Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Deputy Commissioner Of Economic And Community Development

Chief Investment Officer

Recruitment #200109-2413EX-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is seeking a Deputy Commissioner and Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”).  The CIO will drive our public investment in local economic development efforts of statewide significance across Connecticut, including greenfield and brownfield commercial real estate transactions, public-private partnerships, helping implement the administration’s urban agenda, and leading CT’s Opportunity Zone initiatives.  The CIO will maximize the return on the state’s infrastructure investment by ensuring that public spending catalyzes private activity.

The DECD currently employs approximately 100 full-time employees, and is comprised of the following offices: Business Development; Small Business Affairs; Brownfield Remediation and Development; Capital Projects; Film, Television & Digital Media; Finance and Administration; Arts and Historic Preservation; Tourism; and, Financial Review and Compliance.

The DECD is conveniently located at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, and is easily accessible to all major highways. This unclassified position is full-time, 40 hours per week, with an anticipated schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; however, candidates must be flexible in order to meet Commissioner and Agency needs. The selected candidate will be appointed by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development in accordance with the provisions of Sections 4-8 and 32-1d of the Connecticut General Statutes. Will travel extensively around the State.

Qualifications/Experience required:

  • 10+ years of economic development and/or commercial real estate (transactional)
  • Ability to perform financial analysis and negotiate complex deals
  • Management of clients and other stakeholders
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation
  • Strong problem solving and the ability to exercise sound judgment and decision making
  • Understanding of and familiarity with public sector processes
  • Drive and focus on all aspects of state’s investment in the public components of economic development across Connecticut
  • Identify, structure, and negotiate economic development real estate transactions and public-private-partnerships
  • Lead and coordinate Connecticut’s efforts across Opportunity Zones, including working with municipalities, developers, and investors, as well as state incentive programs.

Represent DECD and the Commissioner on the Boards of the CT Airport Authority, CT Port Authority, Capital Region Development Authority, and CT Housing Finance Agency

Selection Plan

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume, as a single document, within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application to the JobAps system.

NOTE: Applying through this system is the first step. You may be asked to provide additional information which supports your qualification(s) for this position, at any point during the recruitment process.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.

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Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Lorraine Vittner at, (860) 713-5449.


Serves as deputy to the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development assisting in the administration of departmental activities.


  • More than 10 years of experience managing teams, overseeing financial analysis, budgeting, reporting functions and a client franchise.
  • Work experience with strategic planning as well as the introduction of new programs/strategies
  • Work experience with implementation of internal policy control
  • Work experience with ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and rules for financial reporting
  • Work experience with problem solving and exercising effective judgment and decision making



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.