Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Human Resources Specialist

Recruitment #180913-6164MP-001


The Department of Social Services is recruiting for a Human Resources Specialist with the Human Resources Division located in our Central Office; however this position will be based out of the Middletown and New Haven Field offices with a Monday-Friday, 40 hour work week. 

Selection Plan

Candidates selected for interview must bring the following at the time of interview: Three (3) letters of professional reference.

Current state employees will be required to submit their last two (2) performance evaluations at the time of interview.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Letonia Wright at, (860) 424-4929.


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.


• Considerable experience providing guidance to employees and supervisors on human resources matters such as collective bargaining agreement interpretation, classification, performance management and human resources best practices.

• Experience with FMLA, ADA or Workers’ Compensation.

• Experience with CORE-CT HRMS; recruiting with the use of Job Aps; MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and the ability to be creative in the application of technology to improve services and productivity.

• Experience multi-tasking, working with multiple priorities and stakeholders.

• Experience developing and providing trainings on human resources matters to employees and supervisors.

• Candidate will be working out of the New Haven and Middletown Field Offices.


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.