EEO Associate - Office for Access and Equity (139198)
Office for Access and Equity
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Division of the Office for Access and Equity (OAE) is seeking applications for EEO Associates. Reporting to the Directors of the EEO Division, the EEO Associate will be responsible for conducting timely investigations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct allegations filed with the Office for Access and Equity, and related duties.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
Investigations and Hearings
- Conduct independent and neutral investigations in response to discrimination and harassment claims filed with the University. This responsibility entails: interviewing relevant parties; gathering, compiling, and analyzing relevant documents and information; assessing witness credibility; reaching sound legal and policy conclusions; presenting case information through effective oral and written communication; delivering timely written reports; appearing before an appeal panel and responding to questions; and working with campus units, human resources representatives, and legal counsel to identify appropriate remediation where appropriate and necessary.
- Serve as a principal investigator for sexual misconduct-related claims involving senior faculty, University administrators, and other high profile University personnel.
- Serve as a principal investigator for matters involving University Laboratory High School and University Primary School.
- Facilitate live Title IX hearings, including but not limited to serving in the role of decision maker. This responsibility includes responding to objections, making determinations surrounding relevance of evidence and testimony, maintaining decorum, and issuing the written determination result of the hearing.
- Respond on behalf of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complaints filed with federal and state agencies, including preparing position statements and verified responses, responding to information requests, preparing employee witnesses to testify before federal and state agencies, and participating in fact-finding proceedings before agencies that enforce federal and state discrimination laws.
Committees, Information Requests, Guidance, Relationships
- Coordinate responses to FOIA requests, government agencies’ data requests, and subpoenas.
- Maintain and audit data relative to the investigations in which you were the principal investigator.
- Provide advice, guidance, and training to faculty and staff on issues of discrimination and harassment, accommodations and workplace climate.
- Maintain collaborative relationships with campus academic and administrative units, human resource offices, University legal counsel and federal and state agencies.
- Coordinate a pool of advisors to ensure that parties who are engaging in the Title IX grievance procedure have an advisor for hearings.
- Develop, present, and provide consultation for educational programs on civil rights compliance and equal opportunity issues related to employment and education.
- Stay abreast of federal and state laws and regulations concerning equal opportunities and access for employees and students, affirmative action and University employment policies and procedures for faculty, staff and academic professional employees.
- Serve on various committees and perform other related duties to further the mission of the university.
- Actively promote a healthy office culture that: supports the well-being and professional growth of all staff members, consistently attends to equity and diversity principles, and leverages the expertise and talent of all staff members to develop best practices and be leaders in our field.
- Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
- At least three years of relevant experience and demonstrated success in handling conflicts.
- At least three years of experience participating in administrative hearings, civil litigation, or criminal litigation.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations.
- Prior experience working with civil rights claims.
- Prior experience working in higher education with faculty, staff, and students.
- Experience operating in databases, responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, and working with Excel.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
- Strong organizational, planning, analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and with sound judgement.
- Demonstrated ability to manage high volume and time-sensitive workload.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to manage and work with human conflict.
- Ability to be detail oriented when working with databases and in generating system reports.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative and diverse environment.
- Strong commitment to diversity, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- Demonstrated knowledge and enforcement of federal and state civil rights laws.
This is a full-time (100%), twelve month non-tenure track academic professional position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full
To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by November 30, 2020. Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, resume and the names, address, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. For more information regarding application procedures, contact Adam VanDuyne at 217-265-6109 or [email protected].
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.