Minimum Qualifications Six years of experience in equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion or human rights. Qualifying experience includes working with organizations concerned with equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, civil rights, minority business development, or similar programs; or in recruiting, training, and upgrading the educational and job qualifications of protected class members.
An associate's degree may substitute for two years of experience, a bachelor's degree for four years, and a J.D. or master's degree for five years.
Duties Description The Equal Opportunity Specialist 1 will be assigned to the agency's Reasonable Accommodation Bureau. Under the general direction of the Equal Opportunity Specialist 2, the Equal Opportunity Specialist 1 conducts assessments and makes recommendations on requests from employees and job applicants for reasonable accommodations pursuant to federal and State laws.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Receive and review reasonable accommodation applications to ensure completeness and that all necessary documentation has been provided.
Communicate with various stakeholders such as Property Supports and Business Offices for requests involving ergonomic equipment, changes in worksite conditions/locations, and to ensure compliance with applicable building codes and regulations.
Research and explore appropriate accommodations such as assistive technologies, schedule adjustments and alternative work locations.
Engage in an interactive process with employees and supervisors to determine the accommodation(s) needed and the feasibility of implementing such accommodation(s).
Consult with OPWDD Counsel to ensure ADA compliance and all other requirements are met; obtain additional guidance where appropriate.
Prepare analyses and determinations, with recommendations of appropriate accommodations, for supervisor review and approval.
Prepare correspondence and responses to employees regarding reasonable accommodations in accordance with State issued policies and procedures.
Assist with the development of internal policies and procedures, forms and other reference documents as needed.
Additional Comments • The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and it's Division of Administration is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a
diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture, and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.