The Barnstable County Human Rights Commission is seeking candidates to fill three vacancies on the Commission beginning January 2017. The nine-member volunteer Human Rights Commission was created in 2005 by the County’s Assembly of Delegates to promote equal opportunity, prevent discrimination, investigate and mediate complaints and provide human rights information.  Responsibilities include attending meetings, educating the public about human rights and the work of the HRC, designing and implementing the annual Human Rights Academy for high school and middle school students, and responding to complaints of discrimination from County residents.  Commissioners also work actively to strengthen community ties and reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.  For more information about the Human Rights Commission, visit www.barnstablecounty.org and click on Affiliated Organizations.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume postmarked no later than Friday, November 4, 2016 to: Coordinator, Barnstable County Human Rights Commission, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630 or by email to hrc@barnstablecounty.org.  Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  For questions or additional information about the work of the Human Rights Commission contact Elenita Muñiz, HRC Coordinator at 508-375-6912 or email hrc@barnstablecounty.org.

The Barnstable County Health & Human Services Advisory Council reviews applications for this volunteer position and makes recommendations to the Barnstable County Commissioners.  The County Commissioners appoint Commissioners to the Human Rights Commission.


The Barnstable County Health & Human Services Advisory Council (HHSAC) is comprised of representatives and alternates who are appointed by the Barnstable County Commissioners for three-year terms.  As shown in the HHSAC Organizational Chart 8-12-16 pdf icon, the Advisory Council membership is comprised of broad community representation of the major constituencies identified in the Ordinance and at-large categories determined by the Commissioners.  To be considered for membership as defined in the Ordinance, a group must be: involved in the area of health and human services; able to inform and provide advice about human services; represent a countywide association, collaborative, network, group or task force working in the areas of health and human services; and not duplicate existing membership categories.