This is senior-level professional work investigating civil rights complaints and participating in the operation of human relations and equal employment opportunity programs.
Coordinates and implements human relations, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity program activities.
Serves as a lead worker for other professional human relations staff; may provide direct or functional supervision.
Participates in the development and implementation of agency equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures to assure compliance and prevent discrimination.
Evaluates and monitors agency facilities to assure that services are provided to all clients without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age or disability in accordance with federal and state law; conducts periodic on-site reviews and recommends corrective actions.
Conducts workshops, seminars and other in-service training programs.
Contacts minority and women's organizations and recruiting/referral agencies to disseminate job opportunity information to minority and women's groups, which may include participating in minority or specialty career fairs or events both within and outside the State of Missouri.
Elicits assistance in developing effective human relations programs.
Provides technical assistance to agency staff and contractors; interprets and disseminates information concerning federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, agency policies and procedures, court cases and decisions of external human rights agencies.
Investigates complex complaints of alleged discrimination in employment, housing and/or public accommodations for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR).
Prepares investigative plans and interviews complainants and witnesses.
Performs intake functions in the initial filing of complaints with MCHR; prepares official charges of discrimination for complainants' review and signature.
Prepares preliminary determinations regarding probable cause and jurisdiction; administratively closes cases when facts do not indicate discriminatory acts have occurred.
Reviews business practices and policies of respondents to evaluate compliance with state statutes; conducts on-site visits to respondents' places of business and field tests in housing, employment or public accommodation cases.
Prepares interrogatories to obtain information and documentation from respondents; analyzes responses and requests necessary follow-up information.
Conducts fact-finding conferences involving complainants, respondents, attorneys, and/or witnesses to gather information regarding alleged discriminatory actions or practices; negotiates and prepares settlement agreements.
Prepares and documents investigative reports and recommended findings; researches laws/statutes, prior cases, documents, evidence and other information related to an investigation.
Exercises initiative and independence in performance of responsibilities; receives general administrative direction.
Performs other related work as assigned.
Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state civil rights laws, statutes and regulations.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and techniques of investigation, interviewing and negotiation.
Comprehensive knowledge of current social, economic and related areas pertaining to the field of human relations.
Comprehensive knowledge of individual and group behavior, with special emphasis on cultural diversity and attitudes involved in racial or ethnic relations.
Comprehensive knowledge of recruitment and selection processes.
Intermediate knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel administration.
Introductory knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision and training.
Ability to interpret, explain and apply civil rights statutes and regulations.
Ability to conduct interviews, investigations and fact-finding conferences; evaluates information and makes preliminary determinations; obtains voluntary settlements of formal and informal complaints.
Ability to evaluate agency programs and services for compliance with civil rights regulations and policies, and to make recommendations for improvement.
Ability to review the work of and train professional human relations staff.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with complainants, respondents, witnesses, attorneys, minority and women's groups, civic organizations, other employees, and the general public.
Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and to communicate clearly and effectively.
Ability to operate a personal computer/computer terminal and other standard office equipment.
Ability to plan, schedule and perform work under limited supervision.
(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers. When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)
One or more years of experience as a Human Relations Officer I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Public, Business or Personnel Administration, Social Sciences, or a closely related field; and,
Two or more years of professional, technical or consultative experience in human relations, personnel administration, recruitment and selections, employee grievance, equal employment or other investigations, or a closely related area.
(Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.)
(Experience in human resources, public or business administration, social work, investigations, recruitment and selections, or a closely related area, at or above the level of Administrative Office Support Assistant, Personnel Clerk or military pay grade E-4, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.)
(Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas, or in the area of law, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.)