- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $47,881.00-$76,432.00 Yearly
A Civil Rights Officer III is the full performance level of work investigating alleged discrimination complaints and negotiating agreements to settle discrimination complaints in housing, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion/creed, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and familial status. Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.
Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Civil Rights Officer Supervisor or other designated administrator. Employees may be required to work evenings and weekends based on staffing needs. The work may require travel in Maryland and other states.
Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.
The Civil Rights Officer I, Civil Rights Officer II and Civil Rights Officer III are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Civil Rights Officer I learns to perform duties under close supervision. The Civil Rights Officer II performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed. The Civil Rights Officer III performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision. The Civil Rights Officer III is differentiated from Civil Rights Officer Advanced/Lead in that the Civil Rights Officer Advanced/Lead performs advanced duties as a specialist in one or more components of an equal opportunity compliance program, or implements an equal opportunity compliance program in a designated geographical area or assigns, reviews and approves the work of and trains lower-level Civil Rights Officers.
Investigates alleged discrimination complaints and negotiates agreements to settle discrimination complaints in housing, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion/creed, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and familial status;
Interprets and explains applicable laws and regulations to advise complainants and respondents of their rights, legal requirements and responsibilities;
Refers complainants to other government agencies, private organizations or groups which have the jurisdiction or the resources to better handle inquiries or complaints;
Reviews case folders to determine complaint issues; nature, scope and direction of investigations; and need for additional information;
Interviews complainants, respondents and witnesses to obtain, verify and review information, determine needed evidence, resolve issues and negotiate settlements;
Negotiates pre-determination and conciliation agreements between complainants and respondents in an attempt to settle discrimination complaints;
Examines personnel and business records to establish facts concerning alleged discrimination;
Conducts exit meetings with complainants and respondents to discuss findings of the investigation;
Determines probable cause in alleged discrimination complaints and refers unresolved cases for public hearings; Investigates complaints of discrimination in State government agencies;
Maintains and analyzes data on racial, religious, ethnic and sexual orientation violence to determine trends;
Prepares and maintains case files, conciliation agreements, pre-determination settlements, statement of findings, investigation background information and subpoena or default information to document evidence and secure support data;
Establishes and maintains networks with representatives of federal, State, local and other public or private agencies and organizations to conduct conciliation efforts, foster better human relations and resolve problems involving alleged discriminatory practices;
Plans and conducts seminars and speaking engagements for employers, union representatives and public and private organizations to educate and promote better human relations;
Testifies in court and at public hearings concerning alleged discrimination practices;
Provides technical assistance to representatives of federal, State, local and other public or private agencies and organizations that are formulating new human relations programs;
Prepares correspondence, reports, documents and electronic mail;
May assist attorneys in the preparation of cases for trial at public hearings and before appeal boards;
May assist in the preparation of legislative proposals;
Performs other related duties.
Knowledge of the provisions of federal, State, and local laws defining discrimination, such as Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 and Human Relations Title 20 of the Annotated Code of Maryland;
Knowledge of the history of discrimination on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion/creed, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and familial status;
Knowledge of investigating and interviewing techniques;
Knowledge of the goals, regulations and policies of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights;
Knowledge of other government agencies, private agencies or groups which have the jurisdiction or the resources to better handle a variety of inquiries or complaints;
Skill in preparing for and conducting investigations, obtaining testimony, recording facts and evaluating conflicting information;
Skill in maintaining records and preparing concise and accurate reports;
Skill in negotiating settlement agreements that are amicable to all parties; Ability to recognize subtle and blatant acts of discrimination;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, Administrative Law Judges, attorneys, business owners, employers, employees, landlords, and the general public;
Ability to testify in court and at public hearings;
Ability to maintain confidentiality of case files;
Ability to communicate effectively;
Ability to counsel, interpret and explain applicable laws and regulations and serve as a resource to refer people to other appropriate regulatory government agencies, private organizations or other groups;
Ability to maintain objectivity in adversarial situations;
Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and electronic communication software programs.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Two years of professional work experience investigating alleged discrimination complaints and negotiating agreements to settle discrimination complaints in housing, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion/creed, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and familial status.
1. Candidates may substitute additional professional work experience in human relations, civil rights, legal work, community relations, law enforcement, personnel, counseling or social work involving interviewing, investigating or interrogating others on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
2. Candidates may substitute an additional year of professional work experience in human relations, civil rights, legal work, community relations, law enforcement, personnel, counseling or social work involving interviewing, investigating or interrogating others at the rate of one year for six months of the required experience, or two years for one year of the required experience.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in General Legal and Administrative classifications or General Legal and Administrative specialty codes in the Legal field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.
Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.
This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System. All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions. Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.
This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit as indicated by the designation of S (supervisor), M (manager), T (agency head), U (Board or Commission member), W (student), X (excluded by agency), or Z (confidential). As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and therefore, all positions in those agencies are excluded form collective bargaining.
This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series. NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance levels in a classification series. In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class as defined in the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification, and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.