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Civil Rights/Title IX Investigator

Company: Western Washington University
Location: Bellingham
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

About the Department serves faculty, staff, and students in ensuring that the campus climate is free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Executive Director for Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance Office also serves as the Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, and reports to the President.The Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance Office support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. About the Position Utilizing a trauma informed approach, you will investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence (sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking). You will provide training and outreach to members of the University community, monitor and log complaints, and perform related duties as assigned. You will collaborate with campus offices and partners, including the Dean of Students Office/Student Life, Prevention and Wellness Services, the Student Health Center, University Police, and the Counseling Center, among others. As the Title IX/Civil Rights Investigator, you will report to the Executive Director (ED), Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance.Position Duties and Responsibilities: Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Investigations (25%) Investigates complaints of discrimination and harassment, including but not limited to, reports of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and sexual violence (sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking).Acts as a neutral third party throughout all aspects of the investigation process and ensures a well-documented, prompt, fair, and impartial process for all parties. Mediates informal resolutions of complaints.Maintains a high level of confidentiality.Continuously identifies and integrates best practices in investigations. Title IX Complaint Investigations (25%) Collaborates and consults with the Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator to review and investigate Title IX complaints while ensuring a prompt, thorough, and equitable response to reports and incidents.Provides periodic, timely updates regarding status of complaints received to the Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator to identify and address any patterns or systemic problems and to ensure that Title IX policies are communicated to university stakeholders and constituencies.Mediates informal resolutions of complaints.Maintains a high level of confidentiality. Ensures a well-documented Title IX investigative process.Continuously identifies and integrates best practices in Title IX investigations. Investigatory Reports (25%) Composes comprehensive written investigative reports that clearly identify the issues investigated, summarize the evidence found, including information gathered from interviews conducted during the investigatory process, analyzes the matter within a legal framework, apply relevant laws, policies and procedures and make findings and recommendations. Database Management and Reporting (5%) Assists in maintaining database related to reports of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based discrimination and harassment. Develops and creates reports assessing trends and identifying areas of concern in the campus climate. Training (10%) Provides training on issues of discrimination and harassment, and engages in outreach to campus community. Assists in Response to Civil Rights Charges and other Requests for Information (5%) Assists in coordinating responses and/or position statements for civil rights charges filed externally, including, but not limited, charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, and the Office for Civil Rights. Other Duties as Assigned (5%) Participates in ongoing training on relevant federal and state laws and regulations and stays current with recent changes/guidance; investigative techniques, including trauma-informed interviewing and approaches; and cultural sensitivity.Assists in climate survey development, distribution, analysis, report writing, and follow-up. Required Qualifications Graduate Degree or equivalent combination of education and years of relevant experience;Minimum of three years of civil rights or similar investigation experience, including Title IX complaints or similar complaints;Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds;Demonstrated ability to provide support in the implementation of policies and procedures related to civil rights compliance with a focus on Title IX related matters;Demonstrated ability to investigate and resolve Title IX complaints of harassment and discrimination, and discrimination based on other legally protected characteristics;Demonstrated ability to conduct investigations with a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed approach;Demonstrated ability to mediate dispute resolutions;Knowledge of applicable Civil Rights laws and guidance, especially as it relates to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; knowledge of OCR guidance and VAWA regulations;Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey relevant information in clearly written investigative reports;Demonstrated ability to accurately analyze and apply legal and policy standards to specific factual situations;Demonstrated ability to write analytical and legally framed investigation reports;Demonstrated ability to handle a significant caseload, prioritize and organize work effectively, manage multiple high priorities and deadlines, and maintain detailed records in a fast-paced environment;Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment;Ability to establish rapport and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and outside agencies;Competence in Microsoft Office, including Excel. Preferred Qualifications JD or advanced degree in other relevant field;Title IX Investigation training and/or certification;Mediation training and/or certification and /or relevant experienceExperience working in a higher education setting and with college students. SalaryStarting salary range is $71,900 - $83,900, commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package. The full salary range for the position is $71,900 - $91,900. Application Instructions A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Keywords: Western Washington University, Bellingham , Civil Rights/Title IX Investigator, Other , Bellingham, Washington

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