Civil Rights Investigator at Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools

Full-Time

Mid Level

Chicago, IL, USA

$24.000 - $34.000

24 Nov → 24 Dec

Job Description

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 340,000 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. Six core values are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.

The Office of Student Protections and Title IX (OSP) Civil Rights Investigator is responsible for enforcing the Chicago Board of Education’s Final Comprehensive Non-Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation policy, implementing investigation protocols and anti-discrimination training, coordinating targeted supportive measures to all impacted parties to a complaint, as well as participating in the project management of CPS’ strategic priorities.

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 Responsibilities

  • Thoroughly, equitably, and expeditiously investigate complaints of adult-to-student and student-to-student discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on protected categories
  • Develop and implement anti-racism and bias trainings targeted at adult and age appropriate student populations
  • Conduct site visits to interview witnesses, respondents, and complainants in the furtherance of an investigation
  • Collect and analyze documents and physical evidence
  • Update and maintain case files and records
  • Coordinate with and obtain documentation from public and law enforcement agencies, court systems, etc. in the furtherance of an investigation
  • Partner with the Chicago Public Schools’ Safety & Security, Office of Equity, Office of Social and Emotional Learning, and other internal departments and external agencies to ensure student and staff safety and facilitate the delivery of trauma and/or social and emotional services
  • Prepare high-quality summarizing investigation reports, make detailed final determinations, and provide recommendations for resolutions
  • Function as a liaison between OSP and District administrators for complaints filed regarding discrimination against students based on protected categories
  • Testify at arbitration, administrative hearings and court proceedings related to investigations as required
  • Advise the Chief Title IX Officer and Director of Investigations on the status of ongoing investigations
  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Protection & Title IX Training and Compliance team, Office of Equity, Law, and other departments to develop, present, and implement training, policies and procedures
  • Coordinate, organize, and execute logistics for discrimination and harassment related staff trainings and presentations
  • Identify, recommend, and implement related operational improvements to streamline internal processes, increase efficiency, and improve services provided to students and staff
  • Ensure staff and student information and records are kept confidential and handled in compliance with all related policies and procedures
  • Manage relevant OSP special projects
  • Travel throughout the City of Chicago to collaborate with CPS staff, parents, students. volunteers, contractors, etc. as required in the furtherance of investigations
  • Performs additional ad hoc duties as assigned
  • In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the OSP Civil Rights Investigator must possess the following qualifications:

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working in a student environment, preferably in a school setting

  • Knowledge of state and federal laws related to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation

  • 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 and student 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

  • Ability to analyze data gathered and consider available solutions or alternate methods of responding to trends

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

  • Proficiency with both the Microsoft Suite and G Suite (Google) of software

  • Familiarity with Chicago Public Schools a plus

  • Ability to build relationships, establish collaborative partnerships, and work with a wide range of stakeholders with diplomacy and tact

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