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Equal Opportunity Specialist The candidate will provide general information and guidance on affirmative action, equal employment opportunity policy and related subjects to academic and non-academic departments and offices. Provide assistance in the interpretation and application of University policy and Federal and State law, i.e., as they apply to equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment, and affirmative action. Monitor and analyze personnel actions (non-academic and academic hiring practices) to ensure conformance with equal opportunity standards. Participate in expanding the applicant pool for targeted employment areas; promote expansion of the University's minority and female workforce representation. Advise University units on affirmative action policies and plans; act as a liaison with outside organizations and groups. Complete data and prepare statistical reports and proposals for the University administration and for State and Federal review. Remain abreast of all policy, procedural and reporting requirements to ensure compliance with State and Federal statutes. Assist in the writing and preparation of the University's annual Affirmative Action Plan and Affirmative Action Status Report to the Board of Governors. Monitor affirmative action efforts of colleges and departments to ensure compliance with all laws and University policies regarding equal opportunity practices. Investigate discrimination complaints. Conduct one-on-one interviews with claimant and witnesses; gather data and analyze facts; make recommendations concerning disposition and resolution of complaint; work with units to prevent discriminatory actions. Performs investigative work involving the review and evaluation of the University's equal opportunity practices. Provides investigation support for Title IX cases and support to Title IX Coordinator/Director. Perform related work as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
A Graduation from an accredited college or university supplemented by coursework in Human Resources Management, personnel administration, public or business administration, labor and employee relations or law is desirable. Advanced knowledge of affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, policies and regulations is desired. Reasonable knowledge and understanding of University policies and procedures is needed. Typically, incumbents have paralegal or investigation work experience. Incumbents have had direct work experience in a specific human resource area such as employment selection and recruitment, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, employee relations, labor relations, or dispute resolution. Should have strong analytic and organizational skills. Must be proficient in the use of complex administrative systems software, preferably in the higher education environment. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel.
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