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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Position Number: 1459868
  • Location: Chattanooga, TN
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Compliance Investigator and Inclusion Strategist
Position# 50115850

The Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is recruiting for a Compliance Investigator and Inclusion Strategist to perform duties of a complex and confidential nature in support of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, federal, state, and system policy compliance. This position will address complaints of policy violations and allegations of discrimination and harassment through internal inquiry; serve as a resource and consultant on institutional policies, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Section 504, ADEA, and sexual harassment; safeguard and disseminate highly confidential information both orally and through written reports; and help devise and implement strategies and initiatives that integrate diversity and inclusion into the core functions of the University.

Responsibilities include:

Compliance Management and Investigations
  • Receive, review, and investigate allegations from students, employees, and external parties, of possible violations of University Policies, higher education and labor laws, and state and federal laws and statutes under the purview of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Manage investigation process, including conducting interviews, analyzing and synthesizing documents and data, and preparing written reports with summaries, results, and recommendations, in an effort to resolve complaints and grievances alleging discrimination or discriminatory harassment.
  • Update OEI's complaint and investigation database.
  • Create, review, and analyze data necessary to respond to data inquiries and assist in preparing reports for the UT System, state or federal agencies, related to services under the purview of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Participate in conflict and dispute resolution through alternative resolution approaches including mediation, and by providing consultation and recommendation to address systemic issues to reduce or eliminate root causes.
  • Develop and implement training and educational programs for campus constituents including academic administrators, managers and other supervisory employees; instructional and research faculty, including graduate student instructors, non-academic and professional employees at the University; student employees (in cooperation with Student Affairs); and all persons designated as complaint receivers.
  • Participate in the review of practices relating to hiring, training, transfer, and promotion of faculty and staff; and make recommendations for corrective action as required.
  • Provide individual and/or group advice, guidance, and professional support to internal constituents regarding the interpretation and application of policies, practices, and procedures pertaining to discrimination and harassment.
  • Maintain good communication and a positive relationship with campus administration, employee groups, and internal and external constituents to promote reciprocal communication and remove barriers in the complaint process, and effectively assist with complex issues of a confidential and sensitive nature.

    Internal Communication and Training
  • Identify training needs in collaboration with OEI staff, HR, and other partners; and plan, develop, and deliver formal training on a variety of topics associated with the functions of the office of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Explain and disseminate information about university policies, procedures, organizational culture, and promoting diversity and inclusion at various forums, including new faculty/employee orientation, onboarding sessions, trainings, and consultations.
  • Provide advice, information, and resources to all campus constituents concerning the identification and proper handling of issues related to discrimination, harassment, and other violations of policy, law, or procedure.
  • Maintain contact with operating units and provide post-investigation support to fulfill the University's commitment to sustaining an inclusive and harassment-free environment.
  • Assist with periodic reviews and updates of the department's website, printed materials, and trainings to address equal employment opportunity and discrimination concerns, and to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Support the development and delivery of conferences, educational programs, and events that promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus culture.

    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Support OEI's work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure that employees and students develop an awareness of and respect for all components of the diversity continuum;
  • Assist departmental leadership with the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to assist in the achievement of the university's diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Support the development of partnerships and opportunities for co-programming with other UTC offices, departments and student organizations as well as off-campus partners;
  • Support the planning and development of diversity communications and reporting systems with consistent focus and user-friendly reports;
  • Support the identification and coordination of opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to enhance their knowledge around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Serve as OEI representative, as appropriate, in collaboration with campus partners to engage organizations within the community, cultivate relationships with affinity organizations, and promote institutional values of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Serve as OEI liaison, as requested, for managing university equity and inclusion programs in collaboration with campus partners;
  • Provide support for all aspects of planning and executing campus and community-wide diversity and inclusion events throughout the year, to include the annual MOC Forward Conference, MLK week events, Heritage month events, etc.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    A Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field; and a minimum of 2-3 years of related experience in higher education, secondary education, non-profit, or business setting with demonstrated knowledge of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion including developing training initiatives, climate assessment, and working with affinity organizations is required. Three or more years' experience conducting investigations of discrimination, harassment, and other policy violations including conducting interviews and formulating reports is also required.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    A Master's degree in Human Resources, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Public Administration, Political Science, or related field is preferred. Preferred qualifications also include investigation experience as a lead investigator, preferably in a higher education setting, a demonstrated ability to develop and deliver compliance and diversity training programs, and Rule 31 Mediation training.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and build consensus
  • Ability to analyze, research and interpret data
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work with various computer/data technologies

    Applications must be submitted electronically to:

    The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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