Founded in 1963, Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college. The College emphasizes environmental and interdisciplinary studies, the arts, humanities and social, behavioral and natural sciences. With approximately 1,000 students, Pitzer College is part of The Claremont Colleges – a unique consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. The contiguous campuses share numerous programs and facilities. At Pitzer, students have access to all the resources of a major university while enjoying all the benefits of a liberal arts college experience and its personalized approach to education. Pitzer is located in Claremont, a Southern California college town known for its eclectic restaurants and shops, close-knit community, and network of trails and parks. Situated at the San Gabriel Mountains base, Claremont is an hour’s drive to downtown Los Angeles, the Pacific coast, the desert highlands, and some of the tallest mountain peaks in Southern California.

The Position

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

Reporting to the chief operating officer, VP, and treasurer of Pitzer College (“College”), the senior director for the Office of Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Coordination (“senior director”) will manage the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the College’s obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act and the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA). The senior director will oversee and ensure the College’s compliance with all Title IX requirements.

Working both independently and collaboratively with The Claremont Colleges Title IX administrator, the senior director will oversee and ensure Title IX compliance for the College. This role is also responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, ensuring prompt and equitable resolution of complaints. The senior director also coordinates (and conducts, as needed) training, education, and prevention efforts for issues related to harassment, discrimination, and equal opportunity; advises on options for responding to and resolving complaints; provides advice and information on Title IX, the College’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Procedures, relevant federal, state, and local laws relating to discrimination, harassment, equal opportunity, and civil rights, and how these laws interact. The salary range for this position is $125,000-$145,000.
Other essential functions, as outlined in the Pitzer position description, include:

  • Coordinate all Title IX and gender-based discrimination complaints and ensure investigations comply with the College’s grievance procedures and Title IX requirements under the Pitzer College policies, The Claremont Colleges Title IX policies, or the policies of another institution, including notices, timelines, training, interim actions, etc. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Assessing the immediate and ongoing need for supportive and safety measures and collaborating with appropriate College offices and personnel to implement such measures; assessing the appropriateness of informal and formal procedures; selection of investigators and hearing adjudicators, including outside personnel; overseeing investigations and hearings in collaboration with The Claremont Colleges Title IX administrator; assuring adherence to relevant policies; keeping students and the campus community updated on the status of matters; maintaining Title IX documentation and records (including Maxient records); ensuring any recommended sanctions and corrective actions are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Collect and maintain documentation of all proceedings (reports, transcripts, emails, audio recordings, etc.) in accordance with the College’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Procedures and other applicable College policies.
  • Develop and implement a Title IX training program for students, faculty, and staff that satisfies the Title IX requirements and recommendations; manage training programs for staff and faculty on sexual assault, sexual harassment prevention (including AB1825), and other related topics.
  • Collaborate with student groups, staff, and faculty on prevention education programming.
  • Develop and maintain Title IX communication materials, e.g., the Pitzer Title IX website and
    brochures.
  •  Develop and implement compliance programs with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidance (e.g., Title IX, VAWA, FERPA). Monitor internal policies to stay current with regulations and prepare for regulatory changes.
  • Provide leadership to Consortium-wide committees such as the Title IX and Clery Working Groups; collaborate with The Claremont Colleges Title IX administrator and the Title IX coordinators at other Consortium colleges to ensure policies and practices are appropriate and legally compliant.
  • Provide leadership and/or assistance with Consortium-wide initiatives such as climate surveys, law enforcement MOU, the 7C Sexual Misconduct website, and TCCS employee training, among others.
  • Maintain and provide records and data for institutional purposes and legal compliance.
  • Work closely with the 7C sexual assault resource center (EmPOWER Center).
  •  Lead College-wide Title IX training in compliance with Clery and Title IX law. Responsible for ensuring all students, employees, contractors, and volunteers complete the applicable campus-mandated compliance trainings, including but not limited to the annual Title IX training, the Discrimination Harassment and Retaliation training, Mandated Reporter training, and the Conflict-of-Interest training.
  • Assist the Office of Student Affairs with Clery compliance and training, including preparation of the ASFSR.
  • Develop and sustain effective and collaborative working relationships with personnel of internal and external resource organizations (e.g., Office of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, EmPOWER Center of The Claremont Colleges, Campus Safety, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at a local hospital, Monsour Counseling Center, House of Ruth, Project Sister, etc.).

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A master’s degree or equivalent is required, and five or more years of related experience, including experience handling grievances and conducting investigations alleging gender-based violence and discrimination. Juris Doctor from an accredited law school is strongly preferred. Must have experience dealing with dispute resolutions and/or student conduct adjudication. Experience in higher education is preferred.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities as presented in the position description:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret Title IX, FEHA, CLERY, VAWA, FERPA, ADA, and any other applicable federal, state, or local laws addressing nondiscrimination and/or equal employment opportunity.
  2. Ability to independently interpret, analyze, apply and explain highly complex laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies related to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.
  3. Superior problem-solving and analytical skills.
  4. Ability to negotiate and resolve highly sensitive, complex, and/or unprecedented problems.
  5. Organization-wide program and project management abilities.
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop, lead, and effectively facilitate training programs.
  7. High level of discretion, good judgment, and management of confidential and sensitive matters.
  8. Superior interpersonal skills, demonstrating sensitivity while maintaining objectivity and professionalism.
  9. High level of maturity, with the ability to remain composed, focused, and neutral in conflict and difficult situations.
  10. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including the ability to communicate ideas, information, and recommendations clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, to individuals and groups, and to prepare well-organized complex reports and claim files.
  11. Handle multiple competing priorities in a systematic and focused manner and quickly shift priorities to satisfy responsibilities, expectations, and deadlines.
  12. Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness and monitor own work to ensure quality.
  13. Be engaging and adept in communicating and collaborating with individuals of diverse constituencies and backgrounds.
  14. Knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, relevant policies, procedures, culture, values, and organizational structures and interactions of the College.
  15. Use recent versions of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Maxient.

In addition to the stated qualifications, institutional stakeholders identified the following characteristics of the successful candidate:

  • Passionate about Title IX work
  • Creditable leader
  • Advocate for students, faculty, and staff
  • Bridge builder
  • Promotes urgency with response and communication
  • Compassionate
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish
  • Content expert in Title IX and student conduct
  • Pitzer mission and value-focused
  • Collaborator
  • Professionalism
  • Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strategic thinker
  • Leads through influence
  • Strong management skills
  • Builds trust
  • Strong ability to lead change management
  • Understands student needs
  • Engaged with the campus community
  • Educator in Title IX practice and policy
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Trauma-informed practitioner
  • Creative problem solver
  • Experience with investigation and compliance

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

The Title IX coordinator position has been vacant since May 2022. As we began this search, this position has been redesigned with a new title of senior director with the additional responsibilities of DHSM. Alyssa-Rae McGinn is serving as interim Title IX coordinator until the senior director is hired.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE

Trust and confidence of the campus community. The senior director will be charged with relationship-building with students, faculty, staff, institutional leadership, consortium, and other stakeholders.

Forward-thinking. The successful candidate must be forward-thinking in a small college environment. A background in practices for similar-sized institutions and a network with colleagues serving similar populations will be helpful as they look to update procedures and policies as required.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Cultural competency and cultural awareness are a priority for this role and area. The senior director must understand their diverse population and receive the necessary training and updates to serve all students effectively.

Title IX expertise. The senior director must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices for both complainants and respondents concerning Title IX policy, practice, implementation, advocacy, and reporting requirements. The senior director should be a leader capable of managing crises and complex situations, unwaveringly committed to the well-being and support of students, faculty, and staff, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at the institution. They should be able to write and evaluate policy from a legal perspective.

Exceptional communication skills. The senior director must possess strong written and public speaking skills. They should be approachable and a good listener. They should have experience translating policy and legal concepts into understandable ideas and practices.

Leadership. The senior director will need political and organizational savvy and the demonstrated ability to lead through influence and strong partnerships. The senior director will be courageous in advancing new ideas, thinking outside the box, and addressing policy and compliance challenges with agility, knowledge, and innovation. They must lead by balancing compliance and compassion in processes and practice.

Services for survivors. The senior director will need to work with offices on and off campus to identify the best services for survivors and advocate for trauma-informed practices.

Changing the culture of response. The new senior director will be able to enhance the campus culture around response, compliance, prevention, and education. They can reshape communication and marketing about Title IX to students, faculty, staff, and parents, giving clear information about processes and the value of the office.

Strategic planning. The senior director must demonstrate a leadership style that is credible and collegial while being highly effective. The senior director is expected to develop practices and goals that enhance Title IX reporting with efficiency, improved policies, and increased marketing.

Collaboration with all stakeholders. The senior director will forge partnerships with college and consortium units through thought leadership, collaborations, and community support. They will be a bridge builder for Title IX reporting and compliance areas.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

At an appropriate interval after year one, the incumbent will define success in this position by the following:

  • The senior director has established significant relationships with students, faculty, campus leadership, and community members and has seen greater utilization of services and practices provided by the office.
  • Students are better informed about the functions and processes of the Office of Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Coordination.
  • The senior director has demonstrated that they are a valuable thought leader, joining institutional leaders in advancing Title IX practices and priorities on behalf of the institution.
  • The senior director has completed a baseline assessment to develop a strategic plan and goals for the office.
  • The senior director has worked to increase marketing to the campus community and enhance communication and awareness about the services provided.
  • The senior director has introduced programs and initiatives to address student, faculty, and staff concerns around Title IX reporting and practices.
  • The senior director has cultivated an atmosphere conducive to rethinking policy and practice around Title IX on campus and within the office.

Institution & Location

OVERVIEW OF THE TITLE IX OFFICE

Pitzer College is committed to providing an inclusive educational and working environment for all members of and visitors to the community. Consistent with this and in accordance with applicable law, including Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Pitzer maintains a comprehensive program designed to protect members of the community from sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. This includes prevention and educational programming for all new and incoming students, bystander intervention training (Teal Dot), and workshops on consent and healthy relationships offered throughout the year.

Pitzer College Title IX Information

Pitzer College Title IX Task Force

INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW

Founded in 1963, Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college. The College emphasizes environmental and interdisciplinary studies, the arts, humanities, and social, behavioral, and natural sciences. With approximately 1,200 students, Pitzer College is part of The Claremont Colleges – a unique consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. The contiguous campuses share numerous programs and facilities. At Pitzer, students have access to all the resources of a major university while enjoying all the benefits of a liberal arts college experience and its personalized approach to education. Pitzer is located in Claremont, a Southern California college town known for its eclectic restaurants and shops, close-knit community, and network of trails and parks. Situated at the San Gabriel Mountains base, Claremont is an hour’s drive to downtown Los Angeles, the Pacific coast, the desert highlands, and some of the tallest mountain peaks in Southern California.

Mission and vision

Strategic Plan

THE STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment: 1168

Retention rate: 93%

Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1

INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Jill A. Klein – Interim President

Interim President Klein joined the Pitzer College Board of Trustees in 2014 and is a proud Pitzer parent. Most recently, she has served as vice chair of the board, and prior to that, she chaired the Academic Affairs Committee. In that role, she has been the board’s primary liaison with the College’s academic program and a staunch advocate for Pitzer faculty.

Throughout her career, Klein has achieved many “firsts,” from the digital transformation of organizations to advocacy for gender equity. She has been a tireless and effective advocate for the advancement of women in leadership. Klein has been recognized with numerous honors for her work in this area, including The International Alliance for Women’s 2020 World of Difference Award, the 2019 Women in Technology Leadership Award, and a seat on the Leaders Council for the Women’s Business Collaborative.

Strom Thacker – Incoming President

Dr. Strom C. Thacker will become the seventh president of Pitzer College on July 1, 2023. Dr. Thacker comes to Pitzer from Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he served as dean of the Faculty and vice president for Academic Affairs. Previously, he served at Boston University as associate dean of the faculty of social sciences, within the College of Arts and Sciences. He brings Pitzer a depth of experience—in teaching, scholarship, administration, and leadership—that will serve the College well in the years to come.

Strom received both his master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has focused his academic research on the political economy of development globally and in Latin America. He is an award-winning teacher with an array of prestigious appointments at universities around the world, including the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He is also a widely published scholar and the author of two books through Cambridge University Press.

Notably, Strom is a graduate of Pomona College (B.A. cum laude international relations, Phi Beta Kappa) and will become the first graduate of The Claremont Colleges to lead Pitzer College.

Laura Troendle –Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, and Treasurer

As vice president for administration, finance, and treasurer, Troendle provides expert financial and budget planning, supervises human resources management issues, and serves as a liaison and resource to Pitzer’s president, the board of trustees, senior leadership, and faculty. The vice president for finance, administration, and treasurer organizes, coordinates, and translates campus initiatives, supporting the College community’s shared aspiration to create a transformative liberal arts education.

Troendle has over 20 years of finance and administration experience, including strategic planning and implementation, budget forecasting, endowment and gift management, financial management design, cash and debt management, staff and work restructuring, and process mapping and efficiency. Past experience includes serving as director of budget and finance for Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she supervised the financial and administrative management of the college’s 16 academic departments and six administrative departments, managed a $300 million budget, and stewarded a $75 million endowment.

Before Syracuse, Troendle directed accounting and reporting for the international insurance company AXA. She was a division accounting manager at Cooper Industries Ltd. She also founded a café and catering business, which doubled its sales in two years and was successfully sold after five years.
Troendle holds a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Pritzker College organizational chart

Benefits Overview

For information on the benefits plans and resources, see here.

Application & Nomination

APPLICATION AND NOMINATION

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position and questions about the status of the search may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

The salary range for this position is $125,000-$145,000.

Visit the Pitzer College website at https://www.pitzer.edu/.

Pitzer College adheres to both the letter and the spirit of Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, gender, age, sexual identity or orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other College-administered programs, and employment policies, and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Community Values

These aspirations for all members of our community are not enforceable requirements but rather ideals that promote ethical practices in a diverse community built upon trust.

Community – We come together to live and work in a shared learning environment where every member is valued, respected, and entitled to dignity and honor founded upon the following rights and responsibilities:

Diversity – We learn from the rich and complex histories, viewpoints, and life experiences in our community. We value and celebrate the synergy created by our differences and similarities.

Dialogue – We support the thoughtful exchange of ideas to increase understanding and awareness, and to work across difference without intimidation. We have the right to be heard and the responsibility to listen. Communication, even at its most vigorous, should be respectful and without the intent to harm.

Inquiry – We prize the powerful possibilities of learning and the principles reflected in our educational objectives including our dedication to access and justice, civic involvement and environmental sustainability, and our respect for pluralism, freedom of expression, and the sustained effort necessary for achieving academic excellence.

Action – These values are mere words until we practice them. We expect to see them evidenced, hear them named, debate their integrity, and demand change on their behalf. We are committed to the hard work and dedication this will demand.