Associate Human Rights Specialist at NYC Careers

NYC Careers


Mid Level

Manhattan, New York, NY, USA

$58.449 - $89.704

12 Jan → 11 Feb

Job Description

The Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) is the agency charged with enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) – one of the most expansive civil rights laws in the nation. Through its Law Enforcement Bureau (LEB), the Commission accepts claims filed by the public, and has the power to initiate its own investigations to affirmatively root out discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other violations of the NYCHRL.

The Commission’s Community Relations Bureau (CRB) is empowered to take action against prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, discrimination, and bias- related violence or harassment through education, trainings, outreach efforts, and other mechanisms aimed at creating partnerships and relationships with stakeholders in the community. Both bureaus collaborate closely to work towards the shared goal of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all New Yorkers and encouraging equality of treatment throughout the City.

Associate Human Rights Specialists, work within the Law Enforcement Bureau to enforce the New York City Human Rights Law through pre-complaint interventions, investigations, negotiations and litigation support.

With recently obtained funding, LEB seeks to expand its Source of Income Unit to include Associate Human Rights Specialists who will work in the Source of Income Unit. Created in 2018 in response to demonstrated need, the Unit focuses on timely investigation, intervention, and enforcement in response to complaints of source of income discrimination against tenants-in-place as well as those prospective tenants seeking housing.

Preferred Skills

Experience working with public benefits and people who are homeless, housing unstable, and/or facing eviction.
Investigative experience.
Must be well-organized, assertive, and able to work independently and collaboratively.
Strong work ethic.
Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong people skills and leadership skills.
Familiarity with the NYCHRL.
Familiarly with NYC, state, and federal public benefits;
Familiarity with NYC Housing Court
Fluency in a language other than English, preferably one common in New York City.

This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate on your resume or cover letter if you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Job Responsibilities

  • Interviews members of the public alleging claims of discrimination; engaging in pre-complaint interventions, investigations, and complaint drafting where appropriate.
  • Supervises non-attorney staff in pre-complaint interventions; triage high volume of incoming inquiries and ensure proper and up-to-date data-keeping.
  • Investigates claims of discrimination made by members of the public and pattern or practice violations for potential Commission-initiated action.
  • Negotiates resolutions of claims pre-complaint.
  • Engages in community education and outreach to homeless and housing unstable New Yorkers and their service providers.
  • Supports the litigation of cases from a threshold of determination of probable cause through and including referral to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.
  • Supports attorneys representing the Commission before an Administrative Law Judge at conferences, and engages in discovery, including taking and defending depositions.
  • Supports attorneys litigating cases at trial through and including issuance of an Administrative Law Judge recommendation and issuance of Commission order.
  • Collaborates with the Commission’s Community Relations Bureau to provide trainings and to engage in coordinated approaches to rooting out systemic discrimination.
  • Represents the Commission at community events, Respondent trainings, and speaking engagements.
  • Performs all duties as needed to advance the work of Law Enforcement Bureau.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and three years of full-time satisfactory professional experience in one or more of the following fields: intergroup relations, equal opportunity, human rights, community relations, labor or industrial relations, law, social service, education, housing, research, investigation, personnel administration or public relations, which included report writing as an integral part of the duties. At least two years of this experience must have been in intergroup relations, equal opportunity, or human rights, which included report writing as an integral part of the duties

  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and seven years of full-time satisfactory professional experience as described in "1" above

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, and all candidates must have at least two years of full-time professional experience in intergroup relations, equal opportunity, or human rights.

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