Senior Civil Rights Investigator

Recruitment #19-0261-002


The Senior Civil Rights Investigator develops and promotes civil rights programs and activities in the City of Dayton. Incumbent aids in the investigation and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, coordinates and implements education and outreach activities, and establishes a rapport and ongoing dialogue with individuals and community groups. Investigator's primary responsibility is to oversee the investigation process of fair housing, employment, public accommodation and credit civil rights cases; although incumbent will work in other areas of discrimination that violate City ordinances and federal laws. The Senior Civil Rights Investigator will make recommendations to the Human Relations Council Board on whether or not discrimination has occurred and work with all parties to equitably redress legitimate instances of civil rights violations. In order to properly investigate and handle complaints, the incumbent must be knowledgeable of, and interpret all City ordinances and applicable federal and state laws pertaining to civil rights and landlord-tenant issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Must meet one set of the qualifications below: 

1. Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies, Urban Affairs, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Community Development, Public Administration, Political Science, Demographics, Econometrics, Geography (GIS), Social Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Social Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Social Justice, Human Rights or a closely related field AND 5 years of experience in civil or human rights, social justice, fair housing, equal employment, conflict management or working with immigrants and other minorities; OR 

2. A Law degree AND 3 years of experience in civil or human rights, social justice, social advocacy, or working with immigrants and other minorities. 

A Master's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or one of the above listed areas may be substituted for one year of the above required experience. 

Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission or equivalent region. 

License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.


Applications must specifically address each of the minimum qualifications, directly showing how each is met.

Appointment to positions in this classification will require applicants to pass a police background investigation. 

Final permanent appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination, including drug screen, and providing documentary evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity required by the Immigration and Nationality Act. 

Effective July 15, 2019, the City of Dayton adopted the Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy (HR 1.03). Applicants offered employment with the City will be required to pass a nicotine screening. Newly hired employees must remain tobacco and nicotine free as a condition of continued employment.

The Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy does not apply to current City employees subsequent to HR Policy 2.09.

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer M/F/H