Are you seeking a position that offers opportunities to coach others in complying with State and Federal civil right mandates? Are you a passionate Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Professional?
If so, please consider a career with us.
The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) seeks a qualified individual for a full-time Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2 in the Office of Diversity and Equity. This first shift position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. This position is reports to our Central Office, 505 Hudson Street, however Statewide travel is required.
DCF, Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) is committed to adhering to the Connecticut statutes to assist DCF in its compliance with federal, state and other applicable civil rights laws, regulations, and guidelines. Offering a civil rights compliance perspective, the ODE’s staff collaborates with the DCF’s administration in drafting, reviewing and implementing internal policies, procedures, and practices. In this role you will have the opportunity to:
- Conduct independent, objective and timely investigations of employee or client initiated discrimination complaints.
- Proactively identify internal practices, policies, and procedures that pose a barrier to DCF job applicants, employees, and members of the public serviced by the DCF who are members a protected class.
- Provide mandated discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment prevention training to the DCF’s entire workforce (including DCF’s administrators, managers and supervisors).
- Report the DCF’s good faith efforts to comply with the State of Connecticut Affirmative Action Regulations via the writing and submission of the DCF’s annual Affirmative Action Plan.
- Conduct training and develop applicant flow and goals analysis justification for DCF’s annual Affirmative Action Plan
- Contract Compliance
The ideal candidate will:
- Possess excellent interpersonal skills
- Have outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- Be proficient in MS Office including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
- Have strong knowledge of the ADA, EEO, and Affirmative Action laws and regulations
- Have extensive writing experience related to public reports, e.g., affirmative action plans and investigation reports
- Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and meet deadlines
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 it includes how your experience meets the preferred qualification as listed in this posting. (You may include 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.
This posting MAY require completion of additional referral questions, 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.
Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Frances Leon, Frances.Leon@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
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.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of professional experience in affirmative action, equal opportunity assurance or human resources management.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of the General Experience must have involved primary responsibility for affirmative action or equal opportunity assurance in the employment setting.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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 developing Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Diversity and Inclusion Plans
- Experience in conducting investigations and resolution of discrimination claims
- Experience creating and delivering EEO/AA/Diversity Awareness, Disability Awareness, Civility, Bystander Intervention, and Sexual Harassment Prevention training programs
- Experience analyzing and interpreting technical data to solve problems and improve processes as they relate to equal employment opportunities and affirmative action
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.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.