The Senior Director of the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) supervises 18 staff members who administer Penn State University's Code of Conduct at the University Park campus as well as at its 24 additional campuses across the Commonwealth and online. The Code of Conduct applies to all student organizations and to the approximately 96,000 enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and professional (i.e., medical and law) students.
Penn State's OSC manages approximately 2,700 cases at University Park and oversees the management of an additional 700 cases at the campuses, annually. The OSC provides oversight and training to over 80 staff members in Residence Life and at the Commonwealth Campuses when they are implementing the conduct process. The Senior Director provides leadership regarding complex legal and regulatory issues for students in higher education and works closely with many on- and off- campus partners including the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, University Police, Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Care and Advocacy, the Gender Equity Center, the Title IX Coordinator, the LGBTQA Office, General Counsel, Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Fraternity and Sorority Compliance, Affirmative Action, local police agencies, and Centre Safe, the local dating and domestic violence resource center. The Senior Director must possess organization, leadership, assessment, and crisis management skills; experience and commitment to working with diverse students and staff; and the ability to address challenging situations with sensitivity and professionalism. The Senior Director reports to an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Responsibilities:
Directs day-to-day operation of the University's conduct process, which may include the following: o Serving as a case manager for serious cases o Overseeing the management of the administrative process o Providing ongoing evaluation of student conduct o Managing and overseeing the case assignment process o Assuring that all cases are heard in a fair, equitable, and timely manner o Managing communications related to student conduct
Develops policy consistent with local, state, and federal law and guidance
Serves as primary interpreter of the Code of Conduct
Oversees compliance with federal and state mandates, including Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA, etc.
Supervise three associate directors, 4 assistant directors, 2 case managers, 2 investigators, 6 administrative staff, and a graduate assistant
Provides guidance and support for approximately 80 case managers in Residence Life and at the Commonwealth Campuses
Works with other staff to provide training to student, faculty, and staff hearing officers
Oversees investigations into alleged student violations of the Code of Conduct
Oversees the training of Residence Life Staff, Residence Life student leaders, and other institutional staff and faculty on conduct-related matters
Oversee the training of at least one student conduct designee at each Commonwealth Campus
Coordinates and oversees publications related to the Code of Conduct, other institutional policies, and OSC, both in print and online
Compiles reports and analyzes data and trends as needed and appropriate
Serves on the University's Behavioral Threat Management Team
Manage a budget of approximately $850,000
Other duties as needed
Master's in Higher Education Administration or related field required, doctoral degree preferred
At least 8 plus years of related experience, including working in student conduct related settings
Understanding Student Affairs roles and committed to a developmental model of student conduct on college campuses
Thorough knowledge of state and federal legal issues related to higher education and student conduct
Knowledge of Clery, Title IX, FERPA, and other federal laws and guidance related to student conduct work
Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to manage confidential and sensitive situations
Ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse people, including staff, students, faculty, and parents
Ability to function as an integral team member with Student Affairs
Familiarity with databases and computer software programs
CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.
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