Equity Compliance Coordinator

Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1

Recruitment #240612-0159MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) invites experienced individuals to apply for the position of Equity Compliance Coordinator (Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1) within the Office of Equity in Newington.

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  • First Shift
  • Full Time, 40 hours per week.
  • Monday through Friday.
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. The Policy can be found here. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office. 
The Office of Equity is located within the Office of the Commissioner and is responsible for overseeing major Civil Rights programs and compliance including the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, the On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program, the Contractor Compliance Program, and the Title VI Program.

The purpose of CTDOT’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program, which is federally required, is to create a more diverse and inclusive transportation construction industry by creating job opportunities for underrepresented populations, including minorities, women and economically disadvantaged individuals. The program offers various training opportunities in the transportation construction field and allows trainees to receive the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful on the job.

The Equity Compliance Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring contractors are complying with training requirements as part of their contract with CTDOT. This position collects and reviews contractor documentation to ensure that training requirements have been met on a project. This position also performs on-site reviews and interviews to evaluate the progress of trainees and ensure training is being conducted according to guidelines and will be responsible for preparing reports and program proposals as needed to obtain federal funding. The Equity Compliance Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the OJT Supportive Services program, and establishing partnering relationships with community-based organizations and labor organizations, to develop workforce development goals and strategies for worker retention in heavy and highway construction. Traveling will be required for this position.

As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,200 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. It is our mission to provide a safe, accessible, and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving environmental and cultural resources. The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.

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Selection Plan


  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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.
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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 overseeing programs for career training, apprenticeships and workforce development.
  • Experience with developing program guides and manuals.
  • Experience writing reports and other materials.
  • Experience with program management.
  • Experience working with various customers and being responsive to internal and external stakeholders.


  • 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.