Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

State Program Manager

Recruitment #210826-4799MP-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is responsible for strengthening the state's competitive position in all areas of economic development, community development, tourism and culture. DECD is currently seeking a State Program Manager!

On June 22, 2021, Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation that legalized and regulates the adult use of cannabis in Connecticut. The legislation made comprehensive change to create a novel and substantial regulatory and economic development apparatus within government to operationalize the equitable and responsible legalization of adult-use cannabis.  

The position will serve the newly formed Social Equity Council (SEC). The SEC is responsible for overseeing the verification of social equity applicants, as defined in law, creating new programs to support both cannabis businesses, businesses in other industries, and managing the more general community investments derived from cannabis tax revenue. The SEC is led by an Executive Director and is overseen by a council comprising appointees by the legislature, Governor, and other elected officials. 

The DECD provides financial, technical, and workforce development assistance to municipalities, businesses, community development, tourism, culture, and arts organizations in Connecticut.  

Position Details
Location: 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT.  For administrative purposes the SEC is located at the DECD.
Hours: 40 hour per week | Monday-Friday, however, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency. 

Selection Plan

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

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

State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in this class may apply for a lateral transfer.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13D (2a) and 13F (3a).

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board  (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

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


In a state agency this class is accountable for planning, organizing and directing an agency program and/or project or directing the development and administration of programs within a division.  


Receives general direction from an administrative official of higher grade.  


Directs staff as assigned.


Responsibilities of the State Program Manager may include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating social equity applicants for eligibility for a cannabis establishment license, which will include:
    • Refining and finalizing criteria and documentation to establish qualification as a social equity applicant
    • Analyzing structure of the business (e.g., financing, ownership, corporate structure, organizational chart)
    • Reviewing social equity applicant applications and documentations
    • Coordinating and communicating with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection on processing applications
  • Project managing an external vendor who will be conducting a third-party study regarding historic cannabis prohibition and enforcement
  • Drafting proposed regulations and possible further legislation based on the results of the third-party study and the experience of SEC
  • Establishing and managing long-term economic development investments in disproportionately affected communities, including workforce training, low-interest loan, and business accelerator programs
  • Additional duties can be found here


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 project management; considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of business and public administration with emphasis on effective organization, administration and management considerable ability to analyze organizational problems and determine effective solutions; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


Nine (9) years of professional experience.


One (1) year of the General Experience must been in a consultative capacity with programmatic and administrative or project management responsibilities in the specific area of assignment. 


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 business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

3. Department of Labor: Two (2) years of experience as an Apprenticeship and Training Program Manager may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.    


  • Experience in analyzing profit and loss statements
  • Experience with the legislative process 
  • Experience with report writing and creating presentations 
  • Experience working with boards, commissions or councils  
  • Experience working with businesses, reviewing business documents, evaluating business plans and advising on business structure
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience with quality assurance and compliance
  • Experience with Microsoft 365 Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint



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.