Developmental Specialist 2 (40 Hour)


Recruitment #220613-7164FP-001


Are you looking for an opportunity where you will be able to help ensure that public facilities are providing the care that individuals deserve? If so, we invite you to take this opportunity to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - North Region - Currently has one (1) full-time, forty hours (40) per week job opportunity for a Developmental Specialist 2 (PCN: 020109) based out of the Willimantic Office in the Public Health Services Division. 

In this role you will be responsible for a large range of tasks related to providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The person in this position is responsible for creating and overseeing behavioral services, reviewing behavioral data to inform treatment decisions. 

Monday -  Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm;  
RDO's (Regular Days Off): Saturday & Sunday

As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more.

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

Selection Plan

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 must have the ability to coordinate clinical services with comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment plans.

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. 

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

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, DDS EEO Specialist 2 at

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


In a state health care facility, community based health care program or correctional facility this class is accountable for conducting evaluations and therapy and providing services involving psychodiagnosis, psychotherapy, behavior modification, data collection and analysis, educational/vocational assessment and placement, rehabilitation and/or program development and evaluation under general supervision.


Participates in and coordinates behavioral services for a complex group of individuals living in Community Living Arrangements (CLA).  Individuals are dually diagnosed with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities and psychiatric diagnosis.  In addition, many of the individuals also have complex social problems. Meet regularly with nursing staff and other interdisciplinary team members; engages in diagnostic and psychotherapeutic services; attends staff meetings; coordinates psychological treatment modalities with other disciplines and services; develops and implements new service programs; conducts research and reports findings in a manner suitable for professional publication; consults with community agencies and organizations; conducts training sessions for interns and staff and may participate in training of psychiatric residents; may address lay and professional groups; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of general psychological theory and its application to treatment, rehabilitation and research programs; knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; knowledge of statistics and experimental design; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to select, score and interpret objective and projective psychological tests; considerable ability to develop treatment plans; ability to assess behavior and develop behavioral treatment strategies; ability to conduct individual and group psychotherapy; ability to provide consultation and training services; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.


A Master's degree in psychology, educational psychology, rehabilitative psychology, community psychology, experimental psychology or other related degree from a program accredited by a regional educational board AND three (3) years of experience in conducting psychological testing, assessment and evaluation including one (1) year in treating and/or working with clients in the appropriate specialty serviced by the agency.
Note: For state employees, the experience component is interpreted at the level of Developmental Specialist 1.


A Doctorate degree in community psychology, educational psychology, experimental psychology, psychology, rehabilitative psychology or other related degree from a program accredited by a regional educational board AND two (2) years of experience in treating and/or working with clients in the appropriate specialty serviced by the agency may be substituted for the General Experience.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess:
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and comorbid psychiatric diagnoses.
  • Experience conducting comprehensive functional clinical assessments and developing positive behavioral support plans and/or providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).
  • Experience training staff and monitoring fidelity in the implementation of behavioral support plans.
  • Experience working with psychiatric and medical comorbidities, as well as the impact medical issues may have on behavioral presentation.
  • Experience application of trauma-informed treatment and experience with trauma’s impact on behavior
  • Experience conducting individual, group and/or family therapy.
  • Experience applying crisis intervention skills.
  • Experience with collaboration skills working within interdisciplinary teams.
  • Administering, scoring and interpretation of cognitive, adaptive and/or ASD-specific assessments.
  • Communicating verbally and in writing to multiple diverse populations and skill levels.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from clients.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.