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Role of the Special Emphasis Program Manager

A three-day training session

Background: Working with management to identify potential EEO problems and develop workable solutions is a main objective for each of the special emphasis program areas. 

In order to do this effectively, the Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) must have an understanding of anti-discrimination laws, possess good problem solving skills to identify if discrimination exists and be able to present alternatives to management and employees in a positive manner. This course is designed to help the SEPM develop the skills necessary to do this.

Training Special: A copy of the Special Emphasis Program Manager's Handbook, revised June 2011 which retails for $174.95 is included in the course tuition.

The Handbook is the most complete desk reference available for SEPMs. It contains information on the technical aspects of federal special emphasis programs and a wealth of information on related civil rights materials. 

Training Objectives:

  • Identify individual roles as Special Emphasis Program Managers 

  • Understand the overall EEO and AAP process and laws 

  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of EEO officials 

  • Evaluate management policies and practices for SEP ramifications 

  • Work with management and employees to overcome employment barriers

Note: This is a basic course. Individuals with extensive EEO experience or background should consider attending Advanced Implementation Techniques for Special Emphasis Programs. 

Course Content: Learn about your special emphasis program from square one. 

The session will include the following topics: 

  • Individual SEPM roles - similarities and differences

  • SEP goals and objectives 

  • EEO Officials and their roles 

  • Difficulties in implementing EEO programs 

  • The language of civil rights 

  • Differences between EEO, Affirmative Employment & Diversity

  • Disparate treatment and disparate impact 

  • Systemic discrimination 

  • The discrimination complaints process and the SEPM's role 

  • Upward Mobility: What it is and how it works 

  • Sexual harassment and the SEPM's role 

  • Analyzing workforce data 

  • Participation/Underrepresentation issues

  • Operating with a budget 

  • Potential areas to review for EEO purposes 

  • Affirmative action items, what they are, how to write them 

  • Gaining the support of and working with management officials 

  • Developing your individual work plans and action items

Who should attend: Individuals responsible for required and optional special emphasis programs, such as: Hispanic Employment Program, Federal Women's Program, Disability Employment Program, Black/ African American Program, Asian American/Pacific Islander Program, Native American Program, Veterans Employment Program, Older Worker Program, LGBT program, and others with equal opportunity responsibilities. This session is also recommended for new supervisors and human resource practitioners. 

Participant comments

  • This is a wonderful program. Every government agency should send their representatives.

  • The entire program was excellent. I would recommend it to every Special Emphasis Program Manager.

  • I think the SEPM Handbook will be a valuable resource that I will refer to often.

  • This has been one of the best and most beneficial courses I've attended.

  • A great investment - not only money, but time!