PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency this class is accountable for managing affirmative action plans and activities and performing the most complex tasks in an Equal Employment Opportunity program.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
1. Performs a full range of affirmative action and equal opportunity assurance duties including at least 50% of the time conducting complex discrimination complaint investigations.
2. Serves as the highest level Equal Employment Opportunity professional in a small agency (less than 800 employees).
3. In the Department of Administrative Services, Independently handles the affirmative action plans and activities for multiple state agencies including at least one of the largest agencies serviced by the Department of Administrative Services.
Works under the limited supervision of an Equal Employment Opportunity professional of a higher grade or agency head.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs the most complex duties in the Equal Employment Opportunity unit; evaluates, updates and disseminates agency equal employment opportunity policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, regulations and Executive Orders; develops and implements affirmative action plans; conducts or oversees investigations and resolution of discrimination and unfair treatment claims; coordinates findings with Attorney General when appropriate; prepares materials and conducts training to heighten knowledge of equal employment opportunity laws and affirmative action goals; develops and performs outreach initiatives to include recruitment efforts through community and minority organizations; conducts analysis of data and presents at briefing sessions with staff; counsels staff on equal employment opportunity matters; conducts career counseling; may participate in employment interviews; may assist with or oversee the State of Connecticut Minority & Small Contractor's Set Aside Program and contract compliance; may administer affirmative action for patient, student, inmate and/or client rights programs; may serve as the agency's ADA coordinator; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; considerable knowledge of affirmative action plans and programs, considerable knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; considerable investigatory ability; knowledge of merit system selection process including recruitment, examination and classification; knowledge of needs and issues of patients, inmates, students and/or clients; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to develop and implement affirmative action plans; ability to compile, analyze and evaluate human resource records and statistical information; ability to utilize human resource information systems; some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of professional experience in affirmative action, equal opportunity assurance or human resources management.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of the General Experience must have involved primary responsibility for affirmative action or equal opportunity assurance in the employment setting.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in public administration, human resources management, labor relations or a closely related field or a law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For state employees one (1) year of experience as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1 may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. In accordance with Connecticut General Statute, incumbents in this class must complete five (5) hours of training during the first year of service or designation and a minimum of three (3) hours biannually thereafter. This training shall include (1) state and federal discrimination laws and (2) internal discrimination investigation techniques which will be provided by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2 in Salary Group MP 60 approved effective March 6, 2015 . (Revised to modify Special Requirement)