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Equity and Title IX Investigator (16519)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 26, 2023

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At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.

Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work.

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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
  1. 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. Conduct prompt and thorough investigations, including development of an investigation plan, drafting notice of investigations and other essential correspondence, identifying and interviewing witnesses, gathering information and data, keeping accurate and thorough records and notes of the investigation process, applying the policy, and preparing a detailed report with an analysis, and a finding based on a preponderance of the evidence, where the policy calls for the investigator to make a finding. Assures compliance with timelines, acts as an impartial party, maintains a high level of confidentiality and discretion, and ensures a prompt, fair and neutral process for all parties.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 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 (JD) or equivalent.
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience.
  • 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.
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 with tact, discretion, and sensitivity.
  • Experience working in higher education preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong skill in writing concise, logical analytical reports to convey complex issues.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Must be comfortable with technology, including maintaining content on websites and identifying and vetting online training programs. · Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

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 .

Other Details
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • Employees in staff positions at American University must deliver their services to the university from either the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the university.
  • Please note this job announcement 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.
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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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