| Department & Position Background|
Cornell University, Office of Title IX is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the Cornell community. Cornell University will not tolerate gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, or other forms of sexual misconduct committed by or against students, staff, or faculty.
The Lead Title IX Investigator reports to the University Title IX Coordinator, who has primary responsibility for the administration of University Policy 6.4 complaints alleging sexual and related misconduct.
The position will be responsible for resolving complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, gender-related violence including stalking and intimate partner violence, and protected class discrimination and harassment involving faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students at the University. Plays a significant role in meeting the university's training and education obligations under Title IX, VAWA, and other federal and state civil rights laws
The Investigator's primary role is to conduct investigations of complaints filed under Policy 6.4 involving students, which also includes interviewing complainants, respondents, and witnesses; testify before the Hearing Panel; and with advisors and support persons for parties, including attorneys, law student advisors, faculty/staff, and family members. The investigator will conduct complex legal analysis and reach legally sound determinations; produce high quality written work products. With case-related guidance from the Title IX Coordinator, the investigator will work highly independently and is responsible for managing their caseload, partnering with appropriate university officials throughout the investigative process, conducting legally sufficient investigations consistent with best practices and applicable university policy and procedures, meeting established timelines, and treating all constituents engaged in the complaint process with sensitivity and neutrality.
When a complaint is filed, the Title IX Investigator will conduct a prompt, thorough, and fair investigation in accordance with Policy 6.4 and the applicable procedures. The Title IX Investigator acts as a neutral party in the investigation and provides a detailed, unbiased report regarding the findings of the investigation consistent with policy and applicable legal standards. The Investigator shall also be available to conduct investigations of complaints under Policy 6.4 filed by faculty, students, and staff against faculty or staff alleging protected status discrimination or harassment.
Juris Doctorate degree with 3-5 years' of related professional experience conducting investigations and preparing, prosecuting and/or defending cases, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Must possess absolute respect for the dignity of all human beings, regardless of their behaviors or circumstances.
- Excellent judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential information. Strong skills in the areas of conflict resolution, problem solving techniques, interviewing and investigation. Strong analytical skills and the ability to assess and negotiate complex, highly sensitive situations. Exceptional critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the ability to handle issues of complex and extreme sensitivity. Skill in writing concise, logical analytical reports and to present oral arguments to convey complex issues. Ability to maintain neutrality and work under stress.
- Strong and effective interpersonal skills including the ability to listen well and demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for individual needs. Ability to work as part of a University-wide community to resolve complaints in a neutral and sensitive manner.
- Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining professional and productive working relationships with faculty and/or staff at all levels at the University.
- Demonstrated experience reading and interpreting complex legal documents to evaluate their impact on University policy and procedures including experience working with nondiscrimination laws and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations including Title IX, the Clery Act, VAWA, FERPA, and NYS 129-B.
- Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, communication, planning, reasoning and organizational skills, as well as excellent judgment and discretion required. Must interact with others and represent Cornell in a professional, respectful and thoughtful manner.
- Demonstrated experience working independently and to taking initiative.
- Experience developing and delivering educational presentations before a group.
- Experience in student conduct office or an office of discrimination and harassment is highly preferred.
- Language proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.
- Success in working with diverse constituencies, both domestic and international, to support an inclusive campus environment.
- Experience investigating cases of interpersonal violence.
- Experience in areas of higher education with experience conducting investigations and knowledge of complexities surrounding investigations in a college setting. Experience working with college students.
- Title IX Investigator training certification.
- Experience in human development and/or counseling (especially related to alcohol/drugs and/or sexual assault and/or human development) and/or criminal justice or related fields.
- Familiarity with legal, social and other factors relevant to student behavior and campus adjudication proceedings.
- Familiarity working with LBGT community.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
You must provide a short writing sample that reflects your own writing and analysis, without substantial editing or other assistance. For example, you might submit an excerpt of a legal brief, investigative report, or a legal document that contains policy analysis. Please provide a redacted sample by deleting any identifying information.
When applying through our system, please attach your application materials (Resume, Cover Letter, and Redacted Writing Sample) in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the Experience section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the 'Drop Files Here' box to manually drag document(s) into your application. For a more detailed description and instructions on how to create a profile online please click here as an external candidate or click here if you are an internal candidate.
Applicants who best match our needs will be contacted for an interview.
No Visa sponsorship available for this position.
No relocation assistance available for this position.
University Job Title:Compliance Investigator
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Edgar Johnson
Number of Openings:1
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