Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Children and Families Program Director


Recruitment #220503-1943MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking to fill a Children and Families Program Director in its Division of Foster Care, located in Central Office, 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT. This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, with anticipated statewide travel.  

DCF is comprised of fourteen (14) area offices, 2 facilities, the Wilderness School, and Central Office.  All 14 Offices have a Foster Care Unit (FC) that shall report up to the Program Director of Foster Care.  FC units are responsible for implementing statewide initiatives and procedures related to foster care and adoption at the local level.  

If a child cannot remain at home, placing children with relatives or people that they know is our first priority.  DCF has taken great strides over the last several years to improve how we serve vulnerable children and families in Connecticut. However, we have not done so alone. No one has been more instrumental in that progress than our foster and relative caregivers.  We aim to continue providing effective quality services to our foster and relative caregivers as they meet the needs and support the timely permanency of children in care.   

The Program Director oversees the staff in the Area Offices, who are responsible for the foster care division in Region's 1, 2 and 3. The position is responsible for implementing the agency's foster care recruitment and retention plan which is tied to the federally mandated Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) of 2018 requiring states to provide high-quality licensed caregivers (reimbursement is  based on reduction of congregate care placement, increase utilization of kin for  placements and the shortened length of stay in care). It is also responsible for federally mandated Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) which is part of Title IV-E formula grant that reimburses states based on the number families licensed, children reunified, guardianship transferred and adoptions.   

In this role you will be responsible for monitoring progress, addressing challenges, and developing infrastructure to support the implementation of strategic goals, practice and policy. Examples of responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring uniformity in the implementation of statewide foster care, guardianship and adoption initiatives.
  • Provide guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Develop and analyze foster care performance reports.
  • Monitor and control fiscal spending.
  • Oversee recruitment, retention and licensing activities for foster and relative families.
  • Ensure the foster care division functions are in compliance with applicable regulatory and licensure standards.
  • Negotiating relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Navigating change initiatives and successful implementation of key organization transitions.
  • Gather data on deliverables and outcomes.
  • Create reports and presentations based on data and analysis.  

The ideal candidate for this position will be organized, motivated, and possess strong communication skills. Additionally, will:

  • have a passion for excellence,
  • ability and experience analyzing complex situations and processes - integrating data to form a cohesive picture and meaningful actions,
  • have a demonstrated competency to interact with people at all levels of the organization.  

As State of Connecticut employees we participate in a 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 make an impact by serving your state!

Selection Plan

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.    

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

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. 

Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the  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, 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. 

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. 

Statewide travel is required.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker at

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


In the Department of Children and Families area office, Wilderness School, or a major program with statewide impact, this class is accountable for directing administrative support and/or program services.


Directs the staff and operations of the assigned area of responsibility; coordinates and formulates program goals and objectives to conform with Department policies, standards and legal matters; develops or assists in the development of related policy; assists in directing and coordinating allocation of staff and resources to maintain service delivery system or program; manages systems/programs to ensure compliance with federal, state and department mandates; interprets and administers pertinent laws; identifies training and development needs of staff; evaluates staff; develops and monitors budgets for specific program or administrative areas; maintains liaison with individuals and organizations that impact on area or program activities; speaks before professional and lay groups; represents Commissioner in community and public relations activities within area as assigned; prepares and/or analyzes management reports including reports detailing area activities, program operations and client statistics; evaluates programs and professional social work services provided to children and families; identifies needs of children and families for purposes of determining available community resources; reviews work of assigned areas for general efficiency and effectiveness with target client populations; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of standards of practice and administration of programs dealing with children and youth; knowledge of impact of cultural issues on service delivery and staff relationships; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in the field of child welfare programs, children's protective services, foster services, adoption or social and human services.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity with responsibility for planning, development, implementation or supervision of administrative or program services in child welfare, children's protective services, children's mental health or juvenile justice.

For state employees, this is at the level of Children and Families Program Supervisor.


  1. College education 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 or other advanced degree in the behavioral sciences, public administration, education, social work or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:   

  • Professional experience with foster care and adoption services. 
  • Experience with FFPSA and AFSA Federal Acts. 
  • Experience developing presentations to include analysis, findings, and impact. 
  • Experience generating and analyzing various performance metrics using Excel and other reporting tools. 
  • Experience integrating technology in the workplace.
  • Managerial experience in a matrix organization. 
  • Experience providing representation on behalf of an agency (employer) with internal (across divisions) and external stakeholders (providers, other state agencies, etc.). 


  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.