The equity officer is responsible for conducting investigations into complaints of gender-based, bias-motivated, or other discriminatory misconduct among faculty, staff, students and other covered entities within the university community.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Conducts prompt and thorough investigations, assuring appropriate scope and impartiality
Identifies and applies relevant university policies to complaints
Drafts reports detailing investigative steps, findings and evidence and disperses them to all involved parties
Identifies and integrates best practices in Title IX and other student- and employee-related regulatory investigative fields
Investigates and resolves issues which do not rise to a level of a policy violation, but require educational conversation and follow up
Serves as the deputy Title IX coordinator
Delivers presentations, training and other educational programming to faculty, staff and student populations
Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork
Works closely with campus departments to successfully resolve cases
Assists with student and staff training related to Federal, State or other governing bodies’ regulations and mandates
Interviews parties, witnesses and other individuals relevant to the alleged misconduct
Assists with data collection and preparation for reports, presentations and other publications required by law or as requested by appropriate personnel
Assists with training and advising hearing and appeal officers
Planning, Organizing and Accountability
Updates and maintains case files and other records related to complaints
Initiative, Problem Solving and Decision Making
Gathers, reviews and analyzes available data and evidence as it relates to alleged misconduct
Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
Job may require other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
Minimum of 1 year experience conducting administrative and/or criminal investigations
Master’s degree in criminal justice or related field preferred
Experience as a criminal or civil investigator preferred
Certification or progressive training in discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
Ability to exercise excellent judgment and reasoning
Ability and commitment to maintain confidentiality and remain impartial in complex and emotionally charged situations
Skilled in applying innovative approaches in problem solving
Strong attention to detail
Working knowledge of general office hardware and computer software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Strong customer service skills
Demonstrated ability in handling difficult interactions, including working with individuals who may be in distress
Knowledge of federal and state rules and regulations related to Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Equal Employment Opportunity
Knowledge of Title IX investigations
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
General office setting
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Ability to work effectively at a computer for up to eight hours daily
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer
Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.
Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in St. Charles, Missouri. Founded in 1827 by George Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley, it is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River and since 1990 the fastest growing university in the Midwest. The University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 16,000 students a year through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.