Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Leadership Associate (Confidential)

Target class Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1

Recruitment #200721-5989VR-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Leadership Associate, with a target class of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1. This position is in the Office of Contract Compliance at the CTDOT Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The Office of Contract Compliance is responsible for monitoring and overseeing federal programs and activities for compliance with Federal and State civil rights laws and requirements.

This is an opportunity to be a part of an exciting and evolving industry. We are looking for self-motivated, collaborative team members, interested in reviewing and monitoring the social and economic impacts of transportation related programs. This is an opportunity to coordinate with agency personnel, contractors, regional planning agencies, transit districts, cities and municipalities and to be provided with an opportunity to develop innovative impactful programs. Significant program writing will be expected; as well as the ability to exercise good judgement and decision-making.

The successful candidate will participate in a Leadership Associate Program to enable them to develop the experience and competencies required to independently and successfully perform the Target Class position (Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1) by the conclusion of the Program. The chosen candidate will be provided with supervision and assistance during the training period, so at the conclusion of the program they will be able to independently perform the required duties of the position. The candidate(s) selected will receive training in the following:

• Regulations and program requirements for the effective implementation of the Department’s Contractor Compliance programs.
• Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program regulations and requirements
• Conducting contractor contract compliance reviews and EEO desk audits
• Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
• Conducting Environmental Justice reviews
• Conducting Title VI complaint investigations
• Preparing federal and state reports

The DOT offers a competitive starting salary and excellent State benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan, and a multitude of other benefits. We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria, and ample free parking. We are centrally located in Newington with easy access from major highways and by public transportation. The position is 40 hours per week, with a Monday through Friday schedule, and may on occasion require some evening hours to attend public hearings or community meetings.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications 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 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.


Assist in tasks associated with federal and state civil rights programs and requirements. The selected candidate may be assigned tasks associated with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Environmental Justice program compliance, Limited English Proficiency compliance, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program compliance and conduct Contractor Compliance Reviews on CTDOT projects. The selected candidate will learn to conduct program compliance reviews; collect and review statistical information to determine adverse or disproportionate impacts; develop DBE goal methodology and conduct compliance reviews. You may be asked to coordinate and attend meetings, review Title VI compliance documents; assist with Title VI complaint investigations; assist with the preparation of Title VI plans; assist with updating demographic maps; respond to requests for language assistance; and perform other duties as assigned.


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.


We are especially looking for applicants with the following:

• Ability to interpret federal and state nondiscrimination authorities;
• Experience using GIS mapping data and demographic data;
• Attentive to details to ensure accuracy;
• Experience with public speaking;
• Ability to analyze information and make sound determinations;
• Ability to understand legal terms;
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written;
• Experience developing data tables and charts using Microsoft Excel;
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word and Access;
• Experience writing complex reports using statistical information.


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.