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Institutional Equity Investigator (Hybrid); Ithaca, NY

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


The Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX (OIETIX) has university-wide civil rights compliance responsibilities which primarily include preventing and addressing sexual and related misconduct, prohibited discrimination, and protected-status harassment. The OIETIX compliance framework encompasses these four functional areas: compliance administration and office management, data collection and analysis, incident response and resolution, and training and education.

Reporting to the Equal Opportunity Program Director, this role primarily conducts investigations of alleged violations of protected class discrimination under Cornell University Policy 6.4 (“Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct”). The investigator serves as a neutral and impartial administrative investigator who independently plans, conducts, and documents investigations of protected class discrimination and harassment involving students, employees, and third parties. The investigator also assists with alternative resolutions, supportive measures and adjudicative processes as appropriate, as well as with the development of policies, procedures, and practices. This role supports and provides compliance training and education sessions and programs, community engagement, outreach, and communication projects. This position, while primarily focused on institutional equity, may also perform Title IX investigations. This position is essential to meeting Cornell's civil rights obligations under Title IX and other federal and state laws.

Hybrid/Hub Remote

This position’s home location is Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, New York. The successful applicant will typically be expected to work on-site at least 2 days a week and will have the option to work remotely 3 days per week.

The New York Convenience of Employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.


To be considered for this opportunity, you must provide a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample that reflects your own writing and analysis, without substantial editing or other assistance. For example, you might submit an excerpt of an investigative report, or other documents that contain policy analysis.  Please provide a redacted sample by deleting any identifying information.

When applying through our system, please upload your application materials (Cover Letter, Resume and Redacted Writing Sample) in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.  Applicants who best match our needs will be contacted for an interview.

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What we offer:

Great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions:  3 weeks of vacation, 13 university paid holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year’s Day) and superior retirement contributions.

An active and diverse community to work and thrive in! Cornell is situated in picturesque Ithaca, New York, the heart of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca is home to two academic institutions, state parks, waterfalls, gorges, and a wide range of art galleries, theaters, eateries, wineries, and breweries. Ithaca has something to suit all ages and interests!

No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

The starting pay range for this position is $89,294 to $98,694, based on education and experience. 

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.


University Job Title:

Compliance Investigator

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Pay Range:

89,294 to $98,694



Contact Name:

Carolyn Chow

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  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.

  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.

  • Unique applicable skills.

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If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or email at equity@cornell.edu.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Position: Institutional Equity Investigator (Hybrid); Ithaca, NY
Organization: Cornell University
Location: Ithaca,  NY 
United States
Salary: $89,294 to $98,694
Posting Start Date: 12/20/2022
Date Posted: 12/21/2022

Core Qualifications

We are seeking an Institutional Equity Investigator who has a Bachelor’s degree with 5 to 7 years of related experience conducting investigations, or equivalent combination of degree and experience.  Additionally, the investigator should possess the following: 

  • Extensive knowledge of relevant EEO laws
  • Experience with civil rights investigations
  • Knowledge of crisis management concepts and techniques
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Ability to be neutral and impartial and to analyze information without being judgmental of people/their actions
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines with a workload that can be unpredictable and reflective of an academic calendar cycle
  • Ability to resolve issues, research, and bring them to the attention of manager or escalate to the appropriate individual
  • Demonstrated judgment, problem-solving, as well as critical thinking and analysis.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work with faculty, staff, and student populations
  • Exemplifies and promotes the values, vision, and Leadership Skills for Success of Cornell University, including forward thinking leadership and confidentiality regarding office and university activities

In addition to the above requirements, we prefer a candidate who possesses any of the following traits:

  • J.D. or other advanced degree in relevant field (strongly preferred)
  • Knowledge of Title IX regulations
  • Certification as a civil rights investigator (ATIXA, AAAED, etc.)
  • Experience conducting trauma-informed interviews and/or knowledge of trauma-informed practices
  • Employment law and/or HR experience
  • Higher education experience, particularly in a student conduct, Title IX, or civil rights/equal opportunity role
Status: This listing expires on: 2/19/2023
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Cornell University
337 Pine Tree Road

Ithaca,  NY 14850
United States
(607) 254-3337
Carolyn Chow