Human Rights And Opportunities Trainee


Recruitment #230524-4776SH-001


The State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHROcurrently recruiting for Durational Human Rights And Opportunities Trainees with the target class of Human Rights and Opportunities Complaint Intake Officer.

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

The Position:
In this role incumbents will assist with investigative tasks including assisting an individual who has complained of Covid-related and other types of discrimination with filing a complaint affidavit, serving the complaint, reviewing the complaint, answer, rebuttal and interrogatory responses and making an initial determination, engaging in mediation, conciliations and negotiations with the parties, noticing parties regarding investigation, conducting fact finding conferences, interviewing witnesses, reviewing current case law regarding the reasonable cause standard and writing up comprehensive findings of fact and making final investigative determinations and preparing reports, as well as participate in education and outreach activities and training. 

These positions are within units that have the responsibility to investigate claims of discrimination in either housing, employment, credit transactions, or places of public accommodation that are filed with the agency and participate in education and outreach activities and training.

  • End Date: 06/30/2024
  • Full-time
  • First (1st) shift
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
  • Central Office - Hartford, CT
  • West Central Region Office - Waterbury, 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 CHRO 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 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.


  • 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.


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.

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