Civil Rights Investigator

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Title Civil Rights Investigator Position Number 091821 Department Office of Title IX Compliance - 285000 Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Background knowledge and training in Title IX and related guidance.
  • Working knowledge of the Clery Act, VAWA, FERPA, and relevant North Carolina statutes.
  • Ability to work on complex and confidential issues utilizing judgment, tact, and resourcefulness.
  • Experience in providing workshops to a variety of populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the principles of equity and inclusivity.
License/Certification Required


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Civil Rights Investigator reports to the University’s Director of Investigations and Title IX Compliance, who also serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The Civil Rights Investigator plays an integral role in the prompt, thorough, and fair investigation of complaints of sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence, involving students and employees at Appalachian State University. The Civil Rights Investigator assists Appalachian State University with all discrimination investigations as needed.

The Civil Rights Investigator will have the following responsibilities related to investigations:

  • Investigate cases of alleged sex-based misconduct involving University employees and students.
  • Operationalize all relevant University, state, and federal policies and mandates regarding the investigation of sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender-based violence, relationship violence, and other acts of sexual misconduct.
  • Provide equitable and fair treatment to all parties interviewed and accessed in relation to any investigation.
  • Conduct thorough interviews with all parties in relation to any investigation.
  • Author comprehensive investigative reports illuminating all relevant details to a complaint including, but not limited to, interview summaries and material evidence review.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date case files including, but not limited to, a timeline of the investigative process and communication with all relevant parties associated with an investigation.
  • Maintain a high level of privacy and confidentiality during all proceedings with the utmost discretion and sensitivity to all parties accessed and associated with an investigation.
  • Assist in the complaint process by being available to confer with members of the campus community regarding policy, procedures, and protections under University policy.

The Civil Rights Investigator will also have the following responsibilities in association with their role:

  • Participate in the development, implementation, and maintenance of comprehensive University policies, procedures, and practices in association with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
  • Work collaboratively with important campus stakeholders including, but not limited to, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources, regarding the maintenance of a safe, inclusive campus community.
  • Assist in efforts to prevent and respond to sex-based misconduct including, but not limited to, crisis response, client intake and follow-up, and participation in campus and community committees.
  • Assist in training and educational efforts of University students, employees, and community members regarding sexual and relationship violence.
  • Participate in active and ongoing training and professional development.
Suggested Salary Range $50,000 to 65,000 (depending on experience and qualifications) Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position within a university.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List a minimum of 3 professional references in the application
AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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