Distinguishing Features of the Class

The work involves responsibility for ensuring that minority and female workers are afforded the same labor opportunities as members of majority demographics are. The incumbent is involved in the development, implementation, and oversight of programs and ordinances designed to further this goal. The work is completed under the general supervision of the Executive Director of Human Rights. The position requires interaction with union representatives, architects, contractors, subcontractors, construction workers, and human rights organizations. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities

Administers the county’s Program for Minority and Women Owned Businesses and Minority and Women Workforce Utilization on County Construction Projects.

Administers city ordinances requiring companies to enumerate the racial and gender breakdown of their workforce.

Prepares reports to county and state departments on minority and women owned business utilization on county and state funded projects.

Maintains files of construction projects, including certified payrolls, M/WBE utilization and workforce reports, and monthly project reports.

Attends meetings, visits worksites, and coordinates with contractors and project managers in order to ensure proper M/WBE utilization and workforce composition.

Consults with architects and engineers employed by the county to ensure contracts are drafted using language that will ensure proper M/WBE utilization.

Informs minority and women owned businesses of upcoming projects and work opportunities.

Holds seminars and public information meetings with minority and women contractors regarding construction.

Coordinates M/WBE training and workshops.

Mediates disputes between M/WBE’s and contractors.

Full Performance Knowledges, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics

Good knowledge of the principles, terminology, and practices employed in human rights law and contract law.

Good knowledge of the principles, terminology, and practices employed in the negotiation and award of construction projects and contracts.

Good knowledge of legislation, current problems, and professional literature in the field of human rights and contracts.

Good knowledge of local and state law, procedures, and policies as they relate to the mission of the department.

Ability to analyze problems and formulate complex action plans to facilitate resolutions.

Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Ability to work with contractors and the minority business community.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years of professional level work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the administration of a minority or women’s business enterprise utilization program, in equal opportunity, contract compliance, or construction contract administration; or,

  2. Six (6) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part-time equivalent, two (2) years of which must have been in a professional level capacity as described in (A); or,

  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).

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