Title IX and Civil Rights Investigator, Office of Title IX Initiatives-2015612
Carnegie Mellon University has long embraced diversity as a core value that is central to and indivisible from the pursuit of intellectual and artistic excellence. For more than two decades, it has made increasing diversity in every constituency and building a supportive and nurturing community strategic priorities.
We are in the process of creating an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and actively recruiting a Vice Provost to lead all aspects of the office and its initiatives. We are searching for a Title IX and Civil Rights Investigator who will assist in responding to reports of discrimination and university policy violations. The investigator will report to the University's Title IX Coordinator. In this role, you will primarily be responsible for handling the investigation (and in some cases, the resolution and/or remediation) of complaints of discrimination, harassment and violations of University policy and standards. You will also be assisting the University to align with legal expectations and follow standard methodologies in its efforts to eliminate and effectively respond to concerns of discrimination and harassment.
Core responsibilities include:
Investigation of complaints of discrimination, harassment and violation of University policies and standards by students, staff, faculty and third parties, including but not limited to: University's Statement of Assurance, Sexual Misconduct Policy (Interim), Consensual Relationships Policy, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Policy, Policy Against Retaliation, and Policy Against Workplace Threats and Violence.
Conducting timely, equitable, detailed and impartial investigations, including:
managing the day to day responsibilities of investigation, including contact with parties and other appropriate persons (supervisors, support persons, etcetera)
developing and implementing investigation plan and strategy consistent with University procedures, legal requirements, and standard methodologies
interviewing parties and witnesses, and accurately documenting interviews
identifying, gathering, coordinating and assessing information and evidence relevant to the investigation
preparing comprehensive investigative reports, including exhibits, appendices and/or supporting materials;
documenting key steps and decision-making in the investigation;
providing parties with appropriate notice and opportunities to review and respond to information collected in investigation and draft investigative report; and
providing investigative report and record to appropriate decision-maker(s).
Where necessary and/or appropriate, coordinating with internal or external investigators, including but limited to, legal counsel, representatives of other divisions at the university and/or other institutions, and/or law enforcement
Where appropriate and with agreement of the parties, facilitating informal and/or alternative resolution of complaints
Identifying and recommending remediation measures
Preparing response to complaints filed against the university with state/federal civil rights agencies
Serving on appropriate university committees to develop and/or revise university policy and complaint procedures relating to discrimination, harassment, and violence
Maintaining current knowledge of non-discrimination laws, compliance regulations and agency guidance, due process protections and other relevant legal issues
Continuously identifying and integrating best practice into investigations and University policies and procedures
Assisting the University in identifying risks and gaps between practice and policy/regulations, and recommend standard methodologies and compliance actions
Conducting research and write reports
Developing and facilitating training and educational programs for the CMU community
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in a related field, i.e., student affairs, student affairs, higher education administration, criminology, social work, and psychology with 5 to 7 years of related experience with at least three years' relevant professional experience in the area of investigations, student conduct, or interpersonal violence
Juris Doctorate degree or Master's degree with 2-3 years of related experience
Experience in conducting civil rights investigations, student conduct investigations and/or Title IX investigations is highly preferred
Professional experience in a college or university setting is preferred
Experience investigating cases of interpersonal violence utilizing trauma informed best practices is preferred
Mediation, restorative justice, and/or other dispute resolution training and experience is preferred
Experience and training in research methods and data analysis is preferred
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
You should demonstrate:
Excellent judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential information
Strong and effective communication skills including listening; explaining complex legal and procedural concepts to lay persons; eliciting and distilling essential information
Ability to work in a compassionate, professional and courteous manner to diffuse and manage high-conflict situations with highly emotional individuals
Proven interviewing skills
Willingness to examine one's own assumptions, biases, and attitudes; ability to maintain neutrality and project impartiality
Excellent critical thinking including analyzing and evaluating complex and often contradictory information
Excellent writing skills, including the ability to accurately and coherently summarize the investigation record in a straight-forward report that is understandable to third parties and lay persons
Ability to establish and maintain professional and productive working relationships with staff at all levels
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Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Education Level: Doctorate or equivalent
Internal Number: 2015612
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.