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Civil Rights Investigator

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Legal Affairs, Other

Department:

Office of Equity and Inclusion

The Civil Rights Investigator will join the Office of Equity and Inclusion, which is responsible for providing, promoting, and coordinating the university's core values of inclusive excellence, equity, and diversity and ensuring university compliance with non-discrimination laws, regulations, and policies through prompt fair investigation of complaints, education, training, and community outreach.

Responsibilities:

The Investigator’s primary responsibility will be to investigate and produce comprehensive reports regarding complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and retaliation by students, faculty or staff including interviewing parties/witnesses, collecting evidence, and drafting high quality investigation reports, and appeals documents within established timelines. 

The Civil Rights Investigator will also play an important role in meeting the University's training and education obligations under Title IX, VAWA, Title VI, Title VII, the ADA, and other federal and/or state civil rights laws, and University System of Maryland and University policies. 

With guidance from the Director of Equity and Inclusion, the incumbent is independently responsible for a complaint case load, collaborating with key university designees throughout the investigative process, conducting legally sufficient investigations, making findings under University policies, meeting established timelines and treating all constituents engaged in the complaint process with sensitivity and neutrality. 

The incumbent may also serve as a Mediator, assisting members of the campus community with issues and addressing and resolving conflict through formal and informal conflict management and resolution processes. 

Summary of Responsibilities: 

  • Review initial reports, complaints, in a timely manner and ensure prompt response to reporting party.
  • Evaluate need for supplementary support, resources and interim measures.
  • Engage in informal resolution practices to address complaints, concerns or allegations when appropriate.
  • Conduct prompt and thorough investigations, including development of an investigative plan, identifying and interviewing witnesses, gathering and securing information and data, keeping accurate and thorough records and notes of the investigatory process. 
  • Ask appropriate questions during interviews using trauma informed methodology to gather information about alleged incidents of misconduct, discrimination, retaliation or harassment.
  • Draft notice of investigations, and essential correspondence related to processing of complaints.
  • Prepare comprehensive timely written report of information obtained during an investigation. 
  • Prepare for and participate in meetings, hearings or grievances related to results of investigations.
  • Assist in maintaining database related to reports of misconduct, discrimination, retaliation and harassment and develop reports, assess trends, and identify areas of concern.  
  • Collaborate with other campus offices, as needed, to coordinate and execute the University's timely response and investigation of complaints.
  • Stay abreast of regulations and statutes relating to discrimination, retaliation, harassment, sexual misconduct and gender-based violence including, but not limited to, Title II, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, the FMLA, VAWA, and Clery.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of educational materials and training tailored to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provide training and outreach to members of the University community. 
  • Attend ongoing training on employment discrimination and harassment, Title IX, and other federal laws and regulations, investigative techniques (including trauma-informed interviewing), diversity and inclusion.
  • Monitor developments in law, policy, and practice related to employment discrimination and harassment, Title IX, and sexual misconduct.
  • Conduct research on questions relevant to the analysis required in the course of investigations.
  • Work with confidential and highly sensitive information and maintain confidentiality in compliance with university policies, procedures, and state and federal regulations.
  • Complete other tasks and projects as assigned by the Director or Coordinator.
Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

At least two years of experience in conducting complaint, incident and/or grievance investigations and resolutions of Title IX, judicial affairs, social work/services, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, education, civil rights, law enforcement or discrimination complaints. 

Skills Required:

  • Excellent investigative, research, analytical, oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional writing skills including demonstrated skills in preparing witness notes and investigative reports. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate by phone, email, fax, mail, and in-person with reporting party, responding party, and their representatives to gather facts and information, schedule meetings, and provide regular case updates.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and grasp complex issues rapidly and accurately.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment working directly with individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish rapport and work cooperatively with various levels of faculty, staff, students, and outside agencies.
  • Ability to demonstrate ability to work independently prioritize and organize work effectively and meet established timelines and deadlines. 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed investigative techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to be resilient, flexible and creative in approaching complex problems.
  • Excellent work ethic and a high level of motivation and productivity.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
  • Familiarity with laws, regulations, and guidance important to post-secondary education, e.g., Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, the FMLA, VAWA, and FERPA.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Google Mail, Google Docs, Excel, Power Point, Adobe, and similar software.
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Juris Doctor
  • Experience in the higher education environment
  • Experience in conflict management
  • Experience using electronic databases and case management systems
  • Experience with student/ personnel data systems
  • Training in investigative techniques 
  • Training in Title IX and/or Title VII and/or Civil Rights Investigations and in sexual assault investigation 
  • Experience developing and delivering training
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration submit application materials by September 25, 2020 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).  
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-Time, 40 hours per week
Type: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
Benefits:

UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.

Contingent II positions may include some benefits

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Title IX

As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.

Accommodation: 

If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
   

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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