The University of Southern California (USC) is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles â a global center for arts, technology and international business. As the cityâs largest private employer, responsible for more than $5 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic schools and units. As a USC employee, you will enjoy excellent benefits and perks, and you will be a member of the Trojan Family - the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make USC a great place to work.
The Office of Equity and Diversity (OED)is responsible for investigating cases of protected-class discrimination or harassment in the university community, and enforcing the universityâs anti-harassment and non-discrimination policies. The office also ensures university compliance and best practices in the implementation of other laws, including affirmative action and equal opportunity requirements.
Senior Investigator, Equity and Diversity
The Office of Equity and Diversity/Title IX at the University of Southern California (USC) is seeking a Senior Investigator who believes in justice and serving the law to join their growing, high profile team.Â This is an exciting time at USC where you will have an opportunity to bring your skills and experience and grow your career with daily challenges.Â Â
In this role, you will assess reports of misconduct for protected class issues, form investigative plans, gather evidence including statements, video and documentary evidence, and forensic analysis, determine the need for interim support and protective measures, work collaboratively with campus partners on training, investigations, projects, and initiatives, and interact with a variety of stakeholders.
Assesses, investigates, and resolves discrimination and/or harassment complaints; understands and follows proper protocols for administrative investigations; creates comprehensive written reports
Documents all interviews and meetings with faculty, staff, and/or students, supervisors, managers, and senior administrators; maintains confidential case files
Serves as an expert on equity and diversity matters; provides advice and guidance as well as administrative, educational, and intellectual leadership to faculty, staff, and/or students on discriminatory practices and equal opportunity matters
Stays informed of developments in the field
Participates in the evaluation and ongoing development of university policies and procedures
Delivers training and educational programs to various university communities
JD from an accredited law school; must have passed a bar exam, however not required to be an active bar member
3 years of directly related field investigation experience in equity and diversity
Experience working in higher education preferred
Ability to conduct interviews and investigations as an unbiased and neutral party
Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and personnel policies and procedures governing discriminatory practices and equal opportunity
Experience developing and presenting educational materials
A fierce writer able to manage the pressure of deadlines, with strong interpersonal, judgment, independence, and prioritization/task management skills
Knowledge of complaint procedures
Demonstrated analytical and/or problem solving capabilities
Minimum Professional Experience
Build trust and rapport easily; strong, compassionate, and straightforward
Sound judgment and skill in applying equal opportunity principles and prevailing legal standards to solve complex problems with decisive action
Collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders to resolve case related challenges
Thoughtful and proactive, pays attention to details, and demonstrates a commitment to equal opportunity, equity, and diversity
Ability to present ideas clearly and effectively, both oral and written
Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and emotional intelligence skills
Ability to manage and work with conflict, including meeting with individuals who may be experiencing high levels of stress
Ability to work independently and efficiently, and balance workload
Ability and desire to work actively, collaboratively, and creatively as part of a team
Minimum Education: J.D.Minimum Experience: 3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related experience in equity and diversity field in an educational institution or large organization. Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations and personnel policies and procedures governing discriminatory practices and equal opportunities. Knowledge of complaint procedures. Demonstrated analytical and/or problem solving capabilities. Ability to conduct interviews and investigations. Ability to present ideas clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.