Job title: University Investigator, Investigations Unit, Office of the Executive Vice President
Job ID: 2021-13734 Type: Temporary # of Openings: 1 Category: Legal and Compliance
The University Investigator conducts investigations (i.e., information gathering) relating to allegations of violations of University policy and, in cases that do not fall under the University's Title IX Sexual Harassment policy or University Sexual Misconduct policy, makes findings of responsibility related to implicated policies. Investigators are assigned to investigations by the Investigations Unit Director on an as-needed basis.
Upon being assigned an investigation, the University Investigator conducts prompt and thorough information gathering, which may include: interviewing parties, identifying and interviewing relevant witnesses, gathering and securing documentary and other evidence, and identifying other information that would be helpful in determining if any implicated University policy has been violated. The University Investigator remains neutral and objective throughout the investigation and provides detailed, unbiased information gathered to the referring offices (including the offices of the Dean of the Faculty, Human Resources, and Institutional Equity & Diversity). The University Investigator reports to the Investigations Unit Director.
This position is not eligible for benefits. The investigators will be assigned cases on an as-needed basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct investigations arising from allegations of misconduct or other alleged violations of University policy. For each case assigned, the University Investigator may be partnered with a co-investigator, may collaborate with other departments within the University during the investigation process, and will be expected to:
Develop an investigation plan;
Conduct party and witness interviews;
Provide parties and witnesses with information about the investigatory process;
Gather and secure documentary and other evidence;
Provide detailed written summaries of investigations and/or investigation reports as necessary;
Keep accurate and thorough records and notes of investigatory processes and information gathered;
Maintain neutrality throughout the investigation;
Provide regular status and informational updates to the Investigations Unit Director;
Refer individuals to resources and support, where appropriate.
Ensure knowledge related to Princeton's culture and norms, relevant laws, and University policies and procedures are current. The University Investigator should, among other things:
Develop familiarity with the University's disciplinary and conduct-related policies, procedures, standards, and resources;
Attend regular training sessions scheduled for the Investigations Unit and otherwise keep abreast of current developments related to investigative practices;
Maintain familiarity with relevant laws and governance related to investigations;
Meet regularly with the Investigations Unit Director and larger Investigations Unit team to share feedback on processes, special challenges faced, and status of cases;
Understand the culture of faculty, staff, students, and the larger University community and experience.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Please provide a cover letter, C.V., and references.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years' related work experience are required;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially the ability to address highly sensitive, confidential, and emotionally fraught situations with tact and discretion;
Ability to manage multiple, ongoing, and complex projects;
Excellent judgment, discretion, personal maturity, and ability to maintain neutrality in challenging situations;
Keen intellect, strong problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for detail and thoroughness;
Superior writing skills;
Demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse population with cultural competence, diplomacy, and sensitivity.
J.D. or other advanced degree related to the field of investigating and experience in conducting investigations (e.g., student conduct, human resources, internal investigations, law enforcement, legal services) are highly preferred.
Experience in higher education and/or a residential campus setting.
Knowledge of the complexities surrounding biased behavior, discrimination and harassment, and specifically sexual assault and sexual harassment cases.
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