Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2

Recruitment #190402-0143MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), is recruiting for a full-time Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2 in the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE), located in Hartford, CT. This is a 40 hour per week Monday - Friday position.

We are committed to adhering to the Connecticut statutes to assist the DCF in its compliance with federal, state and other applicable civil rights laws, regulations, and guidelines. Offering a civil rights compliance perspective, the ODE collaborates with the DCF’s administration in implementing internal policies, procedures, and practices to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color , religious creed, age, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, genetic makeup, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, criminal record, present or past history of mental disorder, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability including but not limited to blindness.

*New State Employees start at minimum salary range.

Selection Plan

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, writing samples/redacted reports, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Lorna Reid at, (860) 550 - 6484.


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.


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.


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.


Seven (7) years of professional experience in affirmative action, equal opportunity assurance or human resources management.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have involved primary responsibility for affirmative action or equal opportunity assurance in the employment setting.


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.


  • Experience developing Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Diversity and Inclusion Plans in a lead and/or primary role
  • Experience analyzing, and interpreting technical data to solve problems and improve processes as they relate to equal employment opportunities and affirmative action
  • Three years’ experience in conducting harassment, discrimination and sexual harassment investigations, issuing investigatory reports, and making recommendations in accordance with statutory requirements
  • Experience creating and delivering EEO/AA/Diversity Awareness, Disability Awareness, Civility, Bystander Intervention, and Sexual Harassment training
  • Experience with MS Office including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team while adhering to deadlines
  • Extensive writing experience related to public reports, e.g., affirmative action plans and investigation reports, etc.


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.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.