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Affirmative Action Officer - Affirmative Action Officer 3

Company: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

Working Title: Affirmative Action Officer
Job Class: Affirmative Action Officer 3
Agency: Pollution Control Agency

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers ( If y ou previousl y applied during 02/29-03/13/24, y ou are alread y under consideration and do not need to reapply)
  • Date Posted: 03/16/2024
  • losing Date: 04/01/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-Confidential
  • Division/Unit: OSD Human Resources Unit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $29.47 - $43.51 / hourly; $61,533 - $90,848 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 217 - Confidential/Unrep
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes
    Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

    The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

    Job Summary

    This position is a member of the Operations Division of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The MPCA Affirmative Action Officer contributes to the Agency's work and ensures operational excellence by promoting, via State of Minnesota HR compliance, and ensuring that the MPCA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

    This position will ensure agency staff, programs and initiatives, and local workforce areas comply with state and federal EEO requirements, by meeting programmatic, physical, digital and language access requirements. Additionally, this position has an important role in MPCA's complaint process, triaging complaints, providing early conflict resolution services, and investigating harassment and discrimination complaints made by internal and external customers. Finally, this role will support MPCA staff and applicants by providing requested reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Affirmative Action Officer with partner with MPCA HR Consultants/Business Partners and HR Special to ensure Connect 700 hiring compliance.

    To accomplish these responsibilities, this position conducts thorough, impartial, and competent investigations into complaints of discrimination or harassment based on protected class and facilitates conversations/mediates complaints at the lowest level where possible. The conflict resolution work performed by this role will be grounded by a multi-cultural, equity lens, rooted in MPCA's values of equity and inclusion. This position will have the opportunity to influence MPCA's learning and development work for staff and stakeholders; provide consultation to MPCA partners to nurture an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity and provides culturally responsive services to MPCA internal and external customers.

    The incumbent has access to labor relations information as defined by Minn. Stat. 13.37; participates in meeting where MPCA and state labor negotiation proposals are discussed and evaluated; provides data and information to labor negotiations as it relates to recruitment, selection, retention, and diversity issues.


    Minimum Qualifications

    Candidates must clearly demonstrate all of the following qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Human Resources, Human Rights, Law or related field AND two (2) years of professional experience in areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, or human/civil rights.


    Three (3) years of professional work experience in the areas listed above.

    Experience to include:

    In-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local equal opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies.

    Experience conducting investigations of discrimination and/or harassment and writing investigative reports.

    Knowledge of best practices in the field of diversity, equity, inclusion.

    Excellent communication skills.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) coursework or training (microaggressions, unconscious bias, intercultural communications, the IDI, etc.), diversity; affirmative action; equal employment opportunity; human rights; conducting discrimination, harassment, retaliation investigations; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Experience in developing and/or administering affirmative action plans.

    Excellent intercultural competency and human relations skills and demonstrated success in building relationships and communicating effectively with diverse individuals and groups.

    Experience conducting sexual harassment investigations.

    Experience developing and delivering training.

    Additional Requirements

    Position duties may require travel, but driving is not a minimum qualification or essential function of this position. Employees who may drive for state business will need their driver's license checked prior to operating a state vehicle.

    Application Details

    How to Apply

    Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

    If you have questions about the position, contact Adriunna Yang at or 651-757-2353 .

    To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Adriunna Yang at .

    About Pollution Control Agency

    Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have disproportionate impact on any groups of people. We emphasize work-life balance with flex schedules, compressed schedules, and options to telework for some positions.

    Why Work for Us

    Diverse Workforce

    We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

    A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
    • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
    • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
    • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
    • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
      Comprehensive Benefits

      Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
      • Public pension plan
      • Training and professional development
      • Paid vacation and sick leave
      • 11 paid holidays each year
      • Paid parental leave
      • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
      • Prescription drug coverage
      • Vision coverage
      • Wellness programs and resources
      • Employer paid life insurance
      • Short-term and long-term disability
      • Health care spending and savings accounts
      • Dependent care spending account
      • Tax-deferred compensation
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
      • Tuition reimbursement
      • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
        Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


        Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

        We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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