Civil Rights Investigator

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Civil Rights Investigator - Georgetown University's Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Civil Rights Investigator will be responsible for conducting civil rights investigations at Georgetown University, in particular investigations of complaints of alleged discrimination and harassment based on protected characteristics. The Civil Rights Investigator also will be responsible for conducting climate assessments within the University and supporting the University's disability compliance obligations. The Civil Rights Investigator will report to the Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Compliance within the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA).

The Investigator will work closely with multiple University offices and divisions including the Office of Human Resources, the Georgetown University Police Department, and the Office of General Counsel. The Investigator will be expected to act as a neutral party in conducting prompt and thorough investigations of alleged incidents, and will provide a detailed, unbiased report regarding the findings of the investigation. Among other things, Investigator responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting or assisting in conducting investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and hostile work environment based on protected categories, including age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and national origin, in particular where complaints are filed against employees
  • Developing an investigative plan for each complaint
  • Contacting parties and providing them with information about the investigatory process
  • Interviewing the complainant, respondent, and potential witnesses
  • Gathering relevant documentation
  • Keeping detailed, consistent, and accurate records
  • Maintaining timely communication with parties
  • Drafting and issuing reports regarding the findings of the investigation
  • Implementing and keeping apprised of new developments and best practices in Title IX and Civil Rights investigation procedures
  • Conducting Climate Assessments of University departments

In addition, the Investigator will be responsible for the following:
  • Coordinating reasonable accommodations for employees
  • Creating and delivering trainings related to employment equity issues, the University's grievance procedures, and employee reporting obligations
  • Providing support for University compliance obligations related to employment equity

  • At least 3 years of professional experience, at least 2 which should include experience conducting civil rights investigations, preferably in the higher education arena
  • Substantial experience working with diverse populations, including populations of color, the LGBTQ community, and persons with disabilities
  • J.D. preferred

Beneficial experience will include:
  • Familiarity with higher education
  • Experience conducting sensitive and confidential investigations, including in the area of sexual misconduct
  • Demonstrated skill in party and witness interview and investigation techniques
  • Experience in, and awareness of, the sensitivity required when interacting with a diverse community
  • Ability to produce high quality written work
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Ability to maintain neutrality and establish credibility with broad range of constituents, including faculty, staff, students, law enforcement, and others
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen well
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and respect for individual needs

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Need Assistance:

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at 202-687-4798 or [email protected].

Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 6/9/2033
Work Type: Full Time