Equal Opportunity Investigator
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About the Opportunity:
Reports to the Assistant Vice President for Title IX
Initiatives/Title IX Coordinator within the Office for University
Equity and Compliance. The Equal Opportunity Investigator is
primarily responsible for the prompt, impartial and thorough
investigation of allegations of discrimination policy violations,
including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion,
genetics, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national
origin, ancestry, veteran or disability status from faculty, staff,
and/or students. Responsible for collecting the relevant facts
related to the reported discrimination allegation and, in
collaboration with the AVP, assess the steps necessary to support
compliance with University policy and applicable state and federal
- Maintains a thorough and well-documented investigative process
by gathering and documenting evidentiary material.
- Maintains accurate and thorough records and notes of
- Develops professionally written, comprehensive, unbiased
written reports that include a summary of facts and recommended
- Analyzes and logically comes to conclusions and investigative
- Serves as a point of contact for those seeking information or
wanting to report allegations of discrimination.
- Acts as a neutral party through all aspects of an investigation
and promotes a fair and neutral process for all parties
- Advises all parties of their rights and responsibilities.
- Promotes organizational compliance with University policy and
- Assists in the maintenance of the database used to track
discrimination allegations and resolutions.
- Establishes timely communication with all parties, including
those with a need to know in order to recommend/make appropriate
and timely decisions.
- Maintains a high level of confidentiality on all office and
investigation proceedings consistent with University policy and
- Communicates and consults regularly with the AVP on updates
regarding the status of allegations, complaints received and
investigations in progress.
- Works collaboratively with key partners in the University
community to investigate and resolve complaints filed under
applicable University policies, including but not limited to, the
Office of General Counsel, Office of the Provost, Office of Student
Conduct and Conflict Resolution, and the Northeastern University
- Will keep apprised of new developments and best practices in
the fields of discrimination investigations and other relevant
federal and state legislation and regulations.
- Performing other duties as assigned.
The employee will have demonstrated experience and ability in
conducting investigations, composing clear, concise, timely and
professionally written investigative reports, managing confidential
information, and independently and efficiently managing a
A minimum of two successive years of recent, substantive work
experience and ability conducting investigations of discrimination
in a higher education, non-profit or other relevant setting.
Superior background and training in conducting sensitive and
confidential investigations required.
Demonstrated ability to determine and apply the appropriate legal
standards in assessing and investigating allegations of
Extensive knowledge of the elements of proof for discrimination,
harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation.
Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion, superior judgment and
analytical skills and neutrality in highly sensitive situations
involving allegations of discrimination and Title IX policy
violations, including investigations of alleged sexual assault,
sexual harassment, stalking and relationship or domestic
In depth knowledge of the federal and state laws pertaining to
civil rights, discrimination, harassment and affirmative action, as
they apply to colleges and universities including the Equal
Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (EEO), Americans with
Disabilities Act (Title II), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of
1964 (Title VI), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title
VII), Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title
IX), the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 (Clery Act), the Violence Against
Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
(ADEA), all as amended where applicable, and other federal and
state anti-discrimination laws and requirements.
Tact, discretion, professionalism, maturity and outstanding
interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are
Experience and ability to work successfully in a diverse community
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive, effective
Must be able to work independently, collaboratively across the
organization, and under the supervision of the AVP.
Bachelor's Degree in higher education administration, law
enforcement, criminology, social work, psychology, or related field
required. Advanced degree in related fields preferred such as
Ability to work weekends and evenings and travel (when necessary or
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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