Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2

Recruitment #191220-0143MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

The DMHAS, Office of the Commissioner (OOC) seeks a qualified individual for an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2, position. Position #115415. Location: Middletown, CT. Work schedule: This is a full-time forty (40) hours per week position, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM with occasional off shift work in order to accommodate work assignments.

Are you a passionate Affirmative Action professional? If so, we have the position for you! We are seeking a professional to appropriately balance Affirmative Action duties, development and implementation of all Affirmative Action programs within our agency. This position will report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Manager.

In this roll you will have the opportunity to:

  • Mitigate employee discrimination complaints through mediations or investigations;
  • Handle ADA reasonable accommodation requests;
  • Monitor hiring transactions and approving position selections for assigned facilities;
  • Conduct training and develop applicant flow and goals analysis justifications for the DMHAS annual Affirmative Action Plan.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off.

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission.

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Cheryl Thompson, DMHAS Human Resources,, (860) 418-6876.


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 preparing Affirmative Action and/or Equal Employment Opportunity Plans.
  • Experience investigating allegations and producing investigatory reports of discrimination and non-compliance under the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Affirmative related data.
  • Experience designing and participating in the development of presentations for staff on the provision of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets set up, including advanced functions such as manage data; Formulas and Formatting.  Advanced Microsoft Word skills such as document merging, and tables; Microsoft Outlook.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.


1. Incumbents in this class will 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.