Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Leadership Associate (Managerial)

Target Class: Assistant Director of Forensic Biology and DNA

Recruitment #200206-6567VR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is recruiting for a Leadership Associate with the target class of Assistant Director of Forensic Biology and DNAlocated in the DNA Unit within the Division of Scientific Services in Meriden CT.  This is a full time 40 hour per week position, Monday - Friday schedule.  The DNA Unit of the Division of Scientific Services receives approximately 6,000 cases per year for Forensic Biological screening testing and DNA testing.

As a Leadership Associate with the target class of Assistant Director of Forensic Biology and DNA, you are required to complete a one to three year(s) training program (depending on experience and education that the selected candidate possesses).  This training program will be conducted at the Division of Scientific Services.  The incumbent will receive formalize training to become familiar with the operation of each Unit within the Division of Scientific Services. The remaining portion of the training program will focus on Forensic Biology and DNA Management.

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Selection Plan

Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks.  Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation. 

Candidate selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

State Employees:

  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Cover letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13

Non-State Employees:

  • Two (2) letters of professional reference from a current and/or previous supervisor
  • Cover Letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13 

Click here CT-HR-13 to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum.  The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field.  Also considered in this selection process:  Any pending or disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records.  Failure to provide the required documents listed above or submit your application accurately and on time, will eliminate you from the recruitment process. 

Note: Appointments to this class shall be five percent below the minimum of the designated class OR the salary of a current employee if it exceeds that amount up to the maximum of the salary grade of the designated class. Note: If a current employee is receiving longevity, the current annual salary shall include the annualized longevity prior to the salary calculation.  Please view the "compensation guidelines" under the Addendum on the Leadership Associate Classification for more information.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Felicia Emanuel at or 860-685-8200. 


In a state agency incumbents in this class participate in a formal development program designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to qualify for appointment to a designated managerial or professional confidential class assigned to the MP Pay Plan.


Participates in a formal development program designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed in order to qualify for appointment and advancement to a designated managerial or professional/ confidential class; performs/learns the duties of the designated function; performs/learns leadership skills and develops leadership traits; prepares program progress reports; attends managerial meetings germane to designated function; prepares and gives presentations; assists in major projects; participates in budget preparation and management; attends formal training courses; may lead special projects; performs related duties as required.


Considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to understand and apply state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable ability to analyze and solve problems; considerable ability to effect and manage change; considerable ability to plan for and implement excellent customer service; considerable ability to learn a new knowledge base in functional area; considerable ability to learn and apply policy and procedure; managerial aptitude.


Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated class at the completion of the development program.


  • Knowledge and Experience in formulating and developing Standard Operating Procedures
  • Experience in a quality assurance program
  • Experience using a Laboratory Information Management System
  • College level coursework in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Statistics or Populations Genetics


1. Prior to appointment to this class there must be an approved managerial or professional confidential designated class identified to which the incumbent will be appointed upon successful completion of an approved development program. Incumbents in this class must meet the experience and training requirements of the identified designated class at the end of the development program.
2. The work schedule for this classification is full-time. Incumbents must work a full-time forty (40) hours per week schedule.
3. Incumbents in this class will be eligible for reclassification to the designated class without competitive examination upon successful completion of the development program and satisfactory service. The length of the development program should be designed around the requirements of the designated class and the prior experience of the incumbent but in no case should be less than one (1) year or exceed three (3) calendar years in accordance with C.G.S. 5-234.
4. All appointments to this class shall be under terms of an approved development program and in accordance with a time schedule approved by the Department of Administrative Services.
5. No additional working test period shall be required upon successful completion of the development program.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.