Human Rights Specialist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
Aug 24, 2019
Sep 07, 2019
Full Time
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Multiple positions will be filled from this job announcement.

Writes recommended investigative findings incorporating the applicable civil rights legal precedents for the director's signature. 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 training areas. Prepares courseware, handouts, training announcements, tests and training folders. Facilitates monthly ethnic celebrations. Meets with employee groups of individuals, as required. Interprets and applies civil rights legal precedents during the negotiation conferences so that parties know their rights and responsibilities pursuant to the ordinance and applicable federal law. 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. Analyzes the allegation and merits of complaints and determines the applicable legal remedies. Mediates and conciliates voluntary settlement agreements as resolutions to filed complaints. Writes settlement agreements for the director's and the commission's approval. Conducts telephone and face-to-face intake interviews as needed. Evaluates the nature of the alleged claims, refers the individual to the appropriate county, state, federal or private organizations to assist with the individual's problems. Counsels the individual about his/her rights pursuant to the ordinance. Explains the Commission's complaint procedures. Drafts the complaint for the complainant's signature. Interprets county regulations and federal laws to provide counsel and assistance to managers, county staff and the public on EEO matters.

The salary offer for the position will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range.

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.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list.)
  • 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.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in personnel administration, public administration, human resources, management, sociology or a related field, plus three years of experience in civil rights or human rights compliance, investigation, or administration.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Multi-lingual preferred. The ideal candidate will be able to speak and write English. Possesses excellent analytical skills. 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 reasonable 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.

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