Human Rights And Opportunities Supervisor


Recruitment #240702-4761SH-001


The State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), are currently recruiting one (1) qualified candidate to join our team as a Human Rights And Opportunities Supervisor. This role will be a part of our Affirmative Action Unit located at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT.

Position Highlights:
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • First (1st) shift
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Hartford, CT
The Role:
This position will supervise Human Rights And Opportunities Representatives engaged in the review of Affirmative Action plans. Additionally, along with other duties as needed, this position:
  • Oversee the activities of the Affirmative Action working group.
  • Perform reviews.
  • Act as a liaison for the centralization regarding Affirmative Action functions as proposed by the Department of Administrative Services.
  • Interface with the CHRO’s Commissioners regarding Agency Affirmative Action.
About Us:
At 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.

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;
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loan forgiveness after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
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

Selection Plan

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Application Process:

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

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.

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.

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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.

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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 (CHRO) this class is accountable for supervising Human Rights and Opportunities Representatives engaged in the review, monitoring and/or processing of Affirmative Action plans, State contract compliance or Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/CHRO complaints.


Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; ensures timely completion and submittal of all reports; may assist in implementation of training for state agencies and quasi-public agencies; coordinates activities of Affirmative Action, Contract Compliance or Housing Unit with other program and technical units of the agency; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.
Affirmative Action Unit: Supervises review and monitoring of affirmative action plans submitted by state agencies or other respondents in conformance with commission enforcement action; supervises staff in identification of affirmative action non-compliance issues concerning state agencies; reviews, analyzes and evaluates summaries of recommendations of affirmative action plans for conformity with statutory regulations and agency requirements; reviews and monitors progress of investigative activity of all affirmative action plans filed with commission; prepares commission Affirmative Action plan; assists in preparation of annual commission report on status of affirmative action in state government; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of employment problems of minorities, females and other affected groups; considerable knowledge of elements of affirmative action programs; considerable knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity laws, regulations and guidelines; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of scope and responsibility of affirmative action organizations; knowledge of scope and responsibility of HUD/CHRO compliance; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; knowledge of merit system selection process including recruitment, examination, classification and certification; some knowledge of social psychology and its application; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to develop and implement affirmative action plans; investigatory ability; ability to compile, analyze and evaluate personnel records and statistical charts and graphs; supervisory ability.


Eight (8) years of professional experience in the areas of investigating discriminatory practices and complaints, civil rights enforcement or advocacy, legal or adjudicative work, human resources management, or equal opportunity and/or affirmative action.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been full time employment working at a technical level with employment problems experienced by protected groups.
Note: Technical experience will be interpreted at the professional working level. For State employees, this is interpreted at the level of Human Rights and Opportunities Representative.


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 or social and/or human services areas which are directly related to the General Experience may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Supervisor experience
  • Experience in Community Outreach
  • Experience using Microsoft programs such as Outlook, Excel, Word and Teams
  • Experience in Equal Opportunity
  • Experience with discrimination issues involving protected classes



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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