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.

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The Tennessee Human Rights Commission is seeking a Compliance Officer for employment and fair housing discrimination complaints.  The position's primary duty is to ensure the investigators analyze all evidence obtained during the investigation and write a decision utilizing the relevant evidence to support a recommendation.  This position supervises 3 direct reports.  Salary range is $3,534 to $5,653.

The vacancy is posted for those who wish to apply or to send to someone they know who is interested.  The link to employment opportunities is Compliance Officer. The posting will expire on Tuesday, January 14, 2019.

Questions may be directed to Deputy Director Hooper, 615-741-5825.

Posted January 9, 2020




City of Five Seasons:  This is an exceptional opportunity to provide leadership and management to the Civil Rights Commission in the second largest community in Iowa. 


Under the general direction of the Civil Service Commission, the Executive Director provides leadership, management, planning and oversight for the overall operation and activities of the Civil Rights Department. The Executive Director is employed by and reports to the Civil Rights Commission.


Requirements are found in the Recruitment Brochure.  


The City of Cedar Rapids Adopted Ordinance Chapter 69 of the City Code which established the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission. The Commission consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.


Powers and Duties of the Civil Rights Commission are (As Proscribed under Chapter 69 of the City Code) are set out in the Recruitment Brochure.


The starting salary is market competitive commensurate with the knowledge, skills and experience of the selected candidate. The City will provide an excellent fringe benefit program to the new Executive Director.


Position open until filled. First review of cover letters and resumes to occur on January 6, 2020.


For additional information on this exceptional opportunity, please contact James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc. at 505-660-7725;


Confidential cover letter with salary history and resumes should be sent to:

James L. Mercer, President/CEO
The Mercer Group, Inc.
1000 Cordova Place, #726
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505-466-9500
Fax: 505-466-1274




MDCR Executive Director (Michigan Civil Rights Commission)

Salary:             $160,000 Annually
Job Number: 1501-19SV-MDCR03
Department:   Civil Rights
Closing Date: 12/17/2019 11:59 PM Eastern

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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC), created by the 1963 Michigan Constitution, is searching for an Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR).  The state legislature established the MDCR in 1965 as the MCRC's enforcement arm to implement the policies of the MCRC and to ensure the civil rights of everyone living in or visiting Michigan -- regardless of religion, race, color or national origin in the areas of housing, education, employment, public accommodation and public service.  Also included under the statutory protection are height, weight, genetic information and misdemeanor arrest record in employment, and familial status in housing.  The MDCR accepts sexual orientation and gender identity complaints in the areas covered by Michigan civil rights law.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the public policy set forth by the MCRC. This includes providing executive leadership for the MDCR and its more than 90 employees working in five offices throughout the state. The Department enforces the civil rights statutes within the state, primary among them is the Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act of 1976.  The MDCR is also home to the Michigan Women's Commission; the Division of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing; and the ADA Compliance Office.  The position reports directly to the MCRC.

The Executive Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the administration and strategic plan of the department, complaint investigation, and outreach educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with our civil rights laws;

  • Establishing the MDCR's accountabilities and providing overall supervision and guidance for all organizational staff, including direct supervision and mentoring of the management team;

  • Promoting excellent performance of the MDCR and maintaining (re-establishing) employee morale and team cooperation;

  • Representing standards that uphold the integrity of the MDCR and the civil rights laws to internal and external audiences through public engagements, including media opportunities and the MDCR's social media presence;

  • Developing strategies and providing sound, supported advice, counsel, and guidance to the MCRC;

  • Recommending an annual fiscal budget to the MCRC for consideration and approval; and establishing sound financial practices that adhere to the MDCR's budget plan;

  • Working cooperatively with all applicable federal, state and local agencies; and

  • Overseeing all funding efforts, including the development of relationships and submissions of grant proposals

Candidate Credentials


  • A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity for all;

  • Experience with civil rights investigations and enforcement OR a strong understanding of the law and the framework/jurisdiction in which civil rights are enforced.Knowledge of Michigan civil rights statutes and protections is preferred;

  • Demonstrated strong management, organizational, and leadership skills, including the ability to develop, implement, supervise complex organizations, including human resources, budgets, projects, administration, constituent/customer relations, and to support and nurture staff;

  • Strong analytic and planning skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills;

  • Well organized, assertive and able to work independently and collaboratively;

  • Ability to work under pressure, while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously;

  • Successful fundraising track record;

  • Minimum of ten years' experience in an executive leadership role; and

  • BS degree required, Masters or JDs preferred.


Commensurate with experience, but starting at approximately $160,000 per year. 

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree; however, a masters, law or higher degree is preferred within the following disciplines: human and/or civil rights, law, business administration, public administration, labor/industrial relations, or human resources.
At least 2 years executive experience, specifically in the areas of civil rights, leadership, administration and public policy including the management of staff projects and budgets.

Additional Requirements and Information/ Application

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is an equal opportunity employer

Posted November 27, 2019



The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights is hiring!


They are seeking:


The postings for the Outreach Director (open until October 14), Outreach/Community Relations Specialists (open until October 14) and Legal Specialist (open until October 17) are attached, as is the job description for the Chief of Staff. 

Posted November 27, 2019

Washington State Human Rights Commission - Civil Rights Investigator 2  

Salary:        $43,104.00 - $56,580.00 Annually

Location:   Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type:   Full Time - Permanent

Department: Human Rights Commission

Job Number: 2018-07932

Closing:  Continuous


Please note: posting has been reopened, if applied previously, no need to reapply. 

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.

Note:  Masters or Law Degree will substitute for the one year of experience.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
Ability to read and write in a language other than English is desirable.

Supplemental Information

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.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded.
For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.
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