Civil Rights Officer

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Oct 08, 2020
Full Time Other

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, political science, or a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years of direct work experience providing professional guidance on civil rights laws, investigative procedures, legal compliance, and contract administration, including three (3) years of which were in a managerial capacity.

Licenses and Certifications Required:
None.

Notes to Applicants
Position Overview:
Reporting to the Deputy City Manager under general direction, this position will enforce Federal, State, and local law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation and conduct investigations of complaints; and educate and engage with Austin residents about their rights to help prevent and reduce discrimination.

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Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, training opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.

When completing a City of Austin employment application:
  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job titles and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.
  • A resume is required, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Please include contact information from previous employers.
  • A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.


To ensure consideration, candidates should apply by October 5, 2020. To apply, candidates must submit an application, a comprehensive resume, and cover letter online via this online posting. Interested candidates should apply early in the process for optimum consideration.
  • For more information on this position, candidates may contact:

    Thomas Birdwell
    Thomas.Birdwell@AustinTexas.gov
    512-974-3551

If you are selected as a top candidate:
Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution and proof of your professional licenses or certifications.

This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation ( CBI ).

Travel:
If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Pay Range
$139,000 - $149,000

Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Hours may vary due to business needs.

Job Close Date

Type of Posting External
Department Management Services
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 1050 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78767
Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to apply a social, racial, and equity lens in order to establish relationships with City staff and the community. Prior supervisory experience in a large, robust city/organization is highly preferred. Advanced written and verbal communication skills are imperative for this position.

The following core competencies are important for this role:
  • Exceptional Leadership - A cohesive leader with the ability to build quality interpersonal relationships throughout the City with diverse communities and populations.
  • Communicates Effectively with an Equity Mindset - Ability to manage diversity, understand inclusion, and work with diverse communities and populations to build constructive and effective relationships, and convey and receive information.
  • Thinks Critically and Strategically - Enables others to better understand and implement the vision and strategy, while being the aligned forward thinker and has the ability to formulate and communicate sound business strategy and implement in a clear and concise manner.
  • Customer Focused - Strives to deliver high-quality results and superior service that exceeds expectations while remaining mindful of the needs and perspectives of both our internal and external stakeholders.
  • Community Collaborator - Has experience in presenting complex financial information strategies to internal and external stakeholders on projects and programs that may include public outreach, City Council updates, and program implementation.
  • Equity Lens - Ability to use an equity lens and framework to create inclusive, diverse, and safe workspaces and programs.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Directs and manages the Civil Rights function for the City of Austin, including developing and monitoring a clear vision for the office and promoting improvement and change, and conducting complaint investigations.
Advances the City's non-discrimination efforts by prioritizing and implementing initiatives with internal and business and community external stakeholders throughout the City to strategically identify core priorities for programmatic development and process improvement.
Creates, implements, and promotes outreach, education, and awareness events for both businesses and community stakeholders. Represents the City and the Office in public speaking engagements and at events.
Works with the City Manager's Office, Law Department, the Mayor and City Council, Department heads, and external stakeholders to establish goals, policies, and best practices that address racial equity, social equity, and inclusion for City of Austin residents.
Provide executive support to City Boards and Commissions, including the Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Veterans Affairs.
Develops comprehensive metrics and performance measures to track, evaluate, and report on the effectiveness of initiatives, and recommends changes to improve outcomes.
Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:

Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of human rights issues.
  • Knowledge in the management of diversity, equity, or inclusion programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the concepts of equity, including experience in applying equity frameworks to established laws, ordinances, and long-standing practices.
  • Knowledge of with small business programs, public accommodation compliance, environmental justice, or limited English proficiency access.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local employment and housing laws related to Civil Rights, including knowledge of the legal system and court decisions.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive supervisory related to management and customer service/public relations practices and procedures.
  • Skill in comprehensive public speaking and public relations methods to persuade, negotiate, and mediate issues.
  • Skill in comprehensive public speaking and public relations methods to persuade, negotiate, and mediate issues.
  • Skill in navigating political decision-making that may seem to favor one group over another.
  • Skill in interpreting technical information and data dealing with complex variables to identify, analyze, and solve practical management problems such as development of audit findings and corrective recommendations.
  • Skill in preparing data-driven reports or preparing or administering contracts for highly regulated government programs
  • Ability to assess current programs and practices for equitable outcomes
  • Ability to use an equity lens and framework to create inclusive, diverse, and safe workplaces and community programs
  • Ability to manage diversity, understand inclusion, and work with diverse communities/populations to build constructive and effective relationships.
  • Ability to interpret oral, written, mathematical, legal, statistical, and regulatory information dealing with resilience programs, budgets, grants, regulations or policies, ordinances, and standards.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, City officials, attorneys, community/business leaders, and the general public.


Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
EEO/ADA
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual's AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* The minimum qualifications for this position are: graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, political science, or a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years of direct work experience providing professional guidance on civil rights laws, investigative procedures, legal compliance, and contract administration, including three (3) years of experience which were in a managerial capacity. Do you meet the minimum qualifications as described?
  • Yes
  • No
* If selected as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background investigation?
  • Yes
  • No
* The ideal candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to apply a social, racial, and equity lens in order to establish relationships with City staff and the community. Please briefly describe how your education and experience relate to this.
(Open Ended Question)
* This position will enforce Federal, State, and local law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation and conduct investigations of complaints; and educate and engage with Austin residents about their rights to help prevent and reduce discrimination. Please describe how your education and experience relate to this.
(Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
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Job Address

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