Title IX Investigation Specialist (Administrator I), Temporary
Sonoma State University
October 27, 2017
Rohnert Park, California
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Application Deadline This position is open until filled.
Conditions of Employment This is a full time, temporary, management position. As a member of the Management Personnel Plan, the incumbent will serve at the pleasure of the President. Reappointment to this position is dependent upon the individual's performance as well as administrative and budgetary considerations. The university reserves the right to terminate this appointment earlier than the scheduled expiration date.
Responsibilities Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with the Seawolf Commitment, our values include respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Title IX Officer, who serves as the designated campus Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Investigation Specialist will be responsible for investigating student complaints of reports to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for sexual discrimination, misconduct, harassment, gender-related violence including stalking and intimate partner violence, and all protected class discrimination and harassment involving students (undergraduate and graduate). The Title IX Investigation Specialist works closely with the Title IX Coordinator and various departments to conduct investigations of complaints filed by students at Sonoma State University and other area higher education institutions, acting as a neutral party in the investigation and providing a detailed, unbiased report regarding the findings of the investigation to the Title IX Coordinator. The incumbent also supervises student personnel and interns and collaborates with other department personnel to provide support in the development, presentation, oversight and tracking of effective Title IX student trainings, including Summer Orientation, Student Athlete, Greek and Incoming Student programs and online trainings. The incumbent may also participate in supporting the student refresher training and helping coordinate events and presentations for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) and serving on campus and systemwide task forces and committees.
Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following in support of Title IX investigations and consultations: - Investigate complaints filed by students against students for sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, gender-related violence including stalking, dating and domestic violence, and any protected class discrimination, harassment, and/or related retaliation in accordance with CSU Executive Orders; - Contribute to the development and maintenance of a well-documented Title IX investigation process, which includes the delivery of a comprehensive Investigation Report after each investigation. Reports should include a summary of the allegations, the investigation process, the preponderance of evidence standard, a detailed description of the evidence considered, and appropriate findings; - Facilitate the campus early resolution process whenever appropriate and as requested by complainant(s); - Organize, maintain and prepare reports of student complaints using third-party software such as Maxient; - Continuously identify and integrate best practices in the Title IX investigation arena into knowledgebase and practice. Stay abreast of current movements and legislation pertaining to Title IX and investigations by participating in conferences, workshops, etc.
Additional duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following in support of related community outreach and education: - Prepare and disseminate educational materials, including brochures, posters, workshops and web-based materials to inform students of Title IX rights and responsibilities; - Investigate and implement new and innovative ways to educate and influence a cultural shift to support affirmative consent; - Cultivate relationships with campus stakeholders (e.g., management, faculty, students, & staff); - Collaborate with on and off campus resources including law enforcement and victim services; - Build relationships with colleagues at peer institutions; review current literature and research, participate in local, regional and/or national professional associations and organizations; - Actively foster and maintain a climate that is supportive of students and respectful of differences.
Serve as backup to Title IX Coordinator; perform other secondary duties as assigned.
Duties will primarily take place in an office setting located in the [building] however additional duties may be performed in various locations on the Sonoma State University campus, including working both indoors and outdoors to support and participate in department and university activities and events. Additional duties may be carried out in various locations throughout the county and state of California as it relates to investigating complaints filed. As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule however must be available during the regular campus hours Monday through Friday to meet the operational needs of the campus and department. Your specific start time is determined by your Appropriate Administrator. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. This position will require occasional travel, by automobile or airplane, and overnight stay to travel to trainings and meetings off campus.
Qualifications This position requires a bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant professional experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Master's degree preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of Title IX and other government regulations including, Title V and FERPA; demonstrated effective public speaking, oral and written communication skills; experience with computer applications, word processing, databases and presentation programs. Strong skills in the areas of conflict resolution, problem solving techniques, trauma informed interviewing and investigating experience. Strong analytical skills and the ability to assess and negotiate complex, highly sensitive situations. Exceptional critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the ability to handle issues of complex and extreme sensitivity. Skill in writing concise, logical analytical reports to convey complex issues. Ability to maintain neutrality and work under stress. Strong and effective interpersonal skills; the ability to listen well and demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for individual needs. Ability to work as part of a campus-wide community to resolve complaints in a neutral and sensitive manner. Ability to establish and maintain professional and productive working relationships with staff at all levels; Ability to read and interpret complex legal documents to evaluate their impact on University policy and procedures. Working knowledge of nondiscrimination laws and compliance regulations including Title IX, due process protections as they apply to Student Conduct proceedings, the Clery Act, VAWA, and FERPA.
The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential information; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; be able to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem solving skills as necessary. Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents.
The duties of this position may include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate may be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.
Qualification Note Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.
Application Process Click the 'Apply Now' to apply to this position. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. The ADA Coordinator is available, at 707/664-2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered: 1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
In your cover letter, please specifically address your knowledge of Title IX and experience handling investigations.
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
Other Information Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
About Sonoma State University Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.
Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.
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