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Whatcom Community College Associate Director for Human Resources in BELLINGHAM, Washington

Whatcom Community College is seeking an experienced human resources practitioner to serve as Associate Director for Human Resources (ADHR). The ADHR role will independently provide high-level professional human resource services. The ADHR reports to the Executive Director of HR working under their general guidance the ADHR assists with planning, organizing, and managing the day to day operations of the human resources department. Work includes applying specialized knowledge and using independent judgment in resolving problems and interpreting and applying established policies, regulations, rules, and collective bargaining agreements. The ADHR serves as the Title IX lead investigator and coordinator for the college, with campus-wide visibility and responsibility for supporting identified civil rights compliance areas covering students, employees, and public access to programs and facilities.  Advises college leaders concerning a variety of human resources matters such as labor relations, employment practices, and policy implementation.


Title IV Coordination and Investigation

  • Leads and coordinates the college's compliance with legal and regulatory obligations related to Title IX and related laws/regulations regarding discrimination.
  • Acts as a neutral third party investigator for reports of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence involving members of the campus community. Maintains confidentiality and professional relationships in dealing with sensitive confidential information.
  • Develops, conducts, and coordinates training, awareness, and outreach campaigns related to sex/gender-based discrimination.
  • Works collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and review related college policies and procedures in accordance with legal obligations and industry best practices.
  • Supports the college's membership in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Partner Network. This includes participating on the Lead Team on campus, communicating with NASEM, and attending related meetings when possible.
  • Ensures all parties in an investigation have equal rights and protections as required by law or policy.
  • Leads, provides training for and collaborates with other Whatcom Community College employees assigned to work as Title IX deputies or investigators.

Labor and Employee Relations

  • Supports the administrative and union teams with data, research, and information for labor negotiations.
  • Interprets and administers policies, regulations, and contracts to ensure consistency and adherence to legalities and best practices.
  • Manages and/or conducts, as appropriate, investigations related to discrimination/harassment, bias, performance issues, college policy/procedure violations, or other matters necessitating internal investigations. 

Leaves and ADA Accommodation

Administers leave programs and policies in accordance with federal and state employment laws (e.g., FMLA, ADA, USERRA, WAPFML, Pregnancy Discrimination Act Policies and Procedures and Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Serves as subject matter expert for leave programs under the general direction and guidance of the EDHR. Takes a leading role in interpreting and implementing new leave laws, policies and processes.

Reviews and approves/denies leave requests based on relevant medical information, military orders or other criteria to ensure compliance with applicable laws, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements. Works directly with employees to ensure all relevant documentation is submitted for timely review.

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