Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Human Resources Business Partner

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Recruitment #191230-0974MP-100



Who We Are
The State of Connecticut is centralizing its Human Resources function with the following goals:

  • Support Connecticut's Growth - To serve our citizens, businesses, state agencies and other branches of government by providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost.
  • Drive Continuous Innovation - To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state government using best practices from the public and private sectors.
  • Provide Rewarding Careers - To attract and retain a workforce of hardworking, dedicated public servants committed to leading our phenomenal state forward.

The Role
Are you a skilled Human Resources professional with the knowledge
to develop strategies, craft plans, and tackle problems? Can you address pressing issues without losing sight of the big picture?

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has a superb anticipated opportunity to serve as the Assistant Human Resources Business Partner (AHRBP) at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)!

In this role you will provide support to the lead Human Resources Business Partner 3 to help build and implement DMHAS’s people strategy, provide advice on key people issues, and coordinate with Human Resources Administrators to optimize efficiencies within a matrix organization.

DMHAS is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency to those they serve.

You will receive general direction from the Human Resources Business Partner 3.

Additionally you will:
• collaborate with agency leadership and staff on mission driven strategies, human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure, and use of appropriate job classes;
• address talent needs and other key issues to ensure alignment and with statewide goals and applicable law;
• utilize your leadership and communication strengths to supervise agency human resources staff and guide, coordinate with and support staff in their day-to-day activities to cultivate a harmonious work environment.

Position Details
Location: This position will remain physically located at DMHAS’s Middletown office.
Once centralized, this position will report to/be funded by DAS.

*If necessary, the incumbent’s salary will be adjusted to reflect their current MP pay plan.

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).

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Questions about these required documents or any other phase of this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:
Raisa Capellan at


In the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), this class is accountable for serving as the assistant to the lead on-site strategic human resources business partner.


  • Collaborates with agency leadership on human resources policies andprocedures, proper organizational structure and use of appropriate job classes,talent needs, etc.;
  • Assists in the management of human capital;
  • Consults and collaborates with executives, managers and staff on missiondriven strategies;
  • Partners with and is accountable for successful relationships withagency leadership to ensure alignment of human resources support withorganizational goals and strategies;
  • Partners with and is accountable for successful relationships withHuman Resources Administrators and other stakeholders, to appropriatelyleverage solutions with human resources needs;
  • Assists in analyzing data and plans for emerging human resources needs;
  • Assists in guiding day-to-day activities, coordinates with, and supports employee and activities to help foster a harmonious work environment;  
  • Assists in the oversight of the administration of the performance management system,including designing and implementing performance review standards for agency staff;
  • Assists in implementing professional development plans that increase employee’sskill set;
  • Identifies areas for technological improvements and solutions andresearches new and upcoming technological resources and how they can best beimplemented to advance human resources business practices;
  • Assists in ensuring compliance with applicable state and federallaws, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Assists Human Resources Administrators in the drafting of andcompliance with all human resources related laws, regulations, policies, andother authorities governing terms and conditions of state employment;
  • Communicates with agency managers, bargaining unit representativesand other interested parties to ensure cooperative relationships;
  • Supports related agency strategic needs;
  • May serve as a project team leader on complex human resourcesprojects involving the development and implementation of new systems, traininginitiatives, job classification studies and other projects with statewide impact;
  • May assist, coordinate, implement, oversee, and/or provide agencywide training and/or staff development program;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques within a matrixed organization;    
  • Knowledge of: human resources management, relevant state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures, job classification, compensation and benefit programs, pay administration, workers compensation, merit system principles and philosophy and human resources information systems;    
  • Interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills and negotiation and conflict resolution skills;    
  • Ability to: deal tactfully and effectively with agency officials, management and union representatives, analyze and balance partners need with laws, regulations, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements, study and analyze emerging issues or problems and make sound evaluations, conclusions and recommendations.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in human resource or labor relations management.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the full advanced working level in human resources or labor relations management.

For state employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of the level of a Principal Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Generalist 3 or Agency Labor Relations Specialist.


1.    College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling 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 human resources management, labor relations, business administration, public administration or other closely related field or a law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

3.     A law degree may be substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.


  • An undergraduate degree or higher in business administration, human resources management, public administration or closely related field;
  • Experience providing expert and objective advice, mentoring, and counsel to agency leaders and employees on HR programs, policy and procedures, employment laws, union contracts, conflict resolution, change management, diversity, and organizational development to promote a fair and equitable work environment;
  • Experience providing leadership with strategic direction and collaborative input that supports defined goals and objectives through relationships, expertise, and data;
  • Experience adapting behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles;
  • Experience connecting and maintaining rapport with people of diverse backgrounds and professional levels;
  • Experience making business decisions and problem solving in a fast paced environment;
  • Ability to present, train, influence and negotiate.


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.