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Compliance Investigator (4850)

Position Summary

The Compliance Investigator conducts applicable legal research as it relates to the current trends and laws governing higher education. The Compliance Investigator works with the team to assist with the development and implementation of applicable policies and response procedures and collaborates on effective communication methods for the dissemination of information to campus constituencies. The Compliance Investigator may also be assigned to special projects, such as developing trainings related to ECO’s policies and procedures and other compliance matters.
This position has the ability to work in a hybrid work environment, with a combination of remote and on-campus work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conduct prompt, thorough and equitable investigations for complaints filed by university students, faculty, or staff, and visitors or third-party participants.
  • Utilizing sound investigatory principles, interview complainants, respondents, witnesses and related individuals to determine violations and proposed conclusions.
  • Prepare comprehensive executive report and summary of all findings based upon an analysis and synthesis of evidence gathered during the investigation.
  • Assists Director and Assistant Director of Investigations with complaint intake process and investigation procedures.
  • Utilize applicable legal research methods and investigatory principles to determine outcome of investigations/inquiries.
  • Maintain knowledge of civil rights laws, such as Title VII, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Update electronic complaint database throughout investigation process.
  • Collaborate with campus and community offices and departments on issues related to civil rights, sexual misconduct, ethics and other compliance related matters.
  • Conduct compliance education programming and training upon request.
  • Researches and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports on general and specific compliance issues.
  • Maintain high levels of responsiveness, attention to detail, follow-through and customer service as a principal representative of ECO . Monitor these standards for other staff in the department and division.
  • Exhibit a model for ethical conduct and standards across the university.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Director of Investigations.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)


Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
  • Master’s Degree in law, communication, political science, public administration, adult and higher education, or related field; or J.D.
  • Two (2) years of professional experience conducting or assisting with administrative internal investigations.
Additional Requirements (SPS)
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to exercise independent sound judgment and reasoning.
  • Strong organizational skills and the flexibility to work independently as well as in a team environment are a must.
  • Ability to maintain neutrality while addressing sensitive topics.
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
  • J.D.
  • Experience investigating complaints in the higher education setting.
  • Experience with state and federal laws impacting public service organizations or institutions of higher education, including but not limited to Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, VAWA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Illinois Preventing Violence in Higher Education Act.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
Physical demands/requirements

Large periods of time being seated or stationary.

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

Anticipated Appointment End Date

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Working Hours

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


Starting at $50,000

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Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Please submit application and documents through NIU’s online employment system at . Review of completed applications will begin on March 11, 2024. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Required Documents
  • Submit cover letter
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (unofficial, official transcripts upon hire)
  • List of 3 references
Please contact Sarah Garner at for questions regarding this position and applications.

Special Instructions

Quick Link to Applicant

Is Background Check Required?


EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-5560 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
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