The Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX (EEO-TIX) at the University of Southern California (USC) is seeking a Senior Investigator to join their growing, high profile team in the newly-created EEO-TIX Office.Â This is an exciting time at USC when the successful candidate will have an opportunity to contribute their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a fast-paced environment working on a variety of civil rights issues in higher education.
In this role, the successful candidate will assess reports of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation regarding protected classes; timely conduct and document fair, thorough investigations; assist with identifying the need for supportive measures; conduct alternative resolutions where appropriate; and work collaboratively with campus partners, including students, on training, investigations, projects, and initiatives.
If you are an experienced investigator with a demonstrated commitment to fairness, diversity, equity, and inclusion who is able to build collaborative relationships, drive change through excellence, and desire a role where you can have a significant impact, we encourage you to send us your resume for consideration.Â Â
Assesses, investigates, and resolves discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation complaints; understands and follows proper protocols for administrative investigations; creates comprehensive, well-written, and well-analyzed written reports
Documents all interviews and meetings with witnesses (e.g., faculty, staff, students, supervisors, managers, senior administrators); maintains detailed, confidential case files
Serves as an expert on equity and civil rights matters; provides advice and guidance as well as administrative, educational, and intellectual leadership to faculty, staff, and/or students on discriminatory practices and equal opportunity matters
Stays informed of trends and developments in the field
Participates in the evaluation and ongoing development of university policies and procedures
Delivers training and educational programs to various university communities
Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school, or a Masterâs (or higher) in Higher Education, Critical Race Theory, Social Work, Psychology, or a related field.
If a JD, a minimum of three years of directly-related investigation experience in civil rights in employment and/or education at an educational institution, large organization, and/or government agency; If a Masterâs, or higher, a minimum of six years of such experience
Ability to conduct interviews and investigations as an unbiased and neutral party
Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws (e.g., Title IX, Title VI, Section 504, the ADA, Title VII, FERPA, etc.), regulations, and policies and procedures governing discriminatory practices and equal opportunity
Experience developing and presenting educational materials
Excellent writing skills
Excellent time management skills, with the demonstrated ability to effectively manage the pressure of multiple, competing deadlines
Strong interpersonal skills, judgment, and independence
Knowledge of applicable nondiscrimination policies and procedures
Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving capabilities
Minimum Professional Experience
Build trust and rapport easily; strong, compassionate, and straightforward
Sound judgment and skill in applying equal opportunity principles and prevailing legal standards to solve complex problems fairly and decisively
Collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues and stakeholders to resolve case-related challenges
Thoughtful and proactive, pays attention to details, and demonstrates a commitment to equal opportunity, equity, diversity, and inclusion
Ability to present ideas clearly and effectively, both oral and written
Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and emotional intelligence skills
Ability to manage and work with conflict, including meeting with individuals who may be experiencing high levels of stress
Ability to work independently and efficiently, and balance workload
Ability and desire to work actively, collaboratively, and creatively as part of a team
USC is a leading private research university located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles â a global center for arts, technology, and international business. As the largest private employer in the city â responsible for more than $5 billion annually in economic activity in the region â we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills.Â As a USC employee, you will enjoy excellent benefits and perks, and you will be a member of the Trojan Family â the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work.
Minimum Education:J.D. or Master's degree; Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 - 6 years; Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise:If a JD, a minimum of three years of directly-related investigation experience in civil rights in employment and/or education at an educational institution, large organization, and/or government agency; If a Masterâs, or higher, a minimum of six years of such experience. Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws (e.g., Title IX, Title VI, Section 504, the ADA,Title VII, FERPA, etc.), regulations, and policies and procedures governing discriminatory practices and equal opportunity. Demonstrated analytical and/or problem solving capabilities. Able to manage the pressure of deadlines, with strong interpersonal, judgment, independence, and prioritization/task management skills. Ability to conduct interviews and investigations as an unbiased and neutral party. Possesses thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, regulation and personnel policies and proceduresgoverning discriminatory practices and equal opportunity. Prior experience developing andpresenting education materials. Has knowledge of complaint procedures.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.