As part of UConn’s ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining a campus environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including all forms of sexual harassment and violence, the newly-formed position of Lead Title IX Investigator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator will play a significant role in the University’s coordinated response, prevention and education initiatives pursuant to Title IX and related statutes and regulations. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Equity/Title IX Coordinator, the Lead Title IX Investigator is responsible for managing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the University’s Title IX response and prevention initiatives, with an emphasis on investigating and managing investigations of alleged cases of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence involving undergraduate and graduate students at the University. The Lead Title IX Investigator (focused on student-based discrimination and harassment investigations) will work collaboratively with the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Case Management Team (focused on employment-based civil rights investigations) and will supervise at least one additional Title IX Investigator in conducting prompt and thorough student-based investigations. This includes: identifying and interviewing parties and witnesses, ensuring victim access to a variety of on and off-campus resources and interim measures where appropriate, gathering and securing relevant documentation which may include confidential information used in collective bargaining, determining responsibility, and recommending sanctions as appropriate. In addition, the Lead Title IX Investigator will assist the Title IX Coordinator in carrying out the University’s response and prevention responsibilities which include, but are not limited to: 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. Salary range is in the $70,000s, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package is available.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervise and perform student conduct investigations from inception to resolution, and draft memoranda of findings and recommendations.
- Review and synthesize allegations to determine appropriate charges, and determine if allegations and preliminary findings call for interim measures. Develop investigative strategy of own cases and that of other Title IX investigators.
- Provide updates and advise parties and advocates on investigative process.
- Lead witness interviews, analyze witness statements, make credibility assessments, record findings of fact, and communicate with parties’ and witness’ advocates while protecting the independence, integrity, and confidentiality of the investigation.
- Draft and present memoranda of findings and appropriate supporting documents related to the resolution of each matter, including but not limited to sworn statements, requests for information, and correspondence with external civil rights enforcement agencies and parties’ and witness’ advocates.
- Where decisions result in findings of a violation of The Student Code, draft recommendations for sanctions in accordance with The Student Code.
- Supervise preparation and maintenance of statistical, demographic, and subject matter data related to Title IX complaints, trends, including maintaining the Title IX Coordinator’s case database.
- Supervise investigations conducted by Title IX investigator(s).
- Working closely with the Division of Student Affairs, assume a leadership role with assisting the Title IX Coordinator and on and off-campus partners in response, prevention and education initiatives.
- Active engagement on the University’s Title IX and other related committees.
- Develop and review University-wide policies and procedures that further institutional civil rights.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Title IX Coordinator.
- A Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or a related field (e.g., student affairs, higher education administration, law, criminology, social work, and psychology).
- At least two years' hands-on experience performing student conduct investigations in the higher education setting, with background and training in conducting sensitive and confidential investigations.
- Strong command and working knowledge of basic and advanced principles of Title IX and non-discrimination statutes and regulations.
- Prior experience working collaboratively with victim rights advocates, law enforcement officials and other key stakeholders.
- Superb written and verbal communication skills and strong public speaking and presentation skills.
- Strong work ethic and attention to detail: Highly motivated, self-directed execution of routine and special projects.
- Strong interpersonal skills: Demonstrated ability to function well in both leader and teammate roles and interact with colleagues and superiors in a positive and constructive manner when faced with significant deadlines or workloads.
- Experience in and awareness of the sensitivity required when interacting with, supervising, and addressing the needs of a diverse community on sensitive topics.
- Experience working on issues of sexual misconduct in a large university setting.
- Experience supervising student conduct investigators.
- Prior completion of Title IX Coordinator Training through a nationally-recognized organization.
- At least one year of experience as a trainer/educator, preferably in the area of interpersonal violence and student conduct.
- Experience developing and instituting campus-wide response, prevention and education initiatives.
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Applicants should apply online using Husky Hire. Applicants should include cover letter detailing experience and qualifications, resume, and list of three references. Search # 2014302.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on March 14, 2014.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.