Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Principal Human Resources Specialist

Recruitment #190327-6168MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS), is seeking a Principal Human Resources Specialist to join our team in the Human Resources Division. In this role, your primary responsibility will be supporting labor relations activities for the agency.  In this position, you will function as an advanced specialist performing a full range of highly complex labor and employee relations activities.

Initially, this position will be based out of either the Bridgeport or Stamford office with travel between these locations, as well as travel to our central office in Hartford once per week. The workweek is Monday through Friday, first shift, 40 hours per week.

Selection Plan

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

Non State Employees:

  • Three (3) professional references.
State employees:

  • Two (2) most recent service ratings and attendance records for the last two (2) years.

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


In a state agency this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor over a full range of human resources management functions or for performing as a specialist responsible for performing highly complex agency wide labor and employee relations activities.


Develops or assists in development, coordination and implementation of agency human resource policies; plans workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work; provides training and assistance to staff; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; oversees payroll function; conducts a variety of investigations and recommends appropriate actions; interprets collective bargaining agreements; advises executives, administrators, managers and supervisors regarding labor relations issues, human resource policies and procedures; administers progressive discipline; represents agency at hearings or most complex grievances; serves as a member of labor contract negotiating teams; conducts difficult recruitment involving high level positions; ensures compliance with equal opportunity, union contracts and state policy and procedure regarding recruitment and selection process; partners with and advises agency staff on appropriate organizational structure and use of classifications; develops and recommends new or revised job classifications; proactively plans to address emerging agency human resources needs; teams with agency staff to ensure human resource alignment with organizational strategies and goals; consults with the Department of Administrative Services and the Office of Labor Relations on classification, compensation, policy and collective bargaining agreement related issues; analyzes and resolves complex situations and issues; participates in workforce planning and business planning efforts; oversees performance management system; prepares or directs preparation of reports, manuals and correspondence; counsels employees in areas of career development, upward mobility and various classification and benefit issues; may implement and/or oversee an agency wide training and staff development program; may serve on reclass grievance panels; may prepare and ensure compliance with agency affirmative action plan; may administer agency employee assistance program and recommend counseling to employees; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of public human resources administration including recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, career counseling and employee relations; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; considerable knowledge of labor relations; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of occupational safety and health; knowledge of and ability to apply organizational development principals and practices; knowledge of payroll regulations, procedures and operations; knowledge of equal opportunity policies and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communications skills; considerable negotiation and conflict resolution skills; considerable ability to analyze and interpret laws, statutes, regulations, policies, and collective bargaining agreements; considerable ability to counsel employees; ability to effectively serve as an advocate; supervisory ability.


Eight (8) years professional experience in human resources management.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the full working level in human resources management. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Human Resources Specialist or Human Resources Consultant 2.


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 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 Specialist or Human Resources Consultant 2 may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience conducting workplace investigations; preparing investigatory reports and collecting evidence; negotiating settlements and bringing resolution to complex labor issues and administering collective bargaining agreements.
  • Experience advising managers and supervisors about collective bargaining agreements, steps in the grievance and progressive disciplinary process.
  • Ability to provide representation on behalf of an agency at grievances, unemployment hearings and assist with arbitration preparation.
  • Experience cultivating and maintaining effective working relationships with union officials, employees, and management.
  • Experience with CORE-CT HRMS or similar HRIS applications; recruitment with the use of JobAps or similar applicant tracking systems; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and the ability to be creative in the application of technology to improve services and productivity.
  • Ability to travel statewide.


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.