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Posted on: November 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Call for Application: Commission on Human Rights

We are seeking applications from qualified residents of the City of Albany for the following position: 

Title of Position  

Member, Commission on Human Rights (up to 4 openings) 

Term of Appointment 

Appointments are for a three-year term with eligibility for reappointment to an additional term of three years. No member shall serve for a period which exceeds two consecutive three-year terms. 

Qualifications of Members 

Members shall reside in the City of Albany and possess a reputation for fairness, integrity, and responsibility and have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and service.  The Mayor and the Common Council shall reflect community diversity in their appointments, including, but not limited to, income level, race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, and sexual orientation. Officers and employees of the City of Albany are not eligible for appointment. 

Position Responsibilities/Duties 

The Commission on Human Rights is a nine-member body jointly appointed by the Mayor (5 members) and the Common Council (4 members).  It meets no less than six times per year and has the following functions, powers, and duties:  

  • To foster mutual respect and understanding among all persons and racial, religious, and nationality groups in the community;
  •  To make such studies in any field of human relationship in the community as in the judgment of the Commission will aid in effectuating its general purposes;
  •  To inquire into incidents of tension and conflict among or between various racial, religious, and nationality groups, and to take such action as may be designed to alleviate such tensions and conflict;
  •  To conduct and recommend such educational programs as, in the judgment of the Commissions, will increase goodwill among inhabitants of the community and open new opportunities into all phases of community life for all inhabitants;
  •  To report complaints to the New York State Division of Human Rights alleging unlawful discriminatory practices under Article 15 of the NYS Executive Law;
  •  To receive, accept, and expend public grants for the purposes of effectuating the purposes of the Commission;
  •  To make recommendations as necessary and appropriate to the Mayor and the Common Council to effectuate the goals and purposes of the Commission.


The Commission has additional responsibilities under Chapter 183 of the City Code, establishing the “Equity Agenda”, to measure and monitor the Campaign for Equity. This includes:  

  • Reviewing, enhancing and providing recommendations on the city’s Equity Agenda to the Office of Mayor designed to include city-wide initiatives and policies to ensure equitable growth among key indicators of success;
  •  Review and enhance proposed communication strategies to promote summer jobs, job fairs, workforce development training centers and information about Civil Service testing to residents with an emphasis on communities in minority-majority wards and disproportionate crime rates and vacant buildings.
  •  Implementation of an annual dialogue on race, equity and inclusion for the City of Albany community;
  •  In partnership with the Department of Administrative Services, track outcomes over time on progress in achieving equity, including in the areas of built environment enhancements, violence prevention, workforce training employment and education. Such progress to be reported to the Common Council annually.  

Statutory Authority 

The Commission on Human Rights is established in accordance with Part 36 of Chapter 42 of the Code of the City of Albany (sections 42-361 through 42-367), as added by Local Law A of 2005; section 183-3 of Chapter 183 (Equity Agenda) of the Code of the City of Albany further sets forth the Commissions in measuring and monitoring the Equity Agenda established under Chapter 183.  

Application Requirements 

Applicants are requested to submit a letter of interest describing qualifications and a current resume to: 


City of Albany Office of the Mayor 
Attn: Sarah Kampf, Special Projects Coordinator 
24 Eagle Street 
Albany, NY 12207 


Applicants will be interviewed  

Deadline for applications: Close of business Friday, November 27, 2020 


Policy Statement 

The Office of the Mayor is committed to assuring that its appointments to City boards, authorities or commissions is representative of the diversity of Albany’s population. Consistent with the City of Albany Human Rights Law, it is the policy of the Office of the Mayor to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, marital or domestic partner status in all aspects of its personnel policies, programs, practices and operations.

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