Assistant Director for Complaints and Disabilities

Colorado State University’s Office of Equal Opportunity is seeking an Assistant Director to address complaints of discrimination and harassment as well as provide consultation to employees with disabilities. Primary duties include: monitoring equal employment and educational access and opportunities for faculty, staff, and students; addressing and resolving complaints of alleged discrimination and harassment involving employees, including conducting investigations; evaluating employees to determine if they are individuals with disabilities and assisting to determine and implement reasonable accommodations.

The Assistant Director reports to the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity. This is a 12-month full-time appointment.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist to ensure equal opportunity and equal access at the University for students and employees through education, monitoring, addressing complaints, and assisting employees with disabilities.
  • Coordinate the resolution of complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of harassment involving employees across campus.
  • Conduct investigations in connection with complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of harassment.
  • Assist in the intake and resolution of complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment and other forms of harassment by providing information, advice, and informal actions, including facilitation.
  • Assist in the preparation of responses to charges filed with state and federal civil rights agencies.
  • Work collaboratively with employees and appropriate administrators to respond to requests for reasonable accommodations, including evaluating persons to determine if they meet the definition of disability, and determine appropriate reasonable accommodations and access relating to employees with disabilities.
  • Conduct education programs on equal opportunity and equal access including topics such as complaint handling, discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, disabilities, and providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports of complaints and numbers of employees with disabilities receiving reasonable accommodations.

For more information about the Office of Equal Opportunity, please see

Education and Experience Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Preference for degree in a field demonstrating work with employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, and disabilities.
  • Two years of professional experience working in the complaint and disabilities areas.
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with staff and faculty in academic and administrative departments and offices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity procedures, and diversity principles and their application to addressing complaints and working with employees with disabilities.
  • Professional experience investigating complaints, interviewing parties to a complaint and witnesses, reviewing documentary evidence, analyzing evidence, and writing reports, memoranda and letters.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals of equal opportunity, equal access, and diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and perform professionally.
  • Must possess imagination, creativity, and a high level of self-motivation.
  • Must possess strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and delivering presentations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A law degree or Master’s degree. Preference for degree in a field demonstrating work with complaints of discrimination and harassment, and disabilities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, executive orders, court decisions, and issues in the areas of discrimination, harassment, and disabilities.
  • Work experience in an institution of higher education.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We are a department that values collegiality. Ongoing and positive interactions among staff and with faculty, staff, and students contribute to our department’s supportive and open culture of inquiry, as well as our commitment to collaboration and professional development.

Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, known as “The Choice City” and ranked highly by Money magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live” for many good reasons. Fort Collins has excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine; it’s fast paced and laid back, upscale and low-key. In Fort Collins you'll find a globally-focused university, thriving arts and music scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, hundreds of miles of walking and biking paths, and a plethora of outdoor activities.

Application Procedure

To apply, interested applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses the listed qualifications; a current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to: Rebecca McCarty, Search Committee Support, at Electronic submission in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format as one file is encouraged; however, applications may also be sent to the Office of Equal Opportunity, Campus Mail 0160, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration complete applications should be received by December 10, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment are conducted. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.