ODE CASE MANAGER - UNIVERSITY STAFF PROFESSIONAL II

Location
Storrs Mansfield, Tolland County
Posted
Jan 24, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time


Under the administrative review of the Associate Vice President of the Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) and the Director of Case Management, assist in investigating and managing the University’s internal discrimination complaint caseload and matters which may directly result in disciplinary action.  Ensure that all investigation activities and ODE decisions are consistent with legal standards of review accepted by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Connecticut courts, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO).  At the direction of management, develop, implement, and evaluate goals and objectives related to affirmative action and diversity matters.  Responsible for ensuring that ODE’s programs and operations support and promote the University’s mission relative to diversity, multiculturalism, social equity and affirmative action.  As assigned, assist with diversity and sexual harassment prevention training in accordance with state and federal statutes.  

 Primary Accountabilities:

 Case Management:

In accordance with CHRO regulations, lead independent employment discrimination investigation activities from inception to resolution, and draft memoranda of findings and recommendations for University leadership. Prepare supporting documents and evidentiary materials.  Where decisions result in findings of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, draft recommendations for discipline in accordance with personnel policies and various collective bargaining unit agreements of faculty and staff, and consult with the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations and the General Counsel’s Office relative to implementation of the same.  In accordance with CHRO regulations, monitor implementation of affirmative action office discrimination complaint recommendations.

Assist in maintaining ODE’s discrimination case database that shall include access to confidential information which may be used in collective bargaining.  Assist with preparation and maintenance of statistical, demographic, and subject matter data necessary to respond to inquiries regarding the University’s discrimination complaint management system and annual Affirmative Action Plan.

Typical Activities:

  • Review and synthesize discrimination, harassment, and retaliation allegations and determine if allegations and preliminary findings call for suspension or administrative leave of parties pending closure of investigation.  Develop investigative strategy and assist with implementation of interim measures where necessary.
  • Provide updates and advise parties, direct supervisors, senior management, and parties’ advocates (legal counsel or union representatives) on investigative process.
  • Lead witness interviews, review personnel files, supervisory files and disciplinary history of relevant parties.  Analyze witness statements, make credibility assessments, record findings of fact, and communicate with parties and witness advocates while protecting the independence, integrity, and confidentiality of the investigation.
  • Draft and present memoranda of findings and appropriate supporting documents related to the resolution of each matter, including but not limited to sworn statements, requests for information, and correspondence with parties and witness advocates (legal counsel or union representatives).
  • Where there is no finding of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, counsel all parties on legal definitions of discrimination and other options for resolving conflict.  In cases where there is a finding of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, recommend resolutions that mitigate harm to complainants and deter future offenses as required by statutes and applicable regulations.
  • Ensure commitment to non-retaliation during investigation for all parties involved in the complaint and investigation.
  • Facilitate ADA requests for accommodations by employees.
  • Interface with the Department of Human Resources, the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations, union representatives and opposing counsel relative to informal conflict resolution, remedial action/training, progressive discipline, reprimand, termination, stipulated agreements, pre-determination conciliation agreements, and other methods of resolution.
  • Advise Search Compliance Coordinators and Search Committees on all matters related to faculty and staff recruiting and hiring activities.

Policy Development:

Develop and review University-wide policies and procedures that further institutional civil rights and affirmative action and diversity objectives regarding employee conduct.  Conduct legal research, and regularly update knowledge and awareness of trends and laws related to discrimination issues at institutions of higher education.  At the direction of the ODE Associate Vice President, serve as liaison and representative to internal and external committees and professional associations.

Training:

Assist the ODE Associate Vice President in ensuring that diversity training and sexual harassment prevention curriculum complies with state and federal mandates.  Assist the ODE Associate Vice President in preparing, presenting, and/or overseeing diversity training and sexual harassment prevention training for supervisory and non- supervisory employees of the main campus in Storrs and regional campuses.

Perform other duties as assigned by the ODE Associate Vice President and/or Director of Case Management.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Education and work experience: Resume indicating J.D., current license to practice law (in good standing), and a minimum of two years of recent and substantive work experience in employment litigation or in conducting employment-based discrimination and discriminatory harassment investigations.
  2. Strong command and working knowledge of basic and advanced principles of employment discrimination statutes, regulations and case law.
  3. Resume reflecting demonstrated skill in witness examination/interview and investigation techniques, including leading effective party and witness interviews; producing high quality written work products for review by state and federal agencies and/or courts of law; and developing and negotiating resolutions.
  4. Demonstrated ability to independently and efficiently manage a significant caseload.
  5. Superb written and verbal communication skills and strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  6. Strong work ethic and attention to detail: Highly motivated, self-directed execution of routine and special projects.  
  7. Strong interpersonal skills: Demonstrated ability to function well in both leader and teammate roles and interact with colleagues and superiors in a positive and constructive manner when faced with significant deadlines or workloads.  Exhibit enthusiasm and ability to build effective working/networking relationships across campus and also with state/federal civil rights agencies and relevant professional associations.
  8. Demonstrated ability to exercise high level of discretion and good judgment, and ability to quickly establish credibility with broad range of constituents, including executives, administration, faculty, staff, student groups and unions.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. Demonstrated achievements in state or federal court trial practice or motion practice (particularly summary judgment motions).
  2. Demonstrated ability to work constructively with diverse populations, and participation in, or support of, organizations that promote diversity or affirmative action.
  3. Experience relative to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, including evaluation of requests for accommodations.

Salary $75,000-$80,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits package is available.  Applications received by February 28, 2014 will be given preference.

Home to the UConn campus, the Storrs-Mansfield community is in the midst of an exciting, multi-year transformation, offering a lively downtown center that brings together University and local residents with premium amenities including diverse housing, shopping, and dining opportunities.  Epitomizing the classic New England community, Storrs and its surrounding neighborhoods offer an enjoyable blend of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities while also providing easy access to major metropolitan areas New York, Boston and Providence.

Applicants please apply online using Husky Hire and include a cover letter detailing experience and qualifications, resume, and list of three references. Search # 2014453. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on March 21, 2014.


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff.  The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community.  As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.