Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Developmental Specialist 2 (40 Hour)


Recruitment #220624-7164FP-001


Are you a self-starter? Do you have a passion for supporting others? Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal human services environment in the public sector? If so, we want you to join us!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - North Region - Currently has one full-time, 40 hours per week job opportunity for a Developmental Specialist 2 based out of the East Hartford Office in the The Induvial and Family Support (IFS) Division. The DDS Developmental Specialist 2 consults with other professionals, meets with psychologists, individuals eligible for DDS services, family support workers, case managers and families to help assure proper implementation of behavioral guidelines and overall behavioral progress of DDS individuals. Responsibilities include:
  • Conducting home and school visits to assess behavioral needs of individuals referred for services.
  • Reviewing of medical, social, and psychiatric records and conditions that may contribute to presenting behavioral issues.
  • Assisting families with motivation and ways to help individuals have functional equivalent behaviors for negative target behaviors through the development and implementation of positive behavioral support plans/guidelines.
  • Monitoring, planning, reviewing and evaluating the success of positive behavioral support plans/guidelines on short-term basis to further coordinate referrals for community supports for further follow up.
  • Assessing and monitoring of individuals ability to adapt to changes in the environment as well as prepare individuals for transitions;
  • Assessing safety and quality of care being provided and assist in identifying alternative strategies for families to use to reduce caregiver burnout that could lead to disruptive/uncomfortable experience for the individual in a busy/noisy emergency rooms or inpatient units.
Discover the opportunity to:
  • Engage in a rewarding career
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve
  • Assist our individuals so they can achieve success
  • Make a difference in the public sector
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment
We participate in a generous and competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off!

We hope you take this opportunity to make an impact by serving your state!

Selection Plan

  • 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.
If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, EEO Specialist 2 at (860) 418-6143 or

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.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
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  • 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.
  • 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
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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.


Under supervision, develops, implements, monitors and revises behavioral support plans; trains staff in the implementation of behavioral plans and the collection of data; selects and administers objective and projective psychodiagnostic tests; analyzes and interprets test results; assesses client mental status through observation and if client abilities accommodate, interview; writes reports including profiles on intellectual functioning and personality organization; conducts individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, group therapy and family therapy; provides services involving behavior modification, milieu therapy, data collection and analysis, educational/vocational assessment and placement, rehabilitation, program development and evaluation, behavioral techniques, individual treatment recommendations and research; provides consultation to allied professionals, families, clients, direct care staff and community agencies; participates in clinical and interdisciplinary conferences and staff meetings; prepares case notes and reports; works closely with consulting psychiatrist to monitor efficacy of psychotropic medication(s); may provide consultation according to specialized expertise; may write grant proposals and renewals; may conduct Restrictive Procedures Audits; may serve as Chairperson of Program Review Committee; may serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional; 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.


  • Work experience with children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Clinical behavioral support experience with individuals with ID living with families in the community or in their own homes.
  • Experience working in inpatient or outpatient psychiatric settings.
  • Experience with biopsychosocial interviews, conducting mental status exams, motivational interviewing and assessing risk.
  • Experience writing behavioral guidelines and Positive Behavior Support Plans.
  • Experience with community mental health resources for individuals/families.
  • Experience with clinical assessment including but not limited to diagnostic criteria using The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM V).
  • Experience with problem solving and independently researching and finding solutions to complex situations.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other State Agencies and Programs including Beacon Health, DMHAS, hospitals and school districts.
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Access, Word, Excel, Microsoft TEAMS, social media platforms and other data systems.
  • Experience traveling to various worksites.
  • Experience with scheduling flexibility to meet individual and family needs.


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.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.