Created by the Legislature in 1949, the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). The mission is to eliminate and prevent discrimination in Washington State through the fair application of the law, efficient use of resources, and establishment of productive partnerships in the community.
The Commission is made up of five members appointed by the Governor, who appoint an Executive Director. The Executive Director appoints investigative staff, and other employees as needed to conduct the day-to-day operations of the agency. The Commissioners meet monthly and provide policy direction, adopt regulations, vote to grant or deny requests for reconsideration of previously issued investigative findings, and conduct outreach in their geographical communities.
The Civil Rights Investigator 2 is responsible for providing technical assistance and consultation during the complaint intake and investigation resolution process and conducting impartial investigations of discrimination complaints, including research and analysis of RCW 49.60 and related anti-discrimination laws. Duties Include but are not limited to as follows:
Case Investigation, Analysis and Determination:
Functions independently as an impartial fact-finding agent of the Commission while investigating single or multiple issue discrimination cases of varying difficulty and complexity that allege a violation of RCW 49.60, the Federal Rights Act of 1964 Titles VII (Employment) and VIII (Fair Housing), the ADEA and the ADA;
Gathers and preserves documentary evidence and when necessary issues subpoenas;
Conducts interviews with parties to the complaint and their witnesses;
Reviews and analyzes legal briefs submitted by legal counsel, and other defenses and documentation submitted by parties to the complaint;
Reviews relevant court cases, precedent setting cases, and legal opinions as needed;
Analyzes, evaluates and applies fact patterns based on case law, contract provisions and prior Commission determinations;
Independently writes and submits detailed well-reasoned formal case determinations.
Complaint intake, technical assistance, and consultation:
Confer with the public in person, by telephone and in writing regarding alleged violations of state and federal discrimination laws to determine Commission jurisdiction and criteria for filing a complaint;
If allegations are jurisdictional and meet criteria for filing, advises individual of filing procedures; if the allegations are not jurisdictional, provides referral to other resources to seek assistance;
Receive, analyze, and draft formal complaint affidavits for individuals alleging discrimination;
Provide technical assistance and consultation to legal counsels, employers, managers, human resource professionals, landlords, real estate brokers and owners, public officials, union officials, and others to explain and interpret the state and federal laws against discrimination.
Function as an intermediary/negotiator between principals in discrimination disputes and confers with both Respondent and Complainant in either joint or separate fact finding conferences to determine actual areas of dispute;
Initiate innovative proposals to attempt to resolve disputes;
Negotiate settlement agreements between principles to the discrimination disputes, which may include Complainant, Respondent, attorneys, corporate executives, and union representatives;
Prepare, execute legally binding settlement documents.
Education and outreach:
Attends staff and agency-wide meetings as scheduled; researches case law and keeps current on new case law rulings; attends training; and participates on committees and workgroups;
May develop and conduct training and/or staff information booths or tables to provide information about RCW 49.60.
Bachelor's Degree with focus on business, human resources, social or organizational behavioral sciences or related field.
One (1) year of professional experience as an investigator with major work assignments emphasizing civil rights law enforcement, EEO, investigation, AA program implementation, personnel administration, labor relations, alternative dispute resolution or related work.
Three (3) years of professional experience as an investigator with major work assignments emphasizing civil rights law enforcement, EEO, investigation, AA program implementation, personnel administration, labor relations, alternative dispute resolution or related work.
One year of experience as an Investigator 1.
Masters or Law Degree will substitute for the one year of experience.
Ability to read and write in a language other than English is desirable.
Please attach the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so, may result in not being considered for the position:
A letter of interest that shows your personality and voice to describe why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
Current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.
By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
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