Director of Investigations MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX

Description

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX and Title IX Administrator, this position is responsible for implementing prompt, effective and appropriate responses to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation prohibited by the University’s nondiscrimination policies. Specifically, this position will oversee investigations of reported discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, involving students, staff, faculty, visitors and volunteers, including faculty who also serve as physicians with in the MU Healthcare System and individuals employed by MU Extension. The Associate Director will supervise a staff of five Equity Consultants/Investigators, a case manager and intern(s).

Additionally, the DOI/Associate Director will conduct intake meetings with parties to complaints, investigate complex or high profile cases and prepare investigative reports as necessary. The DOI/Associate Director will also arrange for provision of interim remedial measures; collaborate with Equity Consultants/Investigators on investigations; resolve complaints involving parties which involve conflict resolution; and monitor complaint activity for patterns or systemic issues.

The DOI/Associate Director will work with the Asst. Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX to develop protocols and strategies in support of equity and inclusion, including assisting in the creation and delivery of training and education and reviewing University policies for compliance with Federal laws and regulations. The DOI/Associate Director will act as delegate for the Asst. Vice Chancellor of Civil Rights & Title IX in training, education, communications with parties and campus partners, complaint processing, investigations, drafting of correspondence, drafting of decisions, preparation of case status reports and initiative briefings, climate assessments, and related duties as necessary, and will be capable to serve as the acting Title IX Administrator if required.

The DOI/Associate Director will be involved in real-time client assistance, prevention and training activities, committees and task forces, and performing other professional administrative work related to the mission of the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX, as assigned.

Company Bio: MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Responsibilities

Case Management, Investigation and Resolution of Reports and Complaints:

  • Manage the daily responsibilities associated with conducting investigations of discrimination on campus
  • Assist investigators in the development and execution of an investigation plan
  • Gather and secure relevant documentation related to investigations and resolutions
  • Keep accurate and thorough records and notes of the investigatory process and periodically audit case files
  • Advocate for improvements in the investigatory process
  • Continuously identify and integrate advances in the Title IX/Civil Rights investigation arena into knowledge base and practice
  • Provide ongoing updates and timelines to administrators and stakeholders involved in the Equity Resolution Process
  • Engage in threat assessment Data Management, Tracking and Reporting
  • Monitor complaint and reporting activity to identify patterns
  • Assist in documenting and addressing pattern behavior or systemic concerns
  • Manage and standardize the utilization of the Office case management system
  • Periodically audit the case management system for compliance with established procedures guiding data entry, and revise and update data entry procedures as necessary
  • Attend committee meetings related to the improvement of the case management system
  • Continuously identify and advocate for improvements and updates within the case management system
  • Build and request data reports to assist in discovering anomalies and patterns in reporting and anomalies regarding how data is entered
  • Work with the Clery Coordinator to provided needed data for the Annual Fire Safety and Security Report
  • Produce a comprehensive OCRT9 annual report which provides a statistical breakdown of the reports received and contextual information concerning the campus climate and emerging trends

Training:

  • Assist with developing and conducting training for hearing panelists and appellate officers
  • Conduct training of campus stakeholders and various departments and offices as needed or requested
  • Provide training to educate individuals involved in the Equity Resolution Process on an ad hoc or scheduled basis

Collaboration and Development of Best Practices and Procedures:

  • Collaborate with campus and community partners to continuously identify and integrate best practices in Title IX, Title VII, Title VI and Title II investigations and resolutions

Other:

  • Participate in conferences, workshops, trainings, etc. to stay current in field
  • Serve on related committees and panels as requested

Supervision Received:

Position will report to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX, Title IX Administrator

Qualifications / Requirements

Minimum Competencies:

  • Ability to comfortably and confidently interact with faculty and staff at all levels of the institution as well as with undergraduate and graduate students, and with other key constituents such as University Police, Residential Life staff, Student Affairs staff, etc.
  • Experience facilitating dialogue across varied points of view.
  • Ability to maintain high quality/standard of work, ethics, commitment, and professional responsibility
  • Ability to research, thoroughly understand, interpret, communicate, and apply technical procedures and policies as well as federal and state laws.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set priorities, coordinate multiple projects, and supervise assignments and investigations with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, web-based systems and resources, and online calendaring and email applications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • JD, MA or certificate in related area
  • Experience in public higher education
  • Experience supervising professional staff
  • Skilled in a trauma-informed approach to Title IX work
  • Experience in developing and delivering diversity, equity and inclusion related training programs
  • Recent certification(s) in Title IX and/or Civil Rights investigation or coordination

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.