Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1


Recruitment #220913-0159MP-001


The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Equal Employment Opportunity Unit (EEO) has an anticipated opening for one (1) Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1 position to support DAS and client agencies.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Unit & Your Role
Come join an agency that believes that all employees have the shared responsibility to promote and provide equal opportunity; diversity and inclusion. We are devoted to providing equal employment opportunity services to multiple State Agencies. 

Who You Are 
The successful candidate will have a passion for fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment to ensure compliance with all relevant equal opportunity laws, regulations, and policies.  They will have an attention to detail, be reliable, confidential and be able to work both independently and collaboratively with employees at all levels. You will come to us with effective conflict resolution skills, and the ability to apply analytical thinking to your work. You must be able to plan and organize work, adjust to changing and competing priorities, and achieve objectives within strict deadlines. 

The successful candidate will  be able to independently perform the required duties of the position including but not limited to: 
  • Conducting employee counseling regarding affirmative action issues; 
  • Developing and/or revising affirmative action procedures and policies; 
  • Providing employer-employee relations counseling; 
  • Acting as a mediator for informal discrimination complaints; interviewing and conducting impartial investigations and making fact based decisions; 
  • Compiling and analyzing statistical affirmative action data; 
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of agencies’ affirmative action plans and programs; 
  • Conducting sexual harassment prevention training, Diversity Training and other EEO/affirmative action related training programs; 
  • Serving as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for assigned agencies;
  • Assisting agency legal staff with related special projects; and other related duties. 
Position Details & Benefits
Full-time | Monday through Friday, first shift, 40 hours per week. However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job. We embrace diversity and are looking for people with a growth approach who bring their whole self to work! We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees! 

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Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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 on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • 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
After You Apply: 
  • 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 in the recruitment 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. 
  • 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, 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. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
Connect With Us:
  • 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. 
  • If have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond at


In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks for an Equal Employment Opportunity program.


Compiles and analyzes statistical affirmative action data; develops and implements affirmative action plans; develops and/or revises equal employment opportunity procedures; defines and conducts outreach initiatives to include recruitment efforts through community and minority organizations and career fairs; conducts career counseling; conducts discrimination complaint investigations; counsels staff on equal employment opportunity matters; reviews supplier contracts to ensure incorporation of affirmative action considerations; prepares reports; assists Equal Employment Opportunity staff with special projects; assists in training activities; may participate in employment interviews; may assist in development of equal employment opportunity policy; may assist in monitoring agency compliance with State of Connecticut Minority & Small Contractor's Set Aside Program; may participate in administering 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 of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of affirmative action programs; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; 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; investigatory ability; ability to assess and define training requirements; ability to utilize human resources information systems.


Six (6) years of professional experience in affirmative action, equal opportunity assurance or human resources management.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have involved primary responsibility for affirmative action or equal opportunity assurance in an employment setting.


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 two (2) years of experience as an Equal Employment Opportunity Assistant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience composing reports based on Federal and State laws and statistical data.
  • Experience developing strategic recruitment efforts to reach targeted groups.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, including formatting, document merge, and creating tables.
  • Experience conducting mediations and investigations to resolve conflicts.
  • Experience providing employer-employee relations counseling.
  • Experience advocating for protected classes to ensure equal employment opportunity.


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.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.