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Equity and Title IX Investigator (16520)

Date: Jan 6, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


The Investigator is responsible for managing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the University’s Equity and Title IX Office. Working under the overall supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Title IX Coordinator, the Investigator will have primary responsibility for investigating and producing comprehensive reports regarding complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation by students, faculty or staff. This includes interviewing parties and witnesses, collecting evidence, and drafting high quality investigation reports and documents within established timelines, and making finding of fact to resolve complaints, in accordance with the University’s discrimination policy. The Equity and Title IX Investigator will also participate in making recommendations regarding supportive measures, and assist in implementing training and education focused on Title VII, Title VI, Title IX, VAWA, the ADA and other federal and/or local civil rights laws.

Work Environment

The Investigator reports to the AVP for Equity and Title IX Coordinator, who reports directly to the Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President.

Essential Functions

  1. Assessment and Investigation: Initial assessment includes reviewing reports and complaints in a timely manner to ensure a prompt response and evaluating the need for supportive measures, assistance and resources for indivdiuals engaged in the process. Conduct prompt and thorough investigations, including development of an investigation plan, drafting notice of investigations and other essential correspondence, identifying and interviewing witnesses, gathering information and data, keeping accurate and thorough records and notes of the investigation process, applying the policy, and preparing a detailed report with an analysis, and a finding based on a preponderance of the evidence, where the policy calls for the investigator to make a finding. Assures compliance with timelines, acts as an impartial party, maintains a high level of confidentiality and discretion, and ensures a prompt, fair and neutral process for all parties.
  2. Training, Outreach, and Education: Assist in the development and implementation of educational materials and training for faculty, staff and students regarding compliance with Title VII, Title VI, Title IX, VAWA, the ADA and other federal and local laws and regulations, and assit in outreach activities designed to communicate the responsibilities of the Equity and Title IX Office.
  3. Monitor Legal Developments and Best Practices: Stay abreast of developments in law, policy and best practices related to employment and education discrimination and harassment and investigation processes.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35 Hours/Week
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience
  • Team Leader/Consultant A pay band

Required Education and Experience

  • JD (preferred) plus 3 or more years of related experience conducting prompt, thorough, and equitable investigations regarding allegations of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct and sexual violence, or the equivalent legal experience OR
  • Bachelor's degree required plus 7 years or more of related experience conducting prompt, thorough, and equitable investigations regarding allegations of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence, or the equivalent legal experience


Additional Experience:

  • Experience handling confidential information with tact, discretion, and sensitivity
  • Demonstrated strong skill in writing concise, logical, analytical reports to convey complex issues
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Cross-cultural competency

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Requisite knowledge, training and experience related to federal and local discrimination laws and related regulations, such as Title VII, Title VI, Title IX, ADA and the ADEA, as well as VAWA, strongly preferred
  • Experience working in higher education

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check
  • Whenever possible, American University will seek to redeploy existing staff to fill this vacancy before hiring an external candidate


  • Click here to learn more about American University's unique benefit options

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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