Job Description Summary
The Associate Director, Investigations and Alternative Resolution
reports to the Director and Title IX Coordinator in Bentley
University's Office of Equal Opportunity and Institutional Equity.
This office has primary responsibility for the administration of
Bentley University's institutional equity system which prohibits
identity-based discrimination, harassment, and gender-based harm,
including sexual misconduct.
This position is an integral part of Bentley's compliance with the
federal requirements of Title IX, as well as Bentley's commitment
to maintain a healthy, safe and respectful living, learning, and
working environment for all community members.
The Associate Director of Investigations and Alternative Resolution
assists in managing, responding to, and resolving reports of
identity-based discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct,
intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or retaliation involving
students, faculty, staff, or third parties at Bentley. This role
also assists in the development and delivery of educational
training for the community and the Office of Equal Opportunity and
Institutional Equity team. Finally, this role also provides
alternative resolution pathways, such as mediated conflict
resolution, to resolve complaints where appropriate. The ability to
remain neutral and unbiased is a crucial requirement for this
- Serve as lead equity and Title IX investigator and Deputy Title
IX coordinator. Conduct fair, thorough, and impartial
investigations of complaints, including of sexual misconduct,
intimate partner violence, stalking, and identity-based
discrimination and harassment.
- Analyze initial complaints and intake reports to identify
alleged policy violations, develop investigation plans, interview
parties and witnesses, identify and collect relevant documentation,
review evidence, and prepare comprehensive investigative reports
based on factual findings.
- Serve as an objective fact-finder through all aspects of the
investigation and resolution process to ensure a prompt, fair, and
equitable outcome for all parties.
- Ensure all parties understand their rights and responsibilities
in the investigation process. Provide impacted parties with regular
updates throughout the investigation. Make referrals to appropriate
campus partners to ensure parties have appropriate support and
- Develop standard protocols for investigations. Make
recommendations for changes in protocols as circumstances and best
- Assist in overseeing investigations conducted by external
contract investigators, as needed.
- Provide relevant information to the Director and Title IX
Coordinator to assist in determining supportive measures for
involved parties (such as no contact orders, interim removals,
etc.) as provided by Bentley's policies. Communicate with campus
partners as needed to effectuate supportive measures.
- Provide regular updates to the Director and Title IX
Coordinator regarding the status of complaints, investigations,
inquiries, andinvestigations.As appropriate, provide relevant
information to the hearing panels to assist in sanctions
- Where appropriate and consistent with policy, offer options for
informal resolution of complaints. Ensure parties are fully aware
of their rights and responsibilities in this process.
- Facilitate informal resolution through mediation and/or
educational dialogue with impacted parties, consistent with
university policy and best practices.
Expertise and Community Education
- Stay informed about current state and federal law in the field
of higher education and employment related to sexual misconduct,
harassment and other discriminatory practices that violate Title
IX, VAWA, Title VII, and/or other relevant civil rights
- In collaboration with other team members and colleagues,
develop and deliver educational training workshops for relevant
constituents, including but not limited to faculty, staff, RAs, and
incoming and returning students to support prevention education
efforts and compliance with the university's equity and Title IX
- Provide ongoing consultation regarding Title IX, VAWA, Title
VII, the Clery Act, and other relevant civil rights statutes'
requirements, grievance issues, reporting obligations, and
compliance programs to the Director and Title IX Coordinator, Human
Resources, and other community partners as required.
- Foster effective working relationships with individuals and
organizations reflecting a broad range of identities, perspectives,
- Provide education to community members about informal
resolution pathways offered by the Office of Institutional
Administration and Community Education
- Assist in the day-to-day operations of the Office of
- Manage Clery reportable statistics and work collaboratively
with colleagues in University Police to publish the Annual Security
- Prepare annual statistical reports for the campus
- Evaluate active No Contact Orders on a semesterly basis and
provide updates to principal parties as needed.
- Master's degree in law, student affairs, higher education,
social work, counseling, criminal justice, human resources or
related field required.
- Knowledge, training, and a minimum of 5 years' experience
related to Title IX, VAWA, Title VII, employment law, sexual
misconduct and/or intimate partner violence, employee relations,
criminal law and other relevant civil rights statutes.
- Experience conducting complex investigations and preparing
detailed, thorough and accurate investigative reports.
- Experience with title IX investigations, discrimination
investigations, and/orsexualassault/harassment investigations and
working with sexual assault survivors.
- Experience or prior training in alternative resolution,
including restorative justice, mediation, and/or educational
- Experience working sensitively and objectively with parties in
disputes arising from allegations of sexual misconduct,
discrimination and/or harassment.
- Experience in maintaining record-keeping systems related to
- Experience conducting student and/or professional development
training in legal envrionement, higher education or employment
- Completion of a nationally recognized training program in
conducting Title IX and/or workplace investigations preferred.
- Juris doctorate preferred.
- Relevant certifications a plus.
- Typical office setting with extensive sitting and computer
work. This position will be considered for flexible work
arrangements to suit the needs of the role and incumbent.
- Ability to travel around campus for meetings and other work
Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other
Bentley University strives to create a campus community that
welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values
differences and views them as a strength in our community.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building
strength through diversity. The University is committed to building
a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the
diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications
from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with
disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences