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Salary: $75,899.20 - $96,220.80 Annually
Location: Des Moines, IA
Job Number: X950-12-2020
Closing:  1/7/2021 5:00 PM Central


Distinguishing Features of the Class

Under general direction, manages major functions of the Human Rights Department investigations which includes employment discrimination covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, housing discrimination covered by Title VIII of Civil Rights Act; and public accommodations discrimination covered by Title II of the Civil Rights Act.  Supervises the work of Human Rights Specialists.  Assists the Civil and Human Rights Director in overall management of the City’s Human Rights Department.  Oversees federal and state civil rights enforcement contracts, serves as case mediator, and investigates a small caseload.

Please Note:  Recruitment for and the projected timeline for filling this vacancy is not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This position is part of an operation that must be performed regardless of circumstances.

Acceptable Experience and Training


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, International Relations, Business, Public Administration or related field; and

  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in personnel administration, employee relations, labor relations, civil and human rights enforcement or related field; and

  • Two years of direct experience in Civil and Human Rights casework and enforcement activities; and

  • At least one year of management or supervisory experience; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

NOTE:  Transcripts verifying degree conferred need to be submitted to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department; electronically to, by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 by the application deadline.


Required Special Qualifications


  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen.

  • Ability to pass a background check.

  • Requires possession of a valid Iowa driver’s license or equivalent mobility.


Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)


  • Supervises Human Rights Specialists and their investigations, involved in the enforcement of various Civil and Human Rights laws and City Ordinances;

  • Monitors conciliated cases and ensures that case respondents and complainants comply with the terms of conciliation agreements and formally closes cases once all parties have complied;

  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the work of assigned staff in implementing appropriate goals, cases, policies and directives of the Human Rights Department;

  • Conducts civil and human rights trainings with Human Rights Specialists and the Greater Des Moines community members consistent with requirements of the position;

  • Investigates a small caseload of usually complex investigations as assigned by the Department Director;

  • Monitors, reviews, evaluates, and approves case production, management and closures and provides technical guidance to assigned staff to assure compliance;

  • Makes recommendations pertaining to personnel, space, and resources to meet the goals of the Human Rights Department;

  • Approves all recommended enforcement and remedial actions and draft all settlement and conciliation agreements in a fashion to eliminate unlawful employment practices and to secure appropriate individual relief;

  • Certifies that charges of discrimination meet all jurisdictional, timeliness, and deferral requirements; 

  • Prepares recommendations for enforcement actions;

  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work obstacles and suggestions for new or improved means of addressing such problems;

  • Attends meeting, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in civil and human rights;

  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;

  • Performs other duties consistent with the classification function and the needs of the City.


Posted Dec. 10, 2020



To view the full job announcement and apply online click on the following link: DEI


POSITION #: 895059


SALARY: $114,426.00 - $190,710.00 Annually 

OPENING DATE: 12/07/20 

CLOSING DATE: 12/21/20 11:59 PM



The Equity and Inclusion Director will be a courageous, innovative, visionary leader with outstanding people and management skills. The ideal candidate will have direct and effective experience in organizational transformation with a specific emphasis in crafting and developing equity initiatives and facilitating collaborative and inclusive working environments.

The Equity and Inclusion Director is an executive-level position reporting to the County Executive. The Director will collaborate with county department directors and employees to facilitate an organizational culture that institutionalizes the use of an equity lens designed to address institutional barriers that interfere with equitable access and service delivery.

This position is a newly created role in Prince William County. The Equity and Inclusion Director will stand up the new office that will be charged with leading the county’s DEI efforts across departments and diversifying the county workforce, developing organizational cultural competency and county-wide diversity trainings, and working in the community to engage and problem solve. The Director will be charged with creating an expansive and far-reaching vision and strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion in the county. The Director will also be responsible for pushing internal equity initiatives forward by applying standardized metrics to county E&I efforts and reporting progress made and next steps to take.

The position will serve as the technical expert and a trusted resource in addressing equity as it is applied to countywide policies, programs, practices and budget decisions. The Director will work closely with county departments to create departmental equity assessment teams, tools and strategies with the community through a comprehensive engagement effort to determine equity concerns and priorities.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated “track record” working closely with key community stakeholders, be community engagement oriented, politically astute, yet apolitical, within a highly political environment. This individual will be engaging and charismatic, but also a data-oriented and outcome-driven problem solver with an explicit commitment to advancing equity and social justice solutions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and appropriate certifications in a related field from an accredited university.

  • 10+ years of progressive experience with an emphasis in diversity, equity and inclusion; civil rights laws such as EEO, ADA and Title VI policies, and DE&I governance which includes at least 5 years of leading and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in complex organizations and in community outreach.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with an emphasis in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • At least five years of demonstrated success in the administration of community, government, educational or social justice programs; and at least three of which were in a managerial, supervisory or program administration capacity. 

Background Checks, which may include but are not limited to: Criminal History Check, Credit History Check, Education Verification, License Verification Check, and/or Fingerprinting is required.

Please attach a resume and cover letter to your application describing the impact of past DEI efforts


To view the full job announcement and apply online click on the following link: DEI


Prince William County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Posted December 8, 2020




The Florida Commission on Human Relations, in Tallahassee, Florida, is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as its chief executive officer.  The executive director is responsible for administering, managing, maintaining, planning, and directing the agency’s programs by establishing the strategic plan, goals, and objectives; developing policies; reviewing guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations; establishing priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; coordinating and evaluating program activities; reviewing and approving budgets; and planning, assigning, and supervising the work of others.  The executive director also represents the Commission and the State of Florida when communicating with public and private organizations and the general public.  The anticipated salary range is $105,000-$125,000.


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Posted November 6, 2020

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