Utah State University

Office of Equity Investigator (AA/EO Specialist SR)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/20/2021 5:18 PM)
Requisition ID
2021-4424
# of Openings
1
Job Locations
US-UT-Logan
Category (Portal Searching)
Other
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Exempt
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100%
College
Provost
Department
Office of Equity
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Overview

Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an Office of Equity Investigator (AA/EO Specialist SR). The Investigator participates in activities and efforts to build and sustain a safe and equitable campus that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions), national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by university policy or local, state, or federal law. This includes investigating alleged violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The Investigator will report to the Office of Equity Executive Director and will be based at the main campus in Logan, Utah. The Investigator will be expected to travel to other USU locations throughout the state.

The Investigator will conduct initial reviews and complete investigations involving faculty, staff, and students at USU. This process will include conducting a preliminary review of the complaint, making determinations concerning the necessity of a formal investigation, interviewing relevant individuals, and reviewing documents or other evidence. The Investigator will be expected to understand which issues are appropriate for them to resolve independently and which issues need to be referred to the Office of Equity Executive Director or the university's Title IX Coordinator.

The Investigator will work as a member of a talented and collaborative team that fosters a university-wide culture characterized by equity and inclusion, along with an investigation process rooted in equity, fairness, and respect.

Responsibilities

The Investigator will have a broad scope of responsibility in investigating and reporting sexual misconduct and discrimination incidents at all of USU’s campuses. The Investigator will work to strengthen the university’s culture that supports an academic and work environment where its students, faculty, and staff are able to thrive free from harassment or discrimination.

  • Assist with USU’s Office of Equity efforts at all USU campuses, including USU Eastern, USU Blanding, and USU statewide campuses and centers. This position will be required to travel occasionally to USU locations within the state.
  • Work with the Office of Equity Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator at USU Logan to implement and monitor the university’s response to discrimination and/or harassment complaints related to Title IX and Title VII’s prohibition of discrimination based on sex at USU.
  • Receive complaints of discrimination and/or harassment, including sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, gender-related violence including stalking and intimate partner violence, and protected class discrimination and harassment and related retaliation.
  • Exercise judgment regarding the resolution of complaints including informal resolution and formal investigation.
  • Facilitate, within specific time constraints, earlier resolution of Office of Equity complaints, when appropriate, and document efforts at the conclusion of an earlier resolution.
  • Apply university policy by, among other things, conducting a prompt, equitable, and impartial investigation into complaints, including identifying and interviewing parties and identifying, gathering, and assessing information relevant to the investigation.
  • Provide regular updates to the Office of Equity team about the case management approach, status and progress.
  • Maintain accurate and thorough investigatory records and reports of finding(s), including within the case management systems.
  • Complete a written report at the end of every formal investigation and document as appropriate. Review written reports of other Office of Equity Investigators.
  • Participate in administrative hearings – present investigation reports and answer questions related to the investigation process. 
  • Prepare materials for, assist with, and participate in appeals for discrimination cases, as necessary.
  • Serve as one of the subject matter experts on equity and diversity matters and related policies and procedures.
  • Actively foster and maintain a climate that is supportive of students and respectful of difference.
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary university offices and personnel to provide information to university students, faculty and staff.
  • Provide or facilitate consultation and technical assistance to students, faculty and staff regarding their rights and obligations under Titles VI, VII, IX, VAWA/SaVE, and related laws including FERPA and the Clery Act.
  • Collaborate with and maintain strong relationships with campus law enforcement and community resources related to USU.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least four years of relevant work experience, Master’s degree in a relevant field and two years of relevant experience, or Juris Doctor degree and one year relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and analysis and ability to spot issues and to apply facts to policy.
  • Ability to travel regularly to various locations across Utah.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously and to respond effectively to competing deadlines and workflows.
  • Evidence of effective spoken, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including active listening, respect, and approachability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents, including but not limited to, students, staff, faculty, administrators, community partners, and law enforcement agencies. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or JD plus at least two years of relevant work experience is strongly preferred.
  • Professional experience working with topics related to discrimination and/or sexual misconduct.
  • Professional experience working with Titles VI, VII, IX, VAWA/SaVE, ADA, ADEA, and related laws including FERPA and the Clery Act, discrimination law, and other relevant statutes and guidance.
  • Professional experience investigating claims, collecting information and evidence, conducting interviews, and summarizing in writing the information collected.  
  • Experience with case management and/or case management databases, including Maxient.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain neutrality in collecting and reviewing information related to allegations of misconduct. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage confidential information and maintain confidentiality in collecting and reviewing sensitive information.
  • Professional experience in mediation and/or conflict resolution.
  • Ability to adapt quickly in an environment where procedures constantly evolve but deadlines remain fixed. 
  • Experience working in higher education.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please include:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  3. Writing sample to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

Please do not attach cover letter in the Candidate Profile; you will be instructed to copy and paste your cover letter later on in the application.

 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

ADA

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Office of Equity is a reporting unit to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.  For further information, please visit: https://www.usu.edu/equity/.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

 

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

 

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

 

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

 

Executive Director of the Office of Equity discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov

 

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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