The Title IX Investigator will be responsible for understanding and complying with Federal laws, regulations and related guidance regarding investigations of Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Relationship Violence and Stalking. Specifically, the Title IX Investigator will continuously integrate new guidance, law and best practices into Title IX and VAWA investigations.
Working in close collaboration with and under the supervision and direction of the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Investigator is responsible for conducting and managing investigations of complaints of sex discrimination, relationship violence, stalking and sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exhibitionism and sexual exploitation. Conduct and Manage Investigations: The Title IX Investigator reports directly to the Title IX Coordinator and serves as the University's primary investigator in complaints of sex discrimination, relationship violence, stalking and sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exhibitionism and sexual exploitation. The primary responsibility of the Title IX Investigator is to conduct and manage investigations of complaints as reported to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Investigator will conduct a prompt, thorough, fair and impartial investigation, which includes: timely communicating with all parties involved in the investigation, interviewing Complainants and Respondents; identifying and interviewing witnesses; and identifying, gathering, securing and analyzing relevant documentation and other information that may be helpful in bringing the matter to a resolution. The Title IX Investigator will draft a detailed investigative report summarizing his or her findings in each investigation that will be provided to Complainants and Respondents and will be submitted as evidence in hearings before the Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking Hearing Panel. The Title IX Investigator will recommend, in his or her opinion, whether a University policy has been violated based on a preponderance of the evidence standard. Additional Responsibilities: In conjunction with the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Investigator will ensure that all parties involved in the investigation – particularly Complainants and Respondents – understand the investigatory process, their rights and responsibilities under The Code of Student Responsibility, and how to access other resources as necessary. The Title IX Investigator will be responsible for developing an investigative plan for complaints; corresponding with Complainants, Respondents, witnesses, attorney and non-attorney student advocates and others involved regarding the status of the investigative process; and ensuring a well-documented investigation. The Title IX Investigator will work with all appropriate university offices and employees in the course of investigations, including Title IX Deputy Coordinators, Legal Affairs, the Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residence Life, and Campus Police and Public Safety, and will provide periodic updates to the Title IX Coordinator and others as necessary or requested. With the assistance of the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Investigator will continuously identify, understand and integrate new guidance, law and best practices into the investigative process. The Title IX Investigator will also work with the Title IX Coordinator on identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems relating to complaints. The Title IX Investigator will function as a member of the Title IX Office and the Division of Student Affairs and will assist, as needed, with campus training, outreach and education, data collection, trend analysis, reporting and other duties as assigned by the Title IX Coordinator or Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Minimum Experience / Education:
Master’s degree required, or Bachelor's degree with equivalent experience from an accredited institution;
Demonstrated experience in complaint and/or grievance investigation and resolution;
Ability to interpret equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations as necessary, including Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA");
Strong organizational, planning and analytical skills;
Ability to remain neutral;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally;
Ability to provide appropriate and clear documentation to support any and all investigative conclusions;
Ability to use discretion and good judgment;
Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality;
Ability to work under multiple deadlines and sensitive timelines; and
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies including students, faculty, staff, administrators and community partners.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, social work, counseling, criminal justice or related field.
Experience with and knowledge of investigations of and complexities surrounding sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence and stalking complaints in a university or college setting;
Demonstrated ability to design and implement compliant Title IX investigations;
Title IX Investigator Certification; and
Experience working in a higher education setting. A letter of interest, resume and writing sample are REQUIRED for consideration.
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