Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Director of Learning & Development

Principal Human Resources Specialist

Recruitment #210602-0192MP-001


Are you passionate about engaging learners with modern and relevant learning solutions and building a culture of learning?
If so, please consider this opportunity in the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS)! 

The Role
As Assistant Director of Learning & Development (Principal Human Resources Specialist), you will manage the new Learning & Development Team and assist in the unit’s startup, strategy and operations, including people, processes, learning platform, and the design, development and evaluation of learning programs.  You will assist in the planning and direction of priorities, and when needed, shift them to support the organizational strategy.  As a collaborator and relationship builder in this role, you will consult with agency stakeholders to analyze how learning can help create positive outcomes for the organization and its people.  

Position Details
  • Full Time | Monday-Friday, 1st shift, 40 hours per week position. 
However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job.  Work location, 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103.

We embrace diversity and are looking for people with a growth approach who bring their whole self to work!

What’s in It for You - Leading Comprehensive Benefit Offerings:
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Ability to serve the citizens of Connecticut in a strategic HR capacity
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees!
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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 acting as a working supervisor or for performing highly complex activities within a specialized service delivery team or a unit with statewide impact.


  • Supervises and provides guidance over the work of a specialized service delivery team;
  • Plans workflow and determines priorities;
  • Proposes, formulates and implements policies and operational procedures, including changes that streamline human resources systems and take advantage of technology;
  • Interprets, administers and ensures compliance with human resources, employment and equal opportunity laws, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Develops new job classifications and new job classification series and uses job evaluation systems and methodologies to evaluate jobs and set salaries;
  • Evaluates team and provides guidance and assistance on complex issues;
  • Conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations;
  • Communicates with agency human resources business partners, bargaining unit representatives and other stakeholders to ensures cooperative relationships;
  • Provides training and development to team members and/or other staff;
  • Conducts difficult recruitments involving high level positions;
  • Advises administrative officials, managers and supervisors regarding policies and guidelines;
  • Collaborates with administrative officials in strategic planning to ensure alignment of activities with organizational goals and strategies;
  • Monitors and plans for emerging program needs;
  • Analyzes and resolves complex situations and issues;
  • 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;
  • Leads the processing of workers' compensation claims;
  • Acts as a lead in such areas as leaves (e.g., family, medical, military), and tuition reimbursement;
  • Serves as a project team leader on complex human resources projects 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.


  • Considerable 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, human resources information systems and labor relations;
  • Considerable: interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills  and conflict resolution skills;
  • Considerable ability to: supervise and lead team to accomplish goals and objectives; analyze and balance partners need with laws, regulations, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements;
  • Ability to: strategically plan, including succession planning, and ability to apply innovative solutions to organizational problems and supervise.


Eight (8) years of professional experience in human resources management.


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

For state employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of Human Resources Specialist or Human Resources Generalist 2.


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 may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

3. A law degree may be substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.


Experience in:  
  • Instructional design using ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) learning methodology and agile development processes.  
  • Implementing and redesigning blended learning curricula to support business strategy and transformation including rollouts, onboarding, compliance, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), and leadership skills.  
  • Administering a learning management platform including content management, reporting, and promoting the platform to engage learners.  
  • Consulting with leadership, subject-matter-experts and other stakeholders to analyze and recommend learning solutions that drive improvements in performance and business results, or prior experience as a performance consultant.    
  • Facilitation, presentation and engagement strategies with a variety of audiences, both onsite and virtually.


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.

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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.