Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1


Recruitment #230404-0159MP-001


If you have a passion for fostering a diverse and inclusive working environment, we invite you to apply to this amazing opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS) is currently recruiting for a full time Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1 for the Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, located in Hartford, CT.

What’s In It For You:
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • Comprehensive Benefits including Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees.
About Us:
The Department of Social Services (DSS) along with our partners, provide person-centered programs and services to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • First shift
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Hartford, CT
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success
  • Make a difference in the public sector
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment  
About the State of Connecticut: 
Living in Connecticut allows you to live with mountains, forests, ocean fronts, rivers, and a wonderful green countryside right at your doorstep. The state has charm, elegance, and a high standard of living. Our school systems offer an outstanding education, and our communities are among the safest in the country. Connecticut experiences all four seasons and gives you the option to choose living in sophisticated country-life or living in the center of a lively city. 

We encourage you to come see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the DSS team!

Selection Plan

Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

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

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, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

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.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Christopher Lavallee at


In a state agency this class is accountable for developing and implementing affirmative action plans and conducting other activities in an Equal Employment Opportunity program.


  • Develops and implements affirmative action plans in an Equal Employment Opportunity program;
  • Compiles and analyzes statistical affirmative action data;
  • Develops and/or revises equal employment opportunity procedures;
  • Defines and conducts outreach initiatives including 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;
  • Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • 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 and Small Contractor's Set Aside Program;
  • May participate in administering affirmative action for patient, student, inmate and/or client rights programs;
  • May serve as agency's ADA coordinator;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • affirmative action programs;
    • interviewing and counseling techniques;
    • merit system selection process including recruitment, examination and classification;
    • needs and issues of patients, inmates, students and/or clients;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • develop and implement affirmative action plans;
    • compile, analyze and evaluate human resources records and statistical information;
    • investigate;
    • assess and define training requirements; 
    • 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.


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


  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs including Excel 
  • Experience compiling, analyzing, and interpreting EEO or Human Resources data elements
  • Experience interacting with all levels of an organization including executive leaders and others who may be considered customers  


  • 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.
  • 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.