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Civil Rights Specialist

Date Posted:  Sep 22, 2022
Requisition ID:  394321

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and perform the essential functions of a role.



About the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC):

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana. The Indiana Civil Rights Commission will be an important societal influence working to eliminate illegal discrimination in Indiana.



The salary for this position traditionally starts at $ 30,082.00 per year but may be commensurate with education and/or experience.



Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Job:

The Civil Rights Specialist works within the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC). This role investigates allegations of discriminatory practices pertaining to the Civil Rights Act and gathers and analyzes documents relevant to the charges via interviews and onsite investigations.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Drafts consent agreements, prepares a written summary of the investigation and makes recommendations as to whether or not there is probable cause;
  • May occasionally testify at evidentiary and appeal hearings;
  • Conducts interviews of complainants, respondents and witnesses via phone, office interview or onsite interview, using generally accepted investigative interviewing principles;
  • Analyzes gathered information, including interviews, comparative information and statistical information;
  • Prepares concise written record of violations (or non-violations) in a case analysis that include relevant facts, interviews, observations, and conclusions gathered;
  • Maintains and updates appropriate case file records;
  • Establishes effective working relationships with coworkers, clients and/or the public by serving as a resource to educate and train others regarding Civil Rights Laws and the work of the ICRC;
  • Participates in ICRC affiliated public outreach/education events per year.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Thorough knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply, the Indiana Civil Rights Law; Commission rules and regulations; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); EEOC rules and regulations; and court decisions falling within the area of Civil Rights;
  • Specialized knowledge of the principles, practices of the Civil Rights field on a state and national level;
  • Ability to secure and analyze data and testimony relevant to all areas covered by the Indiana Civil
  • Rights law including employment, housing credit, public accommodation and education;
  • Ability to conduct difficult and involved investigations and make recommendations to the director regarding disposition;
  • Ability to facilitate in negotiations with difficult individuals in order to reach an agreement in the best interest of the involved parties and public good;
  • Ability to understand legal concepts and to relate prior decisions to specific cases;
  • Ability to counsel persons who make an inquiry at the Commission office regarding civil rights complaints and to assist them in filing a complaint;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers a premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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