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About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Note: This position is being posted at two levels for one full-time vacancy. The selected candidate's experience will determine which level is filled.

Investigator Job Summary

Under general direction of the Associate Director of Equal Opportunity, the Investigator will effectively investigate alleged violations of campus non-discrimination policies, including discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation. The Investigator will serve as a trusted campus resource on Title IX and other discrimination matters, lead trainings on civil rights law and associated campus procedures, and serve as a liaison to state and federal offices. Will partner and collaborate with the senior staff on the most complex cases.

Senior Investigator Job Summary

Under general direction of the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, the Senior Investigator will effectively investigate alleged violations of campus non-discrimination policies, including discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation. The Senior Investigator will serve as a trusted campus resource on Title IX and other discrimination matters, develop and lead trainings on civil rights law and associated campus procedures, and serve as a liaison to state and federal offices. Provides expertise to others in the office regarding more complex cases.

Investigator Essential Functions

INVESTIGATIONS including:

* Intake of informal and formal complaints and recommendation of necessary interim measures;
* Fact-based investigations including scheduling, witness interviews, evidence reviews, and drafting of investigative reports;
* Collaboration with a team of peer investigators to provide mutual support, sharing of best practices, and review of institutional consistency in investigations;
* All records and case management associated with complaints and investigations.
* Partner effectively with university leadership, human resources, dean of students, and academic personnel to appropriately address matters brought to the EO office. Works with senior staff and other experts on the most complex investigations to ensure prompt and thorough resolution

ONGOING EDUCATION and PARTNERSHIP, including:

* Deliver training on civil rights laws and university policies & practices;
* Building trusting and collaborative relationship with university constituencies;
* Represent EO on university committees, task forces, etc.
* Prepare and/or edit educational materials including brochures, website, manuals, etc.
* Other duties as assigned.

Senior Investigator Essential Functions

INVESTIGATIONS including:

* Intake of informal and formal complaints and recommendation of necessary interim measures;
* Fact-based investigations including scheduling, witness interviews, evidence reviews, and drafting of investigative reports;
* Collaboration with a team of peer investigators to provide expertise, mutual support, sharing of best practices, and review of institutional consistency in investigations;
* All records and case management associated with complaints and investigations.
* Partner effectively with university leadership, human resources, dean of students, and academic personnel to appropriately address matters brought to the EO office.

ONGOING EDUCATION and PARTNERSHIP, including:

* Create and deliver training on civil rights laws and university policies & practices;
* Building trusting and collaborative relationship with university constituencies;
* Represent EO on university committees, task forces, etc.
* Prepare and/or edit educational materials including brochures, website, manuals, etc.
* Make recommendations for policy changes as appropriate.
* Other duties as assigned.

Investigator Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of related investigatory experience
* Knowledge of federal and state civil rights laws, including Title IX, ADA, Title VII, etc.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Ability to work in a confidential environment
* Experience working with diverse populations
* Exceptional levels of professionalism and tact
* Excellent presentation skills
* Ability to anticipate and identify problems, use sound judgment and fact-based analysis to develop effective and efficient solutions
* Demonstrated application of judgment based on experience and knowledge

Investigator Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* Masters degree in related field or J.D.
* Knowledge of trauma-informed practices
* Experience working with victims of sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, etc.
* Experience in conducting investigations within higher education and/or a unionized environment
* Mediations Skills

Senior Investigator Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* Bachelor's degree and five (5) years of related investigatory experience
* Knowledge of federal and state civil rights laws, including Title IX, ADA, Title VII, etc.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Ability to work in a confidential environment
* Exceptional levels of professionalism and tact
* Demonstrated skill and experience creating and delivering training on civil rights laws and university policies & practices to a diverse population;
* Mediation Skills
* Ability to anticipate and identify problems, use sound judgment and fact-based analysis to develop effective and efficient solutions
* Demonstrated application of judgment based on experience and knowledge

Senior Investigator Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* Master's degree in related field or J.D.
* Knowledge of trauma-informed practices
* Experience working with victims of sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, etc.
* Experience in conducting investigations within higher education and/or a unionized environment

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.

Additional Details

Please apply online with your resume and cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin on February 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Work Schedule

M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Salary Information

Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Jan 22 2019 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close:


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