Human Rights Officer

General summary

This is a professional position responsible for performing intake functions and/or investigations into complaints regarding discrimination in employment, housing, and/or public accommodations. At this level, employees assist persons with initial filing of complaints or prepare investigative plans; interview parties and witnesses; prepare interrogatories, investigative reports, and preliminary determinations; and conduct onsite visits.  Responsibilities may include amending charges of discrimination, and researching case law, statutes, prior cases, documents, evidence, and other information related to an investigation.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of state and federal civil rights laws, statutes, regulations, investigations, interviewing, and negotiation of related areas pertaining to the field of human rights. Ability to interpret, explain, and apply civil rights statutes and regulations.  Ability to conduct interviews and investigations, and evaluate information and make preliminary determinations. Ability to obtain voluntary settlements of complaints.

Typical qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or 2-3 years of relevant experience. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

Pay grade