Job description

Job no: 507981
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Office of Equal Opportunity
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Human Resources

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Under general direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator, the Investigator will effectively investigate alleged violations of campus non-discrimination policies, including discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation. Will be assigned to work under the direction of other senior staff on complex cases.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct impartial fact-based investigations including scheduling, witness interviews, evidence reviews, and drafting of investigative reports.
  • Maintain all records and documentation associated with complaint investigations.
  • Work under the direction of senior staff and other experts on complex investigations to ensure prompt and thorough resolution of complaints.
  • Build trusting and collaborative relationships with university constituencies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three (3) years of demonstrated experience conducting investigations relating to allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and interpersonal violence utilizing trauma-informed practices, or Master’s degree in related field or J.D. with at least two (2) years of demonstrated experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations including Title IX, Title VII, ADA / Sec. 504, Violence Against Women Act and other applicable laws and regulations as required.
  • Knowledge of the principles of conducting trauma-informed investigations.
  • Ability to manage multiple, on-going caseload of reported and complaints filed under university policies and procedures.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated application of judgment based on experience and knowledge.
  • Discretion, good judgment, and ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Exceptional levels of professionalism and tact.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience in conducting investigations within higher education, particularly student- on- student Title IX conduct matters.
  • Experience in working in a unionized higher education environment.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Salary Information

Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. Finalists will be required to submit a writing sample. Applications received by May 7, 2021 will receive priority consideration. The search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Apr 26 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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Posted: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 7/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time