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Equal Opportunity Investigator

Employer
Austin Community College
Location
Texas, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 24, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration, Legal Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity
Employment Type
Full Time
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Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
  • Reflects the diversity of our community
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for under-represented populations
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC
Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and under represented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC's faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.

Job Posting Title:

Equal Opportunity Investigator

Job Description Summary:

To conduct investigations for the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance, including discrimination, harassment, and/or related retaliation complaints on the basis of: race, color, religion, national origin; discrimination based on sex or gender (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), and age, genetic information, veteran status; and disability or other areas as assigned.

Job Description:

Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Conducts investigations alleging discrimination under Title VII, Title VI and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Conducts investigations under Title IX and the College's Sexual Misconduct Policy, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and gender-based discrimination, in accordance with federal and state law.
  • Conducts interviews with complainants, respondents and witnesses regarding allegations of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, based on any protected class.
  • Gathers and assesses evidence, determines credibility, and communicates information regarding policy, procedures, rights, and resources to all parties involved.
  • Acts as an impartial and unbiased individual in the investigation and provides detailed reports summarizing the findings.
  • Collaborates with the Director to review and synthesize allegations to determine applicable interim measures.
  • Addresses concerns informally, as appropriate, to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Connects individuals with resources, as appropriate, and in accordance with the requirements of state and federal laws.
  • Exercises discretion and professional independent judgement regarding questions and concerns related to discrimination policies and processes.
  • Provides to the Director timely reports and information regarding the status of the investigations in progress.
  • Utilizes case management software (i.e. Maxient) for investigations and recordkeeping.
  • Communicates with all parties involved in an investigation, per ACC policy, and as allowable by law.
  • Assists with the preparation and interpretation of statistical data related to case investigations, complaints, grievances, and trends.
  • Assists with various special assignments within the area.
  • Conducts training within the College community on investigation and compliance processes.
  • Collaborates with the education coordinator to develop relevant education opportunities based on the current needs of the College.
Knowledge
Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, ADA, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Dispute resolution, mediation, and grievance procedures.
  • Investigation and documentation process.
  • Higher education organizational culture, policies, and procedures.
  • Federal and state laws regarding civil rights, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and employment law.
Skills
Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Maintain an established work schedule which may include occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communication skills including empathy, civility, and diplomacy.
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with exceptional attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Ability to facilitate effective case resolution in an objective and unbiased manner and demonstrate and maintain an extremely high regard for private and sensitive information.
  • Ability to work with an emphasis on equity and create a fundamentally fair process.
  • Ability to manage a significant caseload and to organize and analyze complex information.
  • Adeptness to interact effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to address high stress situations, often of a graphic and explicit nature.
Technology Skills
  • Proficiency in Google Suite software, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with compliance case management software.
Required Work Experience
  • Two years related work experience.
Preferred Work Experience
  • Demonstrated expertise conducting workplace and civil rights investigations, preferably in a higher education setting.
Required Education
  • Bachelor's degree.
Preferred Education
  • Master's degree or higher in a related field such as student affairs, higher education, administration, human resource management, conflict resolution, labor relations, or organizational management/leadership.
Special Requirements
Licenses/Certifications; Other
  • Valid Texas Driver's License and reliable transportation for travel to multiple campus locations.
Other Preferred Qualifications
  • Training in Title IX investigations.
  • Training in employment law and workplace investigations.
Physical Requirements
  • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to speak and hear clearly in conversation and general communication including telephone and face to face interactions.
  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.
  • Regular travel across a multi-county service district.
Safety
  • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
Position reports to the Director, Office Of Equal Opportunity Compliance

Pay Range: $52,717 - $75,311

Number of Openings:

1

Job Posting Close Date:

January 31, 2022

ACC Benefits Overview

Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.

EEO Statement

The Austin Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation or other protected categories.

Clery Act

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.

Disclaimer

The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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