Equal Opportunity Officer
County of Santa Clara - San Jose, CA

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Under direction, to investigate complaints and to develop, coordinate, and implement equal opportunity, civil rights, compliance, training, and management functions; and to serve as a consultant and adviser to top management in these areas.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at www.sccjobs.org. Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applications received without the completion of the supplemental questionnaire will be rejected.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Typical Tasks:
  • Develops, administers, and coordinates the equal opportunity function;
  • Administers Disadvantaged/Minority/Woman Owned Business Enterprise Programs to assure contractors and sub-contractors' compliance with the County's equal opportunity requirements;
  • May supervise professional and/or clerical staff involved in the equal opportunity function;
  • Ensures compliance with equal opportunity mandates, and provides staff guidance and assistance to division managers and department heads;
  • Develops and administers goals and timelines;
  • Conducts investigations and oversees the discrimination complaint process;
  • Implements services, studies, and projects in support of women, minorities, or disabled persons, and may assist Human Resources with special recruitment efforts;
  • Analyzes County employment practices and identifies problems in recruitment, testing, job structuring, supervisory practices, job qualifications, career development or other elements of the human resources processes, and recommends corrective action;
  • Develops and manages special employment programs for women, minorities, or persons with physical or developmental disabilities;
  • May identify bilingual language capabilities and manage an interpreter language services program;
  • Develops and manages consultant and interpreter services contracts, as needed;
  • Assesses, develops, and conducts training, such as sexual harassment prevention and diversity programs in equal opportunity;
  • Gathers and analyzes data and writes statistical and narrative reports;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards:

Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college


Four (4) years experience performing equal opportunity duties which included conducting complaint investigations, and creating, developing, and delivering training programs in support of equal opportunity.

Knowledge of:
  • Equal Opportunity, and civil rights legislation, policies, regulations, case law, principles and practices;
  • Federal and state requirements applicable to the administration of Disadvantaged/Minority/Woman Owned Business Enterprise Programs;
  • Discrimination complaint investigation procedures;
  • Statistical analysis techniques;
  • Human Resources and management staff service functions, including labor relations, recruitment, classification, testing, selection, placement, career development, and human resource planning and training;
  • Outreach methods to attract a targeted population;
  • Employment challenges faced by the disabled, women, and minorities;
  • Current Federal, State, and local programs designed to improve the status of women;
  • Theories and practices of organization, management, public administration, supervision, and communication;
  • Common office computer applications.
Ability to:
  • Develop, administer, and coordinate a comprehensive equal opportunity program;
  • Ensure compliance with equal opportunity mandates;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Direct, supervise, train, and lead the work of others;
  • Be sensitive to cultural, racial, economic, and ethnic diversity;
  • Successfully interact in stressful and controversial situations;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with community groups and individuals at all levels in a large, complex organization;
  • Be sensitive to the employment challenges facing of women, minorities and persons with disabilities;
  • Identify problems, recommend policies and procedures, and design recruitment strategies to enhance equal employment practices;
  • Take initiative, reason logically, and be creative in developing and introducing new ideas;
  • Implement services, studies, and projects in support of hiring practices for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities;
  • Assess training needs and plan and conduct training programs in equal opportunity and related concerns;
  • Conduct detailed analysis of complex problems and identify practical solutions;
  • Gather, interpret, analyze, and evaluate management data, and prepare clear and concise reports, which flow from developed conclusions.
Veterans Preference Information
This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran’s), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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