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Equal Opportunity Specialist/Title IX Investigator

Apply now Job no: 521496
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Human Resources

Department: Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $65,000 - $80,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2017-2018
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
January 26, 2018; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.
• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.
• At least three professional references, one of which must be current supervisor (or most recent supervisor if not currently employed). Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.
• Answers to the following supplemental questions. Number your responses to correspond to the questions and describe your experience and training related to each question. Please limit responses to no more than 4 pages. Note: this will also be assessed as a writing sample.

1. Describe your professional experience conducting formal complaint investigations, including the nature of the investigations and for whom they were conducted. Please briefly describe your process for conducting investigations.

2. Describe your experience working on issues regarding equal opportunity and prohibited discrimination related to state and federally protected classes (outside of the context of conducting investigations). What was your role in connection with those issues? What did you find most rewarding and most difficult in working on those issues?

3. Describe your experience working with individuals 1) from diverse backgrounds, and 2) in stressful or traumatic situations. Please identify and discuss at least two key issues to pay attention to when working with these populations.

Department Summary
The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity is responsible for working with all members of the University of Oregon community to ensure that the university is meeting the letter and spirit of its legal obligations related to affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, and to support the university's commitment to diversity.

Position Summary
The Equal Opportunity Specialist/Title IX Investigator plays a critical role in the university's response to reported incidents of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by facilitating alternative resolutions and conducting formal investigations of alleged misconduct involving students, staff, and faculty, and also by engaging in campus-wide prevention education efforts.

In all areas of responsibility, the Equal Opportunity Specialist/Title IX Investigator must have a solid understanding of Title VII, Title IX, and other applicable legal requirements and standards, and the ability to apply that understanding appropriately to the facts of each individual situation. The Equal Opportunity Specialist/Title IX Investigator must have the ability to work effectively with administrators, faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds, working at multiple levels within the institution, and at all times appropriately maintain the confidentiality of the issues handled by the office.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
• Three to five years of relevant professional experience conducting formal complaint investigations and resolutions, preferably involving issues of alleged harassment and discrimination.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated experience in successful assessment, investigation, and resolution of complaints including, but not limited to, strong skills in conducting interviews, reviewing evidence and information, and facilitating conflict resolutions.
• Demonstrated ability to accurately analyze and apply legal and policy standards to specific factual patterns.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey relevant information in clearly written reports and in communications with parties.
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work effectively in a culturally-competent manner with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain professional working relationships with campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
• Ability to deal with sensitive and/or stressful situations in a professional and confidential manner and to maintain neutrality in the face of resistance, indifference, or hostility.
• Demonstrated ability to handle a significant caseload, manage multiple deadlines, and maintain detailed records.
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and collaboratively.
• Demonstrated ability to support diversity and inclusion in every aspect and responsibility associated with the job.
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles of due process, fairness, and respect.

Preferred Qualifications
• J.D. or other advanced degree in a related field
• Experience conducting investigations of cases involving sexual misconduct.
• Experience working in or with institutions of higher education, including experience working with students.
• Experience developing and presenting training sessions, preferably on prohibited discrimination/equal opportunity issues.

FLSA Exempt: Yes


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.

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