Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Human Rights And Opportunities Trainee

Recruitment #210330-4776SH-001


Are you ready to gain skills, knowledge, and experience that will help you develop and have a rewarding and successful career? If so, we encourage you to apply today!

Who we are:
The mission of the State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education. 

The Opportunity: 
The State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is currently recruiting for two (2) Human Rights and Opportunities Trainee (HRO Trainee) in the Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance units located at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, CT.  This a full-time, first shift, and 40 hours per week position. 

Has the responsibility to review affirmative action plans submitted by executive branch agencies.
Has the responsibility to review, monitor and enforce the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and contract compliance laws of the state as they apply to contractors (including subcontractors and suppliers to contractors) who do business with the state.
This Position Will Be Trained To
  • Independently conduct a review, analysis and evaluation of affirmative action plans and reports submitted from state agencies and contractors doing business with the state. 
  • Prepare detailed evaluations of affirmative action plans and summarize into report form. 
  • Review in detail all aspects of an agency’s compliance efforts, good faith efforts and commitment to affirmative action. 
  • Analyze trends in workforce representation.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the construction industry and basic business practices. 
  • Analyze and evaluate upward mobility, hiring and promotion programs to identify systemic problems. 
  • Recommend approval, conditional approval or disapproval of affirmative action plans. 
  • Conduct analysis of state agency’s workforce in relation to data such as population and unemployment data. 
  • Conduct compliance reviews of agencies through field and desk audits. 
  • Conduct field visits and inspections to obtain and verify information and evidence 
  • Provide training and technical assistance to state agency affirmative action officers and contractors doing business with the state on plan preparation and compliance with affirmative action and contract compliance regulations. 
  • Train new CHRO employees in affirmative action plans and the reviewing thereof pursuant to the affirmative action and contract compliance regulations. 
  • Provide training and technical assistance to agency affirmative action officers, Commissioners and administrative staff persons and contractors doing business with the state. 
  • Assess agency’s good faith efforts to achieve affirmative action goals. 
  • Work within statutory timelines. 
We offer a competitive benefits package; excellent health care; generous leave policies; a retirement plan; a deferred compensation program; and more!

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. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date of this job posting, unless otherwise specified.

All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

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Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.   

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.  

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Nasreen Mustafa at


In the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities this class is accountable for successfully completing a planned training program in civil rights law enforcement and investigative techniques while performing enforcement and investigative work with gradually increasing responsibility.


Receives training in investigation of discriminatory practices complaints, review of affirmative action plans, compliance review of contractors doing business with the state and systemic enforcement activities; receives training in development, review, implementation and monitoring of specific remedies, programs and projects designed to promote equal opportunity, affirmative action and intergroup relations; receives training in development of cooperative law enforcement and compliance liaison activities with community organizations, business and federal, state and local governmental agencies; receives training in other related areas as required; performs enforcement and investigative work of gradually increasing responsibilities; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of causes of discrimination and its social and economic impact on protected classes; basic knowledge of interviewing principles and techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; organizational skills; ability to read, understand and apply statutes, regulations, legal theories and policies to a given set of facts; analytical ability; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to prepare reports.


Four (4) years of experience involving the protection of human rights and examination of social problems of protected classes.


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.


The preferred candidate will have: 
  • Experience in conducting investigations including extensive analysis of documentation. 
  • Experience in preparing and writing comprehensive reports based on analysis of documentation. 
  • Experience making a determination based on finding of facts and information. 
  • Experience in interpreting and applying state and federal statutory laws and state agency regulations. 
  • Experience in one or more of the following fields: Diversity and Inclusion, Affirmative Action, EEO, and Contract Compliance. 


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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.