Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Planning Specialist

Recruitment #190204-0011AR-001


The State of Connecticut  Department of Emergency Services and Public Protections (DESPP) Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications is recruiting for a Planning Specialist. The position is fulltime, 40 hours per week, first shift, and located at DESPP Headquarters, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT.

The Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications (DSET) is responsible for the oversight and coordination of statewide emergency telecommunications in Connecticut. DSET manages the Next Generation 911 system and associated training for telecommunicators and dispatchers.  Currently there are 109 public safety answering points (PSAPs) responsible for processing and dispatching over 2.2 million 9-1-1 calls annually and its 3.5 million citizens. DSET oversees the statewide Public Safety Data Network, the Connecticut Emergency Notification System and provides multi-state radio frequency coordination.  DSET also manages the statewide land mobile radio system for the State Police as well as municipalities, Federal and other state agencies.

Selection Plan

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).

Candidates selected for interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Completed CT-HR-13

Click here CT-HR-13 to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum.  The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in “CT-HR-13” into the “Search Department of Administrative Services” search field.  Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history records check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.  Also considered in this selection process, any pending or disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records. Failure to provide the required documents listed above or submit your application accurately and on time, will eliminate you from the recruitment process. 

For questions concerning this job opportunity, please contact Kayliegh Colon within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Human Resources office at  


In a State agency, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist in a planning area in support of program and policies.


Performs highly specialized complex duties in a planning and program area; supervises planning, development, coordination and administration of program operations; formulates, recommends, implements policies and guidelines for program; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding program policies and procedures; provides technical and consultative services regarding program; prepares reports and correspondence; speaks before groups regarding program; may testify before legislative committees; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of state and regional planning; considerable knowledge of research methods and techniques; knowledge of relevant programs in private agencies, other states and at national level; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to interpret and evaluate research data; ability to utilize computer software.


Eight (8) years of experience in planning including developing written long term plans broad in scope and having impact on a number of operations.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in planning at or above the level of Lead Planning Analyst.
Note: Planning is defined as collecting and analyzing technical data (social, environmental, economic, governmental), determining problems and concerns and developing long-term plans accordingly. These are formal, written plans, i.e., statements of goals and objectives, recommended alternatives for action and policies and programs to achieve the goals and objectives. Generally, these plans will impact statewide activities or a large-scale corporation which has branch or satellite facilities. Candidates must often perform these types of duties the majority of time and the planning function must be the major thrust of the job.


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 planning, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience with Next Generation 911 (NG911), emergency telecommunications and public safety operations
  • Experience with marketing
  • Experience in developing written policies and standards with emphasis on emergency communications
  • Experience in business management (contracts, vendors, budget development)
  • Experience in regional planning
  • Experience with regulation procedures including, development, implementation  and enforcement of  new regulations 



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.