OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Among the many duties of the Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity, the following have been identified by the search advisory committee as being of special importance (listed in no particular order):
Serve as a key university leader
In collaboration with partners across campus, oversee and facilitate the university’s efforts to foster a working, learning, and living environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Oversee the development and enforcement of applicable university policies that prohibit all forms of discrimination and harassment as outlined in the university’s non-discrimination statement and related policies. Provide leadership and direction in the implementation and administration of the university’s efforts to prevent, as well as respond to, harassment and discrimination. Guide the design and delivery of educational and training programs to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency.
Represent the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)
Represent and advocate for OIE within the university context. Serve as the primary liaison between OIE and the university community, including students, faculty, staff, and institutional leadership. Develop and communicate the mission and vision of OIE as a resource for the campus community. Represent OIE and the university with external stakeholders (e.g., government bodies/agencies, media, counterparts at other institutions, etc.)
Provide guidance and support
Provide guidance and support when there is a conflict with a party, unit, department, or leadership, including meeting with individuals whose concerns about the office or process are escalated. Provide guidance on appropriate contacts or resources when OIE staff are navigating various and unique situations or challenges. Provide guidance and support to entities responsible for civil rights investigations and compliance efforts at Michigan Medicine, the Flint campus, and the Dearborn campus.
Develop and implement process improvements and appropriate strategies
Develop and incorporate process improvements for better efficiency and effectiveness within OIE, including developing and maintaining internal protocols to ensure consistency in the response and processing of reported incidents. Implement appropriate strategies to address high caseload volumes in a thorough and timely manner, while maintaining a balanced and effective work environment.
Provide direct supervision and functional support
Provide direct supervision to the university’s OIE Associate Directors, Title IX Coordinator (Ann Arbor campus), and ADA Coordinator (Ann Arbor campus). Provide functional support to additional OIE staff at the Ann Arbor campus, including: Senior Administrative Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Investigators, Digital Information and Accessibility Coordinator, and Information Specialist. Build on OIE’s positive team culture. Oversee OIE staff professional development and training compliant with VAWA, Title IX, Title VII, VEVRAA, ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, guidance from the US Department of Education, other state and federal mandates, and suggested practices.
Oversee institutional response and communications
Oversee institutional responses to requests for OIE records from external persons and agencies, including Freedom of Information Act requests, state and federal investigations, media inquiries, and litigation-related discovery requests. Oversee preparation of and deliver communications regarding OIE’s activities and efforts, including investigations, trainings, and other forms of response. Coordinate development of resource and communication materials relating to support of institutional equity functions.