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Equal Opportunity & Title IX Investigator or Sr. Investigator

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX (EOIX) is guided by the University of Denver's commitment to create and maintain an academic and work environment where its students, faculty and staff are able to thrive free of harassment or discrimination. EOIX helps to realize the University's commitment to and aspirations for development, implementation, execution, and monitoring of the federal and state mandated EEO policies and programs. This also includes programmatic responsibilities such as supporting the University's Title VII and Title IX policies through prompt, effective and remedial investigative responses to complaints of harassment and discrimination brought by students, faculty, staff and third parties and set forth in various university policies and guidelines.

Position Summary

Investigators provide professional and technical support to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX by assessing, investigating, and resolving discrimination and/or harassment complaints on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. This includes investigating alleged violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Investigators are a key partner in DU’s compliance with federal, state, and local law in the area of equal opportunity. The work requires sound judgment and skill in applying equal opportunity principles and prevailing legal standards to solve complex problems with decisive action.

The Investigator or Senior Investigator will conduct initial review and complete investigations of allegations of discrimination or harassment (including allegations of gender-based violence) involving faculty, staff, and students at the University of Denver. Investigations will include conducting a preliminary review of the complaint, making determinations concerning the necessity for a formal investigation, interviewing relevant individuals, and reviewing documents or other evidence. Investigators are expected to understand which issues are appropriate for them to resolve on their own and which issues need to be referred to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Title IX/Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or Deputy Equal Opportunity Coordinator.

Essential Functions

  • Intake complaints and assess appropriate resolution process and procedural protocol to be followed.
  • Investigate complaints of discrimination and harassment filed by students, staff, faculty, or other individuals in compliance with federal, state or local laws, executive orders and University policies and procedures. Investigation duties will include but are not limited to: developing an investigation plan, analyzing complaint to identify allegations, interviewing complainant and respondents, identifying and interviewing witnesses, identifying and collecting relevant documentation, appropriately documenting interviews and other investigation findings according to the EOIX investigation process format, and analyzing information investigation to determine findings. Conduct effective, efficient, thorough and impartial investigations while ensuring attention to detail and accuracy regarding facts, relevance and investigation documentation.
  • Provide consultation and education to students, faculty, and/or staff on discriminatory practices, equity matters, policies, procedures, and options for resolution of complaint matters.
  • Draft Investigation Reports that include detailed written analysis and findings from complaint investigation in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, University policies and procedures, and legal requirements and the EOIX investigation requirements.
  • Provide regular updates to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Title IX, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Equal Opportunity Coordinator, and other EOIX team members about case management approach, status, and progress.
  • Maintain accurate and thorough investigatory records and reports of finding(s).
  • Prepare materials for, assist with, and participate in appeals, as necessary.
  • Facilitate, within specific time constraints, informal resolution of discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence complaints, when appropriate. Document efforts and conclusion of informal resolution.
  • Collaborate with University Counsel and Human Resources and Inclusive Communities (HRIC) with investigations involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, as well as complaints raised by other applicable outside agencies, organizations and constituencies.
  • Review and participate in updates to University policies and procedures concerning discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence to promote compliance with equal opportunity laws and regulations.
  • Provide education and training to students, faculty, and staff on issues of prohibited harassment or discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, as assigned.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the University's Inclusive Excellence Principles.
  • Provide other services as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience working with EO principles contained within Title VI, VII, IX, VAWA/SaVE, ADA, ADEA, and other relevant anti-discrimination laws and regulations specific to higher education, including FERPA and the Clery Act.
  • Working knowledge of HR functions and ability to properly refer participants to the appropriate resource(s).
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to and interact with all levels of organizational staff.
  • Basic knowledge of trauma-informed investigation practices.
  • Basic knowledge of gender-based violence dynamics including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.
  • Ability to present findings and support the decision-making process in an objective manner by producing comprehensive and critical reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance a demanding caseload while managing time effectively.
  • Unquestionable integrity, confidentiality, and professionalism in a wide variety of situations.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with training and/or experience in objective writing.
  • Proficient level computer skills, including use of database, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.

Required Qualifications

Investigator:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 1-5 years of investigative experience with an understanding of and experience with non-discrimination laws and policies.

Senior Investigator:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • More than 5 years of investigative experience with an understanding of and experience with non-discrimination laws and policies.

Preferred Qualifications

Investigator:

  • Advanced degree, with JD strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience working in higher education.
  • Prior experience conducting civil rights investigations involving students and employees.

Senior Investigator:

  • Advanced degree, with JD strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience working in higher education.
  • Prior experience conducting civil rights investigations involving students and employees.

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In accordance with the University’s flexible work policy, this position is eligible to be considered for partial remote work. Further details regarding this plan will be determined with the hiring manager and are dependent on the division and team specific needs.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) May 22, 2023.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

Investigator: The salary grade for the position is 11.

Senior Investigator: The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:

Investigator: The salary range for this position is $72,000 - $82,000.

Senior Investigator: The salary range for this position is $82,000 - $92,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits:

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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