Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Lead Developmental Services Worker (35 Hour)

South Region

Recruitment #200729-5721HN-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - South Region - currently has one (1) full-time, thirty-five (35) hours per week job opportunity for a Lead Developmental Services Worker based out of the Transitional Unit in Meriden. This is considered a hazardous duty assignment.

Position details are as follows:
PC# 125051: 35 Undercliff Road, Meriden – 2nd Shift
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 1:00pm - 9:45pm
Regular Days Off: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
However, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application.

Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Developmental Services, 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).

This posting MAY require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

At any point later in the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, attendance, supervisor references, college transcripts, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. 

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status updates during the recruitment process.  Please note that not all applicants will be contacted for interview and are encouraged to apply for future postings.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Naisha Roman at, (203) 294-5030.

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Renee LaBarge, DDS EEO Director at 860-418-6022 or


In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as a working lead or as a backup to the Supervising Developmental Services Worker in the shift supervision of a work location.


Duties consistent with Lead Developmental Services Worker job specification. Implementation of residential living program for individuals in the Transitional Unit a secured, time-limited facility for individuals reentering the community after residing in a secure institutional setting or for individuals who have not been successful in a community oriented setting. This unit will provide therapeutic environment to address areas of concern, intensive behavioral supports and stabilization while working with teams to develop comprehensive transition plans to an appropriate, long term, community based residential setting. Oversees and may participate in general care including meal preparation, feeding, clothing and treatment; directs and advises staff on implementation of active treatment strategies; assists in evaluating performance of residential program; implements policies, programs and operational procedures in accordance with state and federal regulations and with regard to needs of individuals; may administer selected oral medications with appropriate training; may complete a variety of reports, notes, logs, requisitions, etc.; may design and write residential living programs; may provide orientation and in-service training to subordinate staff; may order, secure and distribute supplies and equipment; may attend interdisciplinary team meetings; may arrange for appropriate support services; may administer first aid in emergency situations; may serve as backup for Supervising Developmental Services Worker; performs related duties as required. Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have significant exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals.


Considerable knowledge of modern methods of working with individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities; knowledge of rehabilitative and interdisciplinary process; knowledge of goals, policies and organization of a residential living unit; knowledge of safety, fire and first aid procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to implement policies and operational procedures; ability to lead staff.


One (1) year of experience working with individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities at the level of Developmental Services Worker 2.


• Preference given to candidates with at least one years’ experience working with individuals who have significant behavioral and psychiatric diagnosis.
• Considerable interpersonal skills
• Proficient in verbal and written communication  
• Ability to develop a positive relationship with individuals 
• Considerable knowledge of modern approaches to working with persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities
• Preference will also be given to candidates who possess computer proficiency


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties. Applicants may be required to take a physical examination.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive individuals and may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.



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.