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Office of Institutional Equity Investigator

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO

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This position conducts investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, protected class discrimination and harassment, and conflict of interest in amorous relationships. Support facilitation of informal resolutions, to include education and training.


Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.


Job Duties:

Conduct prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations into allegations of protected class harassment and discrimination, sexual misconduct (including intimate partner abuse, dating and domestic violence, and stalking), and related retaliation that fall under UCCS jurisdiction in a timely manner. Collecting intake information in an efficient and supportive manner and being sensitive to cultural issues; Providing thorough information to involved parties, including details regarding the policies and procedures utilized and enforced by the OIE.Evaluating the nature and the urgency of the situation and determine the appropriate course of action.Interviewing complainants, respondents, and all relevant witnesses, analyzing and synthesizing information gained through the investigation process, and composing a clear and concise final report detailing the information obtained and the logical reasoning used to reach a conclusion.Establishing and maintaining files and databases, including performing database entry, maintaining scanned files, ensuring cases are entered appropriately and consistently, and checking each physical file for compliance with required documentation.Monitoring compliance of all requirements and timelines specified by university procedures. In support of continuity of care, collaborate with the designated Employee Relations professionals in the Human Resources Office (regarding staff), Provost’s Office (regarding faculty), and Dean of Students Office (regarding students) on complaints which are determined to be either outside of OIE’s jurisdiction or not a violation of policy. Refer individuals to necessary resources and coordinate such referrals with those agencies and departments. Conduct informal resolutions for allegations of less severe misconduct.Support the development and delivery of trainings and educational programs to the UCCS community on University policies and procedures related to protected class harassment and discrimination, sexual misconduct, and conflict of interest in amorous relationships, and inform these constituents about the complaint procedures and investigative processes. Assist with creating, maintaining, analyzing and reporting data. Support the UCCS mission of upholding a positive learning, working, and living environment, by participating in campus committees, as determined with supervisor. Other related duties as assigned.  

Job Competencies:

OIE manages hundreds of complaints every year. This position requires an individual who exercises sound judgment and critical thinking, is immediately prepared to deal with a variety of complex issues, and has experience dealing with difficult situations in a highly complex organization. The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are necessary to fulfill the job requirements:

Training in conducting investigations and/or internal audits, preferably through a nationally recognized organizationGeneral understanding of Title IX, Title VII, ADA, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidance, and Office for Civil Rights GuidanceExcellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to produce a well-written investigative report based on sophisticated logical reasoningHigh level of analytical thinkingDetail oriented The demonstrated ability to maintain a professional, calm, non-judgmental attitude The demonstrated ability to understand, interpret, and apply policies  

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $50,000 - $60,540


The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

Tentative Search Timeline:

    The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 30 July, 2021.The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of 11 August, 2021.The potential employee start date is 1 September 2021.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree One year of professional investigative experience, or two years of experience related to the duties of the position Demonstrated ability to analyze complex situations, determine facts, exercise good judgment, identify solutions, and consistently apply policies, procedures, and laws. Demonstrated experience in effectively managing highly confidential and sensitive matters and attention to detail.  

Preferred Requirements

A graduate degree in Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Counseling, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Law, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Human Resources or another related field. Experience conducting investigations in higher education. Prior completion of investigative training or certification through a nationally recognized organization. Experience and/or training in forms of conflict resolution including conflict coaching, mediation, facilitated dialogues, and restorative justice. Experience developing and facilitating prevention trainings for sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment.  

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is occasionally required to move. Tasks may involve using a computer screen continuously for long periods of time, talking and hearing within normal range. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

    Job Category: Business Services
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Jul 12, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing
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