City of Cedar Rapids, IA
Investigates charges of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, education, and credit; prepares written reports of investigation including analysis of collected evidence and applicable local, state, and federal law; performs community education and outreach activities; performs related work as required.
Considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.
Position Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
- Gathers data and information for discrimination cases through fact-finding interviews, on-site investigations, data requests, and subpoenas;
- Interviews all parties involved in alleged discrimination cases;
- Verifies documents, organizes witnesses, and case file for investigation and corroborates all testimony;
- Investigates civil rights discrimination complaints in a thorough and timely manner;
- Provides information regarding discrimination issues to general public, employers, employees, lending institutions, landlords, and any interested parties as requested;
- Serves as a witness in civil rights legal proceedings;
- Researches case law, analyzes statistical case data, and reviews all current local, state, and federal law to make the appropriate recommendation for the decision of a case;
- Reviews the possibility for mediation and/or conciliation;
- Facilitates mediation between complainant and respondent parties;
- Responds to information requests from the community regarding civil rights issues;
- Makes referrals to other appropriate agencies based on the specifics of particular cases;
- Develops and maintains community education programs in assigned areas in order to enhance understanding of laws and reduce discrimination;
- Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;
- Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;
- Attends mandatory training sessions;
- Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;
- Performs related work as required.
Required Knowledge and Abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of all current civil rights statutes related to local, state, and federal law including pending legislation;
- Thorough knowledge of the procedures and practices of civil rights investigation and enforcement;
- Thorough knowledge of current programs in diversity and civil rights education;
- Thorough knowledge of the social, demographic and economic issues of the City and area;
- Thorough knowledge of the resources and services of the area’s social service agencies, both public and private;
- Good knowledge of legal practices and procedures;
- Strong writing skills preferably in legal writing style;
- Strong presentation skills and ability to create effective education and outreach trainings;
- Ability to communicate effectively and maintain working relationships with elected officials, the business community, complainants, respondents, and the public;
- Ability to listen and understand the viewpoints of a wide variety of people from widely diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds;
- Ability in negotiation and/or mediation processes, such as bringing parties together and attempting to reconcile differences;
- Ability in leadership, motivation, management, and coordination of a work project involving several different parties;
- Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations and conclusions regarding discrimination cases;
- Ability to operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities;
- Ability to work cooperatively and to maintain effective working relationships to accomplish job responsibilities;
- Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
- Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Acceptable Experience and Training:
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, English, Political Science, Business Administration, Social Sciences or a closely related field; and
- Considerable experience in civil rights investigation, education and enforcement; and
- Some experience in employment and fair housing enforcement; or
- Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Required Special Qualifications:
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Ability to speak a second language preferred (e.g.: Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Swahili, Kirundi, etc.).
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