Looking for your next challenge with the State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS)? We have a phenomenal opportunity for you!
We are currently seeking to fulfill a Developmental Services Investigator position with the Division of Investigations based out of the DDS Norwich office supporting the DDS South Region.
As a part of the team you will be accountable for fielding reports and referrals of suspected abuse or neglect involving individuals with intellectual disability and individuals receiving services from the DSS Division of Autism Services.
- Generate initial intake reports.
- Request protective services when warranted to ensure an individual's ongoing safety.
- Conduct investigations related to alleged violations of state laws and regulations and violations of the Abuse/Neglect policies of the Department of Developmental Services.
Work/life balance: This is a full-time forty hour per week position. The work schedule is Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. However, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.
We care deeply about fulfilling our mission to partner with the individuals we support and their families. Our vision centers on the belief that citizens supported by DDS are valued contributors to their communities. They are our family members, friends, neighbors, students, employees, volunteers, members of civic and religious associations, voters, and advocates.
We hope you pursue this new challenge and encourage you to detail your related experience on the application!
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).
Incumbent in this position may be expected to travel statewide, and will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
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 Renee.LaBarge@ct.gov.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
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 Elizabeth Weston at Elizabeth.Weston@ct.gov, (860) 860-937-6383.
Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Developmental Services, this class is accountable for conducting detailed investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect of persons with intellectual disabilities and individuals within the autism spectrum who are receiving services funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) as specified in applicable Conn. Gen. Stat.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts detailed investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect of persons with intellectual disabilities and individuals within the autism spectrum who are receiving services funded by DSS, both living and deceased, in a variety of settings including but not limited to public and private programs, natural family homes and self-hired staffing arrangements; determines need for emergency and long term protective service needs; initiates provision of and monitors protective services by state and private agencies; interviews alleged victims, perpetrators, service providers, witnesses, etc.; works cooperatively with State and local police, State's Attorneys and other protective services organizations; provides testimony at various legal and Human Resources hearings as required; provides information and referral services; maintains appropriate records and documentation; prepares comprehensive investigative reports; prepares correspondence; may make public information presentations; may provide formal training for state and private service providers; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of statutes, policies and procedures governing care and treatment of persons with intellectual disabilities; knowledge of problems and needs of persons with intellectual disabilities; knowledge of investigation techniques and methods; knowledge of various types of residential placement facilities and community training centers for persons with intellectual disabilities; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; investigative ability; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in a professional capacity with an organization, agency or educational institution which provides for case management, residential, vocational, educational, advocacy, habilitation or rehabilitation services to persons with intellectual disabilities or individuals within the autism spectrum.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Masters Degree in a human services field may be substituted for an additional year of the General Experience.
3. Up to six years of law enforcement experience may be substituted for an additional year of the General Experience.
4. Any combination of the above substitutions allowed.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Demonstrated experience conducting investigations, including but not limited to, allegations of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and criminal investigations.
- Experience testifying in administrative, criminal, and legal proceedings pertaining to abuse/neglect/financial exploitation investigation findings and outcomes.
- Experience interpreting and applying state statutes, regulations, and procedures to abuse/neglect/financial exploitation investigation evidence evaluation and investigation findings and outcomes.
- Professional training relevant to conducting multiple types of investigations
- Experience as a certified law enforcement officer.
- Experience providing guidance and assistance to DDS qualified providers with conducting internal investigations.
- Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, including but not limited to, compiling investigation reports, analyzing data, tracking open and overdue investigations, and prioritizing Outlook emails which require follow up and further actions.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.