Updated: Jan 13, 2021 Location: UC Irvine Campus Job Type: Department: OFC OF EQUAL OPPOR & DIVERSITY
Job Opening ID: 13152
Reports To: Associate Chancellor, Equal Opportunity and Compliance
Working Title: Director of Investigations
Department: Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
Bargaining Unit: 99
Payroll Job Code: 006059
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5
Employee Class: Career
The UCI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) is responsible for the University's compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. OEOD works to promote and integrate the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and inclusive excellence at UCI. (https://www.oeod.uci.edu/)
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks a talented and motivated individual who will advance equal opportunity and the university's commitment to fostering a community free of discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a high-caliber, high-profile team while contributing to the strategic growth of a premier public research university ranked #1 in the nation doing the most for the American dream (The New York Times), #9 among public universities nationwide (U.S. News & World Report), and #1 as best college in the nation (MONEY magazine). Reporting directly to the Associate Chancellor, the Director of Investigations leads and oversees UCI's complaint resolution and investigation functions. The incumbent ensures compliance with Federal and state nondiscrimination laws, regulations and University policies and serves as the lead campus resource person for investigations of potential violations of discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence policies. The Director of Investigations facilitates the resolution of discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints of faculty, staff, students, and others who engage with the university; conducts research and legal analyses on relevant laws and regulations; develops local policies and guidelines; and educates the University community on discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention and mandated reporting. Overseeing a growing team of professional staff, the Director of Investigations directly supervises the investigative team. The Director of Investigations represents UCI on behalf of the Associate Chancellor for discrimination-related matters and serves on various UC and UCI committees.
Experience investigating sexual harassment or other equivalently sensitive allegations in an empathetic and confidential manner; ability to supervise and mentor professional staff who investigate sexual harassment.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Ability to demonstrate professional judgment in the supervision of projects and staff. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement independent recommendations for action as related to complex and varying situations.
Demonstrated skill, sensitivity and experience interacting with constituents who are diverse in characteristics such as age, education level, race, gender identity and expression, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds in a culturally-competent manner.
Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, analyze, and interpret compliance issues, policies, and regulations as well as complex written material and data, and effectively communicate results of analyses in written and presentation formats accessible to diverse groups, large and small, in formal and informal settings. Demonstrated understanding of the relevance of trauma in the context of sexual violence (for example, the neurobiology of trauma and trauma-informed investigation techniques).
Has broad and thorough knowledge of the compliance and ethics profession, theories, and standards.
Comprehensive project management skills.
Ability to supervise support and professional analyses functions for compliance and ethics programs.
Demonstrated ability to recognize an emergency situation and take appropriate action.
Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
Commitment to the principals of equal opportunity and inclusive excellence.
Advanced written and oral communication skills; skill building rapport in an open, friendly, and accepting way; attentive listener. Demonstrated ability to interact diplomatically with diverse personalities and quickly establish rapport and professional credibility and to gain the trust of administrators, faculty and staff at all levels of the University, students and individuals external to the University. Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential issues that require independent judgment and discretion, and maintain strict confidentiality of privileged information.
Expert knowledge of best practices and methodologies for conducting investigations, including interviewing, gathering and analyzing evidence, and writing investigation reports; demonstrated thorough knowledge managing professionals who conduct investigations. Expert knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations, case law, and guidance related to discrimination and sexual harassment in the educational and employment setting, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and California (CA) AB1825. Expert knowledge of how to respond to requests from the Office for Civil Rights, CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Expert knowledge of the complexities of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, in the postsecondary setting.
Experience working with federal and state agencies.
Experience using a case management system.
Experience performing investigations in a health care setting.
Professional certification preferred.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) or professional degree in law
Bilingual language skills. Leadership expertise and political acumen overseeing sensitive investigations within a large, complex organization. Thorough knowledge of the Clery Act. Experience with Clery reporting. Thorough knowledge of Whistleblower and Whistleblower Retaliation laws.
Special Conditions Required:
Travel within Orange County, including between the Irvine campus and Orange medical center. Occasional travel within state and out-of-state, including overnight stays.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.
Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI's unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities.