Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Human Resources Specialist

Recruitment #180809-6164MP-001


The mission of the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is to instill public confidence in the integrity and fairness of tax collection; achieve the highest level of voluntary taxpayer compliance; continuously improve agency performance; contribute to the fiscal and economic well-being of the state; and provide a positive and professional workplace. We strive to be leaner, flatter, smarter and more focused by taxpayer services than ever before. We strive every day to be efficient, effective, honest, transparent and fair. We try to be sure the voice of taxpayers is heard and that we understand the impact of our actions on their lives and businesses.

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DRS is currently seeking outgoing applicants to join our dynamic and talented Human Resource Division as a Human Resources Specialist. This position is open to state employees who are currently working at the level of Human Resources Specialist. We are a medium-sized State Agency providing customer excellence to approximately 550 employees.

Come and join our team and provide a full range of complex Human Resources Generalist duties for multiple Divisions and sub-units. Primary focus of duties will includes, but is not limited to; collective bargaining matters, providing guidance on union contract interpretation, workers compensation, FMLA administration, CORE entry and maintaining CORE data integrity, recruitment utilizing Jobaps, developing and conducting trainings.

We are seeking a candidate who has strong leadership abilities and who is able to work independently. This position will be located in Hartford, CT.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current state employee in the classification of Human Resources Specialist, who has permanent state status and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

All applicants must include a resume within the “Resume Tab” of the application as well as upload a Cover Letter with their submission. Your Cover Letter should identify how your experience and training closely matches the needs of DRS. (Note: In order to upload document you must ensure that your internet browser’s ‘pop-up’ blocker is off. Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation and submit your application.)

Applicants selected for interview must provide two (2) years of attendance records and two (2) years of performance evaluation at the time of interview. Failure to do so will result in removal from the recruitment process and interview.(NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.)

Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Marybeth Bonsignore, or 860-297-5648.


In a state agency human resources office this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of complex professional duties relating to human resources management.


Interprets collective bargaining contracts, human resource policies and procedures; confers with employees and superiors on human resource issues; analyzes problem situations and takes or recommends appropriate action; ensures proper organizational structure, use of classification system and implementation of compensation plan; screens, interviews, refers and recommends candidates for employment; develops materials for special recruitment programs; conducts orientation sessions; counsels and advises employees on matters related to employment, career development, transfer, separation, recruitment, employee benefits, and/or retirement benefits; counsels and refers employees to assistance programs; conducts a variety of investigations; administers progressive discipline; consults with the Department of Administrative Services on issues of classification, compensation and policy; coordinates performance management system; processes human resource records and transactions; maintains human resource information systems; prepares or oversees preparation of reports; performs job audits; trains new staff in human resource policies; assists in implementation of equal opportunity policies and procedures; implements and may assist in developing agency training programs; may serve at reclassification grievance panels and labor contract negotiating teams; may represent agency in grievances and other hearings; may oversee preparation of multiple payrolls; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of public human resources administration including recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, career counseling and employee relations, knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of labor relations principles and procedures; knowledge of payroll procedures and operation and benefits administration; knowledge of equal opportunity principles and requirements; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable written and oral communication skills; interviewing skills; negotiation and conflict resolution skills; ability to read and interpret laws, statutes, regulations, policies, and collective bargaining agreements; ability to analyze complex problems quickly and determine effective solutions; ability to counsel employees; ability to design and deliver training programs.


Seven (7) years professional experience in human resources management.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the junior working level in human resources management. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Human Resources Associate or Human Resources Consultant 1.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's Degree in public administration, human resources management, labor relations, industrial/organizational psychology or closely related field or a law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For state employees one (1) year as a Human Resources Associate or Human Resources Consultant 1 may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


• Recruitment (including reviewing and qualifying applicants, posting positions, conducting interviews, writing Affirmative Action flow charts and final selection of candidates).
• Experience with Applicant Tracking systems is preferred.
• Advanced knowledge of HR Business rules and employee benefits including FMLA, Workers Compensation, and Retirement.
• Experience handling employee matters and ability to guide and counsel Management on the best HR practices.
• Advanced knowledge and experience working in CORE CT and generating EPM and STARS reports.
• Superior customer services skills and the ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple priorities.
• Experience working with and interpreting multiple collective bargaining unit contracts


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.