Open: October 4, 2021
Close: Open until filled
Director - Office of Human Rights
The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. OHR proactively enforces human rights in the District through Director’s Inquiries, which allow it to identify and investigate practices and policies that may be discriminatory. In addition, the agency oversees implementation of the Language Access Programs and Citywide Youth Bully Prevention Program. To learn more about OHR, please visit here.
DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The incumbent is a member of the Cabinet, and works under the broad general direction and guidance of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. The ultimate guidance and direction to the incumbent is provided by statutory law. The District of Columbia Human Rights Act of 1977 at D.C. Code Section 2-1401 (2008); District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act of 1990 at D.C. Code Section 32-501 (2008 Ed.); Parental Leave Act at D.C. Code Section 32-1201 (2008); District of Columbia Language Access Act of 2004 at D.C. Code Section 2-1931 (2008) and Affirmative Action in District Government Employment at D.C. Code Section 1-521 (2008) are local laws that were enacted to eradicate discrimination within the District of Columbia. Mayor's Orders and Memoranda, Title 4 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (2003) and the Work sharing Agreement between the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Oppormnity Commission Washington Field Office provide procedural policy and regulations. Together these laws and policies provide the authority by which the incumbent is to enforce the nondiscriminatory provisions and carry out the mission of the position.
In addition to the local laws, the incumbent receives guidance and direction from certain federal laws. The Office of Human Rights, as a fair employment practice agency (FEPA) and a fair housing assistance program agency (FHAP) has the authority to enforce the laws on nondiscrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Equal Employment Opportunity Act); Title VIll of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act); Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
REQUIRED BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE
There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.