The University of 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 âTrojan Familyâ - the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make USC a great place to work.
The Office of Equity and Diversity(OED) responds to complaints of discrimination and harassment based on protected characteristics; sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct (including, but not limited to, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and intimate partner violence); and retaliation for making a complaint, for participating in the OED process, or for protesting the alleged discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or retaliation (collectively, âprohibited conductâ).
USCâs Office of Equity and Diversity is seeking a dedicated and hard-working visionary to join our team as Director. Under the direction of the Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Director is responsible for supervising and training the investigative team and managing the investigative process of harassment and discrimination allegations involving faculty, students, staff or applicants. The Director assists investigators in creating comprehensive fact-finding reports and provides recommendations and instructions to individual schools and divisions on compliance with state and federal regulations. This work includes assisting staff in ensuring university compliance with affirmative action and EEO laws and regulations. Â
The Director assists in ensuring information on office websites and training material is current, relevant and compliant with law and practice; and further ensures compliance with all university policies and procedures. This position recommends budgetary and resource allocations and works with staff to develop and review Affirmative Action plans.
In addition, the Director is responsible for maintaining awareness and knowledge of current best practices and investigatory methods; existing and pending regulations; and relevant legislation. The Director is also responsible for executing efficient administrative structure and streamlining processes. Further, the Director must foster relationships across campus and develop the Office of Equity and Diversityâs intersection with stakeholders, including the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of the Provost. The Director will maintain an appropriate network of professional contacts.
Other related duties may be assigned as needed.Â The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
JD from an accredited law school
7 years of directly related experience in equity and diversity within a large organization; 10 or more years preferred
Experience working in higher education highly preferred
Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing discrimination, harassment, affirmative action and other issues related to protected classes.
Knowledge of and ability to conduct and oversee investigations
Demonstrated experience in the management of professionals is essential
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
The Ideal Candidate Will Additionally:
Build trust and rapport easily; strong, compassionate, and straightforward
Possess sound judgment and skill in applying equal opportunity principles and prevailing legal standards to solve complex problems with decisive action
Collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders to resolve case related challenges
Be thoughtful and proactive, paying attention to details, and demonstrating Â a commitment to equal opportunity, equity, and diversity
Possess the ability to present ideas clearly and effectively, both oral and written
Have exceptional interpersonal, communication, and emotional intelligence skills
Manage and work with conflict, including meeting with individuals who may be experiencing high levels of stress
Work independently and efficiently, and balance workload
Possess the ability and desire to work actively, collaboratively, and creatively as part of a team
Minimum Education: J.D.; Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 7 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 and regulations governing discrimination, harassment, affirmative action and other issues related to protected classes. Demonstrated experience in the management of professionals is essential. Knowledge of and ability to conduct and oversee investigations. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving capabilities and strong verbal and written communication skills.
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.