Eckerd College
  • - Student Affairs
  • St. Petersburg, FL, USA
  • Full Time

ECKERD COLLEGE

Position Description

Title IX Investigator

Department: Title IX

Position Title: Title IX Investigator

Immediate Supervisor: Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Dean of Students for Community Standards 

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

Position Summary:
The Title IX Investigator reports to the Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Dean of Students for Community Standards. The Investigator assists in resolving complaints based on the Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy as outlined in the Eckerd College Student Handbook (EC-Book) and the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual. This includes complaints regarding sexual misconduct, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, and protected class discrimination and harassment. The Investigator will conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation, which includes identifying and interviewing witnesses, gathering and securing relevant documentation, and analyzing the evidence gathered. The Investigator drafts and presents an investigative report at the conclusion of the investigation. The Investigator also will assist in investigations related to other types of discrimination and other violations of community standards.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Receive complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, and protected class discrimination and harassment related to retaliation.
• Investigate allegations related to Title IX against students and employees from inception to findings. This includes creating an investigative plan, conducting and memorializing witness interviews, making credibility assessments, preparing and presenting memoranda of findings and appropriate supporting documents, and communicating with the parties while protecting the neutrality, integrity, and privacy of the investigation.
• Identify College policies and/or Student Conduct Code provisions relevant to a complaint.
• Provide a detailed, unbiased report to the Title IX Coordinator of all information collected during the investigation.
• Partner with the Office of Community Standards, Title IX Coordinator, Office for Advocacy and Gender Justice, and Office of Human Resources to ensure equity in campus policies, processes, and investigations in compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
• Support campus investigations unrelated to Title IX, including complaints related to section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
• Participate in self-directed professional reading, develop professional contacts with colleagues, and attends professional development courses and trainings to ensure a full understanding of the legal requirements and best practices related to compliance with Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE, and other related federal and state laws.
• Participate in providing education, training, and outreach relating to Title IX for faculty, staff, and students.
• Identify best practices in Title IX investigations and integrate these into College procedures.
• Serve as an active participant on the College's Title IX Working Group.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution. A graduate degree in higher education, law, or other relevant discipline is preferred. Experience working in and/or with institutions of higher education is required.
• Minimum 2-4 years relevant professional investigatory experience in the education, employment, and/or law enforcement field.
• Knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state nondiscrimination laws, including Title IX, VAWA, Campus SaVE, Clery and other related laws and policies.
• Training as a Title IX Investigator or Civil Rights Investigator (or the ability to attend training within 60 days of employment) is required.
• Demonstrated ability to draft high quality investigative reports is required.
• Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet development, file management, and web page development and maintenance is expected.

Skills and Abilities:
• A collaborative approach to working with all constituencies within the Eckerd College community.
• A commitment to remaining open and unbiased in a diverse environment.
• Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues in a positive, constructive manner when faced with significant deadlines and workloads.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong public speaking and presentation skills.
• Excellent critical thinking skills, including the demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolutions.
• Ability to deal with sensitive topics while maintaining the highest degree of confidentiality and professional discretion.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in working with a diverse population.
• A clear understanding and appreciation of the role of a private, liberal arts college and commitment to its philosophy, mission, and objects.

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