Civil Rights Investigator at State of Washington Human Rights Commission

State of Washington Human Rights Commission


Mid Level

Olympia, WA, USA

Not defined

10 Jun → 10 Jul

Job Description

The mission of the WSHRC is to eliminate and prevent discrimination in Washington State through the fair application of the law, efficient use of resources, and establishment of productive partnerships in the community.

The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) was created by the Legislature in 1949, the WSHRC is responsible for administering and enforcing the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD).

This is a great stepping stone for your career! This is an entry-level investigator position that supports the ongoing mission of the WSHRC to prevent and eliminate discrimination. If you love to be challenged and enjoy a variety of duties that has individual and statewide impact, this job provides that valuable experience as well. You will get the foundation, tools, and experience to advance to higher-level positions. If you feel the need to be empowered, engaged, and motivated as you work with like-minded individuals, we encourage to apply and be part of our dynamic team!

Please provide the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • A letter of interest, describing why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A copy of your transcripts, listing your completed courses and credits.
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact
  • information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)
  • By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

NOTE: This position is in a bargaining unit and falls under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the state of Washington and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

The Human Rights Commission celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or

Job Responsibilities

  • Gathers and preserves evidence.
  • Conducts interviews, reviews and analyzes position statements submitted by parties or legal counsel, and other defenses and documentation submitted by parties to the complaint.
  • Obtains rebuttal information, performs on-site reviews, requests relevant documentary evidence.
  • Analyzes, evaluates and applies fact patterns based on case law, precedents and elements of proof.
  • Writes and submits well-reasoned formal determinations.
  • Confers with the public by phone, via email, or in person regarding alleged violations of state and federal discrimination laws to determine Commission jurisdiction and criteria for filing a complaint, and provides referrals when appropriate.
  • Receives and analyzes written inquiries and Intake Questionnaires determining jurisdiction and deciding if the facts meet the prima facie elements of a discrimination complaint.
  • Drafts formal complaint affidavits for individuals.
  • Initiates compromise discussions in an attempt to resolve disputes between parties, including; complainant, respondent, attorneys, company or agency management, union officials, etc.
  • Prepares, executes, and signs legally binding settlement documents.
  • Conducts education and outreach.
  • Writes and submits well-reasoned formal recommendations.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, and interpret information, testimony and data

  • Effective communicator (multi-lingual is a bonus) verbally and in writing

  • Active listener with the ability to summarize what has been communicated with reasoned, persuasive communications, reports and determinations

  • Ability to maintain professional, tactful and courteous behavior while interacting with parties, the public, and co-workers while negotiating the resolution of disputes

  • Four years of experience involving investigations or closely-related field

  • Associate‚Äôs degree OR Two years of college (60 semester or 90 quarter credits) with major emphasis in business administration, public administration, law, social sciences, or directly allied field

  • Two years of experience involving investigations or closely-related field

  • 3 years of college (90 semester or 135 quarter credits) OR a Bachelor's degree

  • One year of experience involving investigations or closely-related field

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