Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1

Recruitment #191115-0159MP-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1. The position will be located in the Office of Contract Compliance in Newington. The position is for the first shift, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

The candidate will be responsible for performing tasks associated with federal and state civil rights program requirements. The selected candidate will be responsible for conducting project compliance reviews and monitoring the CTDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contractor program requirements and the Connecticut Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs for compliance. The candidate will also be responsible for conducting a DBE disparity analysis for the developing the DBE goal methodology for both the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, in addition to preparing the required utilization reports.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is committed to the effective implementation of the United States Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program as defined in Title 49, Code of Federal (CFR), Transportation, Part 26 and Part 23 for Airport Concessions. This program is executed in accordance with the regulations of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) as a condition of receiving DOT funding. CTDOT takes all necessary and reasonable steps under 49 CFR Part 26 and 23 to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts and concession opportunities.

The selected candidate will also be responsible for conducting contractor compliance reviews and reviewing contractor Affirmative Action Plans. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has specific Required Contract Provisions (FHWA-1273) which are applicable to all contractors and subcontractors who hold Federal or Federal-aid contracts of $10,000 or more. Contractors and consultants receiving DOT federal funds must have their own EEO plans, which are then reviewed and approved by the CTDOT EEO. CTDOT EEO provides the sub-recipients with support and training regarding the development of their plans and with their responsibilities and obligations under the plan. CTDOT administers its Contractor Compliance Program in accordance with Title 23, CFR, Highways, Part 230 and the federally approved CTDOT Contract Compliance and DBE Programs.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum and Preferred Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

This posting MAY require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.

Direct questions pertaining to this recruitment to Reference #83674.


In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks for an Equal Employment Opportunity program.


Coordinate and attend meetings with District staff to review contract compliance issues; assist with DBE complaint investigations; manage vendor profile database; prepare DBE goal methodology and SBE annual goals; conduct contractor compliance audit reviews; monitor contractors for compliance with workforce utilization goals; and track DBE and SBE goal achievement; review and approve affirmative action plans; prepare federal and state reports as directed; participate in federal compliance reviews as needed; and perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of affirmative action programs; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; 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; investigatory ability; ability to assess and define training requirements; ability to utilize human resources information systems.


Six (6) years of professional experience in affirmative action, equal opportunity assurance or human resources management.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have involved primary responsibility for affirmative action or equal opportunity assurance in an 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 two (2) years of experience as an Equal Employment Opportunity Assistant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


Experience interpreting Federal and State Nondiscrimination authorities. Ability to organize data, and develop and maintain spreadsheets. Experience conducting training workshops. Experience writing narrative reports using statistical information. Experience with monitoring contracting goals for small business utilization. Experience preparing utilization goals for small business participation.


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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.