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Associate Director, OIEA

Company: Yale University
Location: New Haven
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Office of Institutional Equity and Access 64276BR University Job Title Associate Director 3, Institutional Equity and Access Bargaining Unit None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group) Time Type Full time Duration Type Regular Compensation Grade Administration & Operations Compensation Grade Profile Work Location Central Campus 221 Whitney AvenueNew Haven, CT 06511 Work Week Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day) Searchable Job Family Administration Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5 Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Access (OIEA), the Associate Director plays a key role in managing Yale University's response to discrimination and harassment and facilitating the ADA accommodations process for faculty and staff.The Associate Director will provide strategic leadership for case management, including operationalizing best practices related to university civil rights investigation procedures, overseeing investigative activities and preparation of related materials, monitoring patterns and recommending appropriate changes to OIEA procedures, and ensuring compliance with Yale's related policies and procedures. This will include ensuring appropriate investigation timelines, documentation, report writing, and helping to manage the office's caseload, conducting investigations and assisting with facilitation of the employee accommodation program.The Associate Director assists in the supervision of staff, including hiring, training and performance management and plays a key role in support of the Director in developing and implementing goals and objectives consistent with OIEA's mission and areas of responsibility. At the Director's discretion, the Associate Director may also assist in providing professional development sessions for relevant University staff, faculty and administrators on response to disclosures of discrimination and harassment, maintaining an environment free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation while OIEA is undertaking investigative activities, and other training and professional development programming.Specific responsibilities associated with key operational areas are outlined below.Case ManagementAssist with overseeing investigation activities and conducting investigations, preparing and reviewing memoranda of findings and recommendations in accordance with current law and University policy and procedures. Prepare supporting documents and consult with appropriate campus partners.Maintain discrimination and employment accommodation case databases. Supervise preparation and maintenance of statistical, demographic and subject matter data necessary to respond to inquiries regarding the University's discrimination complaint management system and annual Affirmative Action Plan.Maintain awareness of trends and laws related to discrimination, harassment and accommodation and accessibility issues in higher education. Serve as liaison and representative to University and external committees and professional associations.Training Help ensure that sexual harassment prevention curriculum complies with state/federal mandates.Upon request, prepare, present, and/or oversee equity, access, belonging and/or diversity training and sexual harassment prevention training for employees.Case Investigations Synthesize allegations to determine appropriate charges and determine if allegations and preliminary findings call for interim measures in the learning or workplace environment. Develop investigative strategy. Provide updates and advise relevant parties on investigative process.Conduct witness interviews, review related files and disciplinary history of relevant parties, analyze witness statements, make credibility assessments, record findings of fact, and communicate with parties' and witness' advocates while protecting the integrity of the record and privacy of the investigation.Draft and present Memoranda of Findings and appropriate supporting documents related to resolution of each matter.Where there is no finding of discrimination, provide guidance to all parties on definitions of discrimination and harassment and other options for resolving conflict.In cases where there is a finding of discrimination, make recommendations to leadership for further appropriate action intended to eliminate and prevent discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation in the learning and working environments. 1. Receives and independently investigates inquiries and complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment from applicants, students and employees. 2. Supervises equity and access representatives in their investigative and ADA facilitation efforts, including providing strategic leadership on all aspects of case management. 3. Oversees OIEA's case management database, including active management and maintenance of the database and conducting tracking and trending related to OIEA's investigation activities. 4. In partnership with the Director, help set the overall strategic goals for the department and take the lead on implementation. 5. Acts as a senior mediator in the attempt to resolve alleged violations of Federal and State laws as well as allegations of other unfair treatment. 6. Assists university supervisors in identifying, resolving, and preventing equal employment opportunity/affirmative action problems; helps set strategies to promote a favorable climate for an effective equal employment opportunity program. 7. Interprets equal employment opportunity requirements of Federal and State agencies; evaluates these requirements in relation to specific departments and/or programs; works with Human Resource Generalists, Departmental supervisors, Labor Management Relations to determine corrective or remedial action as needed. 8. Independently provide coordination, oversight and implementation of the Employment Accommodation Program for faculty and staff. 9. Works collaboratively with faculty, supervisors, Labor Management Relations, and Labor unions in resolving issues. 10. Together with the Director, develop training and education goals and strategies in the areas of: Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment, Respectful Environments, disability accommodation, etc. 11. Independently review, analyze, and approve selected staff searches for AA/EO compliance purposes. 12. In collaboration with the Director, provide oversight of the faculty search process. 13. Develop, design, analyze data and develop reports in collaboration with Human Resources and other University departments/offices for AA/EO purposes. 14. Participate on departmental and other committees focused on such topics as AA/EO compliance and staff diversity recruitment and retention. 15. Maintain thorough and up-to-date knowledge of AA/EO laws and regulations and relevant University policies. 16. Represent the Office to constituencies on and off campus. 17. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director. Required Education and Experience Bachelor's Degree in a related field and a minimum of seven years of relevant experience at the professional level; a minimum of three years of supervisory/management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Required Skill/Ability 1: Demonstrated knowledge of civil rights compliance in the higher education setting, with familiarity and understanding of Title VI, Title VII, Section 504, the ADA, and Title IX. Required Skill/Ability 2: Demonstrated ability to manage a complex caseload and meet deadlines. Experience using an online case management system to organize and track all documents related to investigatory activities and using such systems to assess organizational patterns and trends. Required Skill/Ability 3: Demonstrated leadership skills, with a preference for having served in a leadership capacity in an investigation setting. Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse workplace environment with a strong team orientation. Proven counseling, mediation, investigatory and conflict resolution skills. Required Skill/Ability 4: Demonstrated ability to handle complex situations, particularly those requiring a high level of discretion. Strong critical thinking, analytical, planning and organizational skills and the ability to understand and explain complex policies, procedures and related laws and regulations. Required Skill/Ability 5: Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent attention to detail. Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: J.D. from an accredited law school. Three-five years experience engaged in litigation related to employment discrimination and/or conducting investigations related to employment discrimination. Experience as a trainer or presenter on civil rights compliance topics in higher education, including sexual harassment prevention, diversity, equity and belonging, accessibility, and/or Title IX. Occasional Occasional Drug Screen No Health Screening No All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process. Posting Disclaimer The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments. Affirmative Action Statement: Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University's Title IX Coordinator, at , or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: . Note Yale University is a tobacco-free campus

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