Senior Investigator (Title IX and Equal Opportunity)
About College of the Holy Cross:
Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Director of Title IX and Equal Opportunity, the Senior Investigator (Title IX and Equal Opportunity) assists the Director with (1) the response and resolution of reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual and relationship violence, stalking and retaliation; (2) supports the development and implementation of educational training programs for the community; (3) and serves as the designated back up in the absence of the Director. The incumbent will maintain their own caseload of investigations of faculty, staff, and student complaints of discrimination or harassment based on legally protected identities, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and retaliation. The individual will develop and prepare comprehensive investigative reports and assist with the coordination, response, and resolution of complaints asserting violations of the College's sexual misconduct policy and equal opportunity policies, as well as all corresponding federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances, executive orders and guidance governing Title IX and equal opportunity. Responsibilities also include assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity.
It is essential that the Senior Investigator (Title IX and Equal Opportunity) understands and appreciates our heritage of education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition; embraces our community culture of freedom, mutual respect, and civility; and possesses expertise and experience which contributes to the College's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
Major Areas of Responsibility
Conduct trauma informed investigations of complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking. This includes interviewing parties and witnesses, collection, documentation and review of evidence and applying other required investigative procedures based upon established policies. Develop and prepare comprehensive investigative reports based upon investigation findings.
Serve as a neutral party through all aspects of the complaint and resolution process to help ensure a prompt, fair, and equitable process for all parties; seek to ensure that all parties involved in investigations understand the investigatory process, their rights and responsibilities, and how to access other support and resources as necessary.
Assist the Director with inquiries and case management including the review of reports of misconduct, tracking of investigations and monitoring of compliance with all procedural requirements, record-keeping and timeframes as outlined in applicable College policies. Provide timely updates to the Director and other relevant individuals regarding the status of complaints received, inquiries and investigations.
In coordination with other campus offices, work with the Title IX and Equal Opportunity team in the development and coordination of Title IX and equal opportunity programming and training; conduct and disseminate education and prevention training programs, publications and materials for students, faculty, and staff related to the prevention of and response to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and College policies. This will include support with the annual training for all individuals involved with grievance procedures.
Assist the Director with reviews of College community climate and culture, in coordination and partnership with Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost, Public Safety, Human Resources, the Office of Assessment and Research, and other campus constituents.
Maintain current knowledge of Title VI, VII, IX, ADA/504 laws, regulations and guidance as necessary and current developments in the field by participating in conferences, trainings, workshops, etc. Identify and suggest best practices to the Director.
Serve as a Campus Security Authority as defined under the Clery Act.
Other duties as assigned.
Master's degree or Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline with equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. All degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions. Degrees in psychology, counseling, social work or criminal justice are viewed favorably.
A minimum of  years demonstrated experience in complaint, incident, and/or grievance investigation and resolution.
Experience with Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, Clery and/or VAWA
Experience and training regarding conducting sensitive and confidential investigations alleging discrimination and harassment, including knowledge of trauma informed practices.
Knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws regarding discrimination, harassment and equal opportunity.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to both be and project neutrality and establish rapport with a diverse range of community members.
Demonstrated ability to deal appropriately with confidential information and exercise good judgment on sensitive matters.
Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues in a higher education environment.
Strong organization and analytical skills.
Ability to handle a significant caseload and manage multiple deadlines.
Juris Doctorate or Advanced Degree preferred.
Over  years' experience in complaint and/or grievance investigation and resolution.
Experience in a higher education setting preferred.
Experience utilizing a case management database.
Background in human resources, student affairs, or diversity/inclusion programming viewed favorably.
Experience in alternative dispute resolution viewed favorably.
Experience developing or implementing training programs.
This is a full time, exempt level position.
The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,000 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.
Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.
The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.
A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).
The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)
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ABOUT COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS: Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.