Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Safety Program Officer

Recruitment #211118-0169AR-001


Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference, do what you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment? If you are that candidate, then we want you to take this opportunity to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families(DCF), Albert J. Solnit Center South, is seeking a full time (40 hours), Safety Program Officer.

The schedule is: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Safety Program Officer is responsible for the occupational safety and health and ensures compliance with health and safety regulations for the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center - South Campus, which is a state-administered Psychiatric facility for Connecticut’s children who are under the age of eighteen, located on a 67-acre campus at 915 River Road, Middletown, CT 06457.

In this role you will be empowered to:
  • Coordinate risk assessment activities in agency
  • Conduct routine periodic inspections of agency to ensure compliance with the National Fire Prevention Act (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), The Joint Commission (TJC), and/or other safety, health and sanitary codes and environmental regulations, and recommends corrective action for any deficiencies
  • Investigate accidents and maintains appropriate records
  • Direct, coordinate, and evaluate all emergency operations plans and activities
  • Conduct life safety inspections
  • Conduct fire drills across all shifts
  • Chair agency Environment of Care Committee
  • Schedule and conduct in-service safety training for staff
  • Maintain contacts with individuals inside and outside agency who might impact on health, safety, and workers' compensation issues
  • Serve as agency contact to State of Connecticut Fire Marshal
The center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The south campus consists of four co-ed hospital units and three female adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility cottages (PRTF). The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies.

We offer competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. We offer outstanding work/life balance and limitless opportunity.

We hope you take this opportunity to advance your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!

Selection Plan

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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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.

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

If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Lisa Womble,


In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in safety inspections, training and coordinating workers' compensation issues involving the evaluation and analysis of occupational safety and health problems and living conditions.


Coordinates accident prevention activities in agency; conducts routine periodic inspections of agency to ensure compliance with the National Fire Prevention Act (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), The Joint Commission (TJC), Veterans’ Administration (VA) and/or other safety, health and sanitary codes and environmental regulations; recommends corrective action for any deficiencies; identifies agency needs in safety and loss control and evaluates effectiveness of implemented safety policies, procedures and guidelines; uses statistics and inspection reports to make recommendations for injury reduction and loss control; investigates accidents and maintains appropriate records; prepares fire evacuation plans; directs, coordinates and evaluates all disaster plan activities; conducts life safety inspections; participates in agency Safety Committee; schedules and conducts in-service safety training for staff; maintains contacts with individuals inside and outside agency who might impact on health, safety and workers' compensation issues; may serve as agency Fire Marshal; may represent agency at workers' compensation hearings; may coordinate building security access activities; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of principles of occupational safety and health practices; knowledge of principles and practices of accident prevention; knowledge of NFPA Fire and Life Safety Codes, TJC, OSHA and other health, sanitary and environmental codes; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable ability in oral and written communication; ability to analyze and evaluate accidents, their causes and recommend effective control measures; ability to plan, develop, implement and evaluate agency safety and health programs; ability to utilize computer software.


Six (6) years of experience in occupational safety and health inspections, risk management or loss control.


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 occupational safety, risk management or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience in National Fire Prevention Act (NFPA) inspections and compliance.
  • Experience in facilitating in-service safety training for a diverse populations and skills levels.
  • Experience communicating in writing and verbally to diverse populations and skill levels.
  • Experience complying with Center for Medicare Services (CMS)/The Joint Commission (TJC) regulations.
  • Experience complying with State of Connecticut Department of Public Health inspections and regulations.
  • Experience as Chair for a large standing safety committee.


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.