Human Rights Specialist Ii

Expiring today

Fairfax, Virginia
$63,213.07 - $105,355.12 Annually
Sep 25, 2021
Oct 16, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

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. Duties include:

  • Writes recommended investigative findings incorporating the applicable civil rights legal precedents for the director's signature.
  • 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 Office of Human Rights and Equity Program'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.
  • Develops investigative plans.
  • Presides over fact-finding conferences.
  • Participates in formal conciliation conferences and testifies at Human Rights Commission hearings and in court proceedings.
Note: This job announcement may be used to fill multiple full-time Human Rights Specialist II vacancies. Promotional rules apply for current Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools employees.

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, 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.

Not applicable.

  • Prior investigative and analytical experience.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Bi-lingual in English and a foreign language.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in English.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.

Must possess accurate keyboard skills and the ability to conduct on-site investigations. All staff are required to be able to perform the essential functions of the position. All duties performed with or without a reasonable accommodation


Panel interview and may include a writtenexercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status 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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