Assistant Director of Enforcement, Human Rights Commission

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*This posting has been extended beyond the original closing date.

Schedule:  A Hybrid/Flex scheduled may be approved.

What you will be doing:
Reporting to the agency’s Executive Director, you will have direct supervision of Operations Managers, Policy Analyst and Administrative Services Manager and you will be responsible for oversight and management of the day-to-day operations for three offices statewide: Olympia (the headquarters office), a regional office in Spokane, and a satellite office in Seattle.

You will have direct oversight of agency enforcement activities including but not limited to:

  • Monitoring of federal contracts and all matters pertaining to enforcement,
  • Preparation of the biennial budget, appropriations, allotments and fund accounting processes, in conjunction with the Executive Director and DES Small Agency Finance; and
  • Coordination with and management of cases forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for someone that shares share our vision of public service, committed to an equitable and inclusive culture that fosters and inspires excellence, while promoting innovation, engagement, and safety, leading to better outcomes for our agency and our community.
You will have the unique opportunity at this small agency to learn a wide variety of skills and take on a range of responsibilities.

As a leader, you will have autonomy in making decisions based on your good judgment. Your ideas will be appreciated and you will be supported in making improvements. Lastly, you will be part of a team that wants you to succeed.
Agency Profile:
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).
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.



Some of what you’ll enjoy doing will include:

  • Assures appropriate and optimum use of the organization’s resources and enhances the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities
  • Maintains the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and supports the State’s interest in hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, consistent with the principles of equity
  • Implements short and long-term planning operations that support the agency’s mission, goals, and objectives in relation to the priorities of government
  • Ensures compliance with state government and federal funding requirements and monitors ongoing operational effectiveness
  • Supervises managers in the review and implementation of effective systems to process work activity, including performance tracking measures for the investigative staff
  • Sets and implements priorities and accountability systems and methods
  • Provides guidance and oversight on case investigations, including the review of case finding recommendations




Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.

  • Expert in federal and state civil rights laws.
  • Understanding of federal agencies and the contractual relationship with the WSHRC.
  • An understanding of the principals of state government including rules, policies and practices.
  • Experience with and understanding of labor relations, collective bargaining agreements and negations.
  • Experience with performance-based management.


  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective team building skills, internally and with other state agencies, legislators and customers.
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate staff.
  • Manage and prioritize agency operations in a timely, accurate and responsive manner.
  • Work and make decisions independently, but with judgment as to when to confer with higher authority.
  • Communicate complex issues and make recommendations to executive management.
  • Commitment to quality, diversity and public service values.

Juris Doctorate
At least five years of experience in leadership position in a civil rights agency.


Supplemental Information

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

  • letter of interestdescribing how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting;
  • current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

NOTE:  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.  A resume will not substitute for completing the “duties summary” section of the application.  Please do not refer to resume for detail, or your application may be disqualified.
Conditions of Employment: 

  • COVID Vaccination Requirement: Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.
Please do not attach your vaccination verification to your application as it will be removed. Details on how to proceed with verification or accommodation will be provided once a conditional offer has been made.

Opportunity for All: 
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.

Contact Information:
For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or email

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