Civil Rights Investigator
Job location: Charlottesville, VA
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-17
The Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) at the University of Virginia (the University) is responsible for administering the University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Statement and related policies and procedures. EOCR’s mission is to ensure equal opportunity and to protect the civil rights of all University community members (faculty, staff, and students) through proactive outreach, education, and effective response and resolution.
The University seeks applications to fill one full-time EOCR-Title IX Investigator position on the EOCR team. As a member of the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR), the EOCR-Title IX Investigator supports the University’s commitment to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning, living, and working environment. The EOCR-Title IX Investigator does this primarily by conducting prompt and equitable alternative and formal resolutions in response to all reports of sexual and gender-based harassment and other forms of interpersonal violence, as well as reports of other forms of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, involving faculty, staff, and students. In addition, as a member of the EOCR team, the EOCR-Title IX Investigator routinely and actively participates in education, outreach, and engagement activities with and for the University community related to EOCR’s mission and scope of work.
The EOCR-Title IX Investigator will have the opportunity to contribute to the efforts and accomplishments of the overall EOCR team, with primary and particular emphasis on the University’s Title IX compliance program, which is an integral part of the EOCR team. Key priority areas include:
Investigation and Response
Conduct prompt, thorough, impartial, and equitable investigations of reports of Title IX and Sexual or Gender-Based Prohibited Conduct , including those involving allegations of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, sexual assault and non-consensual sexual contact/intercourse intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, retaliation, and/or complicity consistent with the University’s Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence (Sexual Misconduct Policy) and related procedures.
Conduct prompt, thorough, impartial, and equitable investigations of allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation the University’s Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment Policy (PADH Policy) and Preventing and Addressing Retaliation Policy (PAR Policy) and related Procedures.
Related responsibilities include preparing an investigative plan and timeline, identifying and interviewing witnesses, gathering and securing relevant evidence, and preparing a comprehensive investigative reports and recommended findings and/or remedial actions, as appropriate.
Responsible for effective collaboration and communication with Student Affairs, Employee Relations/Human Resources, Office of the Provost, University Police Department, and other key stakeholders and partners.
When appropriate, assist with the University's response to charges or complaints filed with federal or state agencies (e.g., EEOC, OFCCP, OCR) by University community members.
Case Management and Assessment
Responsible for accurate, timely, and comprehensive documentation of all alternative and formal case resolutions, as well as trainings and presentations, to which the EOCR-Title IX investigator is assigned.
Responsible for remaining current and knowledgeable about legal and legislative updates relevant to the mission of the EOCR office and identify and integrate best practices to enhance policies, procedures, and practices.
Assist the EOCR management team (e.g., Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, EOCR Compliance Director, and the AVP for EOCR) with conducting periodic assessments of the effectiveness of University policies and procedures, including the overall efficacy of coordination and overall response by the University to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation.
Outreach and Education
Assist EOCR management with providing comprehensive training, education, and outreach on the Title IX Policy, PADH Policy, and/or the PAR Policy and related procedures to faculty, staff, and students.
Assist EOCR management with the development of training, marketing, and other educational materials to raise awareness of the rights and responsibilities of our University community to cultivate a community free of discrimination and harassment.
Assist EOCR management with the development, coordination, and implementation of regular events hosted by or supported by EOCR to raise awareness in the University community about all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as the University’s policies and procedures related to such issues.
Represent EOCR at campus and community meetings, workshops, or similar events, as necessary and appropriate.
Knowledge Areas, Skills, or Abilities:
Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree with a least four years of civil rights related investigative experience; preference will be given to candidates with five years of civil rights-related investigative experience in Title VI, Title VII, Title IX or related substantially equivalent state statutes and/or the domestic/ sexual violence field. A Juris Doctorate (JD) with a minimum of two years of civil rights-related investigative experience is strongly preferred. Candidates with mediation training and/or experience working in an institution of higher education or with a federal or state civil rights agency are strongly encouraged to apply.
A competitive applicant for the EOCR-Title IX Investigator role will have many of the following knowledge, skills, and/or abilities:
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret federal, state and local equal opportunity, civil rights, and non-discrimination laws and regulations that apply to the employment and educational settings at a public university (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women’s Act, the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964).
Strong analytical, writing, and critical thinking skills; ability to problem solve, analyze, summarize, and effectively present data in a sound and supportable manner.
Strong presentation and facilitation skills with emphasis on education and training for a wide audience.
Demonstrated organizational, planning, and time management skills as well as the ability to prioritize multiple projects and priorities.
Demonstrated experience with and commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, staff or other individuals from diverse backgrounds in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Deep sensitivity to and thorough understanding of the impact of trauma on individuals who have experienced sexual and gender-based harassment and other forms of interpersonal violence.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage change and build consensus while maintaining a high level of confidentiality.
Demonstrated computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Word, and Power Point.
This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at email@example.com.
How to Apply:
Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration, please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.
Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for R0019934. Complete an application online, attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and a writing sample (i.e.: an investigative report, position statement, notice of finding, or a legal brief analyzing a civil rights issue) and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).
Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for R0019934. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.