DEI Investigator/Deputy Coordinator

Employer
Rowan University
Location
New Jersey, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 16, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time


The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Guided by Rowan University’s Diversity Statement and goals, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is committed to promoting a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, staff and administration who respect and value each other’s dignity. The work that the division engages in is aimed at identifying and removing barriers and fostering an inclusive community where all members can learn and grow. To that end, the Division oversees the Office of Student Equity and Compliance (OSEC), Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR), the Center for Access, Persistence and Achievement (CAPA), and the Office of DEI at the School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM).

OSEC’s Mission:

Engage and educate the Rowan community on prevention, identification, and reporting of all matters of discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence by developing, implementing, and monitoring appropriate policies, procedures, and practices designed to ensure compliance requiring the prompt, thorough, and equitable resolution of all complaints.

OSEC’s Vision:

A campus committed to an educational environment free from discrimination, harassment, and all forms of gender-based violence.

Position Summary :

The DEI Investigator/Deputy Coordinator reports directly to the DEI Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator under the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources. The role of the Deputy Title IX Coordinator is to support the Title IX Coordinator in all functions under the guidelines of the University policies, regulations and mandates to ensure institutional compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (“Campus SaVE”), and other related federal and state laws. Responsibilities in the investigative role includes: conducting independent and unbiased fact-finding investigations of reported incidents involving behaviors that may violate Titles IX and VI, VAWA, and/or the University’s Student Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Harassment and Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace and Educational Environment. Other duties may include facilitating training/presentations to students, student groups, staff and faculty regarding Titles VI and IX and related issues; facilitating training/presentations; consulting with a broad cross-section of institutional and community stakeholders regarding Titles IX and VI, Student Sexual Misconduct issues at large as well as specific student issues, including but not limited to Community Standards, Residential Learning, Greek Life, Office of Employee Equity and Compliance, University Police, General Counsel, and local law enforcement agencies; leading or serving on committees; and representing the Office of Student Equity and Compliance as directed.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

70% Investigation : Uses independent judgement to appropriately conduct fact-finding investigations into alleged violations of the university’s Policies (Titles IX, VI, Student Sexual Misconduct and Harassment and the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace and Educational Environment) in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations, and applicable case law. This includes providing information about resources and the process to all parties, interviewing all parties and witnesses, collecting statements and other evidence pertaining to the incident, communicating and updating parties throughout the investigation process, authoring investigative reports, and attending and presenting reports at Administrative Hearings. As appropriate, handles intake responsibilities and referral of complaints that are not under OSEC’s purview to the appropriate office. Facilitates resolution of formal and informal complaints, as assigned. Utilizes organizational skills and process management to ensure the effective and efficient overall operation of OSEC in regards to investigations. Demonstrates leadership in forming and maintaining productive work relationships with diverse constituencies (such as Community Standards, Residential Learning, Dean of Students, Greek Life and various academic units) to implement informal resolution of incidents, when appropriate under the direct supervision of the Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator.

20 % Data Analytics, Case Management and Administrative Duties Related to Investigation: Responsible for the development of program metrics, and uses metrics to analyze data and report to the Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator on trends and operational performance. Maintains data by inputting, updating and tracking cases in Maxient database. Responsible for the monthly Clery reports. Ensures efficient, thorough and accurate communication with parties and key staff regarding case status and meetings.

10 % Training and Development : Ensures the provision of high-quality trainings, programs, and events for the university community. Provides training and information to the university community related to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation matters. Conducts specialized trainings for student groups. Serves as a resource to the university community concerning relevant laws, policies and guidelines.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications :

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Candidate must have a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to conduct investigations, write investigation reports, and communicate effectively. Superb written and oral communication skills, including skill in writing concise, logical analytical reports to convey complex issues.
  • Must have a demonstrated high degree of independent judgment and high level of accountability for decision making and demonstrated proficiency in using common software, including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Candidate must have experience developing and delivering effective training programs. Ability to produce high quality work products with attention to detail.
  • Must have excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Strong analytical skills and the ability to assess and negotiate complex, highly sensitive situations. Excellent critical thinking skills, including the demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, listen well and demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for individual needs. Ability to maintain neutrality and work under stress. Ability to work collaboratively and professionally across multiple constituencies to resolve complaints in a neutral, sensitive manner.
  • Working knowledge of nondiscrimination laws and compliance regulations including Titles VI, IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Clery Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


Preferred Qualifications :

  • A J.D. or terminal in student affairs, higher education or a related field is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of civil rights-related investigative experience in the education, employment, and/or law enforcement field with a record of successfully preparing reports for civil rights, sexual or relationship violence investigations.
  • Experience in trauma-informed investigations and interviewing skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and ability to interpret federal and state nondiscrimination laws, including Title IX, VAWA, Clery and other related laws and policies.


Preference given to candidates with experience working in a higher education environment, in university student conduct, Title IX, EEO or compliance office, or with higher education clients.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

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