Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Human Rights And Opportunities Trainee


Recruitment #220811-4776SH-001


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  Human Rights and Opportunities (HRO) Trainee in our  Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance units located at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, CT.  These are full-time, first shift, 40 hours per week positions with a work schedule of Monday – Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.  

The Affirmative Action Unit has the responsibility to review affirmative action plans submitted by executive branch agencies.  

The Contract Compliance Unit 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.

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.  

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!

Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  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.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker, at

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


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.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess:  

  • 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.