Student Conduct and Community Standards, in accordance with the expectations of students at Columbia University, uphold the highest standards of respect, integrity, and civility. The University's Gender-Based Misconduct Office within Student Conduct and Community Standards has the overall responsibility for the management, support, and assistance to students affected by gender-based misconduct. The Office does not act as an advocate but is a neutral resource available to all students. The Gender-Based Misconduct Office is responsible for referring students to available resources, offering appropriate protections, and coordinating the investigation and adjudication processes.
Working under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Student Conduct and Community Standards/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Investigator is responsible for managing investigations of incidents of alleged misconduct in violation of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures for Students, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and stalking.
A. When a complaint is filed against a student, the Title IX Investigator, working together with a second Title IX Investigator (Investigative Team) will initially assess the complaint which may lead to a prompt and thorough investigation which includes: preparing an investigative plan and timeline, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and gathering and securing relevant documentation. The incumbent will work closely with other University offices and community resources to achieve these objectives. The Investigator acts as an impartial party in the investigation and prepares a detailed report of the investigative findings. This position requires a significant amount of writing and analysis of documents, and an ability to investigate multiple complaints simultaneously in an efficient manner.
B. Additional responsibilities include: ensuring a well-documented investigation process; analyzing information and working with the appropriate university offices in the course of investigations; maintaining accurate and thorough investigatory files and reports; providing ongoing updates; and continuously identifying and integrating best practices in the Title IX Investigation arena into the campus knowledge base and practice. The Title IX Investigator will assist, as needed, with campus training, reporting, campus programming and outreach, and other duties as assigned.
C. Within the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office, the Title IX Investigator works closely with a team including other Title IX Investigators, Case Managers, adjudicators, and an operations team. Additionally, the Title IX Investigator works closely with a variety of University and community resources including but not limited to the Office of the General Counsel, Title IX Coordinator, Deans of Students Offices, and Sexual Violence Response to ensure a thorough investigative process and compliance with applicable equal opportunity and nondiscrimination legislation.
D. Performs other related duties as assigned.
E. The Title IX Investigator reports to the Associate Vice President and Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
J.D., M.Ed. M.S.W, or other advanced degree preferred. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience is required, which should include experience in conducting investigations and in complaint and grievance resolution. Demonstrated knowledge and the ability to interpret federal, state and local equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations including Title IX, FERPA, Violence Against Women Act and other applicable laws and regulations as required. A successful candidate must have strong organization, planning, analytic and problem resolution abilities and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to remain neutral. Work experience within higher education, particularly student conduct experience, preferred. Knowledge of complexities surrounding sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence cases in a university or college setting. Writing sample required.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; multitask and meet sensitive timelines; use discretion and good judgment; maintain a high level of confidentiality, and work collaboratively with diverse constituencies including students, faculty, staff, administrators and community partners. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
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