Director, Office for Access and Equity for UI Health
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO (UIC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Masters
Hospital, Public and Private
Internal Number: -
Director, Office for Access and Equity for UI Health
About the University of Illinois Chicago
UIC is among the nation's preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent "Best Colleges" rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.
Under the direction of the Associate Chancellor, conduct investigations into allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment against the -UI Hospital & Clinics, including Mile Square Health Center and/or its employees; analyze complaints and investigation findings to recommend positive resolutions for inclusive work climates using various services offered by OAE including Dispute Resolution Services; formulate preventative strategies for avoiding claims of discrimination and harassment; draft position statements for submission to governmental agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR); create, conduct and initiate employee and manager training.
Duties & Responsibilities
Investigate and respond to complaints and charges of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct, filed internally and through external agencies (e.g. EEOC, OCR, IDHR) for UI hospital and health professions faculty, staff, and students.
Conduct interviews, identify and collect documents and evidence relevant to preparing written responses to federal and state government inquiries, charges, and complaints. Attend hearings with state and federal agencies.
Counsel management relative to legal compliance with state and federal EEO employment laws. Provide advice, answer questions and inform management of legal requirements.
Provide training related to nondiscrimination, sexual misconduct, and related University policies.
Investigate and provide detailed unbiased reports regarding the evidence of the investigation and outcome resulting in recommended remedies or educational conversations; Evaluate the impact of the unit and counsel leadership on possible unit assessments
Conduct a neutral, prompt, fair, and thorough investigation advising parties of their rights and maintaining a high level of confidentiality during all proceedings
Ensure a well-documented investigative process per UIC policies and procedures
Maintain accurate and thorough records and notes of the investigatory process.
Provide procedural updates to parties in an investigation.
Create comprehensive written investigative reports for OAE that identifies the issues investigated, summarizes the evidence, and makes findings or recommendations under University policy.
Provide periodic, timely updates regarding the status of investigations in progress to the Director of OAE.
Assist in informal resolution processes related to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation claims.
Act independently with initiative and sound judgment in managing reported incidents filed in OAE.
Build relationships and establish collaborative partnerships with UI Hospital and Health Science colleges; work with other University stakeholders to ensure nondiscrimination policies are communicated to all constituents.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
Master's degree in a related field required. JD preferred.
Extensive knowledge of federal and state employment laws including but not limited to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
Minimum of three years' experience required; previous experience in healthcare or higher education EEO compliance preferred. Five or more years experience is preferred.
Two years supervisory experience of investigations related to discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.
Demonstrated experience of successfully overseeing, investigating, and handling discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct complaints in a health science academic and/or clinical setting.
Advanced written and verbal communications skills to work with all levels of the organization. Proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office Suite.
Excellent presentation skills and demonstrated effective human relations and communication skills.
The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.