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Compliance Specialist 3 (Investigator)

Company: Penn State University
Location: University Park
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


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The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Compliance Specialist within the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response (OSMPR) to assist the Director of OSMPR in helping Student Affairs and the University's Title IX Coordinator in creating a safe and respectful educational environment for students by addressing instances of sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct. The Compliance Specialist will provide prompt and effective action when complaints of discrimination are reported at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses and will assist in monitoring the processing of cases for compliance with applicable laws.

The Compliance Specialist will:

  • Respond to and investigate reports of alleged sexual and/or gender-based harassment and misconduct in a prompt and thorough manner

  • Prepare investigative reports and communicate findings to parties and relevant University stakeholders

  • Assist in coordinating the provision of resources and support services for individuals involved in reports of sexual or gender-based harassment and misconduct

  • Assist in maintaining a database related to reports of sexual and/or gender-based harassment and misconduct, develop reports, assess trends, and identify areas of concern in the campus environment

  • Assist the OSMPR Director and Title IX Coordinator in reviewing and revising policies and procedures related to incidents of sexual and gender-based harassment or misconduct to ensure compliance with the law and alignment with best practices

  • Conduct regular travel to assigned commonwealth campuses to respond to reports of alleged sexual and/or gender-based harassment and misconduct, deliver training, and support campus efforts

This position will work closely with other relevant units across the University, including the Office of Student Conduct, the Affirmative Action Office, Ethics and Compliance, Human Resources, Risk Management, the Office of General Counsel.

Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor's degree in public health, human services, social work, psychology, education, or a related field preferred. A Juris Doctor, Master's in Social Work, or Master's in Higher Education is highly preferred.

The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • A high degree of personal/professional ethics and an ability to maintain professional boundaries

  • Knowledge of trauma-informed investigative techniques

  • Ability to establish rapport and work cooperatively with various levels of faculty, staff, students, and outside agencies

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, statutes, regulations related to Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act

  • Outstanding customer service abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent analytical, judgment, and organization skills

  • Ability to work with a variety of cultures and backgrounds

This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

For full consideration, please submit a resume and a cover letter.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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