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Equal Opportunity Compliance Office Investigator

Chicago Public Schools • Chicago, IL

Posted 2 months ago

Job Snapshot

Full-Time
Experience - 4 years
Degree - 4 Year Degree
Education - Teaching - Administration, Not for Profit - Charitable
Education, Legal Admin, Management

Job Description

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 370,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers.  CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life.  In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Five core principles are embedded within these commitments – high quality, rigorous instruction, talented and empowered educators, safety and support, financial stability and collective impact.

 

Job Description:

Reporting to the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office (EOCO) Administrator, the EOCO Investigator will support the administration of CPS’ comprehensive non-discrimination, Title IX, sexual harassment, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and 504 policies.  The investigator will be responsible for investigating one or more of the following subject matter areas: Title IX, sexual harassment, discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaints.

 

The EOCO Investigator is expected to successfully oversee and/or perform the following responsibilities:

 

  • Thoroughly, equitably and expeditiously investigate complaints of adult-on-adult discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation

  • Review and respond to ADA requests for reasonable workplace accommodation and federal complaints filed with the OCR

  • Conduct site visits to interview witnesses, alleged offenders and victims in the furtherance of an investigation

  • Collect and analyze documents and physical evidence

  • Update and maintain case files and records to report on the status of assigned investigations

  • Coordinate with and obtain documentation from public and law enforcement agencies, court systems, etc. in the furtherance of an investigation

  • Partner with Safety & Security, the Office of Student Protections & Title IX and other departments and external agencies to ensure staff safety and facilitate the delivery of trauma and/or social & emotional services

  • Review parent appeals to determine whether appropriate school-based investigations of student bullying and/or discrimination occurred.

  • Prepare high-quality summarizing investigative reports and provide recommendations for resolutions

  • Facilitate ADA requests for reasonable accommodations filed by employees and other adults with disabilities and assist in managing adult requests for sign language interpreters

  • Draft and issue workplace accommodation letters in collaboration with EOCO administrator

  • Function as a liaison between CPS and OCR for federal complaints filed regarding discrimination against students and other parties based on protected class.  

  • Gather and provide data to OCR, participate in witness interviews, advocate for prompt resolution, and submit additional documentation required by OCR.

  • Testify at arbitration, administrative hearings and court proceedings related to investigations and requests for accommodation as required

  • Collect and compile data for compliance and internal and external reporting and inquiries

  • Advise the Chief Talent Officer, Executive Director of HR & Talent Management and Director of Absence & Disability Management on the status of ongoing investigations

  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Protection & Title IX, Law, and other departments to develop, present and implement training, policies and procedures

  • Assist with the ideation, creation, execution and evaluation of EOCO educational programs for CPS staff with internal and external partners

  • Coordinate, organize and execute logistics for EOCO related staff trainings and presentations

  • Develop, monitor, update and maintain content on the CPS’ websites and intranet in partnership with the Communications Office and other departments

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, Board policies and labor contracts related to EOCO laws and regulations

  • Identify, recommend, and implement operational improvements to streamline internal processes, increase efficiency, and improve services provided to staff

  • Stay abreast of emerging government regulations and evaluate and recommend appropriate responses and changes to internal policies

  • Ensure staff information and records are kept confidential and handled in compliance with all related policies and procedures

  • Travel throughout the City of Chicago to collaborate with CPS staff, parents, volunteers, contractors, etc. as required in the furtherance of investigations

  • Performs additional ad hoc duties as assigned

Job Requirements

Type of Education Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent professional experience

  • Juris doctorate degree a plus

 

Type of Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in equal employment opportunity (EEO) or employee relations that includes investigations of complaints as part of formal investigations into allegations of wrongdoing and evaluation of EEO procedures and compliance

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the development and delivery of anti-discrimination training programs

  • Strong working knowledge of state and federal laws related to EEO including but not limited to Title VI, VII & IX

  • Demonstrated superior ability to write concise organized, logical and analytical reports to convey complex issues

  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to handle difficult and sensitive employee situations with refined judgement while maintaining confidentiality and adhering to data privacy laws and policies

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and work effectively with minimal supervision while adhering to strict deadlines

  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to produce high-quality work

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred

Residency Requirement:

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of his or her CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.

 

Job ID: 180002MH
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