Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Human Resources Associate

Recruitment #190514-6163MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS), is recruiting for an enthusiastic and diligent self-starter to join our team as a Human Resources Associate within the Human Resources Division located in our Central Office. The workweek is Monday through Friday, first shift, 40 hours per week.

Working with us:

At DSS, we deliver and fund a wide range of programs and services as a multi-faceted health and human services agency. Currently, the department is engaged in several innovation projects to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities through person-centered programs and services. And that’s only the beginning. This Human Resources Associate will help us attract and retain top talent for positions at all levels in support of the agency’s mission. We offer an engaging work environment and opportunities for career development.

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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.
  • 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 human resources office this class is accountable for performing professional duties relating to human resources management.


This position will perform professional duties related to the recruitment, selection, and orientation process. Duties shall include but not be limited to:

  • Works with the Human Resources Generalist and hiring manager to identify talent needs and successful candidate profiles.
  • Develops and implements recruitment plans for high volume and specialized positions.
  • Performs all aspects of recruitment using JobAps (e.g. developing and distributing postings, certifying positions, developing referral questions, sending out notices and conducting background checks etc.).
  • Conducts new employee orientation, outreach and manages professional job boards.
  • Counsels and advises employees on matters related to employment, career development, transfer, separation, recruitment, employee benefits, and/or retirement benefits.
  • Analyzes and recommends changes to class specifications.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of public human resources administration; basic knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; basic knowledge of employee and labor relations principles and practices; basic knowledge of equal opportunity principles and requirements; basic knowledge of payroll procedures and operations; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to apply human resource principles and procedures in the areas of recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, payroll and benefits administration; ability to analyze problems quickly and determine effective solutions; ability to read and interpret laws, regulations, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements; ability to serve as an effective business partner; some ability to design and deliver formal and informal training.


Six (6) years professional experience in human resources management, payroll or equal employment assurance.


  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 a law degree may be substituted for one (l) additional year of the General Experience.
  3. For State employees, four (4) years as a Human Resources Assistant may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Recruiting experience in a high volume work environment.
  • Experience with recruiting with the use of JobAps and PeopleSoft CORE-CT HR module or similar systems
  • Considerable degree of proficiency with MS Excel.
  • Acute attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience managing a large volume of work and prioritizing effectively.
  • Experience developing and implementing effective solutions.


  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.