Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Retirement Specialist

Human Resources Specialist

Recruitment #210527-0912MP-001


Are you a hardworking professional, with a strong understanding of retirement benefits?  Can you work collaboratively on a team while prioritizing and managing a large volume of work? Do you have what it takes to build and maintain a strong rapport with colleagues at other state agencies, people of diverse backgrounds and professional levels? 

If so, check out this exciting opportunity working at the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS)!

The Role
We are recruiting for two (2) Retirement Specialist (Human Resources Specialist) in Hartford, CT to join our team in the "Benefits and Leaves" functional area! 

In this role, you will report directly to the Principal Human Resources Specialist where you will be providing service delivery in the areas of retirements, military leave and service credit purchase administration. This role will also require close collaboration with the Office of the State Comptroller on all aspects of retirement processing as we strive to improve efficiency and accuracy. If this sounds like something that you want to be a part of, keep reading!

What We Offer 
Our office is centrally located in Hartford, CT alongside the Connecticut River with walkable access to museums, a science center, and great restaurants. We also offer:
  • Flexible work hours and telecommute arrangements;
  • Outstanding medical and dental benefits supporting your health and wellness;
  • The ability to begin planning for your future with excellent retirement plans and defined contribution plans;
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick time, and twelve holidays.
Interested in learning more, check out our benefits page.

Selection Plan

Applicants must submit a resume in the resume tab of the application.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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. 

NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation such as performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, etc., to support their candidacy for this position.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Raisa Capellan at


In the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of professional human resources duties within a specialized service delivery team or a unit with statewide impact.


  • Proposes, formulates and implements program policies and operational procedures;
  • Screens, refers and recommends candidates for employment;
  • Interprets, administers and ensures compliance with human resources, employment and equal opportunity laws, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Processes human resource records and transactions;
  • Develops new job classifications and new job classification series and uses job evaluation systems and methodologies to evaluate jobs and set salaries;
  • Communicates with agency human resources partners, bargaining unit representatives and other stakeholders to ensure cooperative relationships;
  • Implements and may assist in developing training programs;
  • Advises administrative officials, managers and supervisors regarding program policy and guidelines;
  • Develops materials for recruitment programs;
  • Collaborates with administrative officials in strategic planning to ensure alignment of activities with organizational goals and strategies;
  • Monitors and makes recommendations for emerging program needs;
  • Maintains human resources information systems;
  • Processes workers' compensation claims;
  • Provides assistance to employees in areas such as leaves (e.g., family, medical, military), and tuition reimbursement;
  • Conducts audits of agency transactions to ensure business rules are followed;
  • Analyzes and resolves problem situations and takes or recommends appropriate action;
  • Performs job audits, or other fact finding techniques, related to individual job classification and job classification studies;
  • Prepares or directs preparation of reports, manuals and correspondence;
  • Interprets and ensures adherence to collective bargaining agreements;
  • May serve on human resources project teams involving the conduct of best practice research and the development and implementation of new systems, training initiatives and other projects with statewide impact;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of: human resources management and relevant state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of: employment practices related to civil rights, equal employment opportunity, job classification, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefit programs, pay administration, workers compensation and labor relations;
  • Considerable: interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills and conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to: analyze and balance partners need with laws, regulations, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements; strategically plan, including succession planning, and ability to apply innovative solutions to organizational problems.


Seven (7) years of professional experience in human resources management.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the junior working level in human resources management.

For state employees, this is interpreted at the level of Human Resources Associate or Human Resources Generalist 1.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.  

2. A Master's Degree in human resources management, labor relations, business administration, public administration, or closely related field or a law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


We'd love to hear from you if you possess the following experience:
  • An undergraduate degree;
  • Minimum of three (3) years completing employee retirement applications without supervision;  
  • Providing guidance to employees on the retirement process;
  • Performing retirement related analysis of employee service time;
  • Knowledge of electronic retirement estimate systems;
  • Processing military leaves;
  • Working in an environment with competing deadlines;
  • Fostering relationships with stakeholders.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.



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.