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Equity Specialist, Office of Equity
Company: Northwestern University
Location: Evanston, IL
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 12/08/2021
Expire Date: 02/08/2022
Job Categories: Education
Job Description
Equity Specialist, Office of Equity
Equity Specialist, Office of Equity

Job ID: 42650
Location: Evanston, Illinois

Department: Office of Equity
Salary/Grade: EXS/9

Job Summary:
The Equity Specialist's primary duty is investigating and responding to complaints of sexual violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation that are submitted by students, faculty, and staff. Investigations require in-depth knowledge of Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA''), and equal employment opportunity laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA''), Executive Order 11246, and other laws. The individual must (1) conduct fair, timely, unbiased, and thorough investigations, and draft quality investigation reports; (2) serve as a resource person regarding the University's non-discrimination policies, reasonable accommodation process, investigation process, and regarding other procedural and technical questions from faculty, staff, administrators, and committees, and; (3) maintain consistent communication with Office of Equity leadership regarding any emerging trends/concerns, complex investigations, and other highly sensitive and confidential matters.

The Office of Equity endeavors to create a culture of access, belonging and accountability for all Northwestern community members. The Office of Equity’s work includes: supporting those impacted by discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct; complaint resolution; reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and pregnant community members; affirmative action planning; and training initiatives. The Office has a strong team that works collaboratively to address community needs and implement proactive measures. 

*Note:  Not all aspects of the job are covered by this job description. 

Specific Responsibilities:

Collaborate and consult with the Senior Directors and/or Associate Director to review and process equity complaints to ensure a prompt, thorough, and equitable response to reports and incidents.
Conduct intake meetings with faculty, staff, and students reporting violations of the University’s Policy on Institutional Equity and Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment; communicate information about reporting options and the University’s investigation and resolution process.
Serve as an investigator for matters including, but not limited to, reports of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, stalking, dating and domestic violence, discrimination, and harassment against students, faculty, staff, and third parties. Interview the reporting party/parties, respondent(s), and relevant witnesses. Gather relevant evidence. Act as a neutral party through all aspects of investigation and ensure a prompt, fair, and impartial process for all parties. Maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Ensure a well-documented investigative process. Maintain accurate and thorough records and notes of investigatory processes, including keeping updated case records in Maxient.
Compose comprehensive written investigative reports that clearly identify the issues investigated, summarize the evidence, make findings, make credibility determinations, apply relevant policies, and, where appropriate, recommend appropriate remedial steps.
Conduct training sessions as requested.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Successful completion of a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree.
Three of more years of full-time professional experience in increasingly responsible positions in student conduct, Title IX or Title VII enforcement or a related field. 
Experience conducting investigations alleging discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual violence.
Demonstrated knowledge of Title IX, Title VII, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and other applicable laws and regulations, and the ability to interpret complex legal guidance; knowledge of best practices as they relate to compliance with Title IX, Title VII, and VAWA;
Ability to efficiently manage a caseload of multiple Title IX and Title VII related incidents and complaints;
Effective project management, organization, and analytical skills and ability to meet investigation timelines;

Strong attention to accuracy and detail;
Exceptional written communication skills, including the ability to write concise, logical, and analytical reports;

Ability to act independently, take initiative, and exercise sound judgment;
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate confidential and difficult/sensitive information and to demonstrate compassion and sensitivity when interacting with parties and witnesses;
Ability to build relationships and establish collaborative partnerships across the University; and
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, as well as the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies (staff, students, faculty, parents, and administrators) with diplomacy and tact.
Please apply online at https://careers.northwestern.edu/psp/hr857...

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website. 

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

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