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South Dakota State University
Office of Human Resources
South Dakota
Posted: 07/13/2021
Title IX/EO Lead Investigator

Take your career to the next level and leverage your investigator background and leadership experience working for an organization with great benefits and generous leave! South Dakota State University (SDSU) is currently seeking a Title IX/EO Lead Investigator. This position is a full-time, regular, benefit-eligible position.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


Under the direction of the Director of Human Resources, the Title IX/EO Lead Investigator is responsible for coordinating and conducting investigations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, discrimination, harassment, hostile environment, or any other incidents related to protected classes. This position will supervise investigators across the Board of Regents system.

The Lead Investigator will work collaboratively with Title IX Coordinators from every institution in the Board of Regents System to successfully address incidents using contemporary investigative techniques and will manage the other investigators. The Lead Investigator will perform tasks under the umbrella of civil rights compliance (e.g. Title IX, VAWA, Clery Act), including conducting investigations, record keeping, development of training materials, investigator training, and other duties as assigned. The Lead Investigator will frequently be called on to collaborate with campus safety, human resources, student affairs, local law enforcement, and other on- and off-campus partners.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field completed by first day of employment;
  • At least three years of professional experience in conducting investigations, preferably in Title IX, Title VII, harassment, discrimination or other related field;
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, objectivity, and confidentiality while investigating sensitive cases;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an investigative interview using proactive listening skills and thorough questioning techniques;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail in report writing;
  • Ability to build rapport with claimants and respondents;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and with diverse agendas and perspectives;
  • Organizational skills to follow cases through the entire investigative process;
  • Demonstrated decision-making ability and sound judgment in complex or controversial situations;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and complete all work on time;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Strong management and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated experience using web based and other software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Presentation and facilities skills with an emphasis on training and fostering positive relationships.
  • A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire and willingness to travel;


  • Graduate degree in a related field or JD;
  • Two years higher education experience;
  • Experience supervising and managing employees;
  • Working knowledge of applicable federal laws and regulations including Title IX, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Title VII, and the Clery Act.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by August 2, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, writing sample up to 5 pages describing how you would investigate and resolve a complaint of sexual harassment in the workplace attached as ‘other document’, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Matt Maher at (605) 688-5625 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.