Developmental Specialist 2 (40 Hour)


Recruitment #220630-7164FP-001


Are you bi-lingual in Spanish? 
Do you have experience conducting psychological testing, assessments and evaluations?
 If so, we invite you to apply for an exciting opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS)-North Region seeks a qualified bi-lingual (Spanish) Developmental Specialist 2 (Position # 107933) based out of East Hartford in the Individual and Family Support (IFS) Division.

This is a full-time forty (40) hour per week position. The work schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Regular days off are Saturday and Sunday. However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the needs of individuals and families.

What we offer:
*Salary effective 7/1/2022. We offer competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

To apply:
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 Employment Specialist 2 860-418-6143 or

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Requirements for this position:
  • Must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator License
  • Will be required to travel
  • Must be bi-lingual in Spanish and English
  • Must have the ability to coordinate clinical services with comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment plans
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

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

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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.


Provides short-term in-home behavioral supports to individuals in their own or family homes to help preserve the family unit and utilize natural and community resources afforded to individuals; conducts home, community, day program, school or hospital visits to assess behavioral needs of individuals referred for services; reviews medical, social, and psychiatric records and conditions that may contribute to presenting behavioral issues; assists families with motivation and ways to help individuals have functional equivalent behaviors for negative target behaviors through the development and implementation of behavioral guidelines, or positive behavioral support plans; monitors, plans, reviews and evaluates the success of positive behavioral support plans/guidelines on short-term basis to further coordinate referrals for community supports for further follow up; assessment and monitoring of individuals ability to adapt to changes in the environment as well as prepare individuals for transitions; assess 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. Consults with other professionals, meets with psychologists, DDS consumer, family support workers, case managers and families to help assure proper implementation of behavioral guidelines and overall behavioral progress of DDS individuals. Attends monthly psychology staff meetings to keep up to date with services and resources in order to make community referrals. Assist with conducting initial and/or 3-year guardianships for probate with case managers. May coordinate services offered by Wheeler Clinic contract. Performs related duties as required.

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.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following experience:
  • Working with children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and autism spectrum disorders.
  • With Clinical behavioral support for individuals with ID living with families in the community or in their own homes.
  • Working in inpatient or outpatient psychiatric settings.
  • With bio psychosocial interviews, conducting mental status exams, motivational interviewing and assessing risk.
  • Writing behavioral guidelines and Positive Behavior Support Plans.
  • With community mental health resources for individuals/families.
  • With clinical assessment including but not limited to diagnostic criteria using DSM V.
  • Problem solving, independently researching and finding solutions to complex situations.
  • Collaborating with other State Agencies and Programs including Beacon Health, DMHAS, hospitals and school districts.
  • Using Microsoft Outlook, Access, Word, Excel, Microsoft TEAMS, social media platforms and other data systems.
  • Traveling to various worksites and 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.