A direct report to the Title IX Officer and dotted line report to the Associate Chief Diversity Officer within the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. Under the supervision of the Title IX Officer, the Lead Investigator supports University efforts to comply with Title IX and related federal and state laws. The Lead Investigator performs a primary role in the development and functioning of the grievance process and related trainings under applicable University procedures under a soon to be launched Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution (ODR). In addition to accepting and processing his or her own caseload as part of the ODR, the Lead Investigator assists with recruiting, training and supervising all other investigators. The
Lead Investigator provides direction and guidance to the other investigators and provides general assistance to the Title IX Officer in managing the ODR caseload while ensuring legally sufficient investigations and meeting appropriate timelines, and other duties as assigned by Title IX Officer, Associate Chief Diversity Officer and/or the University’s Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
- In conjunction with the Title IX officer, identify possible candidates, recruit, select and train the other internal and/or external investigators.
- Provides day-to-day supervision and case related guidance and direction to the other investigators.
- Engages in other tasks necessary to launch and for the continued development of the ODR under the guidance of the Title IX Officer.
- Handles own complaint caseload and performs related duties such as: case evaluation, administrative closures, coordination with school/unit designees, conducting witness interviews, identifying other evidence, timely communication with parties, evaluating evidence and conducting legal analysis to reach a determination, draft and issue written reports. Process requests for informal resolutions.
- Assists the Title IX Officer in carrying out the University's response and prevention responsibilities which include, but are not limited to: training, data collection, trend analysis, and community outreach, including initiating progressive and effective education and prevention initiatives in collaboration with a wide variety of on and off-campus partners.
BA required. J.D. highly preferred; additional advanced degree and/or in psychology, criminal justice or related fields is desirable.
Eight-ten years experience conducting civil rights investigations in the education arena. Experience includes: expertise in conducting sensitive and confidential investigations; demonstrated skill in party and witness examination/interview and investigation techniques; conducting complex legal analysis and reaching legally sound determinations; producing high quality written work products. Demonstrated ability to exercise high-level of discretion and good judgment, and ability to quickly establish credibility with broad range of constituents, including faculty, staff, students, law enforcement and others. Experience in the higher education environment interacting on student life issues with students and administration.
Familiarity with other federal statutes important to secondary education (e.g., VAWA, Clery Act, FERPA) strongly preferred.
Please note that this position will have an Orientation and Review Period of 6 months.