The Office of Equity and Diversity ( OED ) leads Colgate University
efforts in building and fostering an inclusive campus climate that
empowers all members of our community values our diverse and
intersecting identities and affiliations. The OED works
collaboratively across campus to address and eliminate
institutionalized forms of bias and is a leading voice in the
shaping and reshaping of Colgate’s strategic plan for Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion as part of Colgate’s Third Century Plan. The
University’s commitment to diversity means understanding that each
individual is unique and appreciating our differences enriches our
campus culture and the quality of campus life. The OED also
oversees and ensures compliance with policies and laws relating to
affirmative action, discrimination and harassment.
Working under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator, the
Investigator for Title IX and Harassment/Discrimination is
responsible for investigating incidents of alleged misconduct in
violation of Colgate University’s Non-Discrimination and Title IX
policies. Additionally, this position works closely with a variety
of University offices, including but not limited to Legal Affairs,
Human Resources, Campus Safety and the Student Conduct Office to
ensure a thorough investigative process and compliance with
applicable equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and
Accountable for preparing investigative plans and timelines,
identifying and interviewing witnesses, and gathering and securing
relevant documentation, as detailed in Colgate’s policy documents.
Primary accountabilities are to act as an impartial party in each
investigation and to prepare a detailed report of the investigative
findings. This position requires a significant amount of writing
and analysis of documents, and an ability to investigate multiple
complaints simultaneously in an efficient and timely manner.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Receive intake complaints and ensure a thorough,
well-documented investigation process by gathering relevant
evidentiary material, documenting interviews and other findings, as
well as maintaining accurate and complete records.
- Ability to work independently, developing an investigative plan
or strategy to be completed in a timely manner as well as maintain
confidential information and ensure effective, efficient, thorough
and impartial investigations.
- Prepare materials for assistance with or participation in
hearings or administrative processes.
- Build rapport and work collaboratively with the appropriate
University offices in the course of investigations. Provide regular
status updates to the Title IX Coordinator and Vice President for
Equity & Inclusion.
This position also serves as part of the Office of Equity and
Diversity team, assisting in its operations as part of this team,
This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (
CSA ), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the
Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for
reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and
employees to the Campus Safety Department.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience
is required, which should include experience in conducting highly
sensitive and complex investigations.
- Demonstrated knowledge and the ability to interpret federal,
state and local equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and
regulations including Title IX, FERPA, the Violence Against Women
Act ( VAWA ) and other applicable state and federal laws and
- Strong written, organizational, planning, analytic and
problem-solving skills required.
- Proven ability at being adept in trauma-informed approach by
working sensitively and humanely with parties likely to be
- Must be capable of working collegially and effectively with a
diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents on a daily
- Work experience within higher education, particularly student
conduct experience, preferred.
- Knowledge of complexities surrounding sexual assault, sexual
harassment, and dating and domestic violence cases in a university
or college setting strongly preferred.
A Bachelor’s degree is required, or a combination of education and
experience from which comparable skills are obtained.
A Graduate degree is preferred.
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions Summary
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against
any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking,
familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from
historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with
disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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