Equal Opportunity Officers

Government & Public Administration > Governance

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Monitor and evaluate compliance with equal opportunity laws, guidelines, and policies to ensure that employment practices and contracting arrangements give equal opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Common job titles of Equal Opportunity Officers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 65.76% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 14.07% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Investigate employment practices or alleged violations of laws to document and correct discriminatory factors.

    Interpret civil rights laws and equal opportunity regulations for individuals or employers.

    Prepare reports related to investigations of equal opportunity complaints.

    Study equal opportunity complaints to clarify issues.

    Interview persons involved in equal opportunity complaints to verify case information.

    Monitor the implementation and impact of guidelines for nondiscriminatory employment practices.

    Meet with persons involved in equal opportunity complaints to arbitrate and settle disputes.

    Provide information, technical assistance, or training to supervisors, managers, or employees on topics such as employee supervision, hiring, grievance procedures, or staff development.

    Prepare reports of selection, survey, or other statistics and recommendations for corrective action.

    Develop guidelines for nondiscriminatory employment practices.

    Participate in the recruitment of employees through job fairs, career days, or advertising plans.

    Meet with job search committees or coordinators to explain the role of the equal opportunity coordinator, to provide resources for advertising, or to explain expectations for future contacts.

    Act as liaisons between minority placement agencies and employers or between job search committees and other equal opportunity administrators.

    Verify that all job descriptions are submitted for review and approval and that descriptions meet regulatory standards.

    Coordinate, monitor, or revise complaint procedures to ensure timely processing and review of complaints.

    Consult with community representatives to develop technical assistance agreements in accordance with governmental regulations.

    Counsel newly hired members of minority or disadvantaged groups, informing them about details of civil rights laws.

    Review company contracts to determine actions required to meet governmental equal opportunity provisions.

    Conduct surveys and evaluate findings to determine if systematic discrimination exists.


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Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

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Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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