Supervising Special Investigator


Recruitment #231016-7770AR-001


Looking for an exciting opportunity to make a real impact?
Join us and lead our team in reducing youth access to tobacco and vape products!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Supervising Special Investigator (PCN 100206) to join our team. This position will be leading the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement team within our Prevention and Health Promotion Division. Find out more information on this great opportunity below.

  • Work Schedule: Typically Monday - Friday, may include occasional weekend hours
  • Work Shift: First shift, typically 8:00am to 4:30pm, may include occasional evening hours
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Location: 410 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
Please Note: This position will require considerable amount of travel within the State. Incumbents in this role will be required to possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • A healthy work/life balance!
You'd be able to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.

  • Leading a team of Special Investigators to conduct investigations related to reducing youth access to tobacco and electronic delivery system products as required by federal and state statutes/regulations.
  • Overseeing the tobacco compliance inspection program, staff, and the tobacco merchant education program.
  • Addressing statewide Synar activities, a federal program that works to reduce the sale and distribution of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21.
  • Monitoring and ensuring all Synar activities and State tobacco compliance is analyzed on a monthly, quarterly and semi-annually to provide view of the Synar data for the state as well as to meet federal reporting requirements.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • 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: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


In a state agency this class is accountable for supervising the staff of an investigative unit engaged in investigating complaints and alleged violations of state laws and regulations.


  • Assists managerial employees in administering statutes relating to area of regulation assigned to the department; 
  • Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; 
  • Provides staff training and assistance; 
  • Conducts performance evaluations; 
  • Determines priorities and plans unit work; 
  • Establishes and maintains unit operational procedures; 
  • Develops or makes recommendations on the development of policies and standards; 
  • Testifies at hearings and in court; 
  • Prepares arrest warrants; 
  • Prepares search and seizure warrants; 
  • Conducts surveillance; 
  • Assists administrators in reviewing complaints and violations and determining appropriate course of action; 
  • Acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; 
  • Prepares reports and correspondence; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • investigatory methods and techniques; 
    • relevant agency policies and procedures; 
    • relevant state laws and regulations; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
    • skill in interviewing; 
  • Ability to utilize computer software; 
  • Supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of investigatory experience in health care, insurance claims, law enforcement or a regulatory field.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been investigating complaints at the level of a Special Investigator.


  • College training in law enforcement, health care or a closely related field 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.
  • A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience supervising or leading colleagues.
  • Experience with state-level Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement functions and operations.
  • Experience locating, interpreting and applying policies, State Statutes and Federal Regulations.
  • Experience working with other regulatory or law enforcement agencies during the course of investigations.
  • Experience communicating effectively across all levels of an organization, including both internal and external partners.
  • Experience using data application systems and Microsoft 365 programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, etc. to manage data, write reports, track work and schedule meetings.


  • Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class will 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.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.