Investigator at University of Denver in United States

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Investigators provide professional and technical support to the Office of Equal Opportunity by assessing, investigating and resolving discrimination and/or harassment complaints on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. This includes investigating alleged violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Investigators are a key partner in ensuring DU's compliance with federal, state, and local law in the area of equal opportunity. The work requires sound judgment and skill in applying equal opportunity principles and prevailing legal standards to solve complex problems with decisive action. We are searching for a driven, proactive, impartial individual who is seeking a challenge as our Investigator. The Investigator should have a positive attitude, an active, energetic mind, and a working style characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to inclusive excellence, openness, flexibility, integrity, and kindness.

The Investigator will conduct initial review and complete investigations of allegations of discrimination or harassment (including allegations of gender-based violence) involving faculty, staff and students at the University of Denver. Investigations will include conducting a preliminary review of the complaint, making determinations concerning the necessity for a formal investigation, interviewing relevant individuals and reviewing documents or other evidence. Investigators are expected to understand which issues are appropriate for them to resolve on their own and which issues need to be referred to the Director of Equal Opportunity or the University's Title IX Coordinator.

Position Summary

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is guided by the University of Denver's commitment to create and maintain an academic and work environment where its students, faculty and staff are able to thrive free of harassment or discrimination. The OEO helps to realize the University's commitment to and aspirations for development, implementation, execution, and monitoring of the federal and state mandated EEO policies and programs. This also includes programmatic responsibilities such as supporting the University's Title VII and Title IX policies through prompt, effective and remedial investigative responses to complaints of harassment and discrimination brought by students, faculty, staff and third parties and set forth in various university policies and guidelines.

Essential Functions

  • Intake complaints and assess appropriate resolution process and procedural protocol to be followed.

  • Provide consultation and education to students, faculty, and/or staff on discriminatory practices, equity matters, policies, procedures, and options for resolution of complaint matters.

  • Investigate complaints of discrimination and harassment filed by students, staff, faculty, or other individuals in compliance with federal, state or local laws, executive orders and University policies and procedures.

  • Process investigations, analyses and report findings and conclusions of complaints filed with the OEO.

  • Ensure effective, efficient, thorough and impartial investigations while ensuring attention to detail and accuracy regarding facts, relevance and investigation documentation.

  • Investigation duties will include, but are not limited to: developing an investigation plan, analyzing complaint to identify allegations, interviewing complainant and respondents, identifying and interviewing witnesses, identifying and collecting relevant documentation, appropriately documenting interviews and other investigation findings according to the OEO investigation process format and analyzing information gleaned from investigation to determine findings.

  • Report detailed written analysis and findings from complaint investigation to the appropriate administrator in accordance with applicable EEO legal requirements and the OEO investigation process format.

  • Provide regular updates to the OEO team about case management approach, status and progress.

  • Maintain accurate and thorough investigatory records and reports of finding(s).

  • Prepare materials for, assist with, and participate in appeals, as necessary.

  • Facilitate, within specific time constraints, informal resolution of protected class complaints, when appropriate.

  • Document efforts and conclusion of informal resolution.

  • Interact with students, faculty, managers, administrators, and employees at all levels of the University in performing investigative and informal resolution duties.

  • Collaborate with University Counsel and Employee Relations with investigations involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Civil Rights, as well as complaints raised by other applicable outside agencies, organizations and constituencies.

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of involvement of the OEO and recommend to the appropriate administrator matters to be referred.

  • Collaborate with other campus offices as appropriate.

  • Serve as one of the subject matter experts on equity and diversity matters and related policies and procedures.

  • Review and participate in updates to University OEO policies and procedures to ensure compliance with equal opportunity laws and regulations.

  • Provide education and training to students, faculty and staff on issues of prohibited harassment or discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, as assigned.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the University's Inclusive Excellence Principles.

  • Provide other services as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of HR functions and ability to properly refer participants to the appropriate resource(s).

  • Knowledge and experience working with EO principles contained within Title VI, VII, IX, VAWA/SaVE, ADA, ADEA, and other relevant anti-discrimination laws and regulations specific to higher education, including FERPA and the Clery Act.

  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to and interact with all levels of organizational staff.

  • Basic knowledge of trauma-informed investigation practices.

  • Basic knowledge of gender-based violence dynamics including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.

  • Ability to present findings and support the decision-making process in an objective manner by producing comprehensive and critical reports.

  • Demonstrated ability to balance a demanding caseload while managing time effectively.

  • Unquestionable integrity, confidentiality and professionalism in a wide variety of situations.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with training and/or experience in objective writing.

  • Proficient level computer skills, including use of database, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • 2 years of investigative experience with an understanding of and experience with anti-discrimination laws and policies.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Advanced degree, with JD strongly preferred.

  • Prior experience working in higher education.

  • Prior experience conducting civil rights investigations involving students and/or employees.

  • Prior experience with and understanding of Title IX

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.

2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.

3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.

2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Some evenings and weekends as required by the job

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on May 1, 2019

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:

Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover Letter

  3. Writing sample of investigative report that includes analysis of facts

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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