Equity and Title IX Investigator (18256)



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About the Department/Unit

The Office for Equity and Title IX reports to the University’s Office of the President. In alignment with our strategic imperatives on inclusive excellence, the Office handles discrimination, harassment, and bias-related matters. In collaboration with other units at the University, the Office handles issues related to Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, and Section 504; investigations, compliance/reporting, policies, training/education, and communication; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints; and accommodation requests and related disability matters.

As a crucial contributor to AU’s goal of inclusive excellence, the Office for Equity and Title IX supports the University in its priority to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion at a strategic, tactical, and operational level. For more information regarding American University’s Plan for Inclusive Excellence please visit https://www.american.edu/president/diversity/inclusive-excellence/

Summary/Objective

The Investigator is responsible for managing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the University’s Equity and Title IX Office. Working under the overall supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Title IX Coordinator, the Investigator will have primary responsibility for investigating and producing comprehensive reports regarding complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation by students, faculty or staff. This includes interviewing parties and witnesses, collecting evidence, and drafting high quality investigation reports and documents within established timelines, and making finding of fact to resolve complaints, in accordance with the University’s discrimination policy. The Equity and Title IX Investigator will also participate in making recommendations regarding supportive measures, and assist in implementing training and education focused on Title VII, Title VI, Title IX, VAWA, the ADA and other federal and/or local civil rights laws.

Essential Functions
  • Assessment and Investigation:Initial assessment includes reviewing reports and complaints in a timely manner to ensure a prompt response and evaluating the need for supportive measures, assistance and resources for individuals engaged in the process.
  • Training, Outreach and Education:Assist in the development and implementation of educational materials and training for faculty, staff and students regarding compliance with Title VII, Title VI, Title IX, VAWA, the ADA and other federal and local laws and regulations, and assist in outreach activities designed to communicate the responsibilities of the Equity and Title IX Office.
  • Monitor legal developments and best practices:Stay abreast of developments in law, policy and best practices related to employment and education discrimination and harassment and investigation processes.
  • Other duties as assigned .


  • Work Environment
    • On campus or with-in the Washington, DC area.
    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
    • Full Time, 35 Hours/week.
    • Team Leader/Consultant A.
    • Exempt.
    • Hybrid work modality.
    Required Education and Experience
    • ​Bachelor's degree: Bachelor’s degree required plus 7 or more years of related experience conducting prompt, thorough, and equitable investigations regarding allegations of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence or the equivalent legal experience.
    • Must have at least 7 years of relevant experience.
    Preferred Education and Experience
    • ​Juris Doctor or equivalent: JD (preferred) plus 3 or more years of related experience conducting prompt, thorough, and equitable investigations regarding allegations of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence or the equivalent legal experience.
    • 8-10 years of relevant experience.
    Additional Eligibility Qualifications
    • Requisite knowledge, training and experience related to federal and local discrimination laws and related regulations, such as Title VII, Title VI, Title IX, ADA and the ADEA, as well as VAWA, strongly preferred.
    • Experience handling confidential information.
    • Demonstrated strong skill in writing concise, logical analytical reports to convey complex issues.
    Others
    • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
    • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive .
    • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
    Benefits

    AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

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    American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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