University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
• At least three years of relevant experience and demonstrated success in handling conflicts.
• At least three years of experience participating in administrative hearings, civil litigation, or criminal litigation.
Office for Access and Equity
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Division of the Office for Access and Equity (OAE) is seeking applications for EEO Associates. Reporting to the Directors of the EEO Division, the EEO Associate will be responsible for conducting timely investigations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct allegations filed with the Office for Access and Equity, and related duties.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
Investigations and Hearings:
• Conduct independent and neutral investigations in response to discrimination and harassment claims filed with the University. This responsibility entails: interviewing relevant parties; gathering, compiling, and analyzing relevant documents and information; assessing witness credibility; reaching sound legal and policy conclusions; presenting case information through effective oral and written communication; delivering timely written reports; appearing before an appeal panel and responding to questions; and working with campus units, human resources representatives, and legal counsel to identify appropriate remediation where appropriate and necessary.
• Serve as a principal investigator for sexual misconduct-related claims involving senior faculty, University administrators, and other high profile University personnel.
• Serve as a principal investigator for matters involving University Laboratory High School and University Primary School.
• Facilitate live Title IX hearings, including but not limited to serving in the role of decision maker. This responsibility includes responding to objections, making determinations surrounding relevance of evidence and testimony, maintaining decorum, and issuing the written determination result of the hearing.
• Respond on behalf of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complaints filed with federal and state agencies, including preparing position statements and verified responses, responding to information requests, preparing employee witnesses to testify before federal and state agencies, and participating in fact-finding proceedings before agencies that enforce federal and state discrimination laws.
Committees, Information Requests, Guidance, Relationships:
• Coordinate responses to FOIA requests, government agencies’ data requests, and subpoenas.
• Maintain and audit data relative to the investigations in which you were the principal investigator.
• Provide advice, guidance, and training to faculty and staff on issues of discrimination and harassment, accommodations and workplace climate.
• Maintain collaborative relationships with campus academic and administrative units, human resource offices, University legal counsel and federal and state agencies.
• Coordinate a pool of advisors to ensure that parties who are engaging in the Title IX grievance procedure have an advisor for hearings.
• Develop, present, and provide consultation for educational programs on civil rights compliance and equal opportunity issues related to employment and education.
• Stay abreast of federal and state laws and regulations concerning equal opportunities and access for employees and students, affirmative action and University employment policies and procedures for faculty, staff and academic
• professional employees.
• Serve on various committees and perform other related duties to further the mission of the university.
• Actively promote a healthy office culture that: supports the well-being and professional growth of all staff members, consistently attends to equity and diversity principles, and leverages the expertise and talent of all staff members to develop best practices and be leaders in our field.
The mission of Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (OVCDEI) is to use the transformational power of our university to lead our campus toward an increasingly diverse and inclusive community that is open, just, and welcoming for all.
Core to this mission are three goals: lead and foster collaborations that substantively increase inclusivity in all areas of university life, facilitate access to our university’s knowledge and resources through synergies that benefit both the local community and the state, and fulfill the university’s mandated compliance responsibilities. At the heart of who we are is a commitment to dialogue and positive social change, and core to our efforts is the acknowledgement of Native peoples and the land on which this university was founded.
The units of OVCDEI include the Office for Access & Equity, the Title IX Office, Office of Academic Inclusive Excellence, and the Office for Business, Community & Economic Development.
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