Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Chief of Staff

Recruitment #200421-1111fl-fml


Who We Are:
The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority (PFMLIA) is a quasi-governmental agency formed by statute and signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont in 2019.  Our mission is to help Connecticut’s workforce navigate health challenges and life changes with greater financial security.  Through a trust funded by employees, the Authority makes benefits payments to eligible employees when either the employee or their family member takes a leave from work to care for themselves or a family member.

The Role:
Do you want to make a difference in the formation of this new fast-paced quasi-governmental agency while utilizing creative thinking skills? If so, we have an excellent opportunity to join our leadership team! 

We are seeking an adaptable, creative-thinking, self-starter for our newly established and fast paced authority. Quick learning and key communication is vital for successful delivery of services.  The Chief of Staff will serve as a highly collaborative team member of the CT PFMLIA. This crucial role will work both within the Authority and across state agencies to help ensure that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Authority can proactively execute the plans of the Authority.

We offer the opportunity to:

  • Work cohesively with teams to deliver excellent results and maintain a collegial work environment;
  • Actively display excellent relationship-building to encourage collaboration, including success leading teams, projects, and people towards action through persuasion;
  • Manage sophisticated coalitions with various viewpoints and goals and energetically interact cross-functionally and with senior leadership and government officials;
  • Diligently develop financial concepts - budgeting, forecasting and operational modeling and ambitiously conduct data analysis and resolve sophisticated problems with imperfect information.

Position Details:
Our home office is conveniently located in the greater Hartford area!  Willingness to travel throughout Connecticut and the northeast corridor, as well as periodic travel to other states as needed.
Hours: This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, forty hours per week. Hours of work may include evenings and weekends.
Benefits:  Employees of the PFMLIA will be quasi state employees and will be eligible for group life insurance and health and dental benefits.

Selection Plan

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Theresa Judge at


  • Actively play a substantial role in the strategic development and communication of operational business plans in close step with the CEO;
  • Act as a focal point of contact to address and resolve critical issues while involving CEO when appropriate;
  • Partner with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and leadership team to assure effective operations;
  • Actively lead research associated with business issues and plan formulation including development of business cases;
  • Take charge of cross-functional strategic projects executed in partnership with leadership;
  • Stimulate critical thinking in support of business direction, including proactively identifying and managing impact of strategic insights organization;
  • At the direction or absence of the CEO, serves as a primary liaison between the board, legislative, or other constituents with respect to any issues regarding the statute and the Authority’s operations;
  • Optimally facilitate large scale meetings and strategic workshops, including preparation and driving tangible outcomes;
  • Develop communication vehicles (e.g., presentations, speeches);
  • Take ownership for special projects and collaboratively engages cross-functional areas - drive information gathering, develop recommended decision paths, and drive outstanding execution;
  • Experience interacting with state officials at varying levels;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, communications or closely related field;
  • Ten (10) years of management experience;
  • Previous experience with Chief of Staff type role;
  • Experience sharing authority and responsibility in fast paced work environment;
  • Experience providing support, supervision, and strategic mentorship to experienced colleagues;
  • Experience with project and time management, including organization, and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities;
  • Experience making presentations to a variety of partners on purpose, policies and functions;
  • Experience engaging in problem solving and taking initiative, while utilizing a solutions-centered approach and exhibiting flexibility and good judgement in a sophisticated organizational ecosystem.



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.