Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Office Of Policy And Management Assistant Division Director

Recruitment #191122-0104MP-001


The State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management's (OPM) Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division (CJPPD) is recruiting for an OPM Assistant Division Director to assist the Undersecretary for CJPPD. The duties of the OPM Assistant Division Director position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Crafting and developing adult and juvenile justice policy, including but not limited to:
    • Drafting of policies and legislative proposals;
    • Coordinating communication and collaboration between and amongst executive branch agencies, the Judicial Branch, non-profits, and other criminal justice system stakeholders;
    • Interpreting and implementation of new laws; and
    • Carrying out strategic planning relating to use of federal and private grant funds.
  • Developing the division’s strategic priorities regarding grants, including but not included to:
    • Pursuing new federal, state, and foundation grant opportunities;
    • Reviewing division-administered grants to ensure compliance with relevant laws, policies, and procedures; and
    • Linking the state’s criminal justice policy priorities to administered grants.
  • Participating on behalf of the CJPPD at relevant internal and external meetings, including but not limited to:
    • Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission;
    • Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee; and
    • Sentencing Commission.
  • Assisting the Undersecretary to oversee the operations and administration of the CJPPD, including but not limited to:
    • Responses to Freedom of Information Act requests;
    • Adherence to document retention requirements;
    • Staff training;
    • Communications with CJPPD staff; and
    • CJPPD budget development.

      Selection Plan

      In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Office of Policy and Management, 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).

      Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Carolyn Kozak at, (860) 418-6324.


      In the Office of Policy and Management this class is accountable for assisting in directing the activities of the various subdivisions in the areas of research, plans and policy development, planning reviews, coordination, program development and administration.


      Assists in directing staff and operations of division; assists in coordinating, planning and managing division activities; assists in formulating program goals and objectives; assists in development of related policy; assists in interpreting and administering pertinent laws; evaluates staff; assists in preparation of division budget; assists in maintaining contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; assists in directing activities such as development and maintenance of a state planning program, preparation of statewide and regional plans, maintenance of a statewide plans inventory, preparation of federal aid applications, administration of federal grants, accomplishment of planning reviews, development of long range state strategies in planning and energy policies, preparation of statewide and demographic economic projections and development of research and policy projects in cooperation with other state and regional agencies; performs related duties as required.


      Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public administration; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of state planning; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of research and statistical analysis; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


      Nine (9) years of experience in research, statistics, planning, management or policy analysis.


      One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the supervisory level.


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


      The preferred candidate will have the following experience:

      • Communicating findings from criminal justice data analysis and policy to state policymakers;
      • Interpreting statutory and administrative policy and proposing policy options based on criminal and juvenile justice priorities; and
      • Administering federal and state grants.



      The State of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management 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.