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Human rights professionals work in many area including state and local governments, non-governmental agencies, charities, academia and law. There is a huge variety of roles, including research, public relations, investigation, and administration. Whatever role you are interested in and whatever your qualifications, getting into Human Rights work is highly competitive.

Get the relevant training and experience you will need to prepare or propel your career as a human rights professional!  




NYC Commission on Human Rights is undertaking a search for a Deputy Commissioner for Law Enforcement 
This is a critical role at our agency and an exciting opportunity for someone looking to leverage the New York City Human Rights Law to protect New Yorkers from discrimination and harassment. 

The Deputy Commissioner for Law Enforcement oversees the agency’s Law Enforcement Bureau (LEB) and works with senior leadership to formulate and direct the Bureau’s process for fielding inquiries from the public, and conducting intakes and investigations regarding allegations of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. The Deputy Commissioner for Law Enforcement will also have oversight of LEB's strategy for filing complaints to address patterns and practice of discrimination, as well as the litigation of matters before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.

You can find more details about the position and application process on

Posted April 16, 2024
Montgomery County, MD Office of Human Rights
Job Title: Investigator I/II/III, Grade 20/23/25

Location: Rockville, MD, US

Organization Name:  Office of Human Rights, Compliance

Medical Exam: Medical History

Background Investigation: Yes

Financial Disclosure:  Yes

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights is seeking to fill one (1) Investigator position that can be filled at the following levels and anticipated salaries:

Investigator I   (Grade 20) $61,041 – $78,923

Investigator II  (Grade 23) $69,222 – $89,906

Investigator III (Grade N25/25) $75,368 – $98,158

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights promotes fair treatment of county residents and ensures compliance with the referenced laws, policies, rules, regulations, and procedures governing the agency. The agency is responsible for enforcing Montgomery County Code, Chapter 27, fair workplace laws and anti-discrimination laws in employment, real estate & housing, public accommodations (services and transactions with the public), and intimidation (hate crimes). The agency also monitors incidents of hate/violence and administers the County's Partnership Fund, through which victims of hate/violence crimes can seek compensation for personal injury or damage to property.

The investigator position requires a talented individual to have the ability to conduct intake interviews, receive complaints, investigate the allegations, document the record, and resolve complaints regarding a variety of alleged violations of worker protection and anti-discrimination laws. The investigator must be adept at researching and interpreting anti-discrimination and worker protection laws, identifying core issues, and successfully communicating with diverse individuals. Complaints filed with this agency require resourceful investigations and resolutions.

The selected candidate will possess a bold and creative ability to analyze nuanced facts, minimize conflicts, and develop appropriate techniques for resolving disputes and enforcing laws regarding employment, housing, and business practices. Human Rights investigators are responsible for managing their caseload and working a case through various stages, from intake through and including writing the recommended determination. Investigators also are involved in outreach and education programs, public speaking, and working on special projects.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Interview individuals alleging violation(s) of civil rights, craft complaints and charging documents.

  • Interview all parties associated with allegations of complaints and conduct fact finding interviews.

  • Conduct site visits, analyze, and evaluate evidence, and issue civil citations.

  • Inform complainants, respondents and other parties of the investigative process and legal rights and obligations, consistent with the programmatic area(s) and nature of the case.

  • Perform informal and formal conferences and negotiations between respondent and complainant and their representatives.

  • Prepare cases for administrative review, hearing, or court.

  • Collaborate with other agencies and experts in public

  • hearings and court proceedings related to case work.

  • Review/draft regulations, operating procedures, proposed legislation, and/or public information materials.

  • Make referrals to administrative and social service agencies, as appropriate, and may coordinate according to guidelines to ensure assistance.

  • Apply methods and techniques of fact finding, and techniques for interviews, analysis, and resolution of complex problems.

  • Manage division case load, collectively with other members of the enforcement team.

  • Additional duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will work independently, organize, prioritize, and accomplish assignments/tasks within deadlines. This position requires strong verbal and written communication skills.

This position requires the ability to attend meetings or to perform work at locations outside the office.  Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be required.

Bilingual applicants in Spanish, French, Amharic, or Chinese language are encouraged to apply. If the candidate selected for this position possesses multilingual skills, he/she will be required to successfully pass an examination assessing oral communication, reading comprehension, and interpreting skills. For Advanced proficiency, the candidate must also pass an examination requiring translating text from language identified to English and vice versa.


Posted March 12, 2024

South Carolina Human Affairs Commission
Attorney II - 60027456   

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Salary: $45,530.00 - $84,241.00 Annually

Location: Richland County, SC

Job Type: FTE - Full-Time

Job Number: 160387

Agency: State Human Affairs Commission

Closing Date: 3/21/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Agency Specific Application Procedures: All applicants must apply online.

Class Code: AE20

Position Number: 60027456

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:30 - 5:00)

Pay Band: Band 6

Hiring Range – Min: $66,500.00

Hiring Range – Max: $72,000.00

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer

Veteran Preference Statement

South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.

Attorney II Job Responsibilities:

Under general supervision, the Attorney II reviews and analyzes complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, advises agency personnel regarding potential outcomes, and completes other duties as assigned by General Counsel. The Attorney II litigates agency matters before an administrative panel or state circuit court when suitable under applicable state law. The Attorney II may serve as advice counsel in administrative proceedings. Matters subject to attorney review are brought pursuant to the SC Human Affairs Law and SC Fair Housing Act and are directly related to Title VII employment and Title VIII Fair Housing protections. The Attorney II must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment and should demonstrate a strong, consistent, and dependable work ethic. This position requires independence, discretion, and compliance with the SC Rules of Professional Conduct. The job duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:


Represents the Commission before state courts, government entities, and community groups as required.

Conducts legal research. Reviews complaints alleging discrimination and makes recommendations as to form and content.

Reviews agency investigations for accuracy and makes recommendation to the validity of the complaint.

Advises Commission personnel on legal concerns of the agency and its staff with particular emphasis on laws administered by the agency.

Advises the Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner of Compliance Programs, Division Directors, and the Governing Board on policy questions and operating situations having legal implication. Provides in-house legal training as required.

Performs other related duties as required. 


Minimum and Additional Requirements

A Juris Doctorate degree or its equivalent from an ABA accredited law school and at least three (3) years' experience as a practicing attorney. Membership in good standing with the South Carolina Bar.


Additional Requirements


Knowledge of the laws of South Carolina.

  • Ability to interpret and apply laws and judicial decisions.

  • Ability to represent the agency in civil litigation and administrative proceedings.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and impart complex information to people with diverse professional backgrounds.

  • Ability to analyze legal issues, multitask and prioritize.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and writing skills.

  • Experience, education, or demonstrated skill in providing public information.

This position will require constant public contact.

Occasional travel required.

Posted Feb. 13, 2024


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