Executive Director of Human Relations Council

Recruitment #23-7109-001


The Executive Director of the Human Relations Council provides effective leadership, vision, and support in ensuring the mission of the Human Relations Council (HRC) is carried out throughout the community. The Executive Director plans, coordinates, and directs programs and services directed toward influencing and ensuring a culture of fair treatment, inclusion, and equal access to opportunities and the elimination of discrimination through civil rights enforcement; contract compliance, business technical assistance; and implementing programs and initiatives that promote peace, goodwill, and harmony for all who live, work, play and gather in the City.

The City Commission appoints the incumbent who receives broad policy guidelines from the Chief of Staff. The incumbent develops programs and long-range goals for the Human Relations Council and implements such. The City Commission appoints a ten (10) member board that works closely with the incumbent in the resolution of complaints and implementation of programs. The incumbent must be aware of varying human relations policies and personal differences among the Commission, Board, and city administrators and endeavors to resolve these problems with as little conflict as possible.  

The Human Relations Council is designated to act as an enforcement, mediating, and consulting agency for citizens and industries in the Dayton area. Discrimination complaints concerning housing, equal employment opportunity, credit, and public accommodations, may be presented for investigation and resolution through conciliation or enforcement when applicable. In addition, the Human Relations Council is responsible for contract compliance and ensuring diversity in the City’s bidding and procurement. The Human Relations Council assists various industries in developing diversity and inclusion plans and equal employment opportunities. Referrals may come from federal agencies, state agencies, industries themselves, or as an outgrowth of complaints.  

The incumbent is also responsible for the management of the various grants and special programs that are under the jurisdiction of the Council, most notable is the federal Fair Housing Assistance Program. The Executive Director is expected to exercise insightful and creative judgment in the day-to-day discharge of duties. The incumbent is directly and ultimately responsible for the selection, supervision, and evaluation of agency employees, consultants, and other resources necessary for the daily operation of the Council.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in sociology, psychology, public administration, business administration, or a related field AND 5 years of supervisory experience with a demonstrated ability to function in a diverse and demanding environment.

Master’s degree is preferred. 

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 have a valid driver's license at time of appointment and maintain as a condition of employment.

Special Requirements

Completion of five-week NFHTA training and Certified Compliance Administrator certification is required.


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

Background Check

A background investigation and evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity is required prior to employment. All candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including current city employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, etc. into a classified position.

Medical Examination & Drug and Nicotine Testing

Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination including drug screen. 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.

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer