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Equal Opportunity Associate

University of Minnesota

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The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Minnesota (EOAA) is seeking a highly qualified, motivated and skilled individual to be based on the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) campus, to counsel the UMD campus community on equal opportunity issues and to investigate complaints of discrimination, sexual misconduct and other misconduct.  The University of Minnesota Duluth is the second largest campus of the University of Minnesota system.    

EOAA is primarily responsible for investigating or otherwise addressing complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, retaliation and nepotism.  EOAA also advises University members on the application of the University’s equal opportunity policies.  In addition, EOAA provides educational programming on these topics and other equity and diversity-related topics.  Please see the EOAA website for more information:

EO Associates report directly to the EOAA Director and University of Minnesota Title IX Coordinator on the Twin Cities campus.  The EOAA office has nine full-time, permanent positions (including six Equal Opportunity Associate positions, one of which is based on the Duluth campus).  The EO Associate position offers complex, fast-moving and fascinating work in a supportive work environment.  EO Associates have significant discretion to craft appropriate investigative and informal responses to complaints. EO Associates also have the opportunity to collaborate frequently with colleagues to resolve case-related challenges.  EOAA’s work has a significant impact on the individuals and units involved in its cases.  EO Associates’ thoughtfulness, attention to detail and commitment to equity and diversity is critical.  EOAA reports to the University’s Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity (OED).  Please see the OED website for more information:

The EO Associate based in Duluth also will consult regularly with the UMD Director of Human Resources in the Human Resources & Equal Opportunity Department on the Duluth campus about employee conduct cases, as well as with the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students (who also serves as UMD’s Title IX Coordinator) and the Director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution about student conduct cases.

The EO Associate position is a full-time, year-round, professional/administrative position. The University offers a competitive compensation package, commensurate with experience and background, and excellent benefits.

Job Duties:

Investigation and Complaint Resolution 75%

  1. Investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, retaliation and nepotism.
  2. Draft detailed reports of investigative findings and provide reports to appropriate administrators.  For cases that do not involve student respondents, determine whether University policy violations have occurred and make recommendations for responsive action.
  3. Counsel members of the University community (employees, faculty, and students) on complex EOAA issues.
  4. When appropriate, conduct facilitated discussions and use other problem-solving methods to address concerns.
  5. Participate in policy development and oversight of the University’s approach to the prevention and response to discrimination, sexual misconduct, nepotism and retaliation.

Education and Training 15%

  1. Develop and present educational programs about discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity and other related topics.
  2. Assist the UMD Title IX Coordinator in the development of on-going training, education materials, resource guides and communications related to Title IX policies and procedures.

Duties As Assigned 10%

  1. Participate in new initiatives to improve services.
  2. Other duties as assigned, such as serving on committees.

Essential Qualifications:

  1. JD from an accredited law school.
  2. Knowledge of discrimination, harassment and equal opportunity laws.
  3. Experience conducting investigations of legal or policy violations, e.g., employee or student misconduct.
  4. Exceptional writing and analytical skills.
  5. Experience presenting educational materials to adult learners.
  6. Exceptional communication, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  7. Ability to manage and work with conflict.
  8. Ability to work independently and efficiently and balance workload.
  9. Ability and desire to work actively, collaboratively and creatively as part of a team.
  10. Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, equity and diversity.
  11. Experience in, and a demonstrated ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities:  including people of color, underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; American Indians; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience applying discrimination laws.
  2. Experience investigating employee and/or student misconduct.
  3. Experience developing and presenting educational programs on discrimination, harassment, equal opportunity, affirmative action or related topics.
  4. Experience using alternative dispute resolution techniques.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Revised November 2017