Human Rights Specialist II
Gathers all available evidence necessary to render a recommended determination as to findings of an investigation into an alleged violation of the Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance, any Fairfax County Personnel Regulations, and/or ADA Compliance. Develops and/or conducts community outreach and countywide training on cultural diversity, sexual harassment, Title VII, Americans with Disability Act, etc. Maintains subject matter expertise in all appropriate areas. Prepares letters of notification and requests for information so that complaints are promptly served on parties. Conducts telephone and in-person interviews, reviews documents, and performs onsite investigations in an effort to determine whether a violation of the Human Rights Ordinance has occurred.Illustrative Duties (The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
- Conducts initial interviews over the phone or face-to-face with claimants to determine the nature and merit of alleged claims;
- Counsels complainants, respondents and others on their rights pursuant to the Fairfax County
- Human Rights Ordinance and explains the investigative process;
- Develops investigation plans;
- Requests information pertinent to claims;
- Conducts field interviews;
- Presides over fact-finding conferences;
- Prepares report of investigation findings, citing violations of applicable laws and ordinances based on an analysis of investigation findings, applicable statutes, legal precedents and relevant case law;
- Conducts negotiations between parties to attempt to achieve a settlement prior to a formal cause/no cause proceeding;
- Participates in formal conciliation conferences and testifies at Human Rights Commission hearings and in court proceedings.
- Considerable knowledge of applicable federal civil rights laws and the Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance;
- Ability to perform legal research, interpret laws, regulations, legal precedents and court cases;
- Ability to prepare comprehensive, legally accurate reports;
- Ability to handle complex negotiations with tact, resourcefulness and good judgement;
- Ability to provide guidance and mentoring support to lower level Human Rights Specialists;
- Ability to interact with individuals from various racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES:
Must have a valid driver's license.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
The ideal candidate will be able to speak and write English. Possess excellent analytical skills, and have prior investigative and analytical experience.
Must possess accurate keyboard skills and the ability to conduct on-site investigations. Physical requirements can be performed with or without accommodations.
Panel interview. As part of the interview process, a written exercise may be administered.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.