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Human Rights Coordinator & Equity DirectorCITY OF IOWA CITY - Job Description Job Class #29-05 FLSA Exempt Non Civil Service Identification Position Title: Human Rights Coordinator & Equity Director Department: City Manager’s Office Division: Human Rights Supervisor: City Manager Job Summary Human Rights Coordinator: Oversees the investigation on complaint alleging unlawful discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations, education, credit and housing within the jurisdiction of the City pursuant to local law, with the exception of the University of Iowa. Staff to the human rights commission and coordinates programs and activities for the human rights commission. Equity Director: Serves as advisor to the City Manager on issues of racial equity and within the community and the City government organization. Managerial and administrative work in leading and coordinating racial equity within City government under the general direction of the City Manager. Works with City departments to promote and measure racial equity and inclusion within City operations. Provides and coordinates community presentations, education, outreach, and equity initiatives on behalf of the City. Works with City departments to promote and measure equity, inclusion, and diversity within the City operation. Job Scope Serves as the division head, directly supervises employees assigned to the division. Develops the division budget and makes recommendations for purchases, capital items or additional employees during the annual budget process. Monitors expenditures during the year. Administers racial equity initiatives for the City. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: Equity Director Serves as advisor to the City Manager on issues of equity and inclusion within the City. Consults with City Manager in other departments in developing and integrating policies, processes and practices that are reviewed using a racial equity review toolkit to improve or rectify inequities and WORKS in coordinating community outreach on such policies, practices and planning. Performs research and INTERPRETS data on racial equity within City government. Directs and EVALUATES division function and MANAGES staff. Publishes annual report on racial equity. Primary contact for the Government Alliance on Racial Equity for the City. Job Class #29-05 Human Rights Page 2 Updated 12/20/2019 Leads and DIRECTS racial equity initiatives, MONITORS the initiatives and related policies, and MANAGES racial equity programs for the City. Develops and IMPLEMENTS a system to provide clear and timely communication regarding racial equity initiatives. Identifies and IMPLEMENTS racial equity training opportunities as needed throughout the organization. Coordinates with community agencies, organizations and social justice groups for the City Manager’s Roundtables and COMMUNICATES with such organizations. Collaborates with Human Resources Division on efforts to support racial equity initiatives. Reports on the racial demographics of persons applying and appointed to City boards and commissions. Monitors progress and performs follow-up on the City’s racial equity initiatives. Publishes the quarterly diversity implementation report. Developes budget for funding some of the City’s racial equity initiatives. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: Human Rights Coordinator Oversees and investigates complaints alleging unlawful discrimination. Conducts legal research and issues decision as to whether or not probable cause exists by applying applicable statutes and legal standards. Provides conciliation services between complainant and respondent. Follows the dictates of the City’s human rights ordinance. Assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of Human Rights Investigators. Responds and provides assistance on requests about unlawful discrimination and makes referrals to appropriate agencies as needed. Conducts trainings in the areas of public accommodations, education, credit, housing and employment discrimination based on local antidiscrimination laws. Prepares, plans and coordinates public outreach on unlawful discrimination using effective means of communication including but not limited to: cable television programs, special programs, brochures and advertisements regarding local antidiscrimination laws. Provides specialized reports to state and federal agencies. Provides staff support to Human Rights Commission; prepares monthly meeting agendas and minutes; provides orientation for new commission members; and manages Commission programs and Job Class #29-05 Human Rights Page 2 Updated 12/20/2019 activities. Develops Human Rights Division budget; and recommends purchases, capital items or additional positions during annual budget process; monitors expenditures during year. Plans, organizes and directs the operations of the Human Rights office strategic plans, policy development and data collection. Maintains and monitors the Human Rights office complaint management system. Performs as liaison to community agencies and organizations regarding the City’s Human Rights ordinance and unlawful discrimination. Prepares an annual report describing the proceedings, investigations, hearings, decisions and other work performed by the Human Rights Commission and Human Rights office. Collaborates with other civil rights agencies on best practices. Collects and reports out on the LGBT Municipal Index Survey for the City. Reviews City contractors EEO policies to ensure compliance with City requirements. Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports racial diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community. Performs other related duties as assigned. Physical and Environmental Conditions The physical demands and work environment conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and are encountered while performing those essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk or stand. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Minimum Education, Experience and Certification Bachelor's degree from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body and three years’ experience in human resources, political science, social sciences, or related field in civil rights enforcement or similar investigative work required. Or equivalent combination of education and experience. Juris Doctorate from an institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body may be substituted for experience. Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass criminal background check. Job Class #29-05 Human Rights Page 2 Updated 12/20/2019 Preferred Education, Experience and Certification Juris Doctorate degree from an education institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body is preferred. Five years’ experience in the areas of diversity, equity, compliance and community outreach preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of civil rights law and social implications of diversity management. Effective interviewing and investigative techniques. Sound judgment, high integrity, and ability to maintain strict confidentiality. Skills in facilitation, presentation, negotiation, conflict resolution, legal research, oral and written communication. Skill in observing, reading and interpreting technical written materials. Ability to remain an impartial fact finder, collect and analyze data, and summarize and produce written findings. Ability to effectively supervise professional staff. Ability to work with other governmental entities and community organizations in planning, organizing, and carrying out events promoting equity and human rights. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position.