Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D5042 / Equal Opportunity Investigator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14
HR Review/Approval:RVIEW

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Conducts prompt and equitable investigations in response to reports of harassment, discrimination, and civil rights violations, providing alternative and formal resolutions. Evaluates compliance with nondiscrimination and anti-harassment laws, regulations and institutional policies. Participates in outreach and engagement activities to educate and support the campus community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs intake process for reports of discrimination and harassment that are in violation of University policies.
  2. Conducts unbiased, trauma-informed investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination and civil rights violations; conducts interviews and prepares investigative reports which include conclusions based on findings; follows departmental post-investigation procedures regarding follow-up communications to involved parties.
  3. Maintains detailed records of all investigations and communications within relevant department and University data systems.
  4. Interprets, analyzes, and advises on the application of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action laws and regulations in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and guidelines, and University policies and procedures.
  5. Creates and delivers a range of educational, and informational presentations, and/or resource materials.
  6. Researches and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports on general and specific compliance issues as required by management.
  7. May lead lower level employees; may supervise the day-to-day activities of departmental staff as required in the absence of management.
  8. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to investigate, analyze information, and draw conclusions based on University policies and procedures.
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, and advise on the application of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies and regulations in employment and academic settings.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice, and civil rights work.
  • Demonstrated skill in interview and investigation techniques, including ability to actively listen
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills and the ability to effectively summarize and present information.
  • Knowledge of legal documentation procedures and requirements.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and University compliance laws, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Ability to operate calmly and effectively under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
  • Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with time sensitive deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • Work involves exposure to emotional stressors and trauma experienced by others.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 01/19/2020