassment policy is included in any publication that sets forth the rules and standards of conduct for the school district, such as in student and staff handbooks
Training and Consultation
- Provide ongoing support and training to administrators and district- and building-level staff about requirements under state and federal protective laws, staff responsibilities, complaint procedures, and related district policies and procedures
- Disseminate information and coordinate training for students and/or parents about their rights under state and federal protective laws, including sexual harassment and the district’s complaint procedures
- Advice regarding the status of the district’s compliance with state and federal protective laws
- Receive and respond to inquiries from students, parents, staff, administrators, and others regarding Title IX, sex discrimination, and sexual harassment
- Serve as a resource for administrators and district- and building-level staff about Title IX, state sex equity laws, and sexual harassment.
Complaints and Investigation
- Respond to students, parents, staff, administrators, and others who report suspicion of Title IX violations, sexual harassment, civil rights violations, discrimination, or discriminatory harassment.
- Implement the district’s discrimination complaint procedure with respect to allegations of Title IX violations, sexual harassment, civil rights violations, discrimination, or discriminatory harassment; receive and process complaints; and oversee the step-by-step process to be sure that timelines are met.
- Conduct and/or coordinate investigations of Title IX violations, sexual harassment, civil rights violations, discrimination, or discriminatory harassment in accordance with the district’s discrimination complaint procedures. This may involve interviewing complainants, respondents, and witnesses; reviewing documents and other relevant materials; and researching legal standards and requirements relevant to the complaint.
- Provide written reports of the complaint and the results of the investigation in a timely manner.
- Organize and maintain records of all complaints filed regarding Title IX violations, sexual harassment, civil rights violations, discrimination, or discriminatory harassment, including all formal and informal.
- Conduct an annual review of complaint files to ensure that the district’s complaint procedures and timelines are consistently followed, and to identify any patterns and repeat offenders.
- Annually collect and analyze data to determine whether each school within the district is providing equal opportunities for male and female students to participate in athletics and develop and implement a plan to bring the building into compliance.
- Provides resource referrals to students and staff involved in investigations.
- Consult and work with the Office of Human Resources as needed on all cases involving staff.
Textbooks and Instructional Materials
- Participate in the development and implementation of the school district’s instructional materials policy and bias review criteria with respect to bias pertaining to sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, and the use of a trained dog guide or service animal in textbooks and instructional materials
- Ensure that the district evaluates all textbooks and instructional materials for bias, update bias review criteria when needed, and participate on the instructional materials committee when appropriate
Reviewing Systemic Barriers
- Participate in the development and implementation of the school district’s process to routinely review disaggregated student discipline data and course and program enrollment data to identify and address potential disparities and systemic barriers based on sex, race, ELL status, and disability
- Continually monitor school programs, activities, and services (including, but not limited to, Advanced Placement courses, Highly Capable Programs, Career and Technical Education courses, Alternative Learning Experiences, extra-curricular activities, etc.) to ensure that all students are given an equal opportunity to participate without discrimination based on sex
- Coordinate with the district’s human resources office to evaluate employment criteria, recruitment, compensation, job classification, benefits, and advertising to ensure that they are not discriminatory on the basis of sex.