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Position Summary: The Principal Investigator is a critical role within our Ethics, Compliance, and Audit team, and is responsible for investigating claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and violation of University policies and procedures. This includes the responsibility for conducting highly sensitive, critical, confidential and time sensitive investigations. The position duties will involve analyzing complex information, conducting research and preparing reports of investigations. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing accurate and timely oral and written reports of investigation activity to the University's Chief Compliance and Audit Officer, Systemwide Locally Designated Official (LDO) and other senior executives. The position will assists the Director of Investigations in the overseeing of UC response regarding whistleblower complaints, claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation filed under staff personnel policy and whistleblower policies. In carrying out these duties and responsibilities, you will collaborate with numerous University employees including but not limited to LDOs, Whistleblower Coordinators, Human Resource Personnel, Title IX Officers, Campus/General Counsel, Campus and Health System Compliance Officers, Internal Auditors, University Police and a variety of external representatives.
Special Conditions of Employment: Overtime Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
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Duty 1: Facilitate processing of retaliation complaints to include identifying issues, determining jurisdictions and applicable UC policies.
Ensure appropriate interaction, notification and collaboration with all relevant internal parties and/or external representatives to collect data and prepare response. Where appropriate, serve as the University's representative with external agencies pursuing complaintss against the university. .
Performs intake processing of faculty, employee and student complaints. Function:Complaint Processing Percent: 20
Duty 2: Plans and conducts neutral, fact-finding investigations of complaints alleging violations of University policy and procedure.
Conducts interviews of complainant(s), subject(s), witnesses and other investigation participants to gather relevant facts associated with the complaint.
Identifies, collects, reviews and analyzes relevant files, documents, electronic records and other information.
Maintains confidentiality of information and identities of all participants in the investigation process in accordance with applicable University policies.
Provides timely and detailed written reports of investigations for review by the Director of Investigations or Director of Human Resources - Employee Relations.
Conducts extensive research on state and federal laws and regulations to determine their applicability to current complaints.
Assists the Director of Investigations and Director of Human Resources, Employee Relations with overseeing and managing University designated investigators and fact-finders.
Effectively communicates investigation results, both verbally and in writing, so they are placed in the appropriate context and understood by all parties.
Provide testimony as needed in administrative and legal hearings. Function:Investigations Percent: 20
Duty 3: Keeps abreast of relevant new legislation and legal practice to stay informed of developments in the field.
Provide guidance and assistance to Locally Designated Officials (LDOs), whistleblower coordinators, investigators and other University officials on complaints of retaliation, discrimination and harassment. Function:Legal Research & Analysis Percent: 10
Duty 4: Train employees and supervisors concerning UC whistleblower policies and other relevant human resource policies.
Train managers and supervisors in effectively conducting workplace investigations.
Consult and advise campuses on best practices and the handling of complex and sensitive employment related matters to reduce risk. Function:Training and Education Percent: 10
Duty 5: Maintain database and keep appropriate campus representatives advised of status.
Assist the Director of Investigation with responsibility to manage and respond to University Hotline complaints, including appropriate elevation of sensitive and significant issues. (i.e., workplace violence). Function:Investigations Group Coordination and Support to the LDO Percent: 10
Duty 6: Research and review various methods and approaches to assist in a wide variety of other projects within the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services and the Office of the Director of Human Resources, Employee Relations. Function:Special Projects Percent: 30
Job Requirements * Strong interviewing, analytical skills and experience in research and interpreting data, ability to write cogent and concise reports; excellent presentation and communication skills (oral and written).
*Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations and personnel policies and procedures governing discriminatory practices, retaliation and equal opportunities.
*Knowledge of state & federal laws and University policies and regulations related to confidentiality and access to records.
*Experience in planning and conducting investigations.
*Exceptional tact, diplomacy, discretion, professionalism, and judgment in the exercise of decision making and higher level communications.
*Demonstrated skill in conveying facts, analyses, conclusions and recommendations in a clear, concise manner.
*Knowledge of state and federal administrative agencies and their roles in the complaint process, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment Housing (DFEH), Office of the Federal Compliance Program (OFCCP), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Department of Labor (DOL).
*Strong attention to all work detail.
*Strong computer and internet skills including proficiency in Microsoft applications with an emphasis on Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
*Ability to remain neutral, independent and objective in all investigations.
*Demonstrated ability to deliver training and presentations to a variety of audiences.
*Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive work related information.
*Ability to handle multiple assignments by effectively planning, organizing and prioritizing assignments (multi-tasking of work).
*Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, combined experience/education or substitute for minimum education.
Strong ethic values and awareness regarding workplace diversity.
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