PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Children and Families, Correction, Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Services, Emergency Services and Public Protection, Social Services and Transportation this class is accountable for directing and monitoring the agency's Equal Employment Opportunity program.
In the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), this class is accountable for directing and monitoring the Equal Employment Opportunity programs of DAS and the agencies serviced by DAS as well as completing the Federal Affirmative Action Plan for the State of Connecticut.
Receives administrative direction from the agency Commissioner.
Directs the staff of the Equal Employment Opportunity unit.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of the Equal Employment Opportunity unit; coordinates, plans and manages unit activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy, legislation and regulations; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of unit budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of unit who might impact on program activities; advises agency officials on affirmative action goals, initiatives and issues to mitigate any discriminatory conduct; recommends and/or implements solutions; develops strategic affirmative action programs; communicates and trains agency staff; develops and oversees outreach and recruitment programs; implements procedures to ensure internal and external compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, regulations and Executive Orders; monitors effectiveness of policies and procedures; conducts or leads complex investigations and reports findings and recommendations upon conclusion to Commissioner or Attorney General when appropriate; may oversee the State of Connecticut Minority & Small Contractor's Set Aside Program and contract compliance; may oversee 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 and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of employment practices related to civil rights, equal employment opportunity or affirmative action plans and programs; knowledge of needs and issues of patients, inmates, students or clients; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; knowledge of merit system selection process including recruitment, examination, classification and certification; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; investigatory skills; ability to develop and implement affirmative action plans; ability to compile, analyze and evaluate statistical data; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years of professional experience in affirmative action, equal opportunity assurance or human resources management.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of the General Experience must have involved primary responsibility for affirmative action and equal opportunity assurance in an employment setting with at least two (2) years at the level of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training my be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling 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 two (2) years of experience as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2 or one (1) year of experience as an Equal Employment Opportunity Manager 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
(1)-Officials And Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Equal Employment Opportunity Director in Salary Group MP 66 approved effective July 24, 2015. (Revised to modify Special Requirement)