- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $41,464.00-$65,790.00 Yearly
A Civil Rights Officer II is the intermediate 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 moderate 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.
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 agreements;
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, statements 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, 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.
Class Descriptions 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.
Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements. The Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.
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 (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), 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 collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.