This is a Full-Time Position. Some travel may be required.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Postion Open from Tuesday April 16th - June 4th
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Civil Rights Director (job Description)
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 2007, it is the state’s leading Muslim civil rights and legal advocacy organization. It provides free legal services to Minnesota Muslims and other racial, religious and ethnic minorities facing discrimination.
CAIR’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Last year, CAIR-MN handled nearly 200 cases, including school bullying and harassment, land use opposition, hate crimes and vandalism, racial and religious profiling, and extra-judicial exile. The majority of the cases involved employment discrimination, including discrimination in hiring and firing, hostile work environments, and denial of religious accommodations.
There has been a tremendous growth of CAIR-MN’s name and reputation in the community since its founding. Each year, CAIR-MN appears over 115 times in local newsmedia. CAIR-MN was named a 2010 “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times, received the 2011 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits, named the 2012 CAIR Chapter of the Year, selected for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ 2013 "Nonprofits to Know," and featured in the Rochester Diversity Council “What Works.” Recently, CAIR-MN received the 2013 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division for “making a difference through pro bono work.”
The Civil Rights Director will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Civil Rights Department. Specific duties include:
- Supervise and manage Civil Rights staff, law clerks, and departmental budget.
- Participate in CAIR Civil Rights listserve and communicate with CAIR Civil Rights Directors nationwide.
- Monitor and implement Civil Rights process and policies.
- Keep informed of relevant caselaw and Human Resource policies and trends and advise civil rights staff.
- Create new projects and events relevant to communities’ needs.
- Work with Director of Fund Development and Executive Director in applying for grants related to civil rights activities, trainings and projects.
- Work with Executive Director to develop and implement civil rights department strategic plan and goals.
- Write civil rights reports and contribute to annual report.
- Conduct initial intake of Complainants, draft demand letters, draft and submit charges of discrimination to EEOC and Human Rights/Civil Rights Departments, gather evidence for submission to EEOC and respective state and local agencies, assess Respondent position statements, prepare and submit Complainant rebuttal statements and transfer cases to Plaintiff’s attorneys when plausible.
- Triage intakes for case processing and develop strategies to complete cases in a timely manner.
- Work with diverse clientele and those who speak English as a second language, using interpreters as needed.
- Negotiate with employers directly to accommodate Muslim employee religious needs by explaining Muslim religious practices and holidays and think creatively for employers to be able to accommodate religious needs as governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and other applicable laws.
- Represent clients in mediations and conciliations through administrative agencies.
- Design and implement industry specific diversity trainings to employers and service providers.
- Research and apply to conferences to conduct diversity trainings.
- Design and implement trainings, seminars and leadership briefings to local Muslim community
- Develop new and maintain existing relationships in the civil rights community in Minnesota, including but not limited to Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), MDHR (Minnesota Department of Human Rights), and MDCR (Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights), USAO (US Attorney’s Office District of MN), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection MN Office (CBP).
- Establish and maintain relationships with legal community in Minnesota, specifically employment law, immigration law, and criminal law attorneys – Attorney Referral Network.
- Establish and maintain relationships with local Muslim community and leaders.
- Interview with local news agencies, local panels and conferences articulating civil rights laws and issues presented.
- Issue Good News Alerts and casework updates for CAIR-MN members.
- Collaborate with other civil rights organizations to work on projects and write reports.
Other duties as assigned.
All CAIR-MN staff, whether permanent or temporary, are required to assist in general duties such as answering of phones, assisting with office management and cleanup, assisting with special projects such as conferences, conventions, mass mailing, and other CAIR-MN events. CAIR-MN employees may be asked to participate in events outside of normal business hours as instructed by CAIR-MN Management.
Qualifications The ideal candidate will have:
- Strong research and writing skills.
- Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited school.
- A license to practice law (MN) or ability to get licensed within a year.
- Experience in the area of Civil Rights and Employment Law.
- Knowledge of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (especially Title VII) and First Amendment.
- Knowledge of the EEOC and other administrative procedures.
- Working knowledge in legal search engines.
- Litigation experience highly preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership, management, time-management and multi-tasking abilities.
- A proactive disposition showing interpersonal skills; superior communication (both verbal and written); core computer skills.
- A understanding of issues relating to Islam and American Muslims.
- Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a small team environment.
- Passion for the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
This is a Full-Time Position. Some travel may be required.