Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Developmental Services Director Of Residential Programs

Recruitment #220103-0153MP-001


Are you a current Department of Developmental Services (DDS) employee looking to tackle a more challenging leadership role? If so we invite you to check out this exciting opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, DDS currently has one (1) full-time, forty hours (40) per week job opportunity for a Developmental Services Director of Residential Programs based out of the Public Programs Division, located at the Wallingford Office. This is a first shift, 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm position. 
  • However, work schedule flexibility may be required in order to meet the demands of the job
In this role, we would entrust you to plan, coordinate, and direct a variety of complex program services. Along with other duties as needed, we would have you:
  • Direct staff and operations of a multi-disciplinary department in program and service delivery
  • Craft program goals and objectives
  • Assist in budget preparation
  • Help us to fulfill our mission 
As a state employee, you would continue to be able to participate in our competitive benefits plan which includes 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 hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state! 

Selection Plan

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).

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

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

Additional recruitment information: 
  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle License
  • Incumbents in this class will be required to travel
Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

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. Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.    

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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. If selected for further consideration, State employees may be required to provide last 2 service ratings last 2 attendance records. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  

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. 

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 regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at


In the Department of Developmental Services, this class is accountable for directing the residential program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.


Directs staff and operations of multi-disciplinary department providing programs for residents; plans and manages program activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of program budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of program who might impact on program activities; prepares reports and correspondence; develops staff education programs for managerial and supervisory staff; reviews all staff/individual incident reports and prepares corrective action plans; schedules hours of work for residential directors; participates in staff conferences and resident evaluation conferences; reviews and approves staff reports; monitors quality assurance and ICF compliance in assigned units; may confer with doctors on medical services for residents; may inspect physical conditions of resident homes; may serve as a representative of faculty for public activities; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of modern methods of dealing with individuals with intellectual disabilities; considerable knowledge of methods of residential management; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to plan, organize and direct a residential care program; ability to prepare comprehensive reports; ability to speak before professional and citizen groups.


Two (2) years of experience in a program for individuals with intellectual disabilities in a managerial capacity.


Preference will be given to those who possess the following: 
  • Experience supervising managerial level employees
  • Experience using analytical skills to manage problems as they occur
  • Experience providing mentorship, coaching and guidance to enhance performance and provide leadership growth
  • Experience assessing problems as they occur and using abilities/resources to resolve them
  • Experience building a team environment with a focus on the agency’s mission
  • Experience managing multiple large residential facilities
  • Experience planning, directing and controlling resources
  • Experience staying organized while managing multiple priorities with various deadlines.
  • Experience managing intermediate care facilities (ICFs) and ensuring compliance with the Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations
  • Experience developing cost saving strategies
  • Experience communicating internally and externally with a diverse population both over the telephone and in written inquiries
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word,  Outlook, and Teams


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to be licensed as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.



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.