Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Developmental Services Director of Service Development & Support

Recruitment #210624-5676MP-001


Are you passionate about making a difference? Looking for a new challenge? Do you want to grow and build upon your current experiences?  If so, we invite you to read on and learn more about this fantastic opportunity for you to join our team!   

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – South Region is currently recruiting for an experienced and qualified professional for the position of Developmental Services Director of Service Development and Support for our Private Division-Community Companion Homes (CCH). This position is based out of Wallingford, CT.  This is a full time 40 hour per week position with a work schedule of Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.  

You will discover the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve;
  • Assist our individuals so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.    

What’s in it for You – Leading Comprehensive Benefit Offerings:

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; 
  • Ability to serve the citizens of Connecticut;
  • A healthy work life balance to all employees.  

We hope you take this opportunity to make an impact by serving your state!  

Click the video below to hear employees share what it is like to work for the State of Connecticut, including career opportunities, the recruitment and selection process, and the important mission of serving the state and its citizens.

Selection Plan

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

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and specify their qualifications on their application. Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the “Resume Tab” of your application as you will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application into the JobAps system.  

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s). These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.    

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) 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.  

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

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            

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker, at


In the Department of Developmental Services, this class is accountable for directing and managing program and service development efforts of the department.


Provides direction and management of a major unit intended to advance agency mission; coordinates, plans and manages activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in the development of related policy; interprets and administers applicable statute and regulations; evaluates staff; ensures development of resources necessary to conduct training programs and provide technical assistance in implementing services; manages accounting and funding for major unit; works closely with regional and training school directors and assistant directors in service development, planning and implementation; develops budget components related to staff and service development activities, projecting costs of implementing programs; monitors and evaluates departmental implementation of programs and services to determine need for additional resources, training or support; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of the agency who might impact program activities; performs related duties as assigned.


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 training and development principles, methods and techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable organizational and administrative ability; considerable ability to develop action plans to implement executive program priorities; considerable ability to plan, organize, direct and effectively coordinate and evaluate all program and staff development activities of department; considerable ability to direct and manage process of determining staff development goals and objectives based on department new program initiatives; knowledge of current trends and practices regarding provision of integrated, supportive community based services to individuals with intellectual disabilities; knowledge of state, private and community human service programs particularly those which provide services to individuals with intellectual disabilities or services needed by individuals with intellectual disabilities to function in the community.


Eight (8) years of professional employment in the provision of human service or education programs.


Two (2) years of the above experience must have been in a managerial capacity with responsibility for planning, developing or coordinating services or programs.


  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 Master's degree in public administration or a behavioral science such as psychology, rehabilitation therapy or social work may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess:  

  • Experience with current trends and practices regarding the provision of integrated, supportive community based services to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  
  • Experience with provider contract monitoring and contract negotiations.  
  • Experience applying quality improvement systems.  
  • Experience with managing budgets.  
  • Experience with contract and individual budget authorizations.  
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Outlook, Excel, and Teams.    
  • Experience leading teams and working to foster cooperative goals, build trust, and enlist others in a common vision.      
  • Experience with collaborative verbal and written communication skills to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization.    
  • Experience with relevant state and federal laws and statutes.   
  • Experience with Licensed Residential Programs and Community Companion Homes (CCH). 
  • Experience with emergency placement situations.
  • Experience working with individual's entitlements and benefits. 



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.