Administrative Law Examiner/Investigator Position

Job Title:  Human Rights Commission Administrative Law Examiner/Investigator

Department:  Vermont Human Rights Commission (VHRC)

Job location:  Montpelier, VT

Status:  Permanent full-time exempt position; PG24

Application Deadline:  September 26, 2014.

Brief Job Description:  Investigates complaints of discrimination in housing, public accommodations and state government employment by locating and interviewing witnesses, obtaining and reviewing documents, conciliating complaints, conducting legal research, writing in depth reports that contain a factual and legal analysis as to the merits of the complaint and making a recommended finding to the Commissioners.  Expected to present educational workshops and training and conduct outreach on issues of civil rights under state and federal law. Such other duties as assigned by the executive director.  Includes some travel for which private transportation is required. For a full job description visit the HRC website at www.hrc.vermont.gov.
Qualifications:  The successful applicant will be a highly motivated person with a Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent Vermont four-year law study. Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and knowledge of state and federal civil rights laws. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships among a wide variety of individuals and organizations.  Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations, dispute and conflict resolution and/or training a plus.  
 

To Apply:  Send cover letter and resume demonstrating relevant experience via email, fax or mail (no phone calls please) to:

Karen Richards, Executive Director – email: karen.richards@state.vt.us
Vermont Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin St., Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
(802) 828-2481 (FAX)

EEO Employer.  Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged.

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FULL DESCRIPTION
 

HUMAN RIGHTS COMISSION ADMINISTRATIVE LAW EXAMINER

Job Code:  954200

Pay Plan: Exempt/Classified

Pay Grade:  24

Occupational Category:  Protective Services

Effective Date:

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.

Minimum Qualifications:
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:  Juris Doctor or completion of requirements for Vermont bar.