Arcadia University

Job Description: The Civil Rights Investigator has the responsibility for coordinating and conducting investigations into reports of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, and bias incidents under the purview of the University's Director of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR) and Title IX Coordinator. The Investigator works collaboratively in a team setting to successfully resolve incidents using contemporary investigative techniques. The Investigator will perform related tasks under the umbrella of civil rights compliance (e.g. Title IX, VAWA, Clery, Title VII), including record keeping, training and outreach to the University community, and intake, as well as other duties as assigned. The Investigator will frequently be called on to collaborate with Public Safety, Human Resources, and Student Affairs, the Office of the General Counsel, as well as other campus partners.

Location: Glenside

Essential Functions:

  • Personally conduct investigations under the direction of the Director of OECR and Title IX Coordinator, including, but not limited to, conducting interviews of parties and witnesses, analyzing complaints to identify allegations and witnesses, gathering and securing relevant documentation and other evidence, drafting detailed reports synthesizing and analyzing the evidence gathered, and participating in University proceedings related to complaints involving students, faculty, and staff.
  • As noted, under the direction of the Director of OECR and Title IX Coordinator, the Investigator will coordinate with campus offices and partners including but not limited to Public Safety, Human Resources, Student Affairs, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Athletics, and others.
  • Prepare professional, detailed, complete case reports for presentation to appropriate department administrators and, where applicable, local law enforcement. Maintain effective and professional working relationships with University Departments and local law enforcement officials.
  • Act as a neutral party throughout all aspects of investigation and ensure a prompt, fair, and neutral process for all parties. Respect the rights of impacted parties, including both complainants and respondents. Maintain a high level of confidentiality during all proceedings. Exhibit the highest standards of integrity and tact.
  • Ensure a well-documented investigative process. Maintain accurate and thorough records and notes of the investigatory process. Create comprehensive written investigative reports. Provide periodic, timely updates regarding the status of complaints received and investigations in progress to the Director of OECR and Title IX Coordinator, including through regular Title IX Team meetings and similar meetings.
  • Collaborate with the Director of OECR and Title IX Coordinator and University partners to identify and address any systemic problems. Work with other University stakeholders to ensure the office's policies are updated in accordance with federal and state law, and communicated to all constituencies (students, faculty, and staff).
  • Assist the Title IX Coordinator with the development and implementation of a case management database to organize, manage, and track incidents.
  • Maintain knowledge of current state and federal law and regulations related to Title IX, VAWA, Title VI, and Title VII compliance for education institutions. Maintain knowledge of best practices as they related to institutions of higher education compliance with Title IX, VAWA, Title VI, and Title VII. Maintain professional qualifications through on-going training and professional development. Serve as a resource to advise others on these topics.
  • Participate in university committees focused on education, prevention, compliance, and programming for students, faculty, and staff related to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Effective verbal communication skills, including the ability to speak in front of groups and interact effectively in a University setting.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills, including the management of cross-departmental relationships.
  • Excellent decision-making ability and judgment.
  • Excellent task prioritization and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Title IX, VAWA, Clery, Title VI, Title VII, and other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, on-going investigations and a complex caseload.
  • Effective project management, organizational, and analytical skills.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills with an emphasis on education and training for a variety of constituencies.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience dealing with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing a high degree of stress.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, as well as the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies (students, faculty, staff, parents) with diplomacy and tact.
  • Maintenance of professional qualifications through on-going training and professional development.
  • Ability to act independently and take initiative.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree is required. A Master's or other advanced degree in a related field, including a JD, is preferred.
  • Significant relevant professional experience in the area of investigations, including Title IX and/or other civil rights, student conduct, law enforcement, or another related field is required. At least 3 years of same is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge, experience, and training in handling issues related to gender-based violence is required. Related certifications (e.g. ATIXA, SHRM, "40-hour") are strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in higher education is strongly preferred.
  • Candidate must have knowledge of computers and software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite (Powerpoint, Excel, Word).
  • Knowledge of and experience with Maxient is preferred. Understanding of law enforcement/security technology equipment/systems such as CCTV, Card Access Systems, and monitoring systems is preferred.

Application Instructions:

  • Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to the hiring manager. Due to the volume of applications received, communication will generally be limited to candidates selected for additional consideration.
  • Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private University in Greater Philadelphia that provides a values-based educational experience by placing students at the center. The Institute of International Education has ranked Arcadia first nationally in study abroad for 10 of the last 13 years, and the Princeton Review has ranked Arcadia among the "Best in the Northeast" for eight consecutive years. The University's Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report, which cites Arcadia for being among the top study abroad programs and among the "most innovative," and "best value" colleges. Arcadia promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Through its community of practice and commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and to combating anti-Black Racism, Arcadia has made facilitating a safe and welcoming environment a priority. Learn more about our vibrant community at www.arcadia.edu.

Our belief and experience is that there is strength in diversity and we are committed to building a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and employees alike. We are a community built on varied experiences and perspectives that beneļ¬ts from open-minded discussion and cultural humility. Guided by our University's values, we are committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and we are working towards dismantling anti-Black racism/white supremacy and other forms of interpersonal and systemic discrimination and oppression.

We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. The successful candidate will demonstrate examples of ways they will incorporate our values. in their work.

At Arcadia University, our JEDI principles (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) are the foundation of our highly regarded, values-based learning community, which reflects the world in which we want to live. As such, Arcadia actively seeks and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, gender identity, military or military veteran status, disability, family medical or genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic. All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful completion of a background check. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background check.

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