Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Human Rights And Opportunities Trainee

Hybrid

Recruitment #220621-4776SH-001

Introduction


Are you looking for an opportunity to learn and grow in a new career? Then this opportunity might just be the one you've been looking for!

At the State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), our mission 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. 

We are currently recruiting for a Human Rights and Opportunities (HRO) Trainee. In this role, we will have you learn on the job and at the end of a two-year training program, you will have a target class of HRO Representative. This role is based in our office in Norwich CT. Additionally, this is a full- time, first shift, 40 hours/week, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm role. 

As An HRO Trainee, We Will Guide You In Learning:
  • How to develop, review, implement, and monitor specific remedies, programs, and projects crafted to promote equal opportunity, affirmative action, and intergroup relations 
  • To perform enforcement and investigatory work, including investigating discriminatory practice complaints
  • How to review state agency affirmative action plans and contractor set aside plans 
As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more!

We hope you take this opportunity to join our team and make an impact by serving your state!

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Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.    

Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. If selected for further consideration, State employees may be required to provide last 2 service ratings last 2 attendance records. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  

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 on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at Ethan.Ives@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

In this role you will: 
  • Develop, review, implement and monitor specific remedies, programs and projects designed to promote equal opportunity, affirmative action and intergroup relations
  • Develop cooperative law enforcement and compliance liaison activities with community organizations, business, and federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Perform enforcement and investigative work of gradually increasing responsibilities
  • Investigate discriminatory practices complaints
  • Review state agency affirmative action plans and contractor set aside plans
  • Requires ability to manage a heavy case load
  • Perform related duties as required
  • Additional information here

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to those who possess the following: 
  • Experience performing formal investigations and preparing written reports of findings
  • Experience conducting fact finding investigations including multiple parties
  • Experience in preparing interrogatories relating to discrimination cases
  • Experience with mediation, negotiation, and arbitration processes and techniques
  • Experience working with and protecting confidential information
  • Experience completing tasks via a computer
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products
  • Experience working, managing, and completing multiple tasks simultaneously within strict deadlines
  • Experience in customer service interacting with people from various backgrounds

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

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.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.