Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) oversees the management, support, and assistance of students affected by gender-based misconduct, and manages all student disciplinary matters, including academic and behavioral misconduct. SCCS is responsible for referring students to available resources, offering appropriate protections, and coordinating the University's student investigation and adjudication processes. The Office does not act as an advocate but is a neutral resource available to all students. Student Conduct and Community Standards, in accordance with the expectations of students at Columbia University, upholds the highest standards of respect, integrity, and civility.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Conduct and Community Standards, and working in close collaboration with the University's Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Director of Title IX Investigations will be responsible for overseeing and conducting investigations of alleged misconduct between students in violation of the Gender-Based Misconduct and Interim Title IX Policies and Procedures. This position will work on cases involving students across the University's 16 schools. The Senior Director of Title IX Investigations will supervise and train a team of three investigators. The Senior Director will work closely and collaboratively with the University's Office of General Counsel, Deans of the schools, and University stakeholders.
SCCS is situated within the Office of University Life, which is comprised of four departments: Student Life, Student Conduct, Religious Life and Community Impact. The Office of University Life is charged with overseeing and enhancing the student experience across all of Columbia's undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.
Serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for student concerns.
Provide training and daily direct supervision and oversight of Title IX Investigators, and their caseloads.
Manage Title IX and gender-based misconduct investigations under the University's Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX policies and lead weekly updates to the University's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator.
Work closely and collaboratively with the Director of Case Management to ensure students are properly connected to campus resources and moving through the investigative process thoughtfully, efficiently and in accordance with University policies.
Serve as a key member of the SCCS leadership team and assist the Associate Vice President with shaping the vision and mission of the unit.
Lead weekly case/investigation status update meetings with SCCS's Title IX investigators, Case Managers, and the Operations team.
Collaborate daily with the SCCS Directors of Case Management, Student Conduct, and Operations.
Assist in assigning cases to SCCS Title IX investigators, track complaints moving through the investigative process, document patterns and locations of sexual assault and harassment reports, ensure that all investigative information is maintained within a complex filing system, and assist the Director of Operations with the preparation of annual and monthly reporting of investigation trends for SCCS.
Conduct prompt and thorough investigations as part of an investigative team, including interviewing complainants, respondents and witnesses, obtaining documentary evidence, determining findings, and making disciplinary recommendations, where necessary.
Work with the Associate Vice President & Title IX Coordinator to develop and conduct student training programs, including state-mandated annual student orientation and student leader training sessions, and mandatory reporting training for Columbia staff and faculty.
Assist the Deans of Students and Deans of the University's 16 schools in reviewing information and case outcomes provided through the process under the University's Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX procedures for students. Support the Title IX investigators and respective dean(s) in the sanctioning and appeal processes. Serve as a consultant regarding recommended action and appropriate follow up.
Serve as the dean's designee in meetings with students involved in the process to address concerns and clarify information related to student disciplinary processes or records.
Act as a liaison between the Associate Vice President of Student Conduct and Community Standards and a variety of stakeholders.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
J.D required. A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible legal and/or higher education experience is required and at least four years of full-time staff supervision experience. Supervision experience should include assisting supervisees to conduct and lead investigations.
Employee and/or student conduct/disciplinary experience highly preferred. Preference is given to candidates with experience working in higher education.
Additional Position-Specific Minimum Requirements
Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to interpret federal, state, local laws, and regulations including Title IX, FERPA, the Violence Against Women Act, New York state's "Enough is Enough" law and other applicable laws and regulations as required.
Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, multitask and meet sensitive timelines, use discretion and good judgment; maintain a high level of confidentiality, and work collaboratively with diverse constituencies including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners.
The successful candidate must have strong supervision, organization, planning, analytic and problem resolution abilities and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to remain neutral.
Work experience within higher education, particularly student conduct experience, preferred. Knowledge of complexities surrounding sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence cases in a university or college setting is preferred.
Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends as necessary.
Writing sample required
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