Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Chief Of Engineering Services 2

Recruitment #210519-1672MP-001



The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking a highly experienced Director of Engineering to head our agency’s Engineering unit who can lead the development, implementation, oversight and management of the facility maintenance systems, infrastructure, and engineering services. 

This position is scheduled at 40 hours per week, full-time – first shift and is located at Department of Correction Central Office, 24 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield, CT, however the selected candidate will be required to travel to all CT Correctional Facilities and will be required to work on call rotations. 

Our Mission

The Department of Correction shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders. 

The Engineering Department at DOC needs to be a dynamic forward thinking innovative environment—with a strong focus on competitive service delivery; an emphasis on customer service, and commitment to the quality, availability, performance, security, and compliance requirements consistent with the importance of our mission, employees and organization.

We are a diverse agency with a wide variety of employees from correction officers, to educators to managers and skilled professionals. We value the differences that make us stronger as a team and support our mission statement.

What We Can Offer You:
  • As a new state employee we offer a variety of medical and dental plans and participation in a hybrid retirement plan which provides a retirement benefit, that may include retiree health insurance. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, as well as, vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.
Key Responsibilities:
  1. Responsible for the operation and maintenance of all CT Department of Correction (DOC) facilities statewide which includes over 280 buildings, and approximately 6 million sq. ft. on 3,000 acres of land. 
  2. Oversee 200 skilled trade that perform maintenance and repair of:  Heating and cooling plants, HVACR systems, Plumbing systems, Electrical distribution, Emergency Generators, EMS systems, Security/intrusion detection systems, Fire alarm and fire suppression systems, Video surveillance systems, Cell/door control systems, Radio systems. 
  3. Develop and oversee $43M dollar facility budget for all DOC facilities. 
  4. Approve purchases of equipment and services.
  5. Oversee agency capital projects. 
  6. Develop and implement agency facility energy conservation policy and projects. 
  7. Act as engineering liaison with other DOC units, agencies, municipalities and outside officials. 
  8. Develop policies and procedures for environmental, OSHA, DPH, maintenance, and inventory compliance.
  9. Conduct evaluations and development of managers and supervisors.
  10. Develop, review and approve specifications for projects and equipment. 
  11. Ensure unit goals support the agency’s strategic plan.
Who We Are:

We are a diverse agency with a wide variety of employees from correction officers, to educators to managers and skilled professionals. We value the differences that make us stronger as a team and support our mission statement:
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In the Departments of Correction, Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Developmental Services this class is accountable for administering statewide construction and maintenance programs and operations.


Directs staff and operations of agency construction and maintenance division; develops, implements and evaluates division policies, goals and objectives; designs and develops division programs and activities; implements new procedures and procedural revisions; determines appropriate staffing levels and directs management and coordination of staff; designs and implements performance review standards for staff; prepares division budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on policy or program activities; coordinates statewide agency construction and maintenance projects including determination of type and quality of materials used, preparation of job specifications and estimation and analysis of costs; meets and consults with architects, engineers, contractors and appropriate state and local authorities involved in construction, alteration and maintenance programs for facilities; inspects work in progress or on completion for conformance to specifications and OSHA regulations; reviews requests for change orders and makes recommendations; develops and coordinates long range preventive maintenance programs and procedures; inspects physical plants on a regular basis; coordinates agency lease activities; ensures agency compliance with state and federal accrediting bodies; coordinates transfer, relocation and disposal of excess and surplus property; develops long range capital program for agency; determines space and/or facility needs for an agency; prepares purchase orders; maintains records and reports; may design, layout and draft plans for projects and submits to contractors; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of building design and construction including aspects of architectural, structural and mechanical engineering and design; considerable knowledge of methods, materials and equipment used in building design, construction and maintenance; knowledge of leasing agreements; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to estimate costs of building construction, repair and maintenance; ability to prepare plans and specifications and solicit bids for construction and equipment; ability to analyze construction problems and recommend effective solutions; ability to develop preventive maintenance programs for various kinds of facilities; ability to determine space requirements.


Five (5) years of experience in physical plant maintenance and construction in an administrative capacity.


1. Leadership & Communication
  • Experience in building consensus across functional areas, facilitating decision making and ensuring solutions align with business objectives, Engineering & Facility Management strategies, guidelines and global requirements, as appropriate.
  • Experience with developing collaborative teams and directing, coaching, leading, and mentoring team members to ensure alignment with the department goals and performance objectives.
  • Experience with establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships at all levels of the organization including executive and management-level leadership.
2. Strategic thinking & Analytics
  • Experience in planning and leading Engineering transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic environment by taking advantage of emerging technologies while ensuring cost effectiveness in a difficult financial environment.
  • Experience in setting strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, operation and support of Facility Management systems and programs, including enterprise architecture management, application management, security and risk management, and infrastructure and operations support management.
  • Experience in identifying and tracking metrics and measures of success to support implementations and/or identify opportunities to course correct.
  • Experience using current technology.
  • Experience in leading the planning and application of best practices within the areas of engineering & facility management development, infrastructure/architecture, and reporting.
  • Experience managing position vacancies by anticipating the future agency needs and identify proactive solutions to satisfy those needs.
3. Administration
  • Experience in directing and implementing Facility Management services enterprise-wide for a large organization; resource management, project governance, developing vision and strategy, and vendor management.
4. Asset management
  • Experience with budgeting, planning, and allocating resources in a fiscally responsible manner to support the organization’s mission and business priorities.


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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.