1707 Equity Investigator


TITLE Equity Investigator




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC)


The Equity Investigator assists the OIEC in ensuring University compliance with applicable laws and regulations relating to the University’s Title IX and Equal Opportunity (EO) compliance programs, and other related federal and state laws. The Equity Investigator’s primary role is to conduct investigations of complaints of alleged discrimination and harassment, across the University’s Springfield, West Plains, and Mountain Grove campuses. The Equity Investigator works closely with the Director of the OIEC (who also serves as the Title IX Coordinator), the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and the Assistant Director of the OIEC.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required. Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in an applicable area/field (e.g., the social sciences, counseling, human resources administration, student affairs) may substitute on a year-for-year bases for the required experience at a rate of twenty-four (24) earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.

Experience: At least one year of professional work experience in an applicable area/field that lends cross-over skills, or one year of investigatory experience, is required. Experience investigating allegations of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class is preferred, as is experience in working with victims of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and/or other types of trauma. Familiarity with Title IX and Equal Opportunity Law is required. Experience presenting educational and/or training materials is required.

Skills: Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing and speaking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively within a university environment are required. The ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment is required. Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, or other types of trauma is required. Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage caseload in a manner that ensures the prompt, effective, and equitable conclusion of such matters is required. Strong organizational and records management skills are required. The ability to condense large quantities of narrative information into a meaningful summary and brief others accordingly is required. Must be task-oriented and self-directed. Computer application skills (word processing, spreadsheet, file management) are required. Attention to detail, multi-tasking abilities, and the ability to be self-directed and meet deadlines while remaining focused and composed are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Investigates complaints of discrimination and harassment based on a protected class, primarily sex-based complaints (e.g. sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking) involving members of the University community (including the University’s Springfield, West Plains, and Mountain Grove campuses).

2. Uses self-regulation to manage, organize, and prioritize a large caseload, and other assignments, to ensure timely resolution of complaints and projects.

3. Helps monitor compliance with all procedures and requirements outlined in applicable University / departmental policies.

4. Prepares documents and reports as necessary for investigations and other assignments.

5. Maintains professional and complete documentation and files.

6. Travels to the University’s West Plains and Mountain Grove campuses as needed.

7. As assigned by the OIEC Director, may provide training to University faculty, staff, and students regarding discrimination and harassment based on a protected class, and Title IX.

8. As assigned by the OIEC Director, may help maintain departmental webpages.

9. Contributes to an environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. Participates in self-directed professional reading, develops professional contacts with colleagues, and attends professional development courses and trainings to ensure a full understanding of the legal requirements and best practices related to relevant compliance areas.

11. Participates in internal and external trainings as assigned.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the department and University by performing other duties as assigned by the Title IX Coordinator/OIEC Director.


The Equity Investigator reports to and receives administrative supervision from the Director of the OIEC, functions independently within the guidelines of the University’s personnel policies and regulations, and exercises independent judgment and initiative in planning, organizing, and completing assignments.


JUNE 2022