The Assistant Director, Human Resources Administration and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer partners with the Director of Human Resources and University leadership to conduct research, write proposals, and implement strategic initiatives related to the Pepperdine workforce while serving to promote a diverse, equitable, and respectful community of belonging through overseeing the University’s EEO policies and compliance. Reflecting the University's mission and values in all interactions, this position is critical to the strategic direction of Human Resources and to ensuring the best workforce for Pepperdine University.
- Serve as the University's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer. Be knowledgeable of and stay abreast of changes related to applicable EEO federal and state laws. Help ensure that all University EEO policies remain in compliance with applicable laws. Liaise with employees and supervisors regarding any requests for reasonable workplace accommodations, ensuring a fair interactive process. Meet with employees and supervisors related to conflict in the workplace related to concerns of harassment, discrimination, and disrespect. Provide insight on informal conflict management options, if appropriate. Take ownership of investigations related to faculty/staff harassment and discrimination, in accordance with the University's grievance process, and bring to resolution in a timely manner; coordinate this process with the University Title IX Coordinator, General Counsel, and other University constituents, as needed. Serve as a grievance or investigative officer for employee complaints, EEO harassment/discrimination issues, and Title IX issues, as needed.
- Research and write whitepapers, training materials, proposals, and policies related to strategic HR initiatives (e.g. University policies, childcare resources, internal processes and controls, communication plans, etc.).
- Partner with HR leadership to track and execute special projects, ensuring forward momentum on HR's vision and strategic priorities.
- Ensure compliance related to sexual harassment prevention training. Identify, implement, and manage the vendor for online harassment prevention training that aligns with the University's mission and culture. Identify and facilitate the in-person training for harassment prevention that aligns with the University's mission and culture. Track training completion and ensure compliance for all faculty and staff.
- Serve as the University's HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy Official. Be knowledgeable of and stay abreast of changes related to applicable HIPAA laws; help ensure that the University's HIPAA policy remains updated and in compliance with applicable laws. Meet and ensure compliance with HIPAA-designated departments on a regular basis.
- Present compliance and best practices matters related to diversity, inclusion, harassment, and discrimination to faculty and staff, including Supervisor Training and New Employee Orientation, among others.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Uphold University mission through work performed.
The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Skills and Qualifications
Required: Bachelor’s degree. Three years of experience and/or education related to Human Resources, workplace investigations, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and related fields. Commitment to excellence, service, and hospitality in the context of the University’s Christian mission. Excellent written communication skills, and experience drafting proposals and reports for executive leadership. Exceptional attention to detail, organization, and time management skills; Ability to prioritize work and oversee multiple, concurrent projects; Ability to anticipate needs and foresee challenges; Ability to work harmoniously, professionally, and effectively with co-workers and supervisors; Must dress professionally; Ability to integrate the University’s Christian mission with HR practice; Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Google Workspace.
Preferred: Master’s degree in human resources, legal studies, dispute resolution, or related field. Juris Doctor. Negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Experience in developing and implementing workshops and training programs; Work experience in higher education; Thorough knowledge of current and emerging equal employment opportunity legislation and trends, including knowledge of state and federal anti-discrimination laws; Thorough knowledge of privacy laws and best practices.
Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.
Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.
This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.