Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Equal Employment Opportunity Manager

Recruitment #200625-0140MP-001


Are you a passionate Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Professional?  Are you seeking a position that offers opportunities to educate and implement procedures to ensure internal and external compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, regulations and Executive orders?  If so, please consider a career with us.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), seeks a qualified individual for a full-time Equal Employment Opportunity Manager in the Equal Employment Opportunity Unit within the Office of the Commissioner (OOC). This position is 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, and located in Middletown, CT and Hartford, CT. Statewide travel is required.  

DMHAS, Equal Employment Opportunity Unit is committed to adhering to the Connecticut statutes to assist DMHAS, in its compliance with federal, state and other applicable civil rights laws, regulations, and guidelines.  Offering a civil rights compliance perspective, the EEO staff collaborates with the DMHAS administration in drafting, reviewing and implementing internal policies, procedures, and practices.

In this role you will have the opportunity to direct staff and operations of the EEO unit, including:

  • Conducting independent, objective and timely investigations of employee or client initiated discrimination complaints.  
  • Proactively identifying internal practices, policies, and procedures that pose a barrier to DMHAS job applicants, employees, and members of the public serviced by the DMHAS who are members of a protected class. 
  • Providing mandated discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment prevention training to the DMHAS’s entire workforce (including DMHAS’s administrators, managers and supervisors).
  • Reporting the DMHAS good faith efforts to comply with the State of Connecticut Affirmative Action Regulations via the writing and submission of the DMHAS annual Affirmative Action Plan.
  • Conducting training and develop applicant flow and goals analysis justification for DMHAS annual Affirmative Action Plan.
  • Contract Compliance. 

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


Selection Plan

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 Julie Barker at or (860) 262-6745.


In a state agency this class is accountable for directing and performing activities for an Equal Employment Opportunity program.


Directs staff and operations of the Equal Employment Opportunity unit; coordinates, plans and manages unit activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops strategic affirmative action programs; develops or assists in development of related policy, legislation and regulations; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of department who might impact on program activities; investigates all complaints of discrimination made against agency and reports findings to appropriate authority; coordinates findings with Attorney General when appropriate; corrects and remedies any discriminatory conduct that occurs; counsels staff on equal employment opportunity matters; prepares materials and conducts training to heighten knowledge of equal employment opportunity laws and affirmative action goals; oversees preparation of affirmative action plans; conducts analysis of data to develop and implement outreach programs; implements procedures to ensure internal and external compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, regulations and Executive Orders; conducts briefing sessions with staff; prepares required reports; may monitor effectiveness of policies and procedures; may assist with or 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.


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 and/or clients; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; knowledge of merit system selection process including recruitment, examination and classification; considerable interpersonal skills; knowledge of needs and issues of patients, inmates, students and/or clients; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to develop, analyze and implement affirmative action plans; investigatory ability; ability to compile, analyze and evaluate statistical data; supervisory ability.


Eight (8) 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 and equal opportunity assurance in an employment setting with at least one (1) year at the level of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2.


1. College training may 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 one (1) year of experience as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2 may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess:

  • Experience with leading, managing or supervising staff.
  • Experience developing Affirmative Action (AA)/Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) or Diversity and Inclusion Plans in a lead role.
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting technical data to solve problems and improve processes as they relate to equal employment opportunities and affirmative action.
  • Experience in conducting workplace investigations and making recommendations in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Experience in serving as the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator.
  • Experience creating and delivering EEO/AA/Diversity Awareness, Disability Awareness, Bystander Intervention, or Sexual Harassment Prevention training programs.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Excel spreadsheet development including managing data, using formulas, exporting of data and ability to pivot data and develop charts/graphs.


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.