Position Code: SCO9544A Status: Open Closing Date: Application review will begin on April 9,2020. Salary: Commensurate with education & experience Location: Campus Site Background check: Background check may be required
Description: The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
The University of California Merced Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination Investigator will investigate complaints alleging violations of the University's policies prohibiting sexual harassment, including sexual violence and other sex-based harassment and discrimination for all UC Merced faculty, staff, and students. This includes conducting highly sensitive, critical, confidential and time-sensitive investigations. The position duties will involve interviewing witnesses, analyzing complex information, conducting research and preparing reports of investigations. The Investigator will interact with all levels in the organization, including senior leadership.
The Investigator will be responsible for providing accurate and timely oral and written reports of investigation activities to the UC Merced Title IX officer (Director of OPHD), Campus Executive Leadership, and when appropriate to the UC Systemwide Title IX Director or Deputy Systemwide Title IX Director, and other senior executives. The person in this position must exercise judgment in selecting investigation methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining appropriate results.
The Investigator reports to the UC Merced Deputy Director for the Office of Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination and will contribute to the development of the campus and system wide policy, and work on special assignments related to sexual harassment prevention and response.
As needed, the Investigator will develop specialized expertise in specific subject matter; in particular, the Investigator may be asked to develop expertise and knowledge to support the University's efforts to detect, prevent and respond to sexual misconduct in the various educational settings.
The OPHD Investigator will collaborate with numerous University employees including but not limited to the Office of Student Conduct, Academic Personnel Office, campus Title IX Officer, Office of General Counsel and campus counsel, Human Resource Personnel, Internal Auditors, Campus Police and a variety of external representatives.
Investigations: Plans and conducts neutral, fact-finding investigations of complaints alleging violations of University policy and procedure in the workplace and educational setting.
Conducts interviews of complainants, respondents, 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 communications to complainants, respondents and campus officials. Develops timely and detailed written reports of investigations for review by the Title IX Officer to communicate results to all levels of management, and makes recommendations as appropriate.
Effectively communicates investigation results, both verbally and in writing, so they are placed in the appropriate context and understood by all parties.
Provides testimony as needed in administrative and legal hearings. Develops specialized expertise in specific subject matter as needed by the University; for example, may be required to develop expertise and knowledge to support the University's efforts to detect, prevent and respond to sexual misconduct in the clinical/health care setting.
Complaint Processing: Facilitate processing of suspected violations of UC's Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy and related policies, including 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 complaints against the University.
Training & Education/Campus Support: Provides UC employees and supervisors training in effectively conducting investigations and otherwise implementing the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy and related policies and procedures. Consults and advises campuses on best practices and the handling of complex and sensitive matters to reduce risk.
Maintains database and keeps appropriate campus representatives advised of status.
Assists the Systemwide Title IX Director with responsibilities to manage and respond to matters, including appropriate elevation of sensitive and significant issues.
Keep abreast of relevant new legislation and legal practice to stay informed of developments in the field.
Provide guidance and assistance to Title IX officers, investigators and other UC officials on complaints of retaliation, discrimination and harassment.
Qualifications: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of ethics and compliance profession, theories and systems of internal control, and professional compliance and investigations standards.
Broad knowledge of University ethics and compliance policies, procedures and programs.
Applies thorough ethics and compliance concepts and applications in the completion of assignments. Skills in problem-solving.
Ability to gather, organize, complete analysis and develop recommendations in the completion of assignments.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with diverse groups. Skills in coalescing viewpoints and facilitating outcomes in group settings.
Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner both in writing and verbally.
Knowledge of practices and methodologies for conducting investigations, including interviewing, gathering and analyzing evidence, and writing investigation reports.
Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations, case law, and guidance related to sexual harassment in the educational or employment setting, or of substantially similar laws and regulations.
Basic Knowledge of best practices and methodologies for conducting investigations, including interviewing, gathering and analyzing evidence, and writing investigation reports.
Basic knowledge of laws and regulations related to sexual harassment in the educational or employment setting, or of substantially similar laws and regulations.
Basic knowledge of the complexities of harassment in the educational or employment setting.
Effective written and oral communication skills; skill-building rapport in an open friendly, and accepting way; attentive listener.
Ability to gather and organize information, conduct analysis and develop recommendations in the completion of assignments; critical thinker.
Experience in investigating sexual harassment or other equivalently sensitive allegations in an empathetic and confidential manner.
Basic understanding of the relevance of trauma in the context of sexual violence (for example, the neurobiology of trauma and trauma-informed investigation techniques).
Experience interacting with constituents that are diverse in characteristics such as age, education level, race, gender identity and expression, ability and socioeconomic backgrounds, in a culturally competent manner.
EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in related area and three years of directly related, progressively responsible experience, or equivalent experience and training. Required
If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.