NATURE OF WORK
Equal Opportunity Officer - Advanced is the advanced level of equal opportunity work. The employee is a specialist in charge of one or more significant components of an equal opportunity program(s) The employee does not supervise.
Employees receive general supervision from a designated administrator. The work may require travel to investigate complaints of discrimination.
Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.
The Equal Opportunity Officer -Advanced is differentiated from the Equal Opportunity Officer II in that the Equal Opportunity Officer -Advanced performs advanced duties as a specialist in charge of one or more components of an equal opportunity program; while the Equal Opportunity Officer II performs the full range of duties under general supervision.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Plans, develops and coordinates specific equal opportunity program components, such as minority business enterprise, equal employment opportunity, or equal access (Title VI) programs;
Develops operating procedures and guidelines for one or more components of an equal opportunity program;
Makes recommendations to the administrator for the development of new or modification of existing policy in the component areas of expertise;
Provides advice and guidance to managers, designees and liaisons in carrying out specific equal opportunity program procedures and in preparing mandated reports;
Recommends alternate funding sources;
Represents the agency as the program component authority on strategic task forces, boards and committees;
Chairs intra-agency committees and task groups dealing with program component issues for which the employee is considered the agency expert;
Participates in programs designed to secure full participation of minority groups and individuals in activities of the department;
Interprets agency programs, operations and policies concerning equal opportunity and program access to agency staff, minority groups and the general public;
Monitors compliance with equal opportunity laws, regulations, codes, and policies;
Prepares, reviews and analyzes statistical reports concerning equal opportunity programs and objectives;
Develops and administers training on workplace issues including but not limited to equal employment opportunity and fair practices;
May present ideas and concepts to help foster cultural diversity and sensitivity within agency programs and divisions;
Performs other related duties.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of civil rights laws, regulations and practices;
Knowledge of community organizations and resources available to assist in resolving discrimination problems affecting minority groups;
Knowledge of demographic, social and economic conditions within the State of Maryland which relate to equal opportunity, equal access and fair practice for minority individuals and groups;
Ability to impartially investigate complaints of discrimination;
Ability to represent the agency as a subject matter expert for a significant component of an equal opportunity program;
Ability to conduct studies, analyze data and make recommendations;
Ability to identify educational needs, develop formal training programs and instruct others;
Ability to train, assign, review and approve the work of lower-level equal opportunity officers;
Ability to communicate effectively with individuals, groups and organizations to resolve equal opportunity issues.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Five years of experience implementing an equal opportunity program in employment or equal access program and ensuring adherence to fair practice standards.
1. Additional experience directly related to protected groups in the areas of compliance with civil rights statutes or community and human relations may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
2. Thirty graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the fields of personnel administration, human resources management, business administration, public administration, statistics, tests and measurements or psychology may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.
Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.
Director, Division of Classification and Salary