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Senior EEO/AAO Investigator

Location: 

White Plains, NY, US

Summary

NYPA/Canals is seeking an experienced investigator with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for a Senior EEO/AAO Investigator position. The Senior Investigator will support NYPA/Canals efforts to become pro-equity by promoting accountability for anti-discrimination through the resolution of formal and informal complaints, including performing investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other unfair practices. This is an exciting opportunity as NYPA/Canals is intentionally leading with its commitment to a true culture of equity and dedication to the ideas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our workplaces.

Qualified candidates are passionate about, and possess a strong commitment to, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and have demonstratable experience confronting and helping to dismantle systemic discriminatory practices and behaviors through conducting formal and informal investigations and workplace reviews.

The Senior Investigator will work under limited supervision and conduct investigations regarding complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment, field request for reasonable accommodations, prepare all required reports in support of the CRI Office, and provide training and education to employees of their rights and responsibilities under the Federal, State, local laws and company/State EEO policies and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.
The Senior Investigator reporting to the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer.

Responsibilities

·Receiving, investigating, and making recommendations to management on formal and informal complaints from applicants, employees and others pertaining to Title VII, ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, etc.
·Composing investigative plans, which include deciding which witnesses to interview, outlining which questions to ask, and planning which documents to request and how to acquire said documents.
·Interviewing witnesses to obtain complete and thorough responses to questions.
·Writing Draft Investigative Reports and making recommendations to the VP, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer/EEO based on investigatory findings.
·Managing caseload of investigations involving complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, etc.
·Collaborating with both internal and external partners on investigations.
·Documenting efforts and conclusion of informal resolutions.
·Project management of complaints to ensure timely response, resolution, and closure.
·Conducting confidential and sensitive investigations of equal opportunity complaints in a thorough and timely manner.
·Conducting thorough analysis of evidence gathered in accordance with applicable equal opportunity laws, regulations and established internal policies and procedures.
·Following up on all new complaints in a timely manner.
·Securing relevant documentation to prove or disprove allegations in complaints.
·Managing the record keeping function for investigations including electronic and written materials and ensuring the accuracy of the data.
·Ensuring that all inquiry and investigation activities are completed in conformity with best practices and effective investigative procedures and established State/company policies and processes.
·Assisting in the development and delivery of all classroom and computer based EEO and Diversity Equity & Inclusion trainings.
·Ensuring training materials are routinely updated to reflect any changes in the law.
·Performing other duties as are necessary to comply with EEO regulations, and other internal and external policies.
·Otherwise supporting ALL the work of CRI, including that related to its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion goals, if necessary.
·Representing the CRI Office on internal and external committees and stakeholders as designated by the VP and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/EEO Officer.
·Developing organizational policies and procedures to address emerging issues related to the EEO.
·Represent the VP and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/EEO Officer at Governance Committee Meetings and Executive Management meetings, as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

·Ability to work independently, maintain the highest level of confidentiality and interact effectively with all levels of management required.
·Ability to supervise, provide guidance, and mentorship to junior staff.
·Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to labor and employment and affirmative action.
·Ability to analyze and interpret Agency rules and regulations, as well as laws and other pertinent guidelines relating to the HR specializations of classification, staffing, labor relations, and employee relations.
·Thorough understanding of mediation processes and techniques (e.g., negotiation and arbitration) strong people skills, impartiality, and the ability to protect confidential information.
·Proven ability to manage a large workload within tight time constraints and complete tasks in a timely manner.
·Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply federal, state and local laws and regulations (including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and related non-discrimination statutes, state and local laws, Executive Orders and guidelines) pertaining to equal opportunity, access and inclusion to employment, services and activities of the NYPA/Canals;
·Strong organizational, planning, and investigatory skills.
·Ability to assess and negotiate highly complex, confidential, and sensitive matters of discrimination, harassment, and disproportionate impact, while maintaining objectivity and neutrality.
·Ability to recognize patterns or practices which are inherently discriminatory or those which serve as a pretext for discrimination.
·Initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and judgment required to collect, assemble, and develop facts and other pertinent data.
·Ability to think logically and objectively, to analyze and evaluate facts, evidence, and related information, and arrive at sound conclusions.
·Skilled in written and oral reports and presentation of investigative findings in a clear and concise manner.
·Tact, discretion, and capacity for obtaining the cooperation and confidence of others.

Education, Experience and Certifications

·Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, including human resources, business administration, public administration, law, criminal justice, civil rights law, race/gender studies, conflict management, etc.
·Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in conducting investigations related to law enforcement, labor relations, ethics, counterintelligence or internal employee misconduct, OR JD and (4) years’ experience in a related field.
·Education in a relevant field, including human resources, business administration, public administration, law, criminal justice, civil rights law, race/gender studies, conflict management, etc.
·Progressive experience in equal employment opportunity, workforce diversity and inclusion, social justice, or related fields.
·Experience conducting civil rights, human resources, or labor relations investigations.

Physical Requirements

·Ability to sit at a desk and operate a computer and office equipment.
·Approximately 20% travel primarily within NY State.
·Valid NY State driver’s license.

 

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