Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Health Program Assistant 1 (35 Hour)

Recruitment #190926-4404HC-002


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently recruiting for a Health Program Assistant 1 (HPA1) position. This position will be located in the Public Health Preparedness and Local Health Section. The HPA1 will be assisting the Health Program Supervisor in coordinating contractual activities that support the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Hospital Preparedness Cooperative Agreements. This position will be responsible for assisting in tracking and ensuring completion of federal grant applications, contract management and monitoring, assisting with budget development and reporting, supporting office operations, drafting written reports/memoranda and maintaining record keeping systems.

Applicants invited to interview, will be requested to supply copies of their last two (2) service ratings and copies of their attendance records for the last two (2) years.

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

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sue Ciccaglione at, (860) 509-7183.


In a state health program or project this class is accountable for assisting in the compilation and interpretation of fiscal and programmatic data and statistics, development and implementation of program plans, grant management and monitoring.


Subject duties vary considerably depending on nature of program and current stage in its life cycle; typical examples of duties performed at this level include: assists in preparation of sections of state health plans; gathers fiscal, programmatic, census or other kinds of needed data from federal, state and other sources; compiles statistics and may do some less complex calculations and interpretations; assists in reviews of program grant requests and monitors fiscal and programmatic performance of grants using agency regulations and guidelines; assists in preparation of program objectives and evaluation of program results; may serve a task force or committee; may answer general informational questions for the public and prepare information for distribution; may serve as a liaison between program or project and specific people or organizations for purpose of keeping information flowing; may assist in epidemiologic investigations; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in health field; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to conduct independent research, develop and gather data.


Five (5) years of experience in a professional capacity in a health organization. A health organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for administering health programs.


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 health, health education, hospital administration or public administration or other closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Services Worker and a Bachelor's degree or three (3) years as a Health Services Worker may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience in the development and administration of professional service contracts;
  • Experience working with Microsoft (MS) Office Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and CORE-CT or other fiscal reporting software;
  • Experience managing, monitoring and tracking contractor performance through contract deliverables, financial reporting and compliance with contract terms and conditions;
  • Experience working with internal and external partners and using business communications, preparing written reports, guidance documents, complex letters/memoranda and using business math;
  • Experience managing multiple time sensitive priorities in a high workload environment involving collaboration with other internal and external individuals, and ensure timely completion of work tasks;
  • Experience developing and conducting presentations at meetings and webinars or teleconferences.


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The Department of Public Health aims to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and advancement, fostering an environment committed to supporting individuals in all protected classes. If you require an aid/accommodation to participate fully and fairly, please contact the Human Resources Office at (860) 509-7177.

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