Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) Investigator positions

Join our Team as an Investigator!

Work one-on-one with Minnesotans to analyze and investigate claims of discrimination.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is looking to fill two investigator positions. This position plays an integral role in achieving the transformational goals of MDHR to ensure the Department is creating a strong, thriving Minnesota that is free of discrimination.

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, August 22, 2019. Anyone interested in the position can view the full description here, using job ID 34747.

A resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position are required.

Salary Range: $21.45 – $ 31.29/hourly; $44,788 – $65,334 /annually

Investigator (JOB ID: 34747)

Investigators are responsible for thoroughly and impartially analyzing and investigating claims of discrimination from members of the public, and determining whether the claims constitute violations of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, current Minnesota state case law, and related federal anti-discrimination statutes and regulations.

Investigators are also responsible for identifying and recommending appropriate cases for mediation, before and/or after a charge of discrimination is filed.

Investigators will also work in meaningful partnership with other divisions in the Department to identify opportunities for the Department to address systemic discrimination.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • One year experience conducting investigations or working on case development of civil, criminal, or administrative matters within a legal, civil rights, law enforcement, corrections, human resources or labor relations setting;
  • Understands legal theories of discrimination;
  • Experience with investigation and negotiation techniques, and demonstrates proficiency in communication and documentation;
  • Knowledge of English to: write, prepare, and edit materials, using correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence construction; and to communicate effectively with internal and external customers;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in dealing with all staff, customers, and the public, occasionally in demanding situations with critical time constraints;
  • Multi-task and work under pressure to prioritize multitude of tasks with frequent interruptions and problem-solving skills to be applied to investigative work;
  • Analysis, problem solving and decision making skills sufficient to manage multiple problems at once while continuing normal operations, make proper determinations of information provided, or determine the appropriate referral;
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word and knowledge of database management systems;
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace; and
  • Team building skills sufficient to work collaboratively with others and act as a contributing member of the team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in human rights or civil rights;
  • Knowledge of case processing policies and procedures, applicable state and federal statutes and case law, and government data practices requirements;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Fluency or proficiency in languages other than English;
  • Interest in working in a fast-paced environment;
  • Advanced degree in law, public policy, or public administration; and
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minnesota Administrative Rules, and Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

Why Work for Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of full investigator job description on the State of Minnesota Careers website. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

A resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position are required to be considered for the position. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Jodie Segelstrom at [email protected] or 651.259-3768.