Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Behavioral Health Clinical Director

Recruitment #190408-6214MP-001


If you are passionate about law enforcement and those professionals who serve the State every day, this is a great opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) seeks a Behavioral Health Clinical Director for the Employee Assistance Unit (EAU). The EAU is a team of dedicated professionals who understand what it is like to "work behind the walls"; they are able to relate to the particular challenges and concerns related to working in corrections. The Director will lead this team comprised of correctional professionals to ensure that the information and referrals provided to staff is on target and clinically sound. The EAU is a wellness collaboration between CT DOC and its labor union partners. It is critical for this team to be managed as a peer-based confidential resource for our staff. 

While this position will be based at 24 Wolcott Hill Rd. in Wethersfield; there will be considerable travel across the state to our facilities. This position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday with on call responsibility.

Selection Plan

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.  

Please ensure that your application is complete.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.  Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.  

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Maria Guglielmi at


In the Departments of Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services, this class is accountable for directing multiple clinical programs in a facility or Local Mental Health Authority or directing statewide clinical support services and programs in central office.


Directs staff and operations of multiple functions for a division; coordinates, plans and manages activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development and implementation of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of division budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; ensures agency compliance with standards established by outside monitoring agencies; directs recruitment, selection and retention of department or discipline staff; ensures compliance with quality assurance findings and recommendations; promotes cultural diversity in workplace and ensures client rights; identifies, plans, implements and evaluates staff training and development needs; analyzes complex problems and takes appropriate action; initiates workforce planning and monitors staff utilization to meet identified goals; investigates and responds to critical incidents; prepares or oversees preparation of reports; may represent facility in grievances and hearings; may oversee grant, budget or contract preparation; performs other duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of behavioral health policies and systems; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public and/or health care administration; considerable knowledge of recent developments in designated field and ability to translate knowledge into practice; considerable knowledge of recovery principles and practices; considerable knowledge of the resources available to client population; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable clinical skills; considerable analytical skills; considerable ability to develop strategic plans; considerable ability to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts; considerable ability to manage staff in a clinical in-patient and outpatient setting; considerable ability to collaborate within department, agency and community.


Six (6) years of professional experience in Behavioral Health care and a Master's Degree in a clinical discipline, Public Health Administration, Health Care Administration or Hospital Administration.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at a managerial capacity directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services. This includes the supervision of professional behavioral health care staff. For State Employees, this is at the level of Behavioral Health Clinical Manager.

Note: Managerial experience is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and/or monitoring a budget.


 Ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Experience with alcohol, drug and mental health counseling
  • Two or more years of correctional experience is preferred as is more than two years of working with or in an Employee Assistance Unit (EAP)
  • Management experience is desirable as is experience with delivering training
  • Ability to develop team members
  • Ability to develop standard operating protocols for the team
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders and service providers
  • Ability to manage the operational budget and providing clinical guidance and leadership to the team


Incumbents in this class must maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, psychologist or alcohol and drug counselor.


This position is unlike any other in the State of Connecticut.  We need a strong team leader and a passionate advocate for our dedicated correctional staff. This is an exciting opportunity to help us to develop and realize our vision of providing tremendous support to our team.


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.