University of Rochester Lead Equal Opp Investigator - 223277 in Rochester, New York
Lead Equal Opp Investigator
School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Med School Finance M&D
8 AM-5 PM
The Lead position is responsible to oversee, educate, and train the EO Investigators and investigate internal complaints brought under University Policy 106 (the Policy against Discrimination and Harassment). Serve the University's interest in conducting fair and impartial investigations into complaints in ways that build trust in the University community and meet the University's legal obligations to address claims of discrimination and harassment. Make and document findings that serve as the basis for significant personnel decisions as well as potential evidence in administrative agency investigations and lawsuits.
Stand in for the Director of EO Investigations as requested and oversee the daily protocols and processes of the EO Investigations.
Under the direction of the Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Director of EO Investigations, VP/CDO for Equity & Inclusion, and Associate VP for Equity & Inclusion/Sr. Associate Dean for SMD this position is housed in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, but will serve across all University campuses:
Exercising independent judgment and initiative informed by knowledge of relevant University policies, laws and regulations, the Investigator shall:
Receive complaints from all members of the University community and visitors, asserting violations by, faculty, staff and others of the University's Policy against Discrimination and Harassment, Policy 106.
Review complaints to assess potential violations of Policy 106 and/or applicable laws and regulations.
Assess content of complaint in light of policy to determine need for investigation versus other potential responses.
Identify and recommend to supervisors and others informal responses to complaints that may not require investigation.
Develop investigation plans.
Create plan for conducting interviews and reviewing documents, taking into account the issues raised in the complaint, and which witnesses and other sources of information may have information relevant to the legal and policy issues raised.
Make appropriate judgments about which sources of information to consult and what questions to ask.
Communicate with complainants, respondents and/or others regarding the plan and timeline for completion.
Implement investigation plans.
Apply professional judgment and experience in questioning witnesses and reviewing other information sources.
Exercise flexibility and judgment to change investigation plan as appropriate, depending on information gathered, new issues raised.
Manage time, often while conducting multiple investigations simultaneously, to conduct comprehensive investigation within timelines required by policy, law and best practices.
Communicate with witnesses, complainants, respondents and others with discretion, impartiality, professionalism and confidentiality appropriate to the context.
Present investigative findings in written reports to Policy 106 decision makers, who are high-level supervisors, deans, the University Provost and Vice Presidents across the University.
Prepare reports that synthesize complex facts, and that are clearly written, succinct, and focused on the issues relevant to the complaint.
Make findings of fact and clearly analyze whether or not the specific allegations have been substantiated by the investigation.
Maintain accurate records of complaints, assessments, investigations, outcomes, and communications.
Assist in producing periodic reports of complaints and resolutions to University Trustees, senior leaders, state and federal governmental agencies and members of the University community.
Help connect complainants, respondents and witnesses, with other University resources that may provide alternative or additional support, interim and protective measures, guidance and assistance.
Develop and/or present communications and training for students, faculty and staff across entire University community on issues relating to discrimination and harassment.
Assist other offices, including Title IX office, with similar training as available.
Serve as the Lead for EO Investigators who are responsible for conducting intake, developing investigation plans, and implementing investigation plans.
Lead, assign and review the work of the EO Investigators for intake and investigations and other staff assigned to provide EO support.
Ensure all EO Investigators develop investigation plans consistent with the claims and that all cases are investigated as stated in the investigation plan.
Review all draft investigatory reports.
Review employees’ work in progress or upon completion to ascertain accuracy, adequacy and adherence to laws, regulations, best practices, and university policies and procedures.
Provide training to EO Investigators to ensure all standard operating procedures are followed.
Coordinate closely with the Director of EO Investigations and OEI/SMD leadership to ensure strategic alignment of work, and forward movement of process and procedures.
Provide reports to the Director of EO Investigations as requested and attend staff meetings with subordinates and leadership.
Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Human Resources, law enforcement, social work, criminal justice, psychology, or related field. Juris Doctorate degree required.
Minimum of two to three years of professional experience in civil litigation and demonstrated experience and ability in conducting investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, composing clear, concise, timely and professionally written investigative reports, managing confidential information, and independently and efficiently managing a significant caseload.
Professional experience conducting investigations in a higher-education, non-profit or other relevant setting.
Demonstrated ability to determine and apply the appropriate legal standards in assessing and investigating allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Extensive knowledge of the elements of proof for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
In depth knowledge of the federal and state laws pertaining to civil rights, discrimination, harassment and affirmative action, as they apply to colleges and universities including the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (EEO).
Strong working familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 (Clery Act), the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), the Age of Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), all as amended where applicable, and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws and requirements.
NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.
How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
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