Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Leadership Associate (Confidential)

Target Class: Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1

Recruitment #200514-5989VR-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Correction (DOCseeks to hire a Leadership Associate (Confidential) with the target class of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1. This position will be located within the Affirmative Action Unit in our Central Office in Wethersfield, CT.  The position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, however occasional flexibility will be required in order to meet the needs of the agency. The State offers excellent benefits along with Vacation, Sick days.

The Affirmative Action Unit is responsible for ensuring compliance with state, federal and other civil rights laws, regulations and guidelines.  The Affirmative Action Unit seeks to ensure equal employment opportunity for all qualified employees and applicants.

As a Leadership Associate you will serve up to 3 years in a training program, as required by the classification specification. This is an opportunity to gain experience in civil rights compliance in state government as well to make a difference through handling employee discrimination issues and facilitating training to help others understand the importance of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence. 
Once the training is successfully completed, you will be promoted to the target class of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1 where the job responsibilities include, but are not limited to;
• Ability to independently conduct investigations of alleged discrimination and harassment
• Ability to design and conduct training on diversity and sexual harassment prevention
• Assisting the EEO Director with the development and implementation of the agency’s annual Affirmative Action Plan 

The Department of Correction has facilities located throughout the State and also includes statewide offices of the Division of Parole and Community Services.  Incumbents will be required to travel to these facilities as part of their job responsibilities.  

Selection Plan

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

All applicants must include a resume within the “Resume Tab” of your application. (Note: In order to upload document, you must ensure that your internet browser’s ‘pop=up’ blocker is off.  Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation and submit your application.) 

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, etc. at the discretion of the agency.  

Please ensure that your application is complete.  You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.  Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency’s human resources office


In a state agency incumbents in this class participate in a formal development program designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to qualify for appointment to a designated managerial or professional confidential class assigned to the MP Pay Plan.


Participates in a formal development program designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed in order to qualify for appointment and advancement to a designated managerial or professional/ confidential class; performs/learns the duties of the designated function; performs/learns leadership skills and develops leadership traits; prepares program progress reports; attends managerial meetings germane to designated function; prepares and gives presentations; assists in major projects; participates in budget preparation and management; attends formal training courses; may lead special projects; performs related duties as required.


Considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to understand and apply state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable ability to analyze and solve problems; considerable ability to effect and manage change; considerable ability to plan for and implement excellent customer service; considerable ability to learn a new knowledge base in functional area; considerable ability to learn and apply policy and procedure; managerial aptitude.


Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated class at the completion of the development program.


Candidates with following experience preferred:

  • Bachelor’s/Master's degree in Business, Public Administration, Human Services, Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology
  • Coursework in the field of diversity and inclusion and civil rights 
  • Assisting with the development of affirmative action plans 
  • Compiling statistical data and conducting statistical analysis
  • Utilizing People Soft or other human resource information systems
  • Advanced functions of Microsoft Excel to manage/analyze data and create spreadsheets
  • Advanced functions of Microsoft Word including merging and tables
  • Utilizing PowerPoint for developing presentations/training
  • Strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple priorities


1. Prior to appointment to this class there must be an approved managerial or professional confidential designated class identified to which the incumbent will be appointed upon successful completion of an approved development program. Incumbents in this class must meet the experience and training requirements of the identified designated class at the end of the development program.
2. The work schedule for this classification is full-time. Incumbents must work a full-time forty (40) hours per week schedule.
3. Incumbents in this class will be eligible for reclassification to the designated class without competitive examination upon successful completion of the development program and satisfactory service. The length of the development program should be designed around the requirements of the designated class and the prior experience of the incumbent but in no case should be less than one (1) year or exceed three (3) calendar years in accordance with C.G.S. 5-234.
4. All appointments to this class shall be under terms of an approved development program and in accordance with a time schedule approved by the Department of Administrative Services.
5. No additional working test period shall be required upon successful completion of the development program.



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.