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Affirmative Action

Schenectady County envisions a workforce that mirrors the larger community and reflects our rich diversity of people and cultures. To achieve this goal, Schenectady County strongly endorses the use of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action mechanisms to ensure equal opportunities for all employees, job applicants, and contract vendors. It is the policy of Schenectady County to:

  • Fully comply with all Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action laws, rules, regulations and definitive court decisions;
  • Guarantee County programs are accessible to all as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Prohibit sexual, racial, national origin, and other unlawful discrimination in employment
  • Promote the full realization of equal opportunity for the County as a whole and each constituent department within the County.

The Schenectady County Office of Affirmative Action has been established to implement and enforce the County Affirmative Action Plan that will:

  • Engage in personnel practices and policies that result in the County government workforce reflecting the demographic diversity of the County;
  • Actively recruit members of protected classes for County employment
  • Strongly enforce Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action guidelines in vendor contracts.


Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA)

It is the County of Schenectady’s commitment to provide and assure that equal opportunity is extended to all persons in employment and contracting matters without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, actual or perceived sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender identity, or reprisal.  This Affirmative Action Plan for Equal Employment Opportunity is established to affirm, strengthen, and reinforce the County of Schenectady’s commitment to equal opportunity.  

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) establishes a federal prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment and ensures equal access for persons with disabilities to public accommodations, public services transportation and telecommunications. 

The Office of Affirmative Action works in the best interest of individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access in public accommodations and employment. 

Schenectady County is committed to increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 


For additional information regarding ADA, reasonable accommodations or employment opportunities, contact the Office by calling (518) 388-4233 or via email.

Contracting and Compliance 

Schenectady County remains steadfast in it's commitment to "goal oriented" Minority and Women’s Business Utilization and Contract Compliance programs that afford maximum opportunities to participate in the performance of contracts let by the County and its agencies. The Office of Affirmative Action administers these programs on behalf of the County. These programs promote and ensure equal opportunity for disadvantaged businesses and minority and female labor in all areas of contracting. 

The Office provides a variety of services to the Minority & Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) community. The Office performs outreach to publicize requests for proposals by the county and solicits M/W/DBE participation on contracts. It is our belief that the full participation in our free enterprise system by socially and economically disadvantaged persons is essential to obtain social and economic equality and improve the functioning of the local economy. 

Additionally, the Office monitors contracts led by the County to ensure that compliance with Federal, State and County mandates. Contractors are made aware of the County’s Anti-Discrimination Policy and are required to make a good faith effort to comply with the regulations. 

If you are interested in bid opportunities or upcoming seminars, contact the Office at (518) 388-4233 Ext. 4171

Employee Referral Program

The Office of Affirmative Action recruits qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans for current and future job vacancies. Employment decisions are based on merit, education and experience. 

Employment candidates are encouraged to enroll in the Office’s Employment Referral Program by submitting resumes and employment applications.  Upon receipt of resumes and applications for employment, the Office will conduct a prescreening interview and the candidates information will be added to the resume database.  This database is used to select qualified individuals for referral to County Departments and authorities whenever vacancies occur. 

For more information regarding employment opportunities please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (518) 388-4233 ext. 4171, or send us your resume via email.

File your Information

There are many benefits to filing your resume and information with the Affirmative Action Office.  These benefits include:

Notifications and updates on available county, city and private jobs based upon your qualifications Contacts to city and county contractors

If you are interested in filing your resume or submitting your information please contact the Affirmative Action Office or fax your information to 518-388-4235.

  • Information on city and county contract bids
  • Free preparation and review for county and city tests
  • Regular phone and e-mail updates
  • Job fair notifications and resume workshops
  • Information on available training
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The County of Schenectady is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. The County of Schenectady assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or English proficiency be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any County of Schenectady program, activity or service. The County Manager has designated the Affirmative Action Manager as the Title VI Coordinator for Schenectady County. 


For additional information, please contact: 

Title VI Coordinator
County of Schenectady - Office of Affirmative Action
620 State Street, 2nd Floor, Schenectady, New York 12207
(518) 388-4233


Documents & Forms

Affirmative Action Grievance Procedure

Schenectady County Affirmative Action Policy

Title VI Plan

Disadvantage Business Program