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Hearing Coordinator

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of Hearing Coordinator in the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC).

The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC) is UNC-Chapel Hill's central office for addressing issues related to discrimination and harassment based on any protected status, as well as compliance with relevant education and employment laws and regulations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. EOC creates, implements, and enforces University policies that promote an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming campus community. EOC also offers trainings, programs, and consulting services in these areas across campus.

EOC is part of the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement. The division also includes the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The division oversees employee policies, benefits and programs; creates campus-wide opportunities for compliance training, engagement, and learning; and advances Carolina’s mission to provide a welcoming, equitable, and stimulating work and educational environment for all. These three offices work to implement strategies for supporting and enriching Carolina’s workforce, complying with EO/ADA laws, and enhancing inclusiveness across all parts of our campus. The Workforce Strategy Communications unit is charged with clearly, consistently and appropriately communicating to campus and beyond to build knowledge and understanding on these topics.

The Hearing Coordinator coordinates the hearings process under UNC Chapel Hill’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct for reports filed against students and reports filed by students against University employees, including ensuring that the process is conducted fairly and impartially, according to Policy and applicable procedures. Communicates with parties and their attorneys on matters leading up to the hearing, e.g., addressing advising on procedural matters, managing evidence presented by the investigators and parties, determining what evidence is admissible, and arranging for participation of witnesses and experts. Conducts hearing and advises panelists on matters of process and substance during hearing and deliberations, screens questions from parties for relevance and admissibility, determines admissibility of evidence, screens and calls witnesses, manages flow of hearing, ensures that panel has complete information, advises panel on available sanctions. Works with hearing panel to prepare final decisions and coordinates and participates in the development and delivery of initial and ongoing training for hearing officers. Participates in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Policy and the hearings process by identifying strengths and weaknesses and develops suggestions for improvement. Develops protocols and procedures for hearings and steps leading up to them. Participates in and conducts investigations in EO matters not covered by the hearings process.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities (Required Qualifications):  Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate area of study; Experience participating in or conducting hearings, e.g., student conduct hearings, civil proceedings, administrative proceedings. Demonstrated knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with principles of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, e.g., sexual harassment, sexual assault (including impact of trauma), stalking, interpersonal violence, due process considerations and requirements, impact of disabilities on participation in educational programs and accommodations process, principles of academic freedom.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's Degree in an appropriate discipline or J.D.; experience conducting EO investigations and experience as a Hearing Coordinator or Student Conduct Coordinator at a postsecondary institution.

Posting close date: 1/5/2018

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.