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Investigation Specialist (PO22002)

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 20, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
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Employment Type
Full Time
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  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 10/06/2021
  • Closing Date: 10/21/2021
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: MN St Colleges & Universities / Mankato State University-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: MnSCU Mankato SU / MnSCU MAN Classified O-Z
  • Appointment Type: Unlimited, Full-time
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $27.56 - $40.61/hourly; $57,545 - $84,793/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • Location: Mankato - Based upon this position's essential functions, it reports to the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, 5 days a week, and does not have the option of telework.
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

    Job Summary
    Under the general guidance of the Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, this position provides timely investigations of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, Title IX sexual harassment and other sexual violence complaints from students, faculty, and staff. The Investigation Specialist serves the investigative needs of Minnesota State University, Mankato and investigates both student and employee complaint allegations along with critical incidents where no formal complaint is received. The Investigation Specialist is expected to exercise considerable discretion in carrying out responsibilities with an awareness of equal employment and affirmative action issues and sensitivities. The Investigation Specialist gathers and compiles related investigation data and documentation, completes investigation reports, and assists with the decisionmaker process. The Investigation Specialist serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The Investigation Specialist develops, designs and conducts training for employees, students, and decision-makers, of policies/procedures related to protected class discrimination and harassment, Title IX sexual harassment, and other sexual misconduct. The Investigation Specialist plans, organizes, and prioritizes work assignments sufficient to assure the assigned work is completed within established parameters.

    Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field, such as psychology, human resources, law enforcement, etc.
  • Minimum two years of professional experience investigating EEO claims and/or sexual misconduct reports/complaints or similar position in a Human Resources department or student conduct office where responsibilities included investigating workplace complaints or complaints involving students in educational settings, advising employees or students, and preparing and presenting reports.
  • Demonstrated sufficient oral and written communication and presentation skills to complete investigative reports, facilitate and conduct the investigation process, provide consultation and conduct training.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments sufficient to assure the assigned work is completed within parameters set.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or understanding of equal opportunity principles, state and federal civil rights, labor and employment laws, rules and regulations, such as the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Title IX, Clery Act, SaVE/VAWA, and/or other applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, sufficient to determine the scope and nature of alleged violations and determine appropriate resolution options.
  • Interviewing techniques sufficient to conduct fact-finding investigations via data analysis and interviews of witnesses, complainants, respondents, and third-party sources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of due process rights sufficient to set investigative priorities, collect evidence from involved parties, and conduct investigations, inquiries or reviews of allegations of misconduct in a fair and equitable manner for all parties.
  • Ability to handle all matters discretely and confidentially.
  • Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team.
  • Use of Microsoft office products.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a related field or J.D.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Knowledge and/or prior training on Minnesota State 1B.1 Policy and 1B.1.1 Procedure, and/or 1B.3 Policy and 1B.3.1 Procedure, and Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination in Employment and Education. Minnesota State system and Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures.
  • Experience with conflict resolution and mediation techniques.
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, organizational and consultation skills.
  • Knowledge of FERPA and Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
  • Previous professional experience in higher education- preferably in a public higher education system.

    Additional Requirements
    Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating in and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.

    In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MnSCU's vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

    The Minnesota State University, Mankato Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available for your review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on-campus, or in other University affiliated locations. This report is available online at You may also request a paper copy from University Security at 507-389-2111, or by emailing

    Application Details
    Other Information
    Employment information for this position can be found in its collective bargaining agreement or its plan document at

    Why Work For Us
    GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

    Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

    How to Apply

    If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.
    For additional information about the application process, go to

    If you have questions about the position, contact Tara Sprengeler at or 507/389-2016.

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