Civil Rights Investigator

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time
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King County: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. 
We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. As articulated by Executive Dow Constantine, "We can and must be... an oasis of optimism and creativity...and a beacon to people around the world". 
King County Executive Dow Constantine has highlighted building equity and social justice as one of his top priorities and a great generational challenge of our time. 
The Office of Equity and Social Justice, established in 2015, serves to: implement the 2016-2022 Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan; embed an equity lens in all decision-making processes and organizational practices; lead and support regional efforts to advance equity and social justice; support anti-racist and pro-equity capacity-building internally and externally through technical assistance, trainings and other efforts; promote accountability and organizational advancement towards equity.  

In 2017, the County's Civil Rights program became part of Office of Equity and Social Justice. Civil Rights enforces the County's fair employment, fair housing, public accommodations, and fair contracting ordinances, and assists the County with Title VI and ADA compliance. 
The Civil Rights Investigator will lead and support overall project management and office management for civil rights work in the Office of Equity and Social Justice. The Investigator will serve as part of a team supporting the Civil Rights/ADA Program Manager in a range of activities ranging from civil rights Title VI investigations, mediation, policy and strategy development, and community engagement. The successful candidate will possess the ability to engage with the public and bring to resolution complaints of discrimination related to employment, housing, public accommodation, and perform all associated duties of this office. Additional work may range from budgeting & contracting to meeting/event planning and coordination. The Investigator will also be an expert in the field of equity and social justice, representing the Office in broad venues and providing training and technical assistance. The successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate and promote non-discrimination, practices and to provide leadership and expertise to resolve real or potentially discriminatory actions. Confidentiality, discretion, and integrity are essential to this position. 

The Office of Equity and Social Justice values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Office encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Job Duties

  • Process inquiries and investigate, mediate, and resolve multi-faceted discrimination complaints. 

  • Conduct investigative report writing and data recording in a departmental data base.  

  • Provide training, technical assistance, and coordination on a broad range of civil rights laws (housing, employment, public accommodations, disability, contracting), as well as equity, social justice and inclusion issues. 

  • Work with the Director to lead and support Civil Rights team planning, including internal and external work groups coordinated by the Office of Equity and Social Justice. 

  • Serve on various internal and external teams and groups representing the Office of Equity and Social Justice. 

  • Partner with local, regional, and national organizations to further civil rights, equity and social justice. 

  • Direct and lead events, training, and meeting planning, including community engagement, education, and outreach. 

  • As needed, manage contracts and grants involving multiple agencies (internal and external). 

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of civil rights laws and their application to employment, housing, public accommodations, contracting, Title VI, and disability access issues 

  • Demonstrated broad and in-depth knowledge of equity and social justice issues for organizations and communities 

  • Experience conducting non-biased investigations under competing and strict deadline pressures 

  • Skilled at research and analysis involving court decisions, comparable situations, and evidentiary information 

  • Experience working with people who are racially diverse, gender diverse, and/or have disabilities 

  • Demonstrate the ability to direct work of multi-disciplinary staff and teams 

  • Demonstrated program development skills 

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills 

  • Skilled at public speaking, meeting facilitation and negotiations 

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and on tight timelines 

  • Experience in operations and management, including budgeting and planning 

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans. 
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer 
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. 
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 
WHO MAY APPLY: This non-represented appointed position is open to all King County employees and the general public. 
WORK LOCATION: Chinook Building - 401 5th Ave, Seattle. This position may work a hybrid schedule including telework, as agreed upon with the position supervisor. 

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The typical workweek is 40 hours, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Please submit a resume and cover letter describing how your education and/or experience specifically relate to the qualifications for this position via the King County jobs website. 
You can attach multiple documents, such as your resume and cover letter to your application. Your options are: 
• Copy and paste one or more documents into the Text Resume section of the application, or 
• Attach multiple documents/files in the Resume Attachment section. 

• First review of applications will be August 15, 2022 

• Selected candidates will be asked to complete a written exercise as part of the interview process. 

Please do not leave sections of the online application blank with the notation "see resume". Such applications will be considered incomplete and will not be considered. 
CONTACT: If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson at 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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Seattle, WA