Senior Investigator and Training Specialist (Administrator I)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sonoma
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time
Position Description

Application Process

This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on Tuesday, April 4.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Title IX Officer and Senior Director, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (Title IX Officer/Senior Director), the Senior Investigator and Training Specialist is responsible for investigating complaints under the Nondiscrimination Policy. The incumbent works closely with the Title IX Officer/Sr. Director and various departments to conduct investigations of complaints of violations of the Nondiscrimination Policy filed at Sonoma State University, acting as a neutral party in the investigation and providing a detailed, unbiased report regarding the findings of the investigation to the Title IX Officer/Senior Director. This position supervises interns, staff and student personnel as assigned, and collaborates with other department personnel to provide support in the development, presentation, oversight, and tracking of effective OPHD training, including Summer Orientation, Student-Athlete, Greek and Incoming Student programs. The incumbent may also participate in supporting the student and employee refresher training and helping coordinate events and presentations for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and serving on campus and system-wide task forces and committees.

Key Qualifications

This position requires a bachelor's degree and four or more years of relevant professional experience required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Juris Doctor or other relevant advanced degree preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of Title IX, Title VII, Clery Act, VAWA, FERPA, EEO, ADA, and other applicable federal and state civil rights and employment laws; demonstrated effective public speaking, oral and written communication skills; experience with computer applications, word processing, databases, and presentation programs.

Strong skills in the areas of conducting investigations, trauma-informed interviewing methods and techniques, and excellent writing and research skills. Strong analytical skills and the ability to assess and negotiate complex, highly sensitive situations. Ability to maintain neutrality and work under stress. Strong and effective interpersonal skills; the ability to listen well and demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for individual needs. Ability to work as part of a campus‐wide community to resolve complaints in a neutral and sensitive manner. Ability to establish and maintain professional and productive working relationships with staff at all levels; Ability to read and interpret complex legal documents to evaluate their impact on University policy and procedures.

The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential information; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; be able to apply strong problem-solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem-solving skills as necessary. Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must also possess the ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economy, society, environment) into all aspects of performing job duties.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $6,500 to $6,965 a month. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.

Supplemental Information

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community. 

The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption and thereafter comply with routine campus testing requirements. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more about the vaccination requirement at Sonoma State, please visit:

CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

For questions related to the application process, please reach out to The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Sonoma State University's Annual Security Report includes summaries of institutional policy relating to campus safety, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, and other matters. The report is published in compliance with the Clery Act and includes three years of certain crime statistics that occurred in Clery Act defined geography. A paper copy of the report may be requested in person by emailing the Clery Compliance and Safety Office at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within Sonoma State University student housing facilities for three years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Residential Education and Campus Housing at  

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