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115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:Y8231

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICER

NATURE OF WORK

 

This is highly responsible administrative and supervisory work supervising an internal Equal Opportunity investigative services group in the County's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards (OIAPS).

 

Work involves responsibility for planning, assigning and coordinating professional staff in developing, implementing and administering the County's internal Equal Opportunity investigative programs and services, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and county legislation and directives in the areas of alleged violations of discrimination law. Employee in this class provides general direction to the work performed in the section. Work includes supervising the day-to-day activities of subordinate personnel in investigating and evaluating a variety of internal complaints within the jurisdiction of the OIAPS.

 

Work also involves collecting and analyzing Equal Employment Opportunity data, and exercising supervision over a technical section.

 

Employee in this class must exercise substantial independent judgment and decision making in planning and carrying out assignments. Work is reviewed by an administrative superior through conferences and reports.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

 

Plans, assigns and coordinates the activities of staff involved in conducting internal investigations into complaints of alleged discrimination.

 

Ensures the County's compliance with legislation and directives in areas under the jurisdiction of the OIAPS.

 

Conduct compliance reviews within County agencies.

 

Develops training modules and facilitates training on Equal Employment Opportunity laws to County managers, supervisors and employees.

 

Works collaboratively with County agencies to ensure compliance with relevant civil rights laws, regulations, statutes and County policy.

 

Works collaboratively with ADA/HIPAA and Professional Standards Officers to ensure compliance with relevant ADA/HIPAA, Whistleblower and all other investigations of malfeasance and misfeasance within Broward County Government.

 

Conducts research, gathers data from various federal, state, and private organizations’ Affirmative Action efforts and prepares all statistical data in support of Equal Opportunity cases.

 

Prepares quarterly, annual, and other statistical reports for Affirmative Action; reviews reports prepared by subordinates; maintains appropriate records on investigations, conferences, findings, and agreements.

 

Plans, coordinates meets and advises departmental representatives in the development of their Equal Opportunity Action Plans; reviews the Plans and oversees the long range program planning to achieve program goals; updates the County's Equal Opportunity Action Plan annually.

 

Researches personnel records; attends conferences, hearings, and negotiations leading to resolution of complaints.

 

Performs related work as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

 

Expert applied knowledge of the laws, developments, and policies in the field of Equal Opportunity, with specific applied knowledge in discrimination law.

 

Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures, and techniques of conducting research and analyses and the ability to develop applicable reports.

 

Considerable knowledge in the development and preparation of Affirmative Action Plans.

 

Proven ability to supervise an investigative group in the conduct of high quality investigations in Equal Opportunity specialty areas, and to be accountable for performance outcomes and objectives for such activity.

 

Ability to approach complex interpersonal situations with the compassion and understanding necessary given the frequently intense emotional nature of the investigations and inquiries received by the Office.

 

Ability to plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to high productivity and morale.

 

Ability to formulate policies, assess needs, conceptualize, and develop Equal Opportunity programs.

 

Ability to evaluate data and analyze Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action related problems and present sound conclusions orally and in writing.

 

Ability to exercise good judgment in counseling and in assisting in the resolution of complaints.

 

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

 

Ability to use a personal computer, utilizing appropriate software for the preparation of data and information as well as for communications.

 

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.

 

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

 

Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in social or behavioral sciences; public or business administration; or other field related to the investigative functions of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards (OIAPS), and a minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in investigations and compliance, including three (3) years actively supervising investigations and compliance in one of the following specialties: Americans with Disabilities Act; Equal Employment Opportunity; Fair Housing; Health Insurance Portability (HIPAAA); or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Bargaining Unit:                                                       Unrepresented

FLSA Status:                                                            Exempt

Code of Ethics Certification:                                  No

Class Spec. Estab./Revised:                                  E   10/09


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