Job Title: Human Rights Commission Administrative Law Examiner
Department: Vermont Human Rights Commission (VHRC)
Job location: Montpelier, VT
Pay Grade: 24
Pay Plan: Exempt/Classified
Occupational Category: Protective Services
Application Deadline: August 31, 2018
Class Definition: The incumbent is responsible for examining witnesses and evidence of allegations of discrimination in the areas of housing, public accommodations and state government employment; making a preliminary adjudication of whether there are or are not reasonable grounds to believe that discrimination occurred in a given case and presenting this determination to the Commission for review and action. Duties include conducting legal research, and preparing detailed findings of fact and conclusions of law in support of the preliminary adjudication. The incumbent also develops curricula and provides community outreach and external training programs on anti-discrimination laws and policy and supervises the work of legal interns. Work is performed with significant independence and autonomy under the direction of the executive director.
Examples of Work: Plans, organizes and executes a complex examination of allegations of illegal discrimination through conducting legal research, taking sworn testimony, conducting extensive, complex document review. Prepares detailed findings of fact, conclusions of law and makes a preliminary adjudication of whether there are or are not reasonable grounds to believe that discrimination occurred; legal research includes examining relevant state and federal statutes, regulations and case law. Recommends changes in policies and procedures and/or necessary training for responding parties. Engages in conciliation efforts with represented and unrepresented parties, drafts legally enforceable settlement agreements and monitors compliance with conciliated agreements. Serves as co-counsel to the executive director in investigations that result in reasonable grounds findings; serves as acting executive director in the director’s absence or when the director has a conflict of interest. Supervises legal interns. Conducts outreach. Develops curricula and delivers training to a wide variety of agencies, non-profits, and individuals, including continuing legal education seminars for attorneys. Testifies in the legislature and serves on legislative study committees. Performs other duties as assigned.
Environmental Factors: Duties are performed primarily in a standard office setting. Some travel is required for which private means of transportation is necessary. Incumbents must work closely with the public and maintain an atmosphere of fairness and impartiality. Incumbents
must be comfortable questioning hostile witnesses and working closely with individuals who may have significant mental and/or physical disabilities. Some stress and discomfort may be encountered in the investigation of discrimination complaints. Some evening and weekend work may be required.
Demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights.
Working knowledge of state and federal anti-discrimination statutes and relevant case law.
Ability to analyze and evaluate facts and applicable law.
Ability to prepare detailed reports that include factual and legal analysis.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to develop curricula and deliver training to a variety of constituents at a variety of levels;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to read and interpret regulations and policies of considerable complexity.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in interviewing.
Demonstrated dispute and conflict resolution skills.
Education and Experience
Education: Law Degree or completion of requirements for Vermont bar.
Applications will be accepted by email and mail only. Phone calls will not be accepted. Applicants should send a resume, writing sample and cover letter demonstrating relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Vermont Human Rights Commission, 14-16 Baldwin St., Montpelier, VT 05633-6301. Expected start date: Mid October 2018.