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Faculty Relations Investigator (14033)

Date: Nov 23, 2021

Location: washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


The Faculty Relations Investigator will aid in the resolution process for complaints brought forth against faculty. The position serves as a resource to the Deputy Provost and Dean of Faculty (DOF), and manages the day-to-day responsibilities associated with conducting investigations related to any misconduct complaint against full time faculty and presenting findings to the DOF. Corrective or preventive action may include recommendations for coaching on performance, disciplinary action, and/or termination in accordance with university policies and procedures.  Incumbent will also conduct research and prepare reports or recommendations for internal best practices. The position will assist the DOF with other related projects as assigned.

Essential Functions


  1. ​​​​​Investigation and Reporting: Conducts informal and formal investigations of reports and complaints of  misconduct brought forth against full time faculty and faculty administrators, consistent with University policies Responsibilities include evaluating whether alleged conduct may constitute prohibited misconduct; conducting timely initial investigations, ensuring that relevant materials are reviewed promptly and parties to an incident are interviewed, and maintaining careful records related to investigations. Develops investigation plans, conducts interviews, identifies and collects relevant information, analyzes evidence and data, applies policy, and prepares a detailed written investigative findings report to be presented to the DOF. Serves as investigator to determine the nature and extent of the workplace issue.  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. Provides interim and protective measures, guidance, and assistance to complainants and respondents.  Assist the Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs in informal misconduct cases, including mediations.
  2. Faculty Relations: Serves as a contact for full time faculty and faculty administrators to address misconduct concerns. This may include disciplinary issues, and job performance or other conduct issues.  Provides written report of investigation to the DOF. Provides guidance on university policy applicable to full time faculty and workplace regulations to faculty and faculty supervisors. Assists DOF in resolution of other complex faculty relations issues as needed, including grievance processes.  Ensure that all faculty-related policies and procedures, including the Faculty Manual, are up-to-date, remain in compliance, and properly posted on the website.  Assist DOF and Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs in tracking changes in the Faculty Manual and processing changes through the internal review process, including for the Board of Trustees approval.
  3. Training and Development of Best Practices: Conducts research on best practices and faculty training efforts at universities and other employers. Informs DOF on policy and/or best practices related to faculty management. Collaborates with team members and campus partners to enhance or revise faculty personnel policies.  
  4. Special Projects: Provide assistance on other faculty relations projects as assigned by the DOF. Assists DOF in special projects related to the faculty campus climate.  Serve as DOF representative of initiatives and committees related to faculty policies and procedures.


Work Environment

  • This position reports directly to the DOF, and may work closely with the Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs and the  Manager, Faculty Affairs.  The position will be required to liaise with faculty leadership across the university, Office of Equity and Title IX, Office of Campus Life, and Human Resources and General Counsel as needed.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time 
  • Project Leader/Advisor A
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree required along
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a related field. 
  • Some experience in employee relations.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate preferred, or equivalent in education, training and experience.
  • Experience in higher education is preferred. 
  • Experience with employment law is preferred.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment and discretion. 
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and work independently. 
  • Must show commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. 
  • Strong organizational skills and able to manage case files electronically. 
  • Quantitative data experience is preferred. 
  • At least three references required.


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