The Office of Student Conduct at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Title IX Investigator. This position is responsible for investigating all complaints and allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic misconduct, stalking, retaliation, and potential violations of the Codes of Conduct in compliance with federal, state and University mandates, including Title IX, Title VII and VAWA. For complaints related to Title IX, the University Title IX Coordinator has general oversight to ensure compliance with the University Title IX program. This position is essential to fulfilling this obligation.
The incumbent provides support to employees and management while conducting professional investigations in response to complaints and allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, retaliation, and potential violations of the Codes of Conduct involving members of the University community on the Morgantown campus, the divisional campuses, and the statewide extension system. This position will primarily be responsible for handling complaints and allegations against WVU employees but may be called upon to investigate student cases as well and has a dual-reporting arrangement between Employee Relations and Student Conduct.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Receive, evaluate and respond to inquiries and requests for information related to all forms of illegal harassment, discrimination, or misconduct in the WVU system. This may include answering requests for routine consultation, information, referrals, counseling and responding to complex and/or emotionally charged questions.
In cases where an investigation is warranted, the incumbent in this position is responsible to follow established procedures in conducting a comprehensive investigation.
Plan and develop appropriate investigative methodology for all situations to follow established procedures in conducting a comprehensive investigation.
Conduct thorough and professional investigations, including contacting and scheduling witnesses, following through on all leads and maintaining objectivity.
Prepare and compose accurate investigation reports, with limited errors, for presentation and review by the Director/Executive Director.
Maintain a collaborative relationship with relevant offices, including the Office of Equity Assurance, the Department of Public Safety, and the Office of the General Counsel.
Serve as a resource to regional campuses and conduct investigations on those campuses as needed.
Maintain a timely professional development program relevant to the responsibilities of the position.
Present case information accurately and articulately at hearings when called upon.
Assist in other duties relevant to the work of Employee Relations and/or Student Conduct as assigned.
A master's degree in a discipline related to human resources, social work, education, criminal justice or similar field or an equivalent combination of education and experience (i.e. - a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field and 2 years of related experience could substitute for the master's and an additional 3 years would be required to meet the experience requirement).
Three (3) years of experience investigating complaints or allegations is required.
Three (3) years of experience with issues related to personnel, discrimination, or sexual misconduct is preferred.
Ability to create a comfortable environment for individuals being interviewed during a time of stress.
Ability to respond quickly and appropriately to handle and defuse possible volatile situations.
Ability to employ investigative interviewing techniques.
Understanding of the legal framework for discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.
Ability to apply these principles correctly in the context of a complaint.
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to read, write and speak the English language.
Ability to maintain a normal work schedule, with occasional deviations as may be required by unusual circumstances.
Ability to travel to regional campuses or other locations as needed.
Ability to use a personal computer effectively for word processing, maintaining records, and scheduling.
Ability to manage multiple projects/cases concurrently through effective time management.
Ability to maintain information with confidence, using good judgment and discretion with highly personal and sensitive issues.
Ability to work well with people in dealing with personal, embarrassing and/or disputed issues.
High level of competency with interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and circumstances.
Valid driver's license.
Standard office environtment. Some travel across campus or to the regional campuses will be required to perform duties.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Sep 2, 2020
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 210943
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.