Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

HR Policy & Information Systems Trainee (Hybrid Schedule)

Target Class: Human Resources Associate

Recruitment #220425-5989VR-001


Are you looking for an opportunity to learn from specialists in the 
Human Resources Policy and Information Systems field? 
Do you thrive in forward thinking and innovative environments? 
Does a career in public service excite you? 
If so, read below & apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is now accepting applications for an exciting HR Policy and Information Systems Trainee (Leadership Associate Confidential) opportunity within the HR Policy and Information Systems Unit located at 450 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT with hybrid telework schedules available. At DAS we are committed to providing timely, fair, competent, cost-effective services that address the needs of state agencies, municipalities, private industry, and the public. 

We are looking for candidates excited to participate in a 1-to-3-year development program designed to provide the knowledge and technical skills required to perform the full functions of the target class of Human Resources Associate. This role is full time, (40 hours/week), Monday - Friday, 1st shift. However, work schedule flexibility may be required in order to meet agency demands. 

The Role: As an HR Policy and Information Systems Trainee, you will work closely with fellow team members in our unit while being trained to perform audit functions, provide assistance in the interpretation of policies and statutes, and work with users in our Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) File and Case Management system.  

We want to hear from you if you desire to work and thrive in a challenging fast pace, high demand, multifaceted environment. This is your chance to showcase your resourceful and creative talents while demonstrating your innate gift for attention to detail.   

Why work for the State of CT? We provide limitless opportunities, we’re hiring for diversity and new perspectives, and we accomplish meaningful work while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. If you’re looking to grow within a great organization with a clear career series and trajectory this is your chance! See what two of our State of CT HR professionals have to say about their valuable work! 

"Joining the State of Connecticut in 2018 as a career changer from non-profit education was the best decision I made! I applied to the Leadership Associate role because I knew that I wanted to train for a career - not just a job. With the tools and resources given during my training period, I have been able to find new challenges to encourage my growth as a Human Resources professional all while further developing my career. A career in public service differs from any other job simply because the work that we do has such a greater impact to those who we serve in the State of CT!" - Raisa Capellan| Principal Human Resources Specialist, Talent Solutions Division, Department of Administrative Services.

"Six months ago I joined the State of Connecticut as a Leadership Associate in the Talent Solutions division of Statewide Human Resources Management. In that short period of time, I’ve already come to find how rewarding being a State employee is. As a Leadership Associate, I am able to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to my everyday experiences and build valuable relationships with my peers and mentors all while striving towards becoming a successful Human Resources Professional. The stability and longevity of being a State employee is unmatched along with the limitless opportunities the State of Connecticut has to offer. As a recent college graduate, I can confidently say that my time at the State of Connecticut has just begun!"- Hayley Newhouse | Leadership Associate, Talent Solutions Division, Department of Administrative Services. 

Benefits: We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!

*This salary range may increase effective July 1, 2022. New State employees start at minimum of range. 

Watch the video below to see what it’s like to be a State of CT employee! 

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
After You Apply: 
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment 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 daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • 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. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 
Connect With Us:
  • 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. 
  • If have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact


In a state agency incumbents in this class participate in a formal development program designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to qualify for appointment to a designated managerial or professional confidential class assigned to the MP Pay Plan.


Participates in a formal development program designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed in order to qualify for appointment and advancement to a designated managerial or professional/ confidential class; performs/learns the duties of the designated function; performs/learns leadership skills and develops leadership traits; prepares program progress reports; attends managerial meetings germane to designated function; prepares and gives presentations; assists in major projects; participates in budget preparation and management; attends formal training courses; may lead special projects; performs related duties as required.


Considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to understand and apply state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable ability to analyze and solve problems; considerable ability to effect and manage change; considerable ability to plan for and implement excellent customer service; considerable ability to learn a new knowledge base in functional area; considerable ability to learn and apply policy and procedure; managerial aptitude.


Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated class at the completion of the development program.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience creating Excel spreadsheets using formulas and pivot tables.
  • Experience managing competing tasks while adhering to deadlines.
  • Experience interpreting policies and statutes.
  • Experience providing customer support. 


1. Prior to appointment to this class there must be an approved managerial or professional confidential designated class identified to which the incumbent will be appointed upon successful completion of an approved development program. Incumbents in this class must meet the experience and training requirements of the identified designated class at the end of the development program.
2. The work schedule for this classification is full-time. Incumbents must work a full-time forty (40) hours per week schedule.
3. Incumbents in this class will be eligible for reclassification to the designated class without competitive examination upon successful completion of the development program and satisfactory service. The length of the development program should be designed around the requirements of the designated class and the prior experience of the incumbent but in no case should be less than one (1) year or exceed three (3) calendar years in accordance with C.G.S. 5-234.
4. All appointments to this class shall be under terms of an approved development program and in accordance with a time schedule approved by the Department of Administrative Services.
5. No additional working test period shall be required upon successful completion of the development program.



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.