OHIO University, founded in 1804 as the first university in the Northwest Territories, is the oldest public university in Ohio. Thus, since its inception, OHIO University has been a leader. It remains a leader today in its core belief that diversity, in all of its forms, serves to enrich the distinct educational and employment experiences of OHIO students, faculty, and staff.
The Civil Rights Investigator will be responsible for conducting timely, objective, and thorough investigations of discrimination, harassment, and other claims filed with OHIO's University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) office, including Title IX claims of alleged sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking) involving faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University and its regional campuses. The Civil Rights Investigator reports to the Executive Director for University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC).
The Civil Rights Investigator will be responsible for all aspects of the investigation process, including developing an investigation plan, conducting investigative interviews, obtaining documentary and other investigative evidence, evaluating and analyzing all investigative information and evidence, writing a clear, thorough, and unbiased report of investigative findings, and testifying regarding the investigation and report.
The Civil Rights Investigator will work to identify and integrate best practices in civil rights investigations, including trauma-informed investigative practices, into their investigative practice. The Civil Rights Investigator will stay current and up-to-date on the civil rights laws, policies, legal interpretations, and guidance relevant to OHIO University's civil rights compliance obligations.
The Civil Rights Investigator will provide training to members of the University Community, will monitor and log complaints, will act as a neutral hearing officer in the joint sexual misconduct process with the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility, and will perform other related duties as assigned.
The Civil Rights Investigator works closely with University Human Resources, the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility, the Survivor Advocacy Program, the Ohio University Police Department, and other stakeholders as needed.
3 years experience conducting investigations or equivalent combination of relevant education and professional experience demonstrating the required knowledge, skill, and abilities to proficiently perform the functions of the civil rights investigator.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply federal, state and local civil rights laws and regulations related to equal employment and equal educational opportunities (e.g., Title VII, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, VAWA, Equal Pay Act, etc.).
Strong organizational, planning, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated ability to manage a high-volume, time-sensitive workload, prioritize and organize work effectively, manage multiple high priorities, and ability to meet demanding deadlines.
Ability to write concise, logical, analytical investigation reports.
Strong interpersonal communication skills and conflict resolution skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative and diverse environment.
Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends as necessary.
Competence in using Microsoft Office suite, including Excel.
Juris Doctorate or graduate degree in legal studies, human resources, social work, higher education, student affairs, or other related field.
Prior experience working in higher education with faculty, staff, or students.
Experience conducting Title IX investigations or sexual assault investigations.
Title IX investigation training and/or certification or other relevant investigator training and/or certification that evidences experience, qualifications, and competency as an investigator.
Experience in the successful development and implementation of educational and training programs with strong presentation and facilitation skills.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience using a trauma-informed approach in sexual misconduct investigations.
Planning Unit: Office of the Provost
Department: Equity and Civil Rights Compliance
Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position: Sara L. Trower, firstname.lastname@example.org, 740-593-9141
Employment Type: Full-Time Regular
Competitive salary with outstanding benefits including, among others, generous paid time off, comprehensive insurance, and educational benefits for employee and eligible dependents
Ohio University is home to one of the nation’s friendliest and most picturesque campuses. But more importantly, it’s where you can become part of a two-century tradition of excellence and embark upon a rewarding career that will make a real difference. From teaching and research to admissions, facilities maintenance, and residence life, our faculty and staff propel Ohio University’s mission of hel...ping students become their best selves. OHIO offers competitive compensation and outstanding benefits. For a complete list of employment opportunities, please visit www.ohiouniversityjobs.com.
Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity affirmative action institution. For more information about Ohio University’s policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, visit www.ohio.edu/equity.