Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Developmental Services Division Director

Recruitment #211117-5696MP-001


Do you have experience with budgeting and fiscal impact and are looking for managerial opportunity? If so, we want you to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is recruiting for a full-time Developmental Services Division Director, based out of the Central Office Operations Center in Hartford, CT.

This opportunity is full-time, 40 hour per week, works a Monday through Friday schedule. Although first shift hours are assigned, candidate must be flexible to meet the needs of the agency. Statewide travel may be expected.

We offer competitive benefits including healthcare coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. Also group life insurance and other supplemental benefits. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

We hope you take this opportunity to further your career and make an impact!

Selection Plan

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

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Developmental Services, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. 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.

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, transcripts, diplomas, 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. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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.

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.

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

If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond,


In the Department of Developmental Services, this class is accountable for developing, implementing and administering statewide comprehensive programs dedicated to consumers of the agency.


Provides direction and management of the agency’s core purchase of service contracting and individual budget units; develops, implements and evaluates division policies, programs, activities, goals and objectives; develops regional allocations; develops standards for service authorizations; manages implementation of authorization and contracting processes; manages development of cost standards for self-hired staff; interprets and applies statewide contract cost standards; develops related policy and procedure; develops rates of reimbursement for supports and services; works closely with regional directors and assistant directors in service development, planning and implementation; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of the agency who might impact program activities, particularly Fiscal Intermediaries, qualified providers, regional directors of self-determination programs, and case management staff; advises the Commissioner’s Office on policies, programs, and related fiscal impact; 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 best practices for providing integrated, supportive community based services to agency consumers; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability in designing, developing, planning, implementing and administering statewide complex programs; ability to develop and manage revenue sources and budget.


Ten (10) years of professional experience in health or human services delivery system administration and/or programs.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must include administrative or managerial responsibility relative to programs for habilitative and or rehabilitative program development for consumers of the agency.


1. College training in Psychology, Special Education, Early Childhood, Social Work or a related field 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 Special Education, Early Childhood, Social Work, Psychology or a related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience:
  • Working with contracted services and individual budget authorizations
  • Collaborating with state, private or community human service providers delivering services to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • Working with service development, planning and implementation, including service array, policies, procedures, and fiscal plans
  • Developing action plans to implement executive program priorities with successful, measurable outcomes
  • Training or mentoring staff on DDS waiver programs and services
  • Advising executive leadership on policies and programs
  • Developing business requirements for technical projects
  • Developing business user guidance based on policy or fiscal decisions
  • Managing large scale projects


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.