City of Spokane recruiting for civil rights job

City Officials Say No Risk From Radiation

SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane has begun recruiting candidates to serve as the point of contact for civil rights inquiries.

At the direction of Mayor Nadine Woodward, the position is called Civil Rights and Housing Policy Program Coordinator and will be part of the Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services (NHHS) division, with a salary range beginning at $56,856.

It will perform a variety of responsibilities related to human rights education and housing programs. Also, it administers and manages discrimination complaint processes, performs public outreach, acts as the technical program expert and provides customer service to client or partner participants of programs. This capability also strengthens current and future equity initiatives in Spokane.

Recruitment has started and will end on May 23. The job description  and application materials can be found on the City’s website.

The Spokane Human Rights Commission supports the new focused role within the City.

“This is an important step in the City’s commitment toward ensuring our community is a safe and welcoming place for everyone,” Commission Chair Lance Kissler said. “I’m looking forward to working with city leadership and this position to deliberately and intentionally advance the work of the Human Rights Commission and our Office of Civil Rights Exploratory Task Force.”

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs added his appreciation for the position.

“I am thrilled that we will soon be achieving a long-time Council and personal goal of hiring a full-time City employee to respond to civil rights complaints of community members in the City of Spokane,” Beggs said. “This is another step in pursuing equity in Spokane and the important principle that we all belong.”

Kurtis Robinson, vice president of the Spokane NAACP and member of the Human Rights Commission Task Force, applauded this next step.

“This has been a long time coming, far overdue and we certainly appreciate this beginning process,” Robinson said. “We are looking forward to participating in establishing the foundation of what will hopefully, meaningfully and finally begin to address the myriad manifestations of systemic racism, hate, and bias occurring in Spokane and Eastern Washington.”

NHHS serves citizens and builds healthy neighborhoods, through community engagement, by delivering information, securing and allocating resources, and implementing and overseeing programs designed to connect people, neighborhoods and organizations to resources and services.