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, we invite you to 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 an Equal Employment Opportunity Manager. This opportunity is full-time, 40 hours per week, with a Monday through Friday schedule on first shift. The ODE is based out of our Central Office, 505 Hudson Street Hartford, CT.
This role will work closely with DCF's six (6) Regions which include fourteen (14) area offices throughout the state, two (2) facilities, the Wilderness School, and Central Office, which will require statewide travel.
We are 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.
Discover the Opportunity to:
- Conduct independent, objective and timely investigations of employee or client-initiated discrimination complaints
- Proactively identifying 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 of 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
- Ensure Contract Compliance as it relates to affirmative action regulations
The Ideal Candidate will:
- Have strong knowledge of the American with Disabilities Act, EEO, and Affirmative Action laws and regulations
- Possess extensive writing experience related to reports and action plans
- Have the ability to complete deliverables with competing due dates and priorities
- Be experienced with Microsoft Office, Excel spreadsheet development including managing data, using formulas, exporting of data and ability to pivot data and develop charts/graphs
What We Offer:
Competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.
We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career and make an impact with your State!
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).
Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required throughout the process.
At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s). These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the hiring agency. In order to align with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond at Jasmyn.Raymond@ct.gov
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency this class is accountable for directing and performing activities for an Equal Employment Opportunity program.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
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.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) 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 and equal opportunity assurance in an employment setting with at least one (1) year at the level of Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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 with the following experience:
- Leading or managing and supervising staff
- Conducting workplace investigations and making recommendations in accordance with statutory requirements
- Analyzing and interpreting technical data to solve problems and improve processes as they relate to equal employment opportunities
- Developing business partnerships and collaborating with partners relating to EEO/AA initiatives including hiring and program goals
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.