Principal Investigator

  • University of California Office of the President
  • Oakland, California
  • Apr 19, 2019
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Job Description

Principal Investigator

University of California Office of the President

Requisition Number: 20190147

Appointment Type: Staff - Career

Personnel Program: PSS-Uncovered

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Percentage of Time: 100

Organizational Area: SVP - Compliance & Audit

Location: Oakland, CA

Posting Salary: Salary Commensurate with experience.

Position Summary:

The Principal Investigator is a critical role within our Ethics, Compliance, and Audit team, and is responsible for investigating claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and violation of University policies and procedures. This includes the responsibility for conducting highly sensitive, critical, confidential and time sensitive investigations.

The position duties will involve analyzing complex information, conducting research and preparing reports of investigations. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing accurate and timely oral and written reports of investigation activity to the University's Chief Compliance and Audit Officer, Systemwide Locally Designated Official (LDO) the Systemwide Director of Investigations (DOI) and other senior executives.

The position will assists the DOI in the overseeing of UC response regarding whistleblower complaints, claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation filed under University of California personnel policy and whistleblower policies.

In carrying out these duties and responsibilities, you will collaborate with numerous University employees including but not limited to Locally Designated Officials (LDO), Whistleblower Coordinators, Human Resource Personnel, Title IX Officers, Campus/General Counsel, Campus and Health System Compliance Officers, Internal Auditors, University Police and a variety of external representatives and investigators.

Special Conditions of Employment:


Travel outside of normal business hours

Other Special Conditions of Employment:

Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.

Job Close Date:


Duty 1: Facilitate processing or investigate retaliation complaints in accordance with the University's Whistleblower Policy and Whistleblower Protection Policy. Ensure appropriate interaction, notification and collaboration with all relevant internal parties and/or external representatives to collect data and prepare response.

Where appropriate, serve as the University's representative with external agencies pursuing complaints against the university. May also be assigned to assist LDO's with investigations at their specific campus. Performs intake processing of faculty, employee and student complaints.

Function:Function 1

Percent: 20

Duty 2: Plans and conducts neutral, fact-finding investigations of complaints alleging violations of suspected improper governmental activity or University policy. Conducts interviews as necessary to gather relevant facts associated with the complaint.

Identifies, collects, reviews and analyzes relevant files, documents, electronic records and other information. Conducts credibility assessments. Maintains confidentiality of information and identities of all participants in the investigation process in accordance with applicable University policies.

Provides a detailed analysis of findings and creation of other written reports as necessary. Prepares an organized, detailed and concise report at the end of each investigation. Provides timely and detailed written reports of investigations for review by the Director of Investigations.

Responsible for updating the DOI on assigned cases and updating internal management tracking system. Conducts research as necessary on state and federal laws and regulations to determine their applicability to current complaints and consults with Office of General Counsel.

Assists the Director of Investigations with overseeing and managing outside investigators retained by the University. Effectively communicates investigation results, both verbally and in writing, so they are placed in the appropriate context and understood by all parties.

Function:Function 2

Percent: 40

Duty 3: Keeps abreast of relevant new legislation to stay informed of developments in the field. Attend training relevant to the best practices of workplace investigations.

Provide guidance and assistance to Locally Designated Officials (LDOs), whistleblower coordinators, investigators and other University officials on complaints of retaliation, discrimination and harassment.

Function:Function 3

Percent: 10

Duty 4: Train employees and supervisors concerning UC whistleblower policies and other relevant policies. Be cognizant of industry best practices for workplace investigations. Train and mentor other investigators within the UC System. Develop curriculum and present training for campus investigators Systemwide.

Consult and advise campuses on best practices and the handling of complex and sensitive employment related matters to reduce risk. Work with the DOI and/or LDO on investigations or provide subject matter expertise for a specific allegation or assigned task.

Function:Function 4

Percent: 10

Duty 5: Maintain the database and keep appropriate campus representatives advised of status of investigations. Principal Investigator will assist the DOI with responsibility to manage and respond to University Hotline complaints, including appropriate elevation of sensitive and significant issues. (i.e., workplace violence). Follow up on assigned hotline complaints and investigations. Update assigned investigative work in a case management system as required.

Function:Function 5

Percent: 10

Duty 6: Research and review various methods and approaches to assist in a wide variety of other projects within the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services.

Function:Function 6

Percent: 10

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Strong interviewing, analytical skills and experience in research and interpreting data, ability to write cogent and concise reports; excellent presentation and communication skills (oral and written).

Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations and personnel policies and procedures governing discriminatory practices, retaliation and equal opportunities. Background in employment law preferred.

Experience in planning and conducting investigations.

Demonstrated ability to deliver training and presentations to a variety of audiences.

Demonstrated ability to exercise decision making and higher level communications, tact, diplomacy, and discretion.

Demonstrated skill in conveying facts, analyses, conclusions and recommendations in a clear, concise manner.

Ability to communicate complex information to all levels of management and administrators in a clear and concise manner both written and verbal.

Knowledge of state and federal administrative agencies and their roles in the complaint process, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment Housing (DFEH), Office of the Federal Compliance Program (OFCCP), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Department of Labor (DOL).

Strong attention to detail.

Ability to remain neutral, independent and objective in all investigations. Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive work related information.

Ability to handle multiple assignments by effectively planning, organizing and prioritizing assignments (multi-tasking of work).

Strong ethic values and awareness regarding workplace diversity. 3 years Minimum Experience.

Strong computer and internet skills including proficiency in Microsoft applications with an emphasis on Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Knowledge of state & federal laws and University policies and regulations related to confidentiality and access to records.

Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH)

Demonstrated ability to deliver training and presentations to a variety of audiences.

Background in employment law preferred.


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