Public Advocate's Office Current Openings


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: First Deputy Public Advocate

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: Under the leadership of the Public Advocate, the First Deputy Public Advocate is the senior lead for the policy team, whose mission is to structure, coordinate and align the Public Advocate’s policy vision and agenda. A leader with both managerial and policy responsibilities, the First Deputy Public Advocate supports the technical execution of the office’s agenda and advances the most impactful strategies rooted in equity, data and community.

Responsibilities:


● Works closely with the Public Advocate to design a cutting edge strategy to achieve the Public Advocate’s citywide vision;
● Supervises the direct reports of the policy team, including the Deputy PAs, Director of Data Research and Legislative Director/Counsel;
● Develops, manages and oversees the public policy and advocacy agenda of the Office of the Public Advocate;
● Collaborates with General Counsel and Chief of Staff to ensure office alignment;
● Advises and collaborates across key policy areas including housing equity, justice and safety; education and opportunity; civic empowerment; infrastructure & environmental justice; among other issues;
● Meets regularly with internal directors to ensure alignment in shaping policy priorities, including Director of Constituent Services and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs;
● Monitors legislative, policy and constituent developments at the state and local level to enhance strategies and policies;
● Provides appointment recommendations to relevant commissions and boardships;
● Drives team to maximize equity internally and externally, including in policy, campaigns and research.

Qualifications:

● A minimum of seven (7) years--and preferred ten+ (10+) years--of significant leadership experience;
● At least 18 months project management experience;
● Able to lead and manage senior leaders and directors in a collaborative and constructive manner;
● Familiarity with city and state infrastructure, legislative and policy;
● Experience integrating policy, grassroots and research within cutting-edge campaigns;
● A proven track record of successful advocacy and winning legislative/policy battles;
● Strong interpersonal relationships and ability to effectively build coalitions and consensus;
● Expertise working with diverse constituencies and including their contributions in an intentional and meaningful way;
● Demonstrated experience working with and building teams that center racial, gender-equity, disability justice, and LGBTQ rights in programmatic and policy initiatives;
● Understanding of city and state politics, organizing and communications;
● Bilingual/multilingual proficiency desired;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: Director of Communications

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: The Director of Communications supports the vision of the Public Advocate, oversees the strategic delivery of the Public Advocate’s agenda via media and messaging, and manages an effective and efficient team that amplifies the work of the office and the community it serves. A driver of impactful communication, the ideal candidate would have previous experience in public relations, possess deep relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, and skills to manage rapid response, short-term and long-term planning and execution of media strategies across multiple media platforms. The Director of Communications must be able to communicate complex policy positions into digestible soundbites for a general audience. The Director of Communications will work closely with the Chief of Staff and principal to coordinate press conferences, media briefings, and be a spokesperson to the press corps.

Responsibilities:

● Responsible for driving and conveying the internal and external strategic communication and messaging;
● Facilitates and develops long & short-term communications goals and strategies;
● Creates digital/online media strategies and protocols and trains communications team on effective e-comms, social media and other online digital platforms;
● Understands and leverages alternative sources of information, mainstream media, ethnic media, social media, local media, non traditional sources of media, and news as well as major publications of NYC;
● Reviews, revises and approves press content;
● Oversees communications team, including deputy communications director, press secretary and associates, fellows and interns;
● Oversees top-level writing and research assignments, such as speeches and op-ed pieces for major publications and newspapers, in a high-pressure, time-sensitive environment;
● Creates research projects and best practices guidelines aimed at providing helpful insight into how communities engage with various sources of advocacy materials and messaging;
● Coaches the communications team to craft and execute effective and meaningful communications plans;
● Works closely with the civic empowerment and constituent services team to design meaningful on the ground engagement activities and opportunities;
● Provides senior leadership with updates on position and narrative of the Office of Public Advocate in the press, and analysis of performance on communication planning and implementation;
● Identifies and proposes communication solutions for internal technical, operational and organizational challenges;
● Represents the Public Advocate at external conferences, public events and present the priorities of the office;
● Handles and lead all aspects of crisis communications and rapid response to breaking news or inquiries for the Office of the Public Advocate;
● Oversees coordination of press conferences, press availabilities, rallies, and other media events.

Qualifications:

● A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or commensurate experience;
● At least 18 months of senior administrative, consultative, managerial or executive leadership experience;
● Significant experience creating and managing digital and social media campaigns (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.);
● Crisis management experience, especially in response to issues impacting marginalized communities;
● Experience within large, complex organization in a public relations and communications capacity;
● A familiarity with government agencies, community dynamics, and organizing events throughout the City;
● A commitment to connecting communities to information and empowering through effective messaging;
● A can-do attitude, willingness to work as a team and good sense of humor;
● Ability to work with a variety of situations and people; demonstrated ability to lead teams of people to meet project goals and deadlines, particularly in an environment of uncertainty or ambiguity;
● Contacts or experience working with media in New York City;
● Understanding of current communication trends as it relates to web technologies and applications, including social networking and media tools;
● Bilingual/multilingual proficiency desired;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations.

Candidates should be prepared to submit up to three (3) samples of their work, including a digital link to at least one published work.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: Director of Constituent Services

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: The Director of Constituent Services is the lead point of contact with the community and City, State and Federal agencies. The Director of Constituent Services leads the case management process, and develops systems to address complaints and/or inquiries involving government-related services and regulations. The Director of Constituent Services supports the office’s understanding of how agencies interact with, respond to and impact communities within the City.

Responsibilities:

● Oversees case management system from intake to resolution;
● Troubleshoots constituent concerns with City, State and Federal agencies, closely monitoring chronic failures, negligence and/or lack of responsiveness;
● Works closely with Data & Research and Intergovernmental Affairs teams to track agency response and progress;
● Reports barriers, trends, and recommendations to Public Advocate on an ongoing basis;
● Trains and manages Constituent Services team, providing constructive supervision and conducting periodic one-on-one assessments of open cases;
● Represents the Public Advocate and the office at offsite events and meetings;
● Supports with hearings, testimony and legislation by providing trend analysis of systemic issues with agency services;
● Lead point of contact in the event of citywide emergency/natural disaster.

Qualifications:

● B.A. or 5 years case management experience; social work background a plus;
● Experience supervising and managing teams;
● Understands data collection process, data-tracking and data analysis and reporting;
● Knowledgeable of city government agencies, their functions and services;
● Understands systemic barriers to access, including access to information, culturally-relevant communication and quality services;
● Demonstrated experience centering racial, gender-equity, disability justice, and LGBTQ rights in programmatic initiatives;
● Trained in implicit-bias a plus;
● Self-starter and comfortable managing fast-paced environments and high volume requests;
● Bilingual/multilingual proficiency desired;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations;
● Strong written, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: The Director of Intergovernmental Affairs is the principal liaison between the Office of Public Advocate and New York City government agencies. Working closely with senior leadership, this role keeps the office informed about intergovernmental issues and is the conduit between the City, State, municipal and other governments, seeking to foster constructive links between the Office of Public Advocate and these entities.

Responsibilities:

● Works closely and collaboratively with senior leadership to effectively promote the Public Advocate’s agenda and advance solutions-driven strategies;
● Liaises with government agency leaders and coordinates interactions between the Public Advocate and senior officials;
● Tracks systemic barriers that hinder effective administration of services and hinder progress and accountability;
● Ensures high quality and timely responses to government and municipal agency leads, and tracks response rates from external liaisons;
● Assists the Communications team in their creation and dissemination of messages to relevant government bodies and the broader community;
● Assist in managing team members.

Qualifications:

● A bachelor’s degree, or commensurate background, in government relations, economics, public relations, political science, public administration, public policy, law, business, or a related field;
● 5-7 years minimum experience in policy development, legislative research and advocacy, or intergovernmental relations;
● Strong leadership and relationship management skills;
● Former experience managing relationships with elected officials, lobbyists, activists, agency leadership, and media relations;
● Thorough understanding of government agencies and legislative processes at the municipal, state and federal level;
● A proven track record of successful advocacy and winning legislative/policy battles;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: Director of Scheduling and Advance

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: The Director of Scheduling and Advance is responsible for the planning, organization, and implementation of the Public Advocate’s daily and long-range schedules. All requests for appointments, meetings, or time with the Public Advocate must be directed through this office. This office is responsible for the design and structure of activities planned through the Office of the Public Advocate.

Responsibilities:

● Works closely with the Public Advocate and Chief of Staff to outline a dynamic calendar;
● Outlines key events months in advance and directs logistics with team;
● Manages the daily schedule of the Public Advocate, including researching and responding to all events and meeting requests from internal and external groups;
● Works closely with senior staff members to assess event structure and determine participation levels by the Public Advocate and/or staff at meetings and events throughout the city;
● Supervises staff and ensures that there are briefing documents for each event;
● Timely and high-quality responses to correspondence and inquiries;
● Participates in weekly one-on-one meetings with the Public Advocate;
● Responsible for logistics planning, including travel plans for events.

Qualifications:

● A bachelor’s degree or commensurate background, with at least five years of experience supporting principals or elected officials as a scheduler;
● Must have experience supervising and directing advance teams;
● Excellent research and writing skills, with very close attention to detail;
● Strong organizational and time management skills;
● Ability to work with a high degree of confidentiality;
● Strong administrative and organizational skills, with keen attention to detail;
● Comfortable working independently, as well as with a team in a fast-paced and high pressured environment;
● Courteous, professional and a sense of humor;
● Knowledge and experience or interest in New York City policy and politics;
● Ability to work on evenings and weekends as needed;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Bilingual/multilingual proficiency desired;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: General Counsel

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: The General Counsel advises the Public Advocate on all legal issues concerning the office. The Counsel is responsible for advising on legal aspects of policy questions, legal issues arising in connection with the Public Advocate’s decision to draft and introduce legislation, ethics questions and financial disclosures, conflict of interest during and post-employment, and appropriate lines between official and political activities. The Counsel oversees appointments, reviews legislation, and handles lawsuits.

Responsibilities:

● Oversees the legal, accountability and legislative work for the Office of the Public Advocate;
● Supervises counsel, investigators and legal support team;
● Supports the Public Advocate and senior leadership develop solutions to address and advance the Office of Public Advocate’s policy and advocacy priorities;
● Identifies gaps in City services and outlines the legal responses to address concerns;
● Lead appointment to relevant commissions and boards;
● Advises the Public Advocate on legal obligations, ramifications, liabilities and consequences of all efforts advanced through the office.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Graduate of an accredited law school;
● Admitted to practice in the state of New York;
● 10+ years of litigation, defender or policy counsel experience;
● Demonstrated experience working with and building teams that center racial, gender-equity, disability justice, and LGBTQ rights in programmatic and policy initiatives;
● Connection to social justice and public interest frameworks;
● Demonstrated ability to manage a small team of professionals and operate in a dynamic staff;
● Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines;
● Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
● Creative strategist able to transform legal concepts into advocacy campaigns;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: Legislative Director/Counsel

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: The Legislative Director is primarily responsible for developing the strategy used to promote and defend the Public Advocate’s legislative agenda.

Responsibilities:

● Oversees the legal, accountability and legislative work for the Office of the Public Advocate;
● Supervises counsel, investigators and legal support team;
● Supports the Public Advocate and senior leadership develop solutions to address and advance the Office of Public Advocate’s policy and advocacy priorities;
● Identifies gaps in City services and outlines the legal responses to address concerns;
● Lead appointment to relevant commissions and boards;
● Advises the Public Advocate on legal obligations, ramifications, liabilities and consequences of all efforts advanced through the office.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Legislative experience, including independently authoring bills;
● Demonstrated experience creatively centering racial, gender-equity, disability justice, and/or LGBTQ rights in legislative or policy initiatives;
● Strong working knowledge of government, the legislative process and familiarity with city and state law;
● 5-6 years prior experience advancing legislation and/or policy;
● Excellent writing, legal research, analytical and public speaking skills;
● Highly organized, ability to be detail oriented and ability to work under tight deadlines;
● A Master’s degree preferred; Juris Doctorate (J.D.) highly desired;
● Prepare analysis of legislation and develop relevant recommendations;
● A proven track record of successful advocacy and winning legislative/policy battles;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.


OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Tel 212-669-7200 | Fax 212-669-4701 | www.advocate.nyc.gov

Position: Director of Data and Research

Location: 1 Centre Street 15th Floor, North Building

Application Deadline April 15, 2019

Overview: The Public Advocate for the City of New York is a citywide elected official who serves as a direct link between the electorate and city government, effectively acting as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight of city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making legislative or policy proposals to address perceived shortcomings of those services. The Public Advocate presides over New York City Council stated meetings and is a non-voting member of the Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams seeks qualified candidates who value all of the diversity that exists within New York City, and believe that all New Yorkers deserve a government that is equitable, efficient and accountable.

Description: The Director of Data and Research provides the vision and leadership for developing and implementing research and data tracking initiatives in accordance with the mission and core values of the Public Advocate. This role functions as the point person for data and research requests and will establish new standards, policies, protocols and best practices for requesting and producing data--as well as conducting and compiling research.

Responsibilities:

● Provides the leadership and vision for the office along with the ability to provide a strategic level of guidance in support of all information initiatives;
● Builds a system to track, prioritize and streamline requests for data and identifying trends, inequities and disparities;
● Reviews existing data sources and assumptions, develops policies for submitting/managing/tracking data requests and fulfillment, and identifies current inefficiencies;
● Supervises research and analysis projects using both internal and external data sources that would assist in litigation, accountability, advocacy and reform efforts;
● Defines key research questions, critical metrics and data to collect in collaboration with stakeholders such as internal staff, policy research partners, academic institutions, local advocacy organizations and community leaders;
● Facilitates and manages research collaborations to support office campaigns and agendas;
● Coaches support team in operational activities to ensure proper collection, entry and compliance;
● Supervises staff who engage in specialized research projects;
● Works with communications team to publish major findings and support to public requests for data trends, results and outcomes;
● Analyzes complex internal data needs and recommends technical and non-technical solutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Minimum of three (3) years of related experience conducting research, program evaluation, impact measurement and/or data projects;
● Excellent quantitative abilities and demonstrated ability to accurately and quickly gather data, compile information, keep accurate records, and prepare statistical reports;
● Experience with databases, ability to understand relational data, as well as interpretation and manipulation of related data;
● Proficiency in manipulating and analyzing complex data from varying sources;
● Experience with data sourcing, data quality, and training field staff in data entry;
● Familiarity with research design and methods, including survey design, sampling strategies, sourcing and analyzing data, and running randomized control trials;
● Familiarity with at least one statistical software, like STATA, SPSS, or R a plus;
● Ability to use data visualization tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences;
● Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice;
● Experience working on research and/or analyzing administrative data in an advocacy context a plus;
● Ability to exercise independent judgment and creative problem-solving techniques in a fast-paced environment, including ability to handle sensitive or confidential information;
● Consensus builder who utilizes excellent oral and written communication to translate complex concepts, establish rapport and persuade others;
● Appreciation of New York City’s diverse communities;
● Ability to maintain composure under extreme pressure situations.

Interested candidates should email jumaanetransitionteam@gmail.com with the name of desired position in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates. We will, however, keep resumes on file for future opportunities.

The Office of the New York City Public Advocate and The City of New York are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers.